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in Hereford & Worcester Easter 2018

12th March - May 14th 2018




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Simply email admin@eastnorpottery. or telephone 01531 633886 to book a session, turn up and choose


from an exciting menu of pottery

Hereford Cathedral, 5 College

projects using real clay and the

Cloisters, Cathedral Close, Hereford,

potter’s wheel. No minimum order

HR1 2NG. A commemoration of

of participants required and projects

Herefordshire’s contribution to

start at just £5.

the Home Front during the First special events at the cathedral and

Wednesday 14th March - Sunday 29th April

across the county, as part of the


Herefordshire Home Front campaign

Hereford Cathedral, 5 College

commemoration, marking the ways

Cloisters, Cathedral Close, Hereford,

in which the men and women of

HR1 2NG. 9am – 5pm. We are

Herefordshire contributed to the war

proud to host Poppies: Weeping

effort. While many young men were

Window. The cascade of thousands

recruited into the Herefordshire

of individual ceramic poppies will

Light Infantry, which expanded to

appear at Hereford Cathedral from

three battalions during this time,

14th March until 29th April as part

Herefordshire also provided horses

of the final year of 14-18 NOW’s

and food supplies for the troops (as

UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies.

well as the nation), while ‘canary

Weeping Window will be free and

girls’ filled munitions shells at the

open to the public.

Rotherwas Munitions Factory. Please

World War. There will be a series of

keep checking their website for the latest information about the Home Front campaign. If you’d like

Thursday 15th March Sunday 22nd April

recreations of a seaside town, a

Commandery for a day full of Blitz

Yorkshire mill town, and a London

spirit. Uncover what life was like

line. The club will have working

during the war and experience food,

layouts and models running on

fashion and a toy exchange through

weekends over Easter - see the clubs

living history displays and some

website for details.

vintage vehicles in a stunning setting.

Wednesday 21st

ticket £10.95 Worcester residents

Millennium Hall, Upton Bishop, Ross-

annual ticket £5.

on-Wye, HR9 7TU. 7pm – 10.30pm.

Join Herefordshire Wildlife Trust for


a Big Wildlife Quiz Night and test your knowledge about wildlife with friends and enjoy some warming


fundraising evening with all profits

Avoncroft Museum of Historic

raised going to support the nature

Buildings, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove,

reserves appeal of the Herefordshire

Worcestershire, B60 4JR. Experience

Wildlife Trust. This money will help

a Medieval New Year, which was

maintain the Trust’s 55 precious

traditionally celebrated on 25th

reserves located throughout the

March! The date marked both the

county from the Black mountains in

beginning of spring and the Feast of

the west to the Malvern Hills in the

the Annunciation, a religious holiday

east, and throughout the majestic

that celebrated the Angel Gabriel

sweep of the Wye Valley. The ticket

bringing news to Mary. Members of

price will include food – a vegetarian

The War of the Roses Federation will

‘one-pot’ casserole and there will be

be hosting their traditional New Year

a paying bar serving wine, soft drinks

celebrations at Avoncroft Museum.

and tea and coffee. Booking for this

Visitors can enjoy strolling around

event is essential. Book online or call

the grounds and visit the medieval

01432 356872. Tickets cost £9.50

living history camps as they mark

each or £42.50 for a table for five

the occasion. Also a programme


of show-and-tell demonstrations

Thursday 22nd

be held in New Guesten Hall over the weekend. Standard museum

City Art Gallery and Museum,

admission prices apply.

Foregate St, Worcester WR1 1DT.

10:30 – 12noon. Looking for a hands-on, stimulating and fun toddler session? Come and enjoy

Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April

exploring, listening and making


sessions for the Under 5s based at

The Commandery, Sidbury,

the Art Gallery and The Hive on a

Worcester WR1 2HU. 10:30 – 1pm.

