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for parents, teachers and children

in Hereford & Worcester May Half Term 2018

May 14th - July 9th 2018


Roundabout, Blending Families, Education, Bookstore, Theatre, Pinboard and much more!



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In Hereford & Worcester

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Ombersley Endowed First School & Nursery Our new year starts on

Wednesday 5th September 2018 7.45am - 5.30pm

Breakfast Club 7.45-8.45am

Woodpeckers Afterschool Care 3.00-5.30pm

We have places in our Nursery for 15 & 30 funded hours for 3 - 4 year olds. Children can start nursery at 2 years 9 months. Please visit our website: Find us on Facebook Telephone 01905 620384 for further information or to book a visit to look around our school. All school tours are with either the Headteacher, Deputy Head or the School Bursar. For great days out listings, visit



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Cinderford Brass Band. Free of charge.

Saturday 26th May Sunday 3rd June #SVRROCKS Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster DY10 1QR. #SVRRocks: decorate your very

Thursday 24th May – Sunday 3rd June HAY FESTIVAL Hay on Wye, Herefordshire. Hay Festival is the literary highlight of the UK’s cultural calendar, bringing together the greatest writers, thinkers and performers of the moment in a vibrant exchange of ideas and celebration of creative work for all ages. Hay Festival celebrates great writing

own rocks or other found items in nature and hide them in various locations to brighten someone’s day. You can use paint, chalk, crayons, sharpies, or whatever - as long as it has a coat of sealer over it to help preserve the art. On the back of your masterpiece you can write #SVRRocks and post a picture to our Facebook page. You can also write Re-Hide Me for someone else to hide your #SVRRocks. If you find a piece of art that you can’t

from poets and scientists, lyricists


bear to part with then please feel

and comedians, novelists and

Chapter Office, 8 College Yard,

Oaker Wood Leisure, Kingsland,

free to keep it.

environmentalists, and the power

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1

Leominster, Herefordshire,

of great ideas to transform our

2LA. One of England’s loveliest

HR6 9PT. Our Family Adventure

way of thinking. The festival


cathedrals, with Royal Tombs,

packages are available Monday

was founded around a kitchen

Severn Valley Railway,

Medieval cloisters, an ancient

to Friday only. We do not mix

table in 1987 and continues to

Kidderminster DY10 1QR. Spring

crypt and Chapter House and

groups together so we can tailor

attract the most exciting writers,

is here, and we’ll be steaming

magnificent Victorian stained

the activity session to the needs of

filmmakers, comedians, politicians

along from May 26th - June 3rd

glass. The present Cathedral

your family. Call us 01568 780111

and musicians to inspire, delight

for half-term! Trains are running

building was begun in 1084.

or email us to talk to us about

and entertain. Find out more

daily, giving you the chance to

It is dedicated to Christ and

what activities you are interested

about the festival programme as

experience a bygone age in the

the Blessed Virgin Mary. Its

in - we get very busy during school

detail is released and book tickets

beautiful Severn Valley Railway.

attractions include King John’s

holidays so please book well in

and how to get there at www.

The Coalyard Miniature Railway,

tomb, Prince Arthur’s chantry,

advance. We will always do our Prices apply to

our miniature ride-on railway at

the early 12th Century Chapter

best to fit you in. See website for

individual events.

Kidderminster, will be operating

House and St. Wulfstan’s crypt.

the wide choice of activities that

Entry is still free. The Tower is

we can offer you.

open on Saturdays and school

on selected dates. For a perfect picnic spot, get off the train at

holidays in the summer, giving

Friday 25th May – Monday 4th June

fantastic views of the City and


beyond. Various exhibitions

The Weir Garden, Swainshill,

is FREE with ‘Freedom of the Line’

Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4

tickets. Marvel at the massive

7QF. Time: 10.30 am – 4pm

locomotives, delve into the history

daily. Tracks and Tree’s at The

of Britain’s railways, enjoy themed,

Weir – With the trees in leaf, and

interactive exhibitions where you


are shown throughout the year. Guided tours for adults or

Arley and walk down the river to feed the ducks. The Engine House, Highley: Entry to The Engine House

can be booked. Special needs

Sunday 20th May – Sunday 8th July

groups are welcome. A superb


the ground clear let the staff at

can sort the mail and meet the

venue for classical concerts,

Ross-on-Wye Bandstand, Wye

the Weir Gardens take you on a

engine that collided with a camel!

which are held regularly at the

Street, Ross. Bands in the Park is a

trail of learning about some of

And much more!! See website for

Cathedral. The Cathedral Library

series of concerts arranged by Ross

the magnificent variety of trees

times and prices.

open by appointment, is one of

on Wye Town council and held at

and tracking some of the guests

the country’s most important

the town bandstand. Concerts are

that live there. Prices: Normal

libraries of medieval books

every Sunday 2.30-4.30pm from

Admission Applies, £2.50 per trail.

and music. Booking Phone:

the 28th May to the 26th August

For more information visit the


01905 732900. Email: visits@

Ross-on-Wye Bandstand, Wye St.


