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Hello and welcome to the Easter issue of Primary Times, a choc-o-block guide to what’s on during the school holidays.

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The Primary Times team have been on the hunt for some cracking activities for all the family to enjoy. Find out more from our great new app (have you downloaded it yet? p4) and keep an eye on our facebook and twitter pages for updates. There are some great Easter activities taking place, including outdoor trails, chocolate egg hunts, plus all the usual ideas for fun things to do. We’ve also got some fantastic giveaways you won’t want to miss.

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‘WATERWAY DAYS’ WITH THE CANAL & RIVER TRUST This spring, look no further than your local canal or river for an inspiring family day out. Canal & River Trust has unlocked, packaged and made it easier than ever to enjoy all of their Top 100 destinations throughout England and Wales. Spend some quality ‘real time’ together at your local waterway - whether you have an hour or a full day to fill, go online to get the ‘Places to Visit’ app and download your FREE fun-packed local map and activity sheet to discover a new and exciting ‘readymade waterway day’ in your area. You’ll find something to delight the entire family, from feeding the ducks to just watching the boats our Canals and Rivers are a great way to spend time by the water with the family. Best of all, a trip to a canal or river doesn’t have to cost you a penny. So what are you waiting for? For more information visit:


ST MARY’S SCHOOL FAIR St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is opening its gates to families and the members of the local community on Saturday 10th May 2014. The St Mary’s School Parent Teacher Association will be holding a fun-filled School Fair between 11am and 2pm and entry is absolutely free!

There will be so much for families to do at Bolsover Castle over the bank holiday weekend, Sunday 4th & Monday 5th May. Witness the big arena displays as Roundheads and Cavaliers prepare for battle at this Civil War extravaganza. Pick your side before the muskets, pikes and cannons explode into action. Hear gruesome tales from soldiers, grab a child sized pike and take cover as Bolsover Castle is attacked!

There’s plenty for all the family, including pony rides, funfair attractions, a climbing wall, a giant model racing car track, a number of independent craft stalls, food and lots more. St Mary’s Catholic Primary School. The Broadway, Derby. DE22 1AU

Don’t forget to visit their BRAND NEW outdoor play area (opening 4th April), situated right next to the café so parents can have a cuppa while their little ones continue to run riot! Visit: for more information Fr PR id ay IM 25 A th RY Ap O ril 9. PE 30 N am D - 2 AY .3 0p m

AT WESTFIELD DERBY WE’VE GOT SOMETHING GOING ON EVERY DAY THIS EASTER! Struggling for ideas to keep the kids entertained? There’s something for everyone at Westfield Derby and best of all, the activities are free! You can check our Roundabout section for the daily program of activities. Plus they have got treasure trails, colouring competitions, face painting, the return of their centre train** and trampoline fun**. Westfield Derby makes family shopping easier with parent and child parking bays, award winning parent rooms and lots of family friendly places to eat including Ed’s Easy Diner, Nandos and Pizza Express. Visit for more details.

educating boys and Girls 3 – 11 years. Girls only 11 – 18 years Hillsway, Littleover, Derby DE23 3DT T: 01332 514267



free taster sessions for our before and after school/nursery clubs! Contact us: Tel: 01332 737947/07984 908836 Email:

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‘The judgement of outstanding means your setting is exceptional and significant elements of your work are exemplary.’ OFSTED 2010. Working in partnership with all local nurseries We do late collections from clubs at school

FREE & EASY ON LINE REGISTRATION Our Clubs provide childcare from 7am-6pm. We accept all childcare vouchers. Choose from Breakfast Clubs, After School/Nursery Clubs, and our fantastic Holiday Club. Diverse range of activities & huge selection of toys & resources.

School/nurseries we currently serve: Lawn, Portway, Curzon, Ashgate, Markeaton, Busy Bees, RSD, Whitecross Nursery, St Edmunds Nursery, Woodlands Secondary, ST Benedict’s, Kilburn Schools, Kingfisher Nursery, Quarndon Preschool, Denby Free, Street Lane, Horsley C of E, Holbrook, John Flamsteed and Horsley Woodhouse !WE SERVE ALL SCHOOLS AND NURSERIES ACROSS DERBY AND DERBYSHIRE AT OUR HOLIDAY CLUB!