Thursday morning. Join us to make

Prepare for the Fort Royal Park Easter

Easter Pots at Worcester City Art

Eggstravangza by making your own

Gallery and Museum. Young at Art

Easter Bonnet and decorating your

is a partnership with Worcestershire

egg in readiness for the big event on

Libraries and sessions are tailored for

Easter Monday. Cost: Drop-in activity.

the under 5s and will cover exploring,

Craft activities are £3 per child.

listening & making. Young children,

parents and carers welcome. Cost:


Forge Mill Needle Museum and

latest news in the Cathedral’s blog

Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre,

and events page.

Arrow Valley Country Park, Redditch,

£3 per child – payable on the day. No

Worcestershire B98 8HY. This year

booking required.

celebrating its 50th anniversary and

and traditional craft displays will


interest. Keep up to date with all the

Tuesday - Saturday during Easter holidays

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th

food and a glass of wine. This is a

Get Involved page to register your

Redditch Model Railway club is

Children FREE Individual annual



to get involved, please go to the

Cost: Adults £5.95 Concessions £4.95

Saturday 24th

GREAT EASTER EGGS’PLORATION The Nest, Little Verzons Farm,


member’s diverse skill and talent


Eastnor Pottery, Home Farm, Eastnor

in recreating in painstaking detail

The Commandery, Sidbury,

Eggs’ploration at The Nest, Near

HR8 1RD. Tues-Sat 10am-4pm Family

of some of the most iconic railway

Worcester WR1 2HU. 10am – 5pm.

Ledbury offers various outdoor trails

pottery fun in the Easter Holidays.

scenes from the golden era of steam

The weekend will be full of Blitz Spirit

and hunts in and around the fields

Excellent & creative indoor activity.

and beyond. You will see fictional

and living history. Come and join The

and retired orchards behind The Nest


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this exhibition will showcase their

Hereford Road, Ledbury, HR8 2PZ. From 12 noon. The Great Easter

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R over the Easter weekend. Free to enter with a lucky dip at the end for all successful eggsplorers! For further details contact Neil at The Nest on 01531 670816.

Cadbury’s Easter Hunt The Fir’s: Elgar’s Birthplace, Crown East Lane, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, WR2 6RH. 10.30am4.30pm. Catch the Easter bunny at Elgar’s birthplace. £3 per trail. Tel: 01905 333330

Friday 30th March – Sunday 15th April EASTER ACTIVITIES


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Hampton Court Castle, Hope under Dinmore, Herefordshire HR6 0PN. Follow the clues around the gardens to complete the Easter trail and win a sweet treat! Create a masterpiece to take home in the children’s crafts workshop and have a hands-on experience with some exotic animals with Trevor Hill’s popular animal encounters. The Orangery cafe will be serving some delicious, seasonal specials including some delicacies from our in-house baker. The gardens and castle tours will be open as usual, and normal entry prices apply. Activities fall on different days, please check the details below before you travel to avoid disappointment. Craft workshop: 30th, 31st March, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th April. Trevor Hill’s animal encounters: 31st March, 1st, 14th, 15th April. Trevor Hill’s bird handling: 2nd April. Circus skills: 7th & 8th April. See website for more details.

the kids go wild this Easter and get involved in egg hunts, trails and lots of dino fun! Also available a new adventure barn and farmyard safari. Tickets from £8.99.


Monday 2nd

All Things Wild Nature Centre, Station Rd, Honeybourne, Nr Evesham. WR11 7QZ. Come and let

Saturday 30th March Monday 16th April Make your own binoculars

The Fir’s: Elgar’s Birthplace, Crown East Lane, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, WR2 6RH. To help you spot your favourite critters why not make your own binoculars for you to use all year long. You might use a camouflage pattern to hide amongst the trees or decorate them with flowers to attract the butterflies. Plenty of choice to make them your own. £2. Tel: 01905 333330

APRIL ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS County Museum, Hartlebury Castle,

Kidderminster DY11 7XZ. 11am – 4pm. Join us for an animal themed day and meet creatures including: armadillos, snakes, skunks and meerkats, with Trevor Hill. On Bank Holiday Easter Monday, come and enjoy ferret racing, children’s craft activities, face painting, have-a-go archery and an Easter egg hunt, at Worcestershire County Museum. Cost: Adult £9, Concessions £8, Child £5, Family £25 & under fives free.

