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The Bishop Of Hereford’s Bluecoat School Hampton Dene Road, Tupsley, Hereford HR1 1UU Telephone: 01432 347500 Enquiries:

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Academic Excellence • Pastoral Care • Extra Curricular Opportunities • Community Spirit We believe you will find: • A discernable energy and thirst for learning built on clear Christian values where everyone matters; • A school where students are given every opportunity to succeed in the widest sense, achieving the best possible outcomes; • A wide range of extra-curricular opportunities; • The whole school community: governors and staff, partents/carers and young people all working together; using expertise, experience and innovation; and students making a positive contribution to the communities in which they live

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Lower House, Whyle Lane, Pudleston, Nr Leominster Herefordshire, HR6 0RQ Tel: 01905 723011 Publishing Editor: Dawn Pardoe - 01905 727909 Design and Production: Paul Blyth Sales & PR : Rachel Seabright - 01905 727900 • Primary Times is independently published and distributed free through Infant and Junior Schools throughout Hereford & Worcester. It is also available by subscription at £50 per year. Its aims are to inform families and children of current educational issues, forthcoming events, courses and attractions and to give teachers, pupils and parents the opportunity to participate in the magazine by adding to its contents or joining in the competitions which we run. It is not our intention to publish any racist, sexist or politically based material whatsoever. We also undertake not to carry any advertising which we would consider to be offensive to young families or harmful to the best interests of young children. Primary Times would like to thank all the schools for their assistance in distributing the magazine and for their contributions to its contents. We would also like to thank all the advertisers who have supported this publication and therefore made it possible. Please support their endeavours when and where you can. The copyright on all written material, logos and advertising artwork produced by our studio remains with Primary Times or the relevant contributor. Primary Times is currently publishing over 2,672,883 copies per issue throughout the counties of: Avon, Bedfordshire & Luton, Berkshire, Birmingham & Black Country, Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff & The Vale, South West Wales, Newport & Monmouthshire, Cheshire & The Wirral, Cornwall, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Edinburgh & The Lothians, Fife, Tayside & Central Scotland, Glasgow & West of Scotland, Essex (North & Mid, South & West), Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Hampshire, Hereford & Worcester, Hertfordshire, Ireland (Dublin, Leinster, South and West), Kent (East, North & West), Lancashire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire, London (East, North, South East, South West, South, West), Merseyside, Newcastle, Gateshead and Northumberland, Newport & Monmouthshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Somerset, Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent, Sunderland & Durham, Surrey, Sussex (East & West), Tees Valley, Warwickshire and Solihull, Wiltshire, Yorkshire (North & East, South and West). For further details contact The Primary Times Team on 01905 723011

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WITH YOUR TROUSERS! Textile banks: use the ones at your local Household Recycling Centres or from well- known charities such as Salvation Army, Oxfam or BHF. Those not from national charities are usually commercial merchants who do not give any of their proceeds to charity.

Reselling sites: there are many specialist sites such as Vinted ( and Depop ( that will enable you to resell your clothes alongside the more well-known ones such as eBay. Cash for clothes: there are also organisations that will pay schools for collecting clothing and with children outgrowing their clothes so quickly this may be a great way to reuse them and make money for the school. Also check if there is a second hand uniform shop connected to your school. In-store incentives: clothing retailers such as H&M and M&S are encouraging people to bring back clothing in return for vouchers. The stores have pledged to recycle as much as they can, with M&S alone bringing in over £16m for Oxfam through the sale of their clothes online.

In the UK, we buy more clothes per person than any other country in Europe, yet according to WRAP, over 350,000 tonnes of clothing is thrown away each year, with most of it ending up in landfill and contributing to global warming. As one of the most water-polluting industries and responsible for 10% of annual global carbon emissions, the fashion industry, especially “fast fashion” is now working hard to encourage people to make better choices with regards to fashion. Worcestershire County Council are constantly reminding residents that textiles and shoes cannot be recycled in the green bin, yet it is still one of the most frequent non-recyclable items found in green bins. As an alternative here are some options to extend the life of your clothing.