Malvern Tourist Information or visit

20th May Ross Town Band, 27th


can provide details as walks are

May Jaycee Big Band, 3rd June

in various locations. This year’s

A.W. Parker Drybrook Band, 10th

programme, now in its 17th year, is

June Bream Silver Band, 17th

the biggest and best ever for MWF.

children and school workshops


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Bromsgrove 01527 868636

Kidderminster 01562 66194

Cwmbran & Monmouth 01633 662283

Ledbury & Malvern 01684 439452

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Sunday 27th & Monday 28th WATERWORKS MUSEUM – HEREFORD OPEN WEEKEND Waterworks Museum Hereford Broomy Hill Hereford Herefordshire HR4 0LJ. Time: 12 noon – 4pm. The Waterworks Museum – Hereford Open

There are 51 walks available over

Weekend is when all the engines

the 9 day programme making it

will be working in-steam and

one of the largest walking festivals

the children’s Heritage Water

in southern England. Add to that,

Park will be open. This is part

the fact that the Malvern Hills are

of Founders’ Weekend, which

in an Area of Outstanding Natural

celebrates the achievements

beauty and it’s not surprising the

of the Museum Volunteers

Festival is proving so popular.

(past and present). Everyone at

There are a wide variety of walks

the Waterworks Museum is a

available on this year’s Festival so

volunteer (it has no paid staff).

there’s something for everybody

Do you have time to spare to

regardless of their ability or

support the Museum? Get in

interests. Some of the walks

touch info@waterworksmuseum.

are short and themed including Did you know the

history, gardens, geology, Elgar’s

Waterworks Museum has an

music, trees and farming and

exhibition telling the story of

some are more challenging.

Hereford in WW2? Normal

There’s a 6 day 65 mile discovery

admission prices apply: £6 adult,

trail from Ludlow back towards

£5 concession, £2 children. www.

Malvern; there are two walks of

3 days each covering about 35 miles around the Malvern Hills ranging from a couple of hours


to full days and ranging from 1

The Commandery, Sidbury,

mile to 18 miles. Full details and

Worcester WR1 2HU. Time: 10am

bookings are available on Malvern

– 5pm. Join The Commandery,

Walking Festival’s website www.

Worcester for their traditional or at the

spring-time celebration of the

Malvern Tourist Information

restoration of the monarchy

Centre in person or phone

in 1660. Enjoy two days of

01684 892289

traditional spring-time festivities

plus dozens of other shorter walks

at The Commandery including

Sunday 27th

live theatre, living history, family games and Morris dancing.


The spectacular Grade I listed

Time: 12noon – 6pm. The

be festooned with garlands

Crocodile 8 is a ‘tough’ multi-

of oak leaves to celebrate the

terrain eight mile running race on

story of Charles II’s restoration.

road, grass and mud. Prize Giving,

Find out about his flight from

Live Music and Great Food at The

Worcester, after his Royalist army

Bell Inn, Tillington afterwards.

was famously beaten by the

Different races, different charges.

Parliamentarians during the final

battle of the English Civil War in

Commandery in Worcester will

1651, and how he hid in an oak tree to escape!


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Sunday (1.30-5pm): Get stuck into

Worcester WR1 1DT. Time: 11am

life at The Commandery during

– 3pm. Shape your favourite

Oak Apple Day - make oak apple

animal or bird in clay, and then

sprigs, decorate crowns and enjoy

create a cosy habitat for your

the traditional treats of plum cake

creature at Worcester City Art

and small beer! Take part in Paper

Gallery and Museum in this fun

Rebellion, a collaborative art

family session! Cost: £3 towards

project inspired by 17th century

materials - drop-in.

pamphlets and print. At 3pm enjoy Civil War Stories - a brand new performance like no other! Weaving true tales of politics,

Tuesday 29th May – Friday 1st June

including a bloody battle taking


place right here in the heart of

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust,


Lower Smite Farm, Smite Hill,

religion, monarchy and conflict,

Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SZ. Time: Monday (10am-5pm): Enjoy