Tuesday 3rd

STEWARD’S CHEMIST SHOP City Art Gallery and Museum, Foregate St, Worcester WR1 1DT. 11am – 3pm. On the first Tuesday of each month the doors of Steward’s Chemist Shop within Worcester City Museum will be open. Take a peek inside and hear the fascinating story of how it came from the High Street. The display was set up after the closure of Stewards Chemist shop at 27 High Street, when the entire shop along with the fixtures and fittings were purchased and transported to the museum to be redisplayed. Over

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Bromsgrove 01926 651159

Kidderminster 01562 66194

Cwmbran & Monmouth 01633 662283

Ledbury & Malvern 01684 439452

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the family. Tickets: Adults £8, Under

call 01981 590 604 or email: admin@

Fritillary Day as staff take you on a

15’s £5.00 and Under 3’s free. www. Tickets: Adults £45,

guided walk across Lugg Meadow

under 16’s £22.50, under 12’s Free.

to see the rich array of wildflowers

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th

Sunday 8th

and in particular the nationally rare snake’s head fritillaries which grow on the Lugg meadow and find out

Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster


DY10 1QR. The return of our popular

Broomy Hill, Hereford HR4 0LJ.

unique. Three walks will take place

model railway exhibition, alongside

12noon – 4pm. A visit to the

through the morning and each walk

opportunities for you to peep behind

Waterworks Museum to see a display

lasts for approximately 2 hours. The

the scenes! Featuring model railways,

of wonderful working stationary

terrain is level grassland but if you

behind the scenes tours, and a whole

engines by Hereford & District

have mobility issues please contact

host of other attractions up and down

Preservation Society is a popular

HWT in advance. It is advisable to

the line, there’s plenty to see both on

event every year. The Museum will

arrive equipped with warm clothing

and off the rails! A special weekend

be open with all engines working

and good footwear as the Lugg

for our supporters, volunteers and

in-steam and the children’s Heritage

Meadow can be incredibly cold and

potential volunteers...Attractions

Water Park will be open between

windy at this time of year and there

include: Intensive steam and diesel

12pm – 4pm. Tickets: £6 adult, £5

is no shelter. Tickets: £7 per adult.


train service, Bridgnorth Locomotive

concession, £2 children.

Children up to 14 years old go free.

Works & Boilershop, Bewdley Yard,

The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester WR1 2HU. 10:30 – 1pm. Spring themed crafts, make a wildflower plant pot and fat ball bird feeders. Look for the woodland creatures on our trail. Cost: Drop-in activity. Craft activities are £3 per child.

as well as Bridgnorth, Bewdley North

the years the display has been a particular favourite for many visitors to the museum, including many who remember visiting the shop in its heyday. Cost: Free

Tuesday 3rd – Friday 6th

Tuesday 3rd – Sunday 15th

Elgar’s Easter Hunt The Fir’s: Elgar’s Birthplace, Crown East Lane, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, WR2 6RH. 10.30am4.30pm. Catch the Easter bunny at Elgar’s birthplace. £2 per trail. Tel: 01905 333330

Thursday 5th


more about the history and wildlife that make this nature reserve

Wednesday 11th

which will be open for visits. Over 30


Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th

model railway layouts on display in

Eastnor Pottery, Home Farm, Eastnor

Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster

Kidderminster Diesel Depot and The

HR8 1RD. Children’s Pottery Sessions

DY10 1QR. Ride out into the

Engine House, Highley. Kidderminster’s

in the Easter Holidays. Make a plate

countryside on one of our trains and

Coalyard Miniature Railway open on

on the potter’s wheel, piled high

see PAW Patrol’s Chase & Skye! Come

both days, with the Paddock Railway at

with clay sausages, eggs & bacon!

along to see Chase & Skye who will

Hampton Loade in steam on Sunday.