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’ S N E D R A G T U O B A D L I W O G ‘ National Gardening Week 14-20 April What better place to ‘grow’ special family memories than in a garden? Think about it, gardening with your children at home or at a community garden not only provides the benefits of exercise and fresh food, it also fosters communication and builds stronger relationships. Everywhere you look you can see the signs of spring, so why not get started? Especially since it’s National Gardening Week, 14th - 20th April. Do something fun with the family! Whether you’re a nurturing newbie or greenfingered expert, get outdoors and enjoy green spaces together. National Gardening Week was launched by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) three years ago and has since grown into the country’s biggest celebration of gardening. This year, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of RHS ‘Britain in Bloom’, they’ve dedicated the week to communities. You could even run your own National Gardening Week event, no matter how big or small, register it online at www. Ever fancied throwing a garden party? Do you love your neighbourhood park or think your local street could do with a tidy up? There you go! A great way for you to get involved. Encourage your family, friends and neighbours to have a go too.



Tesco Direct have a handy little selection of gardening gear for kids, from brightly coloured kneeler pads, to buckets, spades and watering cans garden/childrens-gardening. Or why not try Farm Toys Online? They have an excellent range of affordable children’s gardening tools and seed kits, everything your children will need to create single pots or even miniature gardens with their own little hands. Visit the RHS website for more information and ideas, they have some great resources for parents and schools! We want to see pictures of your springtime creations! Send them in to us at Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU or email us primarytimes@publishingink. and tell us all about your gardening antics. You might even see your photo here in the next issue!

Springtime is playtime with the National Trust in Derbyshire

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• Calke Abbey • Hardwick Hall • Kedleston Hall • Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood There’s a world of adventure waiting for you this spring, from going in search of wildlife to discovering secret gardens and hidden passageways.

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Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby Box Office: 01332 255 800 Tuesday 22nd April to Wednesday 23rd April

Starring comedy legend Bobby Davro as Smee, Dani Harmer ‘Tracy Beaker & Strictly Come Dancing’ as Wendy, and Lloyd Warbey ‘Disney’s Art Attack’ as Peter Pan. Let your dreams take flight at the Assembly Rooms next Easter. Don’t miss another spectacular family pantomime from the same team behind previous brilliant Easter productions of The Wizard of Oz and Rapunzel.Take part in an adventure and meet a fantastical range of characters along the way; Tinker Bell, the Lost Children, Tiger Lily, Nana the dog, mermaids, pirates, Smee and, of course, the deadly Captain Hook. With a star cast, impressive music, energetic dance routines, lots and lots of laughter and flying that will thrill the child in all of us, come and see Peter Pan soar to new heights at the Assembly Rooms during the Easter school holidays.

Waterfall, Market Place, Derby BOX OFFICE: 01332 419 053

Peter Pan, Easter Panto 2014

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CQ Saturdays: Knickerbocker Glorious CQ Saturdays presents Knickerbocker Glorious’, a once a month event with a host of musicians, comedians, poets and dancers on stage at the waterfall in the Market Place between 10am and 4pm. A sweet layered stack of free live performance with an abundance of acoustic music and a generous measure of performing arts topped off with a liberal sprinkling of comedy family entertainment.

RAZZAMATAZ THEATRE SCHOOLS David Lloyd’s Health Club, Derby BOX OFFICE: 01332 720 526

Tuesday 22nd April to Wednesday 23rd April

Thriller Live! Workshop Razzamataz brings Michael Jackson’s “Thriller Live” to Derby, a 2 hour workshop on the Michael Jackson stage show “Thriller Live” to be taken by Austyn Farrell who is currently part of the cast at Lyric theatre in London’s West End! We are very honoured to have Austyn delivering an amazing workshop for us in Derby. Austyn’s commercial credits include backing dancer for Geri Halliwell, Tayla Blue ‘Teachers’ music video, The Voice UK 2013, Pakistan Power 100, model for Virgin Media. Theatre credits include Wedding Singer at ‘Curve Theatre’ Leicester. Tickets: £15 Learning Theatre at Derby Theatre. Image by Kraig Winterbottom

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Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby BOX OFFICE: 01332 59 3939 Monday 14th April & Wednesday 16th April

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Derby Theatre is excited to be one of the regional venues for the National Theatre’s Connections Festival, an exciting threeday festival during the Easter holidays for young people age 11+ to see exciting new plays commissioned by the National Theatre and performed by youth groups in the region. Take part in lots of fun and lively performance-related workshops, chill with friends, meet Shakespeare, plus much more! Mon 14th April: Pronoun by Evan Placey – performed by CAST Ensemble A Shop Selling Speech by Sabrina Mahfouz – performed by Flying High.