11am – 3pm. Visit Worcestershire

17th century style Oak Apple

Wildlife Trust at Lower Smite Farm

Day with living history, cameos,

this half term and see how many

crafts and the traditional treats

of our 30 wild activities you can

of plum cake and small beer!

complete on your visit. Maybe

Discover the Cabinet of Curiosities

you’ll find an animal footprint in

in the Great Hall. Watch and

our woodland, or spot a spider’s

have a go at Morris dancing with

web in the garden, you might learn

Bedcote Morris. Experience a

to recognise a bird’s song or plant

traditional mummers play in the

a seed to take home. So bring

Commandery gardens.

some wellies and a picnic and enjoy being surrounded by nature

Cost: Adults £5.95 Concessions

while learning how you can help

£4.95 Children FREE Individual

protect wildlife where you live.

annual ticket £10.95 Worcester

Free activity, no booking required.

residents annual ticket £5

Monday 28th



The Commandery, Sidbury,

County Museum at Hartlebury,

Worcester WR1 2HU. Time:

Hartlebury Castle, DY11 7XZ. Time:

11am – 3pm. Come along and

11am – 4pm. Come and join the

join in the spirit of the Royal

fun this Bank Holiday Monday and

Society of London with hands-on

learn to be a knight. Take part in

experiments galore! Cost: £5 per

the tournament games, become


a squire in the royal court, and meet the royal guests. Try out your archery and sword fighting skills, find out how to dress as a

Tuesday 29th May – Saturday 2nd June

cures, and get your face painted as


dragon. Cost: Adult £9, Concess £8,

Eastnor Pottery, Home Farm,

Child £5, Family ticket £25 & under

Eastnor HR8 1RD. Children’s Pottery

fives free.

Sessions include Wednesday 30th

knight, learn about horrible plague

May when you can model and paint

Tuesday 29th

your very own clay superhero. Batman, Cat woman, Thor or even


a superhero closer to home! We’ll

Worcester City Art Gallery

provide the expertise, tools and

& Museum, Foregate Street,

clay you supply the inspiration!

Take a LOOK at our


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Thursday May 31st & Friday 1st June FILM MAKING WORKSHOP Malvern Theatre, Grange Road, Great Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3HB. Time: 10am - 3:30pm. Reel Access: Film Making Workshop 31st May. Reel Access: Stop Frame Animation Workshop 1st June. Reel Access is a

Sessions designed for two age

Birmingham based film education

groups although younger and

and training organisation

older siblings will never be turned

with a focus on community

away: 11.30am-1pm 4-8years and

filmmaking. Established in

2-3.30pm 9-12 years. Places cost

2006, the company is made up

£15 per child with a 10% discount

of a team who are passionate

for 3 or more places booked.

about working alongside young

No. 2857’s 100th birthday! Built

this will be a fantastic day out.

in 1918, heavy freight engine No.

Established in 1974, the museum

2857 was a member of the 28xx

is an independent working

class which were unquestionably

museum concerned primarily,

the most technically advanced

but not exclusively, with the

in Britain for their time. The

story of the supply of water for

first member of the class was

public consumption from earliest

built in 1903, and locomotives

habitation to the close of the 20th

of this general design continued

century. Tickets: Adults £6.00,

to be produced until 1942 and

Seniors £5.00 and Children £2.00

hauled most of the long-distance

heavy goods trains on the GWR and British Railways for sixty years. The centenary weekend

Friday 15th

will see up to two goods train in operation alongside our

THE MIDNIGHT GANG by David Walliams

passenger services each day;

County Museum at Hartlebury,

showcasing the changing face

Hartlebury Castle, DY11 7XZ.

Telephone or email booking

people and community groups to

essential. 01531 633886

develop their skills in filmmaking

of freight traffic from the 20th

Time: 6.30pm – 8pm. Hartlebury

in a collaborative way and

century, right through to the

Castle are pleased to welcome

encouraging creative expression

modern day on Britain’s railways.

back Heartbreak Productions.

through film to raise aspirations,

See website for prices and times.

Pack a picnic and join us for an


confidence and self-esteem. You

evening of family fun and laughter

Eastnor Pottery, Home Farm,

equipment or props to work

Eastnor HR8 1RD. Pottery open

with. Ages 8-16 years. Price:

Tues-Sat 10am-4pm. Turn up and

£40 per workshop (£65 for both workshops – Film Making & Stop


Midnight Gang’. Cost: Pre-booked

choose from an exciting menu of

Frame Animation). To book both

Waterworks Museum -

children and on the door £15

the potter’s wheel. No minimum

workshops please call the Box

Hereford Broomy Hill Hereford

adults & £8 children.

order of participants required and

Office: 01684 892277

Herefordshire HR4 0LJ. Time: 12

pottery projects using real clay and

asthey present their fabulous

are welcome to bring your own

Sunday 10th

projects start at just £5. Excellent

noon – 4pm. The Waterworks

& creative indoor activity. Simply

Museum Family Fun Day is

email admin@eastnorpottery.


planned for June 10th when

stage adaptation of David Walliams’ book for children ‘The tickets are £14.50 adults & £7.50

Friday 15th Sunday 17th

activities for the whole family.