Sessions designed for two age groups

appear at regular intervals throughout

Cream Tea Service in our observation

although younger and older siblings

the day at The Engine House, our

saloon. See website for more details.

will never be turned away: 11.30am-

Visitor Centre at Highley. Magic Shows

1pm 4-8years and 2-3.30pm

will also be taking place with A Box of

9-12years. Places cost £15 per child

Tricks. The ticket permits travel on the

with a 10% discount for x3 or more

Railway for the whole day, so you can


places booked. Telephone or email

explore every station to experience

Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Eastnor,

booking essential. 01531 633886

a bygone era... and if the weather’s

Ledbury HR8 1RL. 12noon – 3.30pm.

nice, you can have a picnic by the

and Kidderminster Signalboxes

Saturday 7th

Organised by Wild Food UK, Spring Foraging Courses will be held at Eastnor Castle Deer Park on

Thursday 12th & Friday 13th


river! Don’t forget to bring your camera. See the website for prices and train times.


the outskirts of Ledbury, by kind

Three Counties Showground, Malvern WE13 6NW. 10am – 5pm. Visitors can expect an action packed day of discovery with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities. Everyone’s favourite farmer from BBC Countryfile and the Cotswold Farm Park, Adam Henson will be headlining this year’s show. Look forward to an action packed, hands-on event with food, farming and countryside at its core this Easter holiday with CountryTastic at The Three Counties Showground. Keep the kids entertained all day long with free activities, entertainment, their favourite countryside creatures and much more. The show has plenty of indoor and outdoor activities. Whatever the weather CountryTastic is the perfect, great value Easter Holiday day out for all

permission of Eastnor Castle. Meet


in the parking area along the road

Lower Smite Farm, Hindlip, Worcester

opposite to the main entrance to the

WR3 8SZ. 11am – 3pm. Join us at

Castle grounds at 12noon for a short

Worcester Wildlife Trust’s Lower

introduction on what to look for and

Smite Farm this Easter holiday for our

a brief of the general countryside

Wild About Eggs Easter trail. Bring


codes, where they relate to foragers.

a picnic and explore our nature trail

Ledbury Market Theatre, Market St,

After the talk there will be a 2-3

to find out which animals have laid

Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2AQ.

hour walk identifying the different

the eggs. Could it be a snake, spider,

8pm Herefordshire Life through a

edible and poisonous spring shoots,

butterfly or frog? - find the answers

Lens “Stories from the Hop Yards”

plants, flowers and mushrooms

to win a chocolate prize! Colouring

brims with archive photos, film,

that we find. There will be breaks

and craft activity also on offer. £2 per

and newly-recorded interviews.

along the way for some homemade

child, no booking required.

Inspired by the rediscovered Derek

refreshments such as hogweed and

Evans photographic collection, hops,


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wild garlic soup. To finish the day off there will be a tasty wild food lunch

Saturday 21st

MAY Friday 4th

requisite of British beer with their evocative aroma, have been an integral

based on what has been found. This


part of county life for centuries. Listen

will include some treats made from

Rickyard Pasture, Lower House Farm,

to stories of days past and present

recent finds, a wild salad that picked

Ledbury Road, Tupsley, Hereford HR1

from pickers, farmers, traders and

on the day and possibly even some

1UT. 10am – 2pm. Join Herefordshire

brewers. Families would arrive for a

wild garlic pesto. To book your place

Wildlife Trust for their Annual

working holiday by train, cattle lorry

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for the honours, one session in the

7th year! All things chilli to try and


morning and one in the afternoon. This

buy! Live music, bars, hot food,

is a free event and all are welcome to

children’s cookery school, Chilli

Three Counties Showground, Malvern

see, and hear, these traditional Town

Eating Competition and cooking

Criers in action.

demonstrations. (Pre-booking is

highly recommended as tickets are


limited. Please see our website for

Saturday 5th Saturday 19th

details). Castle & Grounds Admission Adult: £11, Child (3-15yrs): £7, Family (2+3): £30.00.

or charabanc. Dinners were cooked


over open fires and children picked

Hereford and along river Wye. The

hops into an old umbrella while their

date has been announced and seeds


have been sown for the Wye Valley

County Museum, Hartlebury Castle,

Adult: £6, Child: £3.