Heritage by Dafydd James – performed by The De Ferrers Academy

Monday 14th April to Wednesday 16th April

Easter Three-Day Residency

Pronoun by Evan Placey – performed by New College Nottingham

Be part of the National Theatre Connections Festival by coming along for three days of workshops to create a short performance that will feature on the final evening of the National Theatre Connections Festival at Derby Theatre. Age 11+ Tickets: £40

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Friday 18th - Saturday 19th April

The Wardrobe by Sam Holcroft – performed by Lakeside Youth Theatre A Letter to Lacey by Catherine Johnson – performed by JWC Theatre Company Tickets: £2- £12 (group bookings also available)

Uncontained Arts: Alice In Wonderland Don’t be late for this family fun show! Alice’s adventure begins when she chases the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole to wonderland where she stumbles upon a world of wonderful and whacky characters. Expect the unexpected in this family friendly, laugh-a-minute version of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s book. Perfect for 4+ Tickets: £9

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Free FaMILy FuN! Join us this easter for a whole host of family friendly activities and events. Meet ‘hatched’ easter creatures, make bonnets, baskets, cards and yummy bunnies! Visit our website for all the details.

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Build a bunny planet happy

Head down to Planet Happy and build your very own cuddly bunny! ApRil 2014 Choices Health Club

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Join Puddle Ducks Derbyshire for their NEW Swim Academy classes at Choices Health Club. Classes are for Children aged 4-8 years and they have two highly qualified teachers in the water too. Monday 14th April 2014

Razzamataz, ‘thriller live’

Bolsover Castle Events Sunday 4th May to Monday 5th May


Hurtle yourself into the awesome spectacle of Bolsover Castle under attack. Take cover! Witness the opposing forces of the Roundheads and Cavaliers prepare for Civil War battle, pick your side and check your armour before the muskets, pikes and cannons explode into action. Hear gruesome tales from the front lines and experience the fear and anticipation of battle with the rallying cry of generals as they prepare their soldiers for the impending bloodshed.

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Witness expert horsemen in flamboyant 17th century costume put horses through their paces to baroque music in the spectacular surroundings of the Riding School at Bolsover Castle. Saturday 26 April to Sunday 27 April 2014

St George’s Day

Witness the ultimate showdown as gallant St George takes on his arch nemesis in England’s most legendary battle. Discover the man behind the myth as you immerse yourself in the story of England and the mighty rivalry between historic foes. Pick up your sword and advance in the drill as St George himself teaches you the art of dragon slaying. fRiDAy 11th ApRil to SunDAy 27th ApRil 2014

national forest Adventure farm, Easter fun

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and trailer ride up to ‘Bunny Woods’ to begin your hunt for the Easter Bunny. He’s waiting in Warren Cottage for families to follow the path through the trees to find him! Along the way you can take part in the bunny quiz all about the Easter Bunny’s famous rabbit friends. When you find the Easter Bunny, children will receive a chocolate surprise! Find all the animals in the Easter Animal Hunt to win a lollypop, create an Easter card, chocolate nest or Easter basket and enter our colouring competition to win an Easter Egg. Don’t forget all the usual Farm attractions will be running including lamb feeding, egg collecting and pony grooming.