There are trails for the children

Three Counties Showground,


and interactive devices across

Malvern. Time: 8am – 6pm. Come

the Museum which visitors,

with family and friends and help

Market Hall, Place de Marines,

and especially children, are

celebrate 60 years of Royal Three

Multi-Activity Days

Coach House, Cloud Nine car park

encouraged to touch and use.

Counties Show being held at Three

Oaker Wood Leisure, Kingsland,

and the Mill Street car parks,

This includes the Heritage Water

Counties Showground – it’s a

Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6

Kington HR53BQ. Time: 9.30am

Park (a children’s play ’n’ learn

great summer’s day out. Lots of

9PT. A day of Multi-Activities

– 3.30pm. Tempt your taste buds

zone) in which there are nine life

activities for all the family ensure

awaits children aged 7-12 years

with some great street food,

size devices for pumping, moving

that there is never a dull moment.

at Oaker Wood Leisure this half

music, ciders, ales and spirits

and filtering water. Inside the

Try your hand at lots of different

term. £24.50 per day for a full day

from the very best of the borders

Visitor Centre there is a play area

activities, or get up close with the

of Adventurous Outdoor Activities.

with free parking and admission.

for younger children. Home to

friendly animals in Fur, Feather

For older children Oaker Wood

Located in the heart of Kington.

a permanent exhibition about

& Farm. In the theatre, show

offer Paintball – Wednesday 30th

Hereford in WW2 the museum is

ambassador Adam Henson delivers

May. £15 per child. During School

generally seen as a time capsule

fascinating talks and insights and

Holidays come and enjoy an Oaker

of social history for Herefordshire,

over in the Main Arena nonstop

the Marches and parts of Wales.

entertainment culminates in the

With one of the widest range of

Grand Parade of Livestock. or telephone 01531 633886 to book a session.

Wednesday 30th & Thursday 31st

Saturday 2nd

the museum will be open with

Monday – Friday bookings for Quad

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd

Trekking, Adrenaline High Ropes


working steam, oil, gas and hot air

and Target Shooting or explore our

Severn Valley Railway,

engines in the UK, many of which

Woodland Krypton Trail.

Kidderminster DY10 1QR. We’re

can be seen doing what they were

celebrating steam locomotive’s

intended for – pumping water,

Wood adventure as a family.


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R Saturday 16th BIG WILD WEEKEND – FARM ACTIVITY DAY Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Lower Smite Farm, Smite Hill, Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SZ. Time: 10am – 4pm. An action packed, nature filled open day at Lower Smite Farm to celebrate

and Museums Worcestershire,

with a few dozen visitors has

on various aspects of aviation.

with funding from the Heritage

grown into an event that now

Tickets are £8 on the gate for

Lottery Fund. For more

sees thousands flock to the small

adults with under 16‘s £2 and

information about the Lost

north Herefordshire village. Set

under 5’s free.

Landscapes project see: www.

in beautiful north Herefordshire


surroundings at an historic WW2

com Cost: FREE

airfield, this event combines the best local food, a host of

Sunday 17th

whole family to enjoy! Free event, no booking required.

Saturday 16th June 8th September 2018 ICE AGE City Art Gallery and Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester WR1 1DT. Time: 10:30 – 4.40pm Everyday. Celebrating half a million years of Worcestershire’s history, from the time our ancestors arrived until the end of the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago. Over this enormous timespan there were many changes in climate, from woolly mammoths roaming icy tundra in Bromsgrove, to prehistoric lions hunting the grasslands beneath Bredon Hill.