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1. Make your clothes last as long as possible through careful washing: Extending the life of clothes by an extra nine months of active use would reduce carbon, water and waste footprints by around 20–30% for each garment. So make sure not to wash your clothes too much and when you do, use the lowest temperature setting that you can. 2. Learn to repair your clothing: If an item is worn and has holes, don’t automatically put it in the bin, try repairing it. There are videos on Love Your Clothes (www.loveyourclothes. on how to do simple repairs items. 3. Donate or sell your unwanted clothes: There are many ways to recycle old clothing other than taking it to a charity shop, who at the moment are overwhelmed with donations.

4. Change the way you shop: when looking at a piece of clothing ask yourself; will you get a lot of wear out of it? Do you actually need it? If that is a yes, make sure you are buying responsibly. This could be buying second hand, renting or buying through sustainable brands. The last words need to come from Patrick Grant from “The Great British Sewing Bee” “we have enough clothing on the planet right now to clothe the next six generations of the human race” n For more information on reducing your waste visit

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Ross-on-Wye’s Bands in the Park is back for a new summer series. The free concerts start at 2.30pm and end at 4.30pm so BYOB ie Bring Your Own Blanket (or beverage / bite to eat / best friends...) and head down to the Caroline Symonds Gardens for a relaxing afternoon of summer entertainment.

JULY Until 4th September

SUMMER EXHIBITION OF STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE MUSEUM OF CARPET ARCHIVE Generation: The People and Production of Kidderminster opens on Saturday. With photographs and objects from the Museum of Carpet’s archive, Generation tells stories of an industry and community. The exhibition explores the local place at a time when we have all been forced to slow down and stay close to home. In Kidderminster, a singleindustry town with a world-leading carpet industry, generations of local families worked in the same carpet factories. This makes it a rich place to explore connections and shared experiences between generations: what has changed over the last century, as well as what has stayed the same.The exhibition includes a free outdoor exhibition outside Morrisons supermarket made possible by the Culture Recovery Fund.


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2021 GREAT MALVERN FOOD FESTIVAL Avenue Road, Great Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3AF. Free. The annual Great Malvern Food Festival is back for its 10th year. To assist with social distancing, we’ve changed the date to be a two-day festival from 10-11 July 2021. We’ve also moved locations to Priory Park, with the iconic backdrop of Malvern Theatres and the Malvern Hills. This new location will enable market stalls to be spread across a larger area, along with the Cookery Demonstration Theatre being hosted in the open-air bandstand. This year’s Great Malvern Food Festival is kindly supported by Windsor Court, the new retirement village and care home in Great Malvern. foodfest

Sunday 11th

FAMILY COOKING EXPERIENCE Monmouth Road, Longhope, Gloucester, GL17 0QD. Join us at Harts Barn Cookery School for some quality family time! Bring the family together and spend the morning cooking delicious dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. Learn new skills, teach your children some essential life skills and enjoy the great company and venue. You will prepare and cook a 3-course meal and then enjoy eating your creations together in our Apple Barn dining venue adjacent to the cookery school. Duration: 3 hours. £30 per ticket

Monmouth Road, Longhope, Gloucester, GL17 0QD. Join us at Harts Barn Cookery School for some quality family time! Bring the family together and spend the morning cooking delicious dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. Learn new skills, teach your children some essential life skills and enjoy the great company and venue. You will prepare and cook a 3-course meal and then enjoy eating your creations together in our Apple Barn dining venue adjacent to the cookery school. Duration: 3 hours. £30 per ticket

Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd THREE COUNTIES GOOD LIFE SHOW

Discover the best of country living this summer, Artisan Food & Drink, Premium Countryside Shopping, and the NEW Grow & Cook Theatre with special celebrity guests! Dreaming of self-sufficiency, pondering growing your own vegetables or perhaps you are interested in the countryside and rural living, then the Good Life Show is perfect for you! Tickets are now on sale for the new Good Life Show at Three Counties, taking place on 21 & 22 July 2021 and sponsored by M&S Food. This fresh new two-day event comes hot on the heels of the nationwide lockdowns, which found many people planting their own vegetables, cooking from scratch and even trying their hand at keeping chickens and bee’s. Visitors can wander around the Rural Living Quarter and enjoy demonstrations from artisan craftspeople and independent makers, with lots of retail therapy opportunities. There is also the featured Livestock Zone, which will host a series of competitions and presentations, including Pandemic Pig! There will also be an opportunity to find out more about traditional Three Counties breeds, alongside an Aberdeen Angus Showcase, sponsored by M&S Food.Foodies will not be disappointed with an eclectic mix of food and drink outlets to enjoy on the day, including international street food favourites, alongside emerging and exciting local food brands and vendors, all promising a tantalising mix of tastes and smells. Tickets for the Good Life Show are available from https:// Ticket prices for