David Lloyd Health Club, Derby Razzamataz brings Michael Jackson’s “Thriller Live” to Derby. Students will become familiar with some big MJ songs like Smooth Criminal and Thriller. This really is a phenomenal workshop and not to be missed by any budding performers of the future! Sunday 12th April to Sunday 27th April 2014

Conkers, Easter holiday Adventures

Join Conkers for some fun-packed family activities this Easter, including an Easter egg challenge, woodland trails, sensory art and bush crafts. Don’t forget there’s also 120 acres to explore. Check the daily program online. 17th ApRil & 18th ApRil

Easter at freddy’s freddy’s play kingdom

On the 17th of April head down to Freddy’s to build your very own cuddly bunny. Join the fun at Freddy’s eastertravaganzzzaaa egg hunt on the 18th of April. 18th ApRil

Easter at planet happy planet happy

Join in the Easter egg hunt between 9.30am – 2pm. Come along and join in with their Easter tea party with crafts, games, disco and a visit from the Easter bunny! Will take place between 2.30pm – 4.30pm. SAtuRDAy 19th – fRiDAy 25th ApRil

Easter holidays Denby Visitor Centre

Craft sessions at 11am & 2pm daily, with clay modeling, decorating Easter items and painting your own plate or mug.


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THIS EASTER HOLIDAY* For Breakfast Lunch and Dinner! Please present this voucher to a team member when you order Participating Table Table Restaurants


The Oasthouse, DE23 8AG,Tel 01332 270027

EASTER! 15th April - Build a Bunny! Come along and build your very own cuddly bunny 18th April - Easter Egg Hunt 9.30am - 2pm 18th April - Easter Tea Party 2.30pm - 4.30pm Ticket entrance only £7.50 Come along and join in our Easter Tea party with Crafts, Games, Disco & a visit from the EASTER BUNNY!!

*TERMS AND CONDITIONS. 1. This voucher entitles the holder to 1 free kid’s main meal with every adult main meal purchased from the main restaurant menu at the same time. Light Bites, Bar Snacks, Daytime and Evening Value Menus and all Set Menus are excluded. 2. Available Monday-Saturday before 5pm during the Easter school holidays, but excluding 18th, 19th and 21st April 2014. 3. Junior meals are excluded. 4. For full terms & conditions go to Till Code: 14553945



Experience a new educational system Make your own beautiful world with Jumping Clay!

Easter Holiday Sessions at our Academy in Stenson Road, Derby! • Easter themed sessions: Monday 17th April to Thursday 20th April • George and the Dragon themed sessions: Tuesday 22nd April to Friday 25th April All classes are one hour long and start on the hour from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday sessions also available all year round

Book now as spaces are limited! Call 01332 460079 or text 07805 306625 to reserve your place.

77 Stenson Rd, Derby, DE23 1JF

SKEGNESS Roundabout Mablethorpe & the Lincolnshire Wolds Choosing the perfect family holiday means making sure there is something for everyone to enjoy.

20th ApRil – 21st ApRil

Easter 1940s event Crich tramway Village

You may need your tin hat and gas mask if you visit Crich Tramway Village during their special 1940s Weekend at Easter. Sunday 4th May to Monday 5th May 2014

the Bakewell showground spectacular

Head over to the Bakewell Showground for a spectacular bank holiday weekend of family fun. There are fairground rides for children young and old, a beach, a circus and plenty of live entertainment for all the family to enjoy.


Easter at Derby museums Free Family Fun!

Join in with the fun this Easter at Derby museums for a whole host of family friendly activities and events. Meet ‘hatched’ Easter creatures and make bonnets, baskets, cards and yummy bunnies!

Easter egg hunt Chestnut Centre

Throughout the school holidays follow our Easter Egg Trail. Count how many eggs you can find hidden in our animal/bird enclosures and copy how they are decorated. If you are clever and make an Easter Bonnet, why not wear it on your Easter visit? The Chestnut Centre will reduce your entry by £1.00! More events to come including Wildlife Art Days for the young, Creative Craft Days etc.

national trust

For the seventh year running, the National Trust in association with Cadbury are bringing you the 2014 Easter Egg trails, a great family day out. On the day, we will inspire your child’s inner adventurer and transform them into an Eggsplorer! They’ll receive a make-it-yourself pith helmet, a Trail Journal containing all the clues they need to complete the trail and an Eggsplorer Passport to be stamped along the way. On completing the trail they will be rewarded with a delicious Cadbury Egghead. There will also be some great prizes to win in competitions for the whole family.

Skegness has been helping families to create memories to last a lifetime for generations, so no wonder that it is one of the UK’s favourite seaside resorts. A step inland takes you to the rolling hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds, nestled between historic market towns steeped in heritage and tradition.