Sunday 8th

County Museum at Hartlebury,

skies over Herefordshire Aero

Hartlebury Castle, DY11 7XZ. Time:

Club will be home to some of


11am – 4pm. All Dad’s admitted

the most recognisable aircraft

Waterworks Museum,

free (Dad’s must be accompanied

in history this summer as the

Hereford Broomy Hill Hereford

by a paying child of any age). Cost:

Shobdon Food and Flying Festival

Herefordshire HR4 0LJ. Time:

Adult £9, Concess £8, Child £5,

helps mark the centenary of the

12noon – 4pm. Visitors are invited

Family ticket £25 & under fives

RAF. Flypasts by iconic Second

to the very popular Waterworks


World War planes will form the

Museum Annual Gala Day in July.

centrepiece of this year’s event

View all the engines working

after the team at the Battle of

in-steam and enjoy the children’s

Britain Memorial Flight, which

Heritage Water Park. Motoring

is based at RAF Coningsby in

History: For the car lovers there


Lincolnshire, agreed to pay a

will be a wonderful cavalcade of

visit. On Sunday the 1st of July,

vintage and interesting vehicles to

Hampton Court Estate, Hope-

crowds can expect a flypast by

explore. The exceptional Hereford

Under-Dinmore, Leominster,

a Spitfire or Hurricane while

Concert Band are back again this

Herefordshire, HR6 0PN. Time:

the day before all eyes will be

year to entertain visitors and

10.30am – 5pm. Hampton Court

on one of only two Lancaster

provide a lively and upbeat vibe.

Castle’s Annual Summer Fair

Bombers still flying in the world,

The Mayor of Hereford will open

offers the opportunity to see

and the only one in the UK.

a new exhibit at 2pm. Come and

Hampton Court Castle and walk

Browse the incredible collection

enjoy a fantastic day of steam

around the stunning Award

of static aircraft and helicopters

history with lots to entertain the

Winning Gardens, with some

and watch dozens of interesting

children within the Heritage Water

wonderful stalls to browse.

arrivals from around the country

Park. Light refreshments and small

The Ice Cream Parlour will be

throughout the weekend. Could

souvenirs can be purchased in the

open along with the wonderful

flying be the hobby for you?

cafe and visitor centre and picnics

Orangery Restaurant and if the

Take a light aircraft or helicopter

are permitted in the picturesque

weather is kind there will also be

trial flight over beautiful

grounds. Tickets: Adults £6, seniors

a Pimms tent. The Castle will be

Herefordshire countryside.

£5 and children £2.

open to the public for viewing.

Enjoy talks and demonstrations

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th

Normal admission prices apply.

the warming and cooling of Worcestershire will bring this little

Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July

life through the Ice Age exhibition


and many associated events and

Shobdon Airfield, Near

activities. Visit Ice Age and come

Leominster, Herefordshire

face to face with a Neanderthal,

HR6 9NR. Time: 10am – 5pm.

crawl inside our Ice Age shelter

Shobdon Food & Flying Festival

and meet Fluffy the Woolly

has been a fixture of the county’s

Mammoth. The Ice Age exhibition

calendar for over a decade

is part of Lost Landscapes; a joint

making it the longest running

project between Worcestershire

event of its kind in Herefordshire.

Archive and Archaeology Service

What started as a village show

known period of our prehistory to



and lots more. For Fliers: The

Humans came and went with the climate. Lost Landscapes of

crafts, demonstrations, live music


Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s 50th birthday. Something for the

aviation attractions, arts and

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Hook into “Peter Pan” this Summer! Anne Dalton’s musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s classic, “Peter Pan” flies into Malvern’s Festival Theatre this summer. The ABD Productions’ cast includes Elliott Hanna (The West End and T V’s Billy Elliot) as Peter Pan and Janet Cowley (Phantom of the Opera) as Mrs. Darling and The Spirit of The Heavens. Sparkling with fairy dust, this enchanting, swashbuckling, high-flying, beautifully costumed and exciting musical is a must-see! Join Wendy and her two brothers, John and Michael on their magical adventure with Peter Pan and meet all your favourites: villainous Captain Hook, the Darlings, Nana, Tinker Bell, Lost Boys, Indians and Pirates. Make some new friends: the nosey Neverbird, amazing animals, pirouetting Planets, whirling Water Sprites and fiery Flame Dancers. Fall under Neverland’s spell. Let one of J.M Barrie’s original lovable characters, the Neverbird, (Peter’s know - it - all female feathered friend) romp and lead you through this exciting adventure.

‘Fast-paced, good family fun’ - Lancashire Evening Post ‘Dazzling dance routines and show-stopping music’ - Newark Advertiser ‘Exciting family show!’ - Robin Duke Blackpool Gazette PETER PAN runs at The Festival Theatre from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th August. Tickets are available from the box office 01684 892277 n

To be in with a chance of winning a family ticket to see Peter Pan on Saturday 25th August, 1:30pm at The Festival Theatre, simply fill out the entry form with the correct answer to the following question:

What are the names of Wendy’s two brothers? Send your answers in a sealed, stamped, addressed envelope to: Peter Pan PT, PW Media & Publishing Ltd, 2nd Floor, Richardson House, New Street, Worcester, WR1 2DP. Closing date for entries is 20th June 2018.