River Festival 2018. There are whispers

Kidderminster DY11 7XZ. 11am – 4pm.

in the woods of the dates being 5th –

Come and join us for a family fun filled

Saturday 5th

19th May 2018 and TREES being the

May Day at the Castle! Join us for a


theme. A celebration of nature, culture,

traditional May Day festival, including

landscape and life along the River Wye

gift, craft and food stalls, maypole

in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding

dancing, children’s craft activities and

Natural Beauty (AONB). Free event.

traditional entertainment. Cheer on

the Green Man as he battles the Ice

mothers worked at the cribs. Tickets:

Town Green, Bromyard. 10am – 4pm. Bromyard Festival of Town Criers 2018 is a colourful event, hosted by Bromyards champion Town Crier and his Escort. It will take place on Saturday 5th May on the Town Green by the Public Hall

Sunday 6th & Monday 7th CHILLI FESTIVAL

and will feature Town Criers from all

Eastnor Castle, Ledbury,

over the UK. There will be two sessions

Herefordshire, HR8 1RL. Eastnor

when the Criers try to outdo each other

Castle Chilli Festival is now in its

Monday 7th

Queen to banish winter. Cost: Adult £9,

WR13 6NW. 9am – 6pm. Set against the magnificent Malvern Hills, the RHS Malvern Spring Festival is packed with flowers, food, crafts and family fun. Hosted annually at Three Counties Showground in Malvern, RHS Malvern Spring Festival is a partnership between the Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s largest and most prestigious gardening charity, and Three Counties, a specialist rural event organiser and agricultural society dating back to 1797. RHS Malvern Spring Festival is the fastest growing RHS show following an ambitious repositioning in 2014. Whilst it is the gardening show for the Midlands and South West region, it attracts a national spotlight and offers unique engagement opportunities with an affluent and influential audience. As well as plants and gardening ideas there

Concessions £8, Child £5, Family ticket

will be great food available and cookery

£25 & under fives free.

demonstrations with artisan crafts

Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th RHS MALVERN

for you to browse and buy too. Ticket prices vary so please visit the website for prices of each day.

Visit For everyday value ticket prices and exclusive online offers!

Symonds Yat West HR9 6DA Open daily from 10am Safe secure metered parking


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Activity kits from toucanBox Get your kids engaged in fun, hands-on learning with activity kits delivered to your door by toucanBox. The kits contain all the materials to make functional toys, dress-up items or mini masterpieces, plus activity books to take learning and play that little bit further. Each craft is designed and built by a team of educational experts, helping develop key skills and encouraging curiosity into a wide range of topics, championing the national curriculum and STEAM-based learning. Delivered to your door and personally addressed to your child, it makes getting creative convenient, hassle-free and a little bit magical. With over 2 million boxes shipped worldwide and the winner of countless awards, toucanBox has inspired a craft revolution. Join now and you’ll get your first box for free, with no obligation to continue. Plus, sign-up before 22nd March and your first box will be an Easter-inspired special edition. Just use your exclusive free trial code on the voucher inside this


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INFLATABLES Are you holding a party for mixed ages and cannot decide whether to have soft play or an inflatable to entertain the children? Now you don’t have to.

Here at BBC Inflatables we have been very busy putting together the most amazing Soft Play and Bouncer Packages. With so many fabulous themes to choose from, you really will be spoilt for choice. Packages include Amazonian, Automobile, Blue Princess, Circus, Dinosaur, Enchanted, Fairytale, Farmyard, Jungle,


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Pirate, Princess, Sea Life, Superhero and finally Unicorn.