Below are the venues where the Easter Egg hunts will be held. Please visit websites to find out times, dates and prices. Kedleston Hall Kedleston Hall, Derby, DE22 5JH Tel: 01332 842191 Calke Abbey Calke Abbey, Ticknall, DE73 7LE. Tel: 01332 863822 Sudbury Hall Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood, Main Road, DE6 5HT Tel: 01283 586805

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Visit East Lincolnshire

Take a journey beneath the earth with the expert guides at Poole’s Cavern. Explore the vast limestone caverns and see how crystal stalacities have lined the chambers over millions of years. Stroll through beautiful woodland trails to a panoramic Peak District hilltop viewpoint.


Westfield Derby, Easter Activities Struggling for ideas to keep the kids entertained? There’s something for everyone at Westfield Derby and best of all, the activities are free! MONDAY 14 APRIL Bring the kids along to decorate their own Easter bonnet. Smile! Upload a photo to our Easter bonnet parade on Facebook and you could win an Easter bunny from Build A Bear Workshop. TUESDAY 15 APRIL Peppa Pig is celebrating 10 years of muddy puddles with a special party. Join Peppa for story time, sing-alongs and games plus toy store The Entertainer will be testing the knowledge of Peppa fans in a mini quiz with some great prizes to be won! THURSDAY 17 APRIL It’s not all for the kids - relive memories of your own childhood with our Retro Toy Zone. Teach your little ones how to hold their nerve at Ker Plunk or create a work of art with Etch-a-Sketch. Think you’ve got a toy treasure at home? Bring it into the centre to be valued by an antique toy expert on Thursday 24th April. FRIDAY 18, SATURDAY 19 AND MONDAY 21 APRIL For older kids and grown up kids too, Game will be setting up areas in the mall so you can have a go at the latest games and some firm favourites including Fifa World Cup.

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Unlimited Tram Rides Woodland Walk & Sculpture Trail Children’s Activities & Play Area Workshop Viewing Gallery Century of Trams Exhibition and loads more to experience Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5DP | Tel: 01773 854321

THURSDAY 24 APRIL Bring the kids and their packed lunches along for an exciting picnic with Bearamy the Build A Bear mascot. There’ll be fun and games for everyone to enjoy. Don’t forget to bring teddy along too! FRIDAY 25 APRIL Visit Westfield for a chance to meet characters from Sylvanian Families. Watch them perform their favourite songs and get a photo taken with them as a reminder of all the fun you’ve had.



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Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Cried Fish by A F Harrold Bloomsbury, £5.99 | 9+

When Fish the sea lion goes missing, Fizzlebert Stump tracks him down to Admiral SprattHaddock’s Aquarium, with its invisible octopus and colour-coded fish. But the aquarium is in trouble. Fish (not the sea lion, fishy, fish) are vanishing, and the Admiral blames the circus. Can Fizzlebert solve the mystery and find his friend?

My Little Box of Springtime Stories Little Tiger Press, £9.99 | 3+ 5+

This adorable carry case includes five fun springtime stories. Join in the festivities with curious bunnies, fluffy ducklings and a mysterious egg. Includes: Fred and the Little Egg, Babbity’s Big Bad Mood, Rosie’s Special surprise, A Duck So Small and Dora’s Chicks.

Monkey and Me by David Gilman Templar Publishing, £6.99 | 9+

Monkey and Me introduces one of the most lovable new characters in children’s literature, nine-year-old Beanie, who is coping with more than most kids his age, including treatment for leukaemia. But Beanie’s not bothered about that, he just wants to be part of his big brother’s gang and then along comes Malcolm, his new enigmatic but rather charming hairy friend. A surprising tale with plenty of heartwarming moments, demonstrating how friendships can blossom in the most extraordinary of circumstances and sometimes with the people (or animals!) you might least expect.