Answer: Name: Address: Tel: Email:

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Family fun run through

bubbles comes to Worcester! Acorns Bubble Rush is the fun run with a difference! It’s the perfect event for all the family as you run, jog, stroll or dance your way around a 5km course through seas of colourful bubbles. The spectacular event is coming to Worcester for the first time ever on Saturday 30 June and will be raising funds for local children and families who receive support from Acorns Children’s Hospice.

take advantage of the offer before tickets sell out!

Acorns has also teamed up with music festival Popfest to offer participants a special £10 discount off entry to the festival, which takes place at Blackfinch New Road on the same day.

Bubble Rush is sure to make this summer one to remember as hundreds of participants descend on Worcester Racecourse for a day of bubbly fun.

Participants who raise £100 or more in sponsorship, to support Acorns vital care for local children, become ‘Star Bubblers’ and get VIP treatment on the day, a haul of goodies and entry into a prize draw to meet a celebrity and gain free family entry to Popfest.

Primary Times readers can claim an exclusive 10% discount off the ticket price with the code ‘Primary10’.This is a hugely popular event, so move quickly to

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The Great British Bee Count With the weather finally warming up, children and families across the country will want to make the most of nature and the great outdoors, so why not get out and help save the UK’s bees? Friends of the Earth is inviting everyone to join the fight to protect nature, by taking part in the Great British Bee Count between 17 May and 30 June 2018. By downloading the free, fun and easyto- use app you can identify and learn about the precious pollinators that visit our gardens, parks and countryside. Participants can record each species of bee they spot - and even send in photos. Register now at Suitable for all ages, the Great British Bee Count, which is sponsored by Ecotalk and supported by Buglife, is the perfect way for children to get out there and learn all about the amazing bees that can be found throughout the UK. Discover more about their incredible diversity, the threats they face and what we can all do to help them. From the Shetlands to the Isles of Scilly, over 16,000 people took part in Great British Bee Count 2017 – recording over 300,000 bees. This year could be even better. Some Simple Projects to Help Bees Make a bee hotel: With just a

plastic bottle and some basic craft supplies, you’ll be able to give bees somewhere to live, sleep and eat. Read the tutorial at www. Grow pollen and nectar-rich plants: Different bee species prefer different flower shapes, so aim for a range from tubularshaped flowers to open-headed flowers. As well as flowers, try shrubs, herbs, trees, fruit and veg. Spring and autumn flowering bulbs are also great. Growing sunflowers: Encourage children to look after their own plant. The sunflowers could be planted along the edge of a playground or children could take them home to encourage bees in their own garden.

No garden? Plant up a pot or window box. Try lavender, heathers, nasturtiums, sunflowers and bulbs like crocuses, as well as herbs. Children can also get involved with school garden projects, or perhaps make a bee hotel as a gift to give to friends and family. Give bees a drink in hot weather: Provide a shallow bowl of clean rainwater with a few pebbles for the bees to land on. For more tips visit n

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360 Play 360 Play is the one stop family entertainment venue for creative, active, stimulating fun whatever the weather. Enjoy soft play on our huge play frames; giant wave slides, aerial gliders, interactive ball zone, assault race track, aerial swings, cargo nets and tunnels, carousel, dodgem track and much more. Our original and UK renowned role play zone 360 Street, which hosts full size shops and play settings where role play becomes almost real. Ride all day long at no extra charge. Race dad on the dodgems or take mum for a spin on the carousel. There are over 10 different characters to ride.

work involved when you want to organise that special family event and want everything to be just right. Our 360 parties have been designed to give you time to enjoy the experience while we do the work. 360 Play, unlimited play, unlimited fun, stay all day!

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oaker wood leisure Looking for ideas of Children’s activities over May Half Term? Oaker Wood Leisure near Leominster has 2 days of Multi-Activities for children aged 7-12 years. Wednesday 30th & Thursday 31st May. £24.50 per day for a full day of Adventurous Outdoor Activities. For older children Oaker Wood

offer Paintball – Wednesday 30th May. £15 per child.