We only ever supply the very best equipment which is always spotlessly clean, sterilized and beautifully presented. You will also receive the free use of Plasma Cars for all hall bookings. To see our full range, please visit be prepared to be amazed. We look forward to hearing from you soon. n


IN MARCH! In honour of Mothers Day this year, TAGB Wyre Forest Taekwondo is offering mums the opportunity to take up an activity where they can join in with their children rather than watching from the sides. To help you through the door we are offering you and up to 3 family members FREE training throughout March! Taekwondo is the all round extra-curricular activity, perfect for the whole family to develop a more positive active lifestyle! Taekwondo helps with fitness, agility, balance, co-ordination, Confidence, Self-Esteem, Bullyproofing, social skills, mental toughness, leadership skills, problem solving and respect. This is the activity that the

whole family can do together with unlimited benefits for you all! It provides a way to bond with your children in a fun and friendly environment and create goals together that will help you remain close as your child hits those teenage years! Improves communication and mutual respect! With classes 7 days a week and opportunity to bring your children along too, there is no excuse not to come see how tough you really are! Contact 5th Degree Instructor (and Fellow Taekwondo Mum) Katie Billingham to book your place on 07885 293088 or see for more information. Offer applies to new starters only. n

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e r t a e Th S w o h S ’S n e r d l i h C Family &

The Artrix Tel: 01527 577330

EASTER BUNNY’S EGGS FACTOR Monday 2nd April, 2pm. Everyone is excited about the Easter Bunny’s singing competition - but who will Fluffy think has got The Eggs Factor? Marty MacDonald, Henrietta the Hen and Professor Pinky are all going to enter, but can’t choose which song to sing… can you help them practice and see if YOU have The Eggs Factor too? The prize is an exciting visit to the hidden Chocolate Factory - and a special chocolate treat from the Easter Bunny himself! Come and join the fun, songs and laughter down at the Chocolate Factory in Easter Bunny’s Eggs Factor - then meet the Easter Bunny afterwards and receive a special Easter treat! Easter Bunny’s Eggs Factor is a family show particularly suitable for 2-7 year olds and lasts for 40 minutes, followed by our popular meet, greet and treat with the Easter Bunny himself – including a free Easter treat for every child! Tickets: £10. www.



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Sunday 8th April, 2pm. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly... But The People’s Theatre Company do! And now you can too as they bring one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes to life just in time to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams’ bestselling book! This magical show has been written especially for grown-ups to enjoy with their children, so come and relive the delights of this most charming of tales complete with a feast of sing along songs, colourful animal characters and heart-warming family fun. It’s the perfect treat for anyone aged 2 to 102! The songs in the show including If You’re Happy and You know It, Incy Wincy Spider and many more are available to sing along to on The People’s Theatre Company’s website at so why not have a listen and join in when you visit the theatre! Tickets: £12, £10 - under 16s, £40 - Family Ticket

The courtyard Tel: 01432 340555

ROALD DAHL’S LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD Friday 13th April, 2pm. Perfect for all the family from the young to the young at heart,

hear Paul Patterson’s musical setting of Roald Dahl’s retelling of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ performed by LMP Chamber ensemble, and the vivacious actor, Rebecca Kenny. Told with wit and the unpatronizing humour characteristic of its author, allow the wind quintet, pianist and story-teller, take you on a journey into the woods! Meet the precocious Miss Riding Hood, her cantankerous Grandma, and see the Big Bad Wolf as you’ve never seen him before! This lively and tuneful rendition of the fairy tale classic never fails. Runs for: 50 minutes. Tickets: £12, Concession £8, Family Ticket (2 adults/2 children) £32

TOM THUMB Saturday 14th April, 11am. One night tiny Tom overhears Mum and Dad talking – there’s nothing left to eat so they are going to leave him and his six brothers in the forest! Outwitting his parents and the ogre Tom shows everybody that even though he is small he is still mighty as he protects his brothers, finds the treasure and makes sure they’ll never be hungry again. Performed entirely on and under a kitchen table this wee wonder of a show is full of Lyngo magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying house

and a portable forest. Cbeebies Patrick Lynch, who has been performing it for more than a decade, brings this classic story to life in a playful and fascinating show. Courtyard Family Saturdays – Free pre-activity from 10.30am: Making thumb puppets. Tickets: £7.50 (free pre-activity from 10.30am)