early bird advanced tickets until 21 June are £12.50 for adults and children aged 12-15 years are £6.00, Under 12’s free of charge. Advanced tickets booked after the early bird promo finishes on 21 June are £15.00 for adults and £8.50 for children. A limited number of tickets will be available on the gates at £17.00 for adults and £10.00 for children.

Thursday 24th July Sunday 1st August THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL

Worcester Cathedral. The next Three Choirs Festival will take place this summer in Worcester, from Saturday 24 July - Sunday 1 August 2021, with an exciting programme of choral and orchestral concerts, recitals, talks, family events, cathedral services, theatre, exhibitions and more. This year’s festival, which incorporates the themes of journeying, exploration and looking to the future, will be the first for Worcester Artistic Director, Samuel Hudson, who took up the post in September 2019 but missed out on hosting a festival last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The full programme for this year’s festival is now available and features over a thousand performers across 77 events. There is something for everyone to enjoy, from major choral and orchestral events in Worcester’s majestic cathedral, to chamber music, late night events, fun-filled family shows, sung cathedral services, fascinating talks and al fresco theatre, walks and excursions. We hope to have our Festival Village up and running, where audience members can relax in between events, soak up the festival atmosphere and enjoy free, live entertainment on the community bandstand. At the heart of the headline concert series, a stellar lineup of soloists will join the festival’s own chorus, the three cathedral choirs of Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester, and orchestrain-residence, the Philharmonia Orchestra.


Monmouth Road, Longhope, Gloucester, GL17 0QD. Join us at Harts Barn Cookery School for some quality family time! Bring the family together and spend the morning cooking delicious dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. Learn new skills, teach your children some essential life skills and enjoy the great company and

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R venue. You will prepare and cook a 3-course meal and then enjoy eating your creations together in our Apple Barn dining venue adjacent to the cookery school. Duration: 3 hours. £30 per ticket.

AUGUST Sunday 8th

GOODHEART ANIMAL SANCTUARY SUMMER OPEN DAY 2021 The Nickless Farm, Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY14 0BE. Join us for a fun-filled family at our beautiful 92-acre animal sanctuary near Kidderminster in Worcestershire.


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There’s over 300 rescued farm animals to meet, plus Kids scavenger hunt, face painting, and activities; Delicious food and drink; Cookery Workshops, Forest Schools, Yoga Classes, Animal Talks; Tombola, raffle, stalls and much more! Entry: £4 per person, FREE for under 5s. Those booked on to our Yoga and Outdoor Cookery Workshops get free entry to site. Free parking is available on site and dogs on a lead are welcome.

Saturday 14th WYE FLOAT

Hereford Rowing Club, 37 Greyfriars Ave, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4 0BE. Music Festival: This year Wye Float promises to bring you the very best Herefordshire has to offer regarding talent and entertainment. This year located within our main events area you will find a humongous inflatable dome and this is where you will be able to watch our incredible line up all day and all night from 10am till 10pm. So, make sure you plan ahead and book your camping early. This can be arrange by contacting Hereford Rowing Club. Don’t wait, book your

tickets today for a festival experience what you’ll want to rediscover year after year. 1.9 Mile Inflatable Float, The float will begin at Hereford Rowing Club, which if you don’t know already that’s where you will find our main stage and our incredible entertainments area. The distance is pretty simple, go with the flow and paddle downstream for approximately 1.9 miles. This has taken participants anywhere between 1 hour and 3 hours to complete, It is not a competition. You are guaranteed to see many local sights including the; Old Bridge, Hereford Cathedral and King Georges and the Bartonsham Dairy Fields from a distance. Once completed, there will be a short walk, guided by our volunteers to a nearby shuttle bus service which will take you back to the main events area.