Brave by Wendy Constance Chicken House, £6.99 | 10+

13-year-old Wild Horse wants to prove himself in a world of wolves, spears and sabretooth cats. When Blue Bird- a girl from another tribegoes missing, he seizes his chance to bring her home. But Blue Bird doesn’t want to be found. Swift and smart, she has other ideas. So begins the most dangerous adventure of their lives…

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Keep the Children Entertained this Easter with Audiobooks


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With the holidays upon us, many parents will be planning the next family day-out, trip to the seaside, or overseas retreat. Yes, the prospect of adventure is exciting but for the kids, getting there? not so much! brings the best children’s fiction to life in audio. Audiobooks can be listened to on any device, so now’s your chance to revive those old-time classics such as, Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret Seven series, or discover modern masterpieces such as the riotously funny Mr Stink, narrated by world-class comedians David Walliams and Matt Lucas. provides information on the ‘Top 10 Children’s Holiday Audiobooks’, plus there are nearly 8,000 children’s titles to choose from, suitable for all ages. Take the stress out of school holidays by offering children a brilliant new form of entertainment; share audiobooks together, or find five minutes peace!

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To celebrate the paperback release of Ratburger, the latest book by comedian and celebrated children’s author, David Walliams, we have three copies to give away (see com petition page). But what did the Primary Times team think of it? Here ’s our verdict… Things aren’t looking good for poor Zoe, the story’s main character. Her life is plagued by loneliness, plus her wicked stepmother Sheila and the local bully Tina Trotts love to make her life a misery. Life in their crumbling old tower block is bleak until her furry little friend Armitage comes along. This book is filled with hilarious char acters and we had lots of fun coming up with voices for them all! Walliams cleverly weaves some utterly gross moments with riotous wit and warmth. Then of course, we’re introduced to the villainous ‘Burger Van-Man’ Bert, who has his evil-eye on Zoe’s beloved pet rat! Or does he? The plot of the book is compelling and clever. Older children won’t want to put it down and younger children will be begging for “just one more chapter” before bedtime. The illustrations by Tony Ross also add a sprinkle of humour to this incre dibly enjoyable novel.

Why not download ‘Ratburger’ on audiobook (narrated by David Walliams himself!) from: ww and let us know what you think.

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entertainment movies

Muppets Most Wanted

from 28th March 2014 (PG) The Muppets are traveling around the world, performing to sold-out audiences in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations. That is until they become entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine, the World’s Number One Criminal (who happens to look exactly like Kermit), and his evil sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, played by comic-genius Ricky Gervais. Modern Family’s Ty Burrell also joins the Muppets as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. Along with Tina Fey as Nadya, the thick accented, feisty prison guard.

Rio 2

from 11th April 2014 (U) Blu, Jewel and their three kids are living the perfect domesticated life in the magical city that is Rio de Janeiro. When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists the family venture into the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in with his new neighbours, he worries he may lose Jewel and the kids to the call of the wild.

Free Birds

24th March 2014 (U) Reggie (voice of Owen Wilson) repeatedly warns his fellow turkeys at the farm that they are all destined for the dinner table at Thanksgiving. However, when Reggie is kidnapped by Jake (Woody Harrelson), the leader of the Turkey Liberation Front, his peaceful life is turned on its head and he is given the opportunity of saving his species by travelling back in time and getting them off the holiday menu for good.

31st March 2014 (U) Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, “Frozen” is the coolest comedyadventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Thomas & Friends: Spills & Thrills

31st March 2014 (U) Join your favourite engines on the island of Sodor as Thomas & friends find themselves in an array of messy mishaps. Watch 6 exciting neverbefore-seen episodes and meet brave new steam engine, Porter.


Disney: Lost Light

App Store, £1.49 | Google Play, £1.49 Journey to the heart of of an enchanted forest and help restore the light hidden away by the wicked Beasties. Enter the world of Lost Light to experience a brand new kind of matching game with a unique number twist.

Nutty Fluffies Rollercoaster

App Store, £1.49 | Google Play, FREE Perfect your skills in over 30 tricky rides. Use rockets, jump jets and magnets, earn hearts and coins, run huge loops and upside-down tracks.

Bloxy World: Bricks for Kids

App Store, FREE Create your own fun scene with Bloxy mini figures. Bring their thoughts and words to life with speech bubbles.




Walking With Dinosaurs

14th April 2014 (PG) Audiences will see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Walking With Dinosaurs is the ultimate immersive, big screen adventure for families. Meet dinosaurs more real than you’ve ever seen as you take off on a thrilling prehistoric adventure, where Patchi, an underdog dinosaur, triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages.