YOU’VE GOT DRAGONS Wednesday 18th April, 1pm & 7pm. “Dragons come when you least expect it. You turn round…and they’re there.” Lots of people get them; bad dreams, swirly tummy, feeling prickly. And sometimes they make you feel alone. So, what can a young child with a bad case of the dragons do? A delightful tale of one child’s journey to come to terms with their dragons told in Taking Flight’s unique style. With live, original music, this highly visual, sensitive production is a humorous and touching exploration of the dragons we all face. An intergenerational show, featuring creative captioning, interwoven BSL and audio description, You’ve Got Dragons is a treat for the whole family. And remember… “No dragon is more powerful than YOU!” Tickets: £7.50, Concessions £5

Fantastic family fun a brand new season of Children’s Theatre launches at the Swan Theatre

An exciting season of children’s theatre, suitable for a whole range of ages, is about to launch at the Swan Theatre, Worcester.

of sing-along songs, colourful animal characters and heart-warming family fun, it’s the perfect treat for anyone aged 2 to 102!

The season will kick off on 13th May with CBeebies favourites Sarah and Duck in Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday, a brand new stage show featuring the many wonderful characters from the BAFTA winning CBeebies show. Perfect for 3-6 year olds, and using a captivating blend of puppetry, storytelling and music, Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take families on a magical adventure into the world of Sarah and Duck and a host of their friends as they plan a birthday party in their garden.

The next date for the diary is Saturday 16th June, when Doctor Dolittle comes to town in another brand new musical show for all the family. Complete with original music, audience participation aplenty, and a whole menagerie of amazing animal puppets, the show is suitable for all humans from 7 years upwards.

Hot on its heels is a special 45th anniversary production of Pam Adams’ best-selling classic and one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. For families wondering why she swallowed a fly, all will be revealed at the Swan Theatre on Saturday 26th May, as the People’s Theatre Company bring this enchanting tale to life. Written especially for grown-ups to enjoy with their children, and featuring a feast

And finally, on Saturday 14th July the season will branch out to the newly opened Henry Sandon Hall on Worcester’s Royal Porcelain Works site, with Mystery and Mischief in Moominvalley – an interactive puppetry show for children aged 3-7, where children will be able to venture into the world of the much-loved Moomins. Details on all upcoming events can be found at, or anyone interested in finding out more can contact the Box Office on 01905 611427. Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01905 611427

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THE JUNGLE BOOK Saturday 21st April, 4.30pm. Following the success of Alice in Wonderland, Immersion Theatre are thrilled to be returning in 2018 for a fourth year with their brand new musical adaptation of family favourite, THE JUNGLE BOOK! Immersion proudly bring their trademark style and energy to their wildest show yet, filled with catchy music, a laugh-outloud script, audience interaction and of course, the chance to meet the characters after the show. So join Mowgli, Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther on a madcap adventure in the jungle as they meet and attempt to outwit a slithering snake, some cheeky monkeys and the fierce tiger, Shere Khan! Funny, exciting and wildly entertaining, this larger-than-life musical promises to be the perfect treat for families of all ages! Tickets: £10.50 (Full price) £8.50 (Conc)

SWAN LAKE: VIENNA FESTIVAL BALLET Monday 2nd April, 5pm. One of the best known love stories, performed by the ever popular Vienna Festival Ballet. Lavish costumes, stunning scenery, international stars and glorious music from Tchaikovsky make this a night not to be missed. A perfect opportunity to experience the magic of live ballet. Swan Lake is the most popular ballet in the world. It’s the ballet that captures like no other the full range of human emotions - from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy. Please note that


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this is not a “screening” - this performance is live on stage in Evesham. Tickets: £13.50 (Child), £18.50 (Conc) £20.50 (Full price)