During School Holidays come and enjoy an Oaker Wood adventure as a family. Monday – Friday bookings for Quad Trekking, Adrenaline High Ropes and Target Shooting or explore our Woodland Krypton Trail. n

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Our 360 café prides itself in providing fresh food, from a snack to a full meal. Order at the counter then sit back and we will deliver your freshly prepared food to your table. We serve fresh food – not fast food. 360 Play is great for birthday parties. We understand the

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Joust! at Cardiff Castle Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 June, 10am - 5pm A huge favourite with the crowds and a fantastic family day out, ‘The Knights of Royal England’ return to the Castle with a dazzling show and an epic display of jousting and horsemanship. Reckless and brave, skilful and fiercely competitive, the knights stop at nothing as they charge at full tilt at breakneck speed on their trusty steeds. Lances splinter as the knights take to battle from the saddle in some spectacular horseback stunts. Enjoy the pageantry, jeer or cheer for your favourite knight, join in the children’s parade, dragon parade, come in costume and be part of the spectacle. Story-telling, strolling musicians, combat displays and a village encampment to explore makes for a magical medieval day out. Children under 5 go free. Visit to book your tickets. n


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CLEARWELL CAVES ANCIENT IRON MINES scrambling and crawling on a There’s been quite a few changes at Clearwell Caves recently, with exciting displays showing how the amazing natural caverns and mines at Clearwell were created. For thousands of years, iron mining was the backbone of Forest of Dean industry; this story is told through fun displays and large atmospheric caverns revealing the miners’ work. As well as impressive show caves, you can book a caving activity,

challenging adventure. More details about visiting the Caves and adventure caving, are shown on the Clearwell Caves website. The Caves have a shop selling unusual gifts and minerals, there is the lovely Lamp Room café. Free car parking and children’s play area. Explore the alternative Forest of Dean, lying deep beneath the woodland! n

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BUBBLE DISCO MAY 2018 Sunday 27th May at 11am. Join us on Sunday 27th May (11am-12pm) for our next Artrix Bubble Disco! There will be a DJ playing your favourite songs, dancing, glow sticks, games and, best of all, bubbles! Previous Bubble Discos have taken place in The Studio - this is the first to take place in our Auditorium with a full flat floor and plenty of room for dancing! For 5-10 year olds. DJ, Dancing, Glow Sticks, Games and BUBBLES! Tickets: Children: £5. Adults are free and don’t need a ticket.

THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT: FULL HOUSE THEATRE Sunday 10th June 2018 at 2pm. A jumbled journey of discovery. A treat for everyone. Join Owly-cat and fellow family members, Jumblie and Quangle Wangle Quee, in a story inspired by the nonsense world of Edward Lear. The spongetaneous trio travel to the dolomphious land where the bong tree grows, learning all about the creatures who live there and their curious


habits. Will this meloobious family return together, will they always be a three? A fizzgiggious show by Full House Theatre all about where, what and who our family really are. Age recommendation: Ages 3+

DOCTOR DOLITTLE Sunday 24th June at 2.30pm. A brand new musical show for all the family. “Hello to one and all. I am Doctor John Dolittle a very famous Doctor. I’m a bit wacky actually but you will get used to that. Some of you may have heard of me (good for you) and some may have not - but you will now. I am not a normal run of the mill Doctor. I was once but I really did not like my patients. They could be quite difficult. You see I discovered something amazing, fantastic and downright wonderful about myself. Please don’t think I am blowing my own trumpet here but I found out that I had the ability to talk to and understand animals. So come and see me light up the stage in this magical musical adventure. This is a brand new show with original music, lots of audience participation and amazing puppets. I look forward to seeing you all soon. Toodle pip for now.” Oh by the way this

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show is suitable for humans from 7 years upwards. Tickets: £12, £10 - under 16s.

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STAGE COMBAT WORKSHOP Saturday 2nd June 11am. An introduction into the art of Stage combat, the workshop will be taught by an experienced practitioner. This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill whilst also having a lot of fun! Ages 7-12 years. Courtyard Family Saturdays – Free pre-activity from 10.30am. Tickets: £6

Tessa Bide. Courtyard Family Saturdays Pre-Activity 10.30am – Create a paper bird puppet! Tickets: £7.50

ROALD DAHL LITERACY PROJECT 2018 Tuesday 19th June. There will be 3 schools performing in the evening and each school will watch the other 2 performances. Parents will be able to collect their children at the end of the evening. Tickets: £6

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Saturday 16th June 11am. A young boy waits for the birth of his new baby sister… His excitement bubbling over at the thought of a new playmate to race and chase with. He can’t wait to tell her all about the swifts which nest not far from the top window of their pointy house… it’s nearly time, she’s nearly here. The touching story of a boy meeting his disabled sister for the first time, with stunning puppetry, original live music, animation and physical theatre from the award-winning

Tuesday 15th May 7pm. Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative love story set in London during the Second World War. The internationally acclaimed choreographer’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true wartime romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. Captured live. Tickets: £12.50

There’s something for all the family during

May Half Term at Artrix Artrix Bubble Disco is back on Sunday 27th May at 11am. A great chance for children aged 5 to 10 years to throw some shapes with glow sticks, games and, best of all, bubbles! This is the first Bubble Disco to take place in the Main Auditorium with plenty of room for dancing.