Sun 4 – Mon 5 May 10am – 5pm Hurtle yourself into the awesome spectacle of Bolsover Castle under attack. Take cover!

Maths & English Derby Tuition Centre

Our Tuition Centres provide out of school Maths and English tuition for all ages, enabling students to achieve their full potential.

• Building confidence • Developing understanding • Revision programmes • Levels up to GCSE • Problem solving • Building core skills • Effective learning • Achieving Success

To find out more contact us on 01332 756380 or now!










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If you are looking for that ‘something extra’ for your children’s party, then look no further.

Set in 50 acres of the beautiful Peak District National Open All Year Park Round

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WIN A FAMILY TICKET TO THE NATIONAL FOREST ADVENTURE FARM To win a 4 person pass to the Adventure Farm, simply answer the question below: Which furry animal with big ears is associated with Easter? A) Dog B) Bunny C) Mouse Terms and conditions: The prize is one pass for 4 people to be taken by 31 December 2014.

WIN A COPY OF ‘THOMAS & FRIENDS: SPILLS & THRILLS’ To celebrate the release of the new Thomas & Friends DVD, we have three copies to give away. To enter simply answer the question below: What number is displayed on Thomas the Tank Engine? A) 1 B) 7 C) 10 Competition closes 28th April 2014

WIN AN EXCITING GALT MARBLE RACER GAME! Galt Toys has launched the Marble Racer, an exciting marble construction game in which up to four players can build a high speed marble race track and compete against each other to reach the finish line. Once players have constructed their racing track from the pieces, each player then places their marble in the starter gate at the top, twist and they’re off! Retailing at £24.99 the Marble Racer is available from We’ve got two Galt Marble Racers to give away! TO ENTER: How many players can race down the high speed Marble Racer track? A) 2 players B) 4 players C) 6 players Competition closes 28th April 2014

WIN A COPY OF ‘RATBURGER’ We have 2 copies of the hilariously funny ‘Ratburger’ by David Walliams to give away. To win, simply answer this question: On which popular TV talent show does David Walliams appear as a judge? A) Britain’s Got Talent B) Dancing On Ice C) X Factor Competition closes 28th April 2014

WIN A FAMILY TICKET TO THE BAKEWELL SHOWGROUND SPECTACULAR Sunday 4th May to Monday 5th May 2014 The Bakewell Showground Spectacular Head over to the Bakewell Showground (4th-5th May) for a spectacular bank holiday weekend of family fun. There are fairground rides for children young and old, a beach, a circus and plenty of live entertainment for all the family to enjoy. For more information visit: www. We are giving away one family ticket (for up to four people). To win, simply answer the question below: What fruit is traditionally used to make a Bakewell tart? A) Banana B) Cherry C) Orange Competition ends 23rd April 2014. Good luck!

WIN A LITTLE BOX OF ‘SPRINGTIME STORIES’ We have one set of Springtime Stories from Little Tiger Press to give away, which also includes two Little Tiger Kids Sticker Books! To WIN: What pattern would you associate with tigers? A) Spots B) Stars C) Stripes Competition closes 28th April 2014

To enter all our competitions, go to or send your answer on a postcard with the name of the competition you wish to enter, your name, address and telephone number to Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU or via our Twitter and Facebook pages (see page 3) by the closing date stated. Good luck! 22


Our Learn to Swim scheme aims to teach every person to a high standard, following the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway, ensuring everyone is safe and their learning experience is enjoyable. What does Learn to Swim offer? • High quality teaching from fully qualified, ASA Level 2 Swim Teachers • Lessons for 48 weeks of the year • The ability to join at any time • Easy start up and enrolment • Continuous assessment and movement to next stages • Parents can view their child’s progress online 30 minute weekly lessons. Can be paid by monthly Direct Debit or in a 12 week cash block.

For more information or to check availability contact: Queen’s Leisure Centre Moorways Swimming Pool Cathedral Road, Derby, DE1 3PA Moor Lane, Allenton, Derby, DE24 9HY Telephone: 01332 641444 Telephone: 01332 341736 Minicom: 01332 640666 Minicom: 01332 640666



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