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MONSTER FAMILY (CERT TBC) Wednesday, April 4, 11am & 2pm. When Emma drags her unhappy family to a party to try and make them have fun and reconnect, an evil witch curses the Wishbone family, turning them into a Vampire, Mummy, Werewolf and Frankenstein’s Monster. Now Emma must fight to keep her family together and find the secret to the curse! Starring the voices of Emily Watson, Catherine Tate, Nick Frost and Jason Isaacs. See website for prices.

malvern theatre Tel: 0845 287 2146

THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL & OTHER HAPPIER TALES Wednesday 21st – Saturday 24th March, times vary. ‘She drew out a match – ‘Scratch!’ How it sputtered as it burnt! It gave a warm, bright light, like a little candle, as she held her freezing hand over it. It was really a wonderful light’ Struggling to keep warm on the freezing winter streets, our impoverished heroine begins to strike her dwindling stock of matches. Each match she strikes conjures a new story, and while it burns she escapes into an enchanting world of magic and mystery. Inspired by the beautiful

Hans Christian Andersen tales, we follow her through the spellbinding stories of The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Thumbelina. For adults and brave children alike this will be a truly remarkable theatre experience, full of music, laughter, puppetry and magic. Tickets: see website.

THE TWISTED TALE OF HANSEL AND GRETEL Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th April, Tues 1.30pm & 4.30pm, Wed 10.30am & 1pm. A flustered storyteller is joined by a mischievous mocking bird as they follow Hansel and Gretel deep into the forest. But all is not what it seems in this peculiar and hilarious adventure. Come along and meet the wicked witch and her really rather eccentric chefs in this imaginative version of Hansel and Gretel that guarantees to amuse the entire family. Suitable for Ages 5+. Tickets: £9.52

LITTLE MERMAID – THE CIRCUS SENSATION Tuesday 1st – Saturday 5th May, times vary. Spectacular circus and spellbinding songs combine in this extraordinary new adaptation from the awardwinning Metta Theatre. With awe-inspiring acrobatics and hauntingly beautiful original folk songs this is a show for everyone. The Little Mermaid longs for life on land, the Prince is consumed by the lure of the sea. When a raging storm brings them together, the wheels of fate are set in motion. Sacrificing her voice to the powerful Sea Witch, the Mermaid will face many more obstacles if she is ever to be with her Prince. For life on land is not as she dreamed and, unable to return to her sisters beneath, she remains floating helplessly above the waves. Her only hope rests with her sisters – can they help the Prince conquer his fears, return to the sea and reveal his true feelings, before it is too late… Suitable for ages 8+ (Younger Children will be admitted). Tickets: From £11.50

norbury theatre Tel: 01905 770154

CHILDREN’S THEATRE Saturday 21st April, 2.30pm. A short play performed by adults especially for children aged 3 years plus. They make a fun birthday treat! The Norbury Players present an amateur production. Tickets £1.50

worcester live Tel: 01905 611427

THE STONE SPELL Saturday 7th April, 10.30am & 11.45am. Join in the fun, songs and audience participation in popular plays for two-to-nine-yearolds. When the Baron prepares for the Queen’s visit by attempting to smarten up the throne for her, he does not realise that the Magician has put a spell on it.Tickets: £2.50 (Group discount available, Under 2s free)

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Saturday 5th May, 10.30am & 11.45am. Join in the fun, songs and audience participation in popular plays for two-to-nineyear-olds. Will Farmer Brown and his two sheep, Sharon and Cissy, be able to stop Mr Grime building a factory on their lovely farm? Tickets: £2.50 (Group discount available, Under 2s free)

SARAH and DUCK’S BIG TOP BIRTHDAY Sunday 13th May, 2pm. The enchanting world of Sarah and Duck is brought to life in a brand new stage show, featuring the wonderful characters from the BAFTA winning CBeebies show. Join Sarah and Duck and a host of your favourite friends, including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo & John and Umbrella, as they plan a birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. Told through a fantastic blend of puppetry, storytelling and music. Tickets: £13.50 (Concessions £11.50, 2 adults & 2 children £46)

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