Artrix are thrilled to welcome Tiger Feature’s Children’s Film Making Workshop on Thursday 31st May. During this one day course, young people aged 11 to 17 years, will learn how to plan, film and edit a (and perhaps even star in!) their own short film.

Young children can enjoy Old MacDonald and The Three Pigs Plus... a colourful and fun interactive show, full of props, pop-ups and audience participation. Weather depending this performance will take place outside on Tuesday 29th May at 1pm (If wet, the performance will take in The Studio).

Come to Artrix for all of this and more, including a warm welcome in our family friendly cafe, the complimentary soft play area for under 3s and free and convenient parking. For further information or tickets visit or call Box Office on 01527 577330. n

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TROLLS SINGALONG VERSION Tuesday May 29th 10.30am. DreamWorks Animation’s TROLLS is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music! From the genius creators of SHREK, TROLLS stars Anna Kendrick as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. Tickets: £2.50

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missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his rowing boat on a journey to the South Pole. But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn’t what the penguin was looking for after all. Set sail on a wonderful adventure in this magical, musical show for ages 3+. From the bestselling picture book by award-winning children’s author, Oliver Jeffers, this simple story of true friendship comes to life with puppetry, songs and music. Tickets: £10

Thursday 17th- Saturday 19th May at 7.30pm. Sat matinee 2.30pm Escape the real world with Evesham Operatic and Dramatic Society as they delve into a land of fantasy, magic, and the supernatural. Featuring music, dance, and poetry from some of the world’s best loved fairy tales and stories, such as Harry Potter, Into the Woods, Matilda, The Little Mermaid, and Finding Neverland, Once Upon a Song will take audiences on a mystical adventure that all ages, from the young to the young at heart, will enjoy. Tickets: £10 - £12.

LOST AND FOUND Sunday 27th May, 2:30pm. Once there was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door. He didn’t know where it had come from or who it belonged to. The penguin looked sad and the boy thought it must be lost. But no one seems to be


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Residence Liam Scarlett. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night. Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. This is an encore stream from the Royal Opera House to our cinema screen. Tickets: £17 / £16 and £8.50 under 18


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ISLE OF DOGS (PG) Friday 1st – Monday 4th June, 7:30pm. In Megasaki City, Japan, an outbreak of canine flu causes all dogs to be banished to a rubbish dump called Trash Island. A boy sets out to the island on a mission to find and rescue his dog and is helped by a pack of ‘also-exiled’ dog misfits on the island. The boy’s journey inspires dog lovers to uncover a conspiracy… This stop-motion animation in unique Wes Anderson style, features an all-star voice cast. Tickets: £7.50, Children under 11 £5.50

SWAN LAKE Sunday June 24th, 2pm. Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season the Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in

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FUN WORKSHOP: MEET MARY POPPINS Tuesday 29th May, Morning session: 10am – 12:30pm. Afternoon session: 1:30pm – 4pm. An action-packed workshop of creative fun with a Mary Poppins theme. Enter to the magical world of Mary Poppins with Sophie Jo and her team from Monkeys in Motion. Monty and Milly will also make an appearance help you create with paper and string, sing and dance your way to a happy half term. It will be super‐cali‐fragil‐ istic‐expi‐ali‐docious! Ages 5-8 years. To avoid disappointment please book early. Tickets: £14.00 for one or £24.00 for two tickets

CHOCOLATE CAKE Saturday June 9th 2pm & 4pm. When I was a boy, I had a favourite treat... Chocolate Cake! Follow the adventures of two brothers and the night-time disappearance of a chocolate

cake in this scrumptious new musical adaptation by the creators of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and How to Hide a Lion from Michael Rosen’s beloved poem Chocolate Cake, which has just been published as a picture book. Ohhh! I LOVED Chocolate Cake. Suitable for ages 4+. Tickets: £11.20

THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE Tuesday 3rd at 1:30pm & 4:30pm and Wednesday 4th July at 10:30am & 1:30pm. Join a tiny snail on her trip round the world in Tall Stories’ magical, musical production inspired by the fantastic bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Longing to see the world, a tiny snail hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing adventure – but when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Follow the tiny snail’s exciting journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father…Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs for everyone aged 4 and up, from the Olivier Award-nominated company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Room on the Broom’ live on stage. Age group: 4+. Tickets: £9.52

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