Sunday 15th

FAMILY COOKING EXPERIENCE Monmouth Road, Longhope, Gloucester, GL17 0QD. Join us at Harts Barn Cookery School for some quality family time! Bring the family together and spend the morning

cooking delicious dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. Learn new skills, teach your children some essential life skills and enjoy the great company and venue. You will prepare and cook a 3-course meal and then enjoy eating your creations together in our Apple Barn dining venue adjacent to the cookery school. Duration: 3 hours. £30 per ticket

THE GREAT VIRTUAL JUNIOR WORCESTER CAKE OFF WITH COOKMATE Judging from 9am-2pm (Entries must be in BEFORE 12 noon on 14th August) Facebook Entry £2, Judging free – Donations welcome The best decorated cake competition for under 16s raising money for Megan Baker House Children’s Charity. Send in photos of your cake creations and let the public vote for their favourite!  To enter simply pay your £2 entrance fee on the JustGiving page: www. TheGreatWorcesterCakeOff. Print off the event form from www., fill it out and photograph your cake alongside the form and send it to Cookmate on Facebook. Entry is open from

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R the 7th–14th August and you can enter as many times as you like with different cakes. All entries* will be posted on Cookmate’s Facebook page and the photo with the most likes at 2pm will be the winner of a £20 Cookmate voucher to help them make more delicious creations! To vote, like our Facebook page and/or follow us on Instagram, voting is then free but donations to our Just Giving page www. TheGreatWorcesterCakeOff are welcome. The winner will be announced on Cookmate’s Facebook page on the 15th Aug at 5pm, the winner will be contacted directly to arrange collection of the voucher. Entrants must be under 16 (for over 16s please see The Great Virtual Worcester Cake Off with Cookmate). All entry fees and voting donations will go to supporting Megan Baker House Children’s Charity.

CRAFTY CARROT DOES KIDS’ CRAFT! – ‘FIRE BREATHING’ DRAGON 2pm. Crafty Carrot Gifts Facebook. Free. Join Hannah, the Crafty Carrot, on a crafting adventure! Recycle household materials and make a new craft every day from the 15th–21st August! Today Hannah will be showing you how to create your very own ‘fire breathing’ dragon! Join in with the crafting fun here: www. Young children will need adult supervision for some of the crafting

SUMMER STORYTELLING: TALES OF MAGIC & ENCHANTMENT 2pm-3pm. Zoom. Free - Donations welcomed The discovery of a mysterious bottle within the walls of the Tudor House Museum takes us on a Story-Walk through the House, where we will find clues to the stories that were found inside the bottle. To discover these stories of magic, charms and enchantment, join our storyteller, Sharon Carr, for a Mystery-Story tour at the Museum.


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Age group 8-11 years. To book tickets click the link: www.eventbrite. summer-storytelling-talesof-magic-and-enchantment-tick

Tuesday 17th

VIRTUAL ZUMBA KIDS JUNIOR WITH EVE MZ 1.30pm–2.15pm. Zoom. £2.50. Low impact exercise for children who feel the need to exert some energy, keep fit and have fun at the same time, all from the comfort of your home. Suitable for children aged 4-6-year olds; with permission from parents. For more information contact Eve on 07920047044. To book your place please follow the link www.facebook. com/events/275530380340138

Friday 20th

FAMILY VOLUNTEERING AT DIGLIS ISLAND 10am – 11.30am. Diglis Island. Free. During this session, children will have the opportunity to build and paint a bird box, which will be installed on Diglis Island for our feathered friends. There may also be an opportunity to spot some of the birds that call the island home. This activity is suitable for adults and children over 6 years of age. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Staff will be present to provide guidance and assistance, however, due to social distancing requirements, accompanying adults must be willing and able to assist children with construction of the boxes. All tools and equipment will be sanitised prior to the session and social distancing procedures will be followed. Hand sanitiser will be provided. If you wish to wear fabric gloves during the activity, please provide your own. This event is being run by Unlocking the Severn as part of Worcester Festival. Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited. For more information please contact Unlocking the Severn Volunteering Officer, Rachel Davies, on: rachel. davies@ To book your ticket click here: www. unlocking-thesevern-30753677286 Please note access to event location is over narrow lock gate walkways, which have a steep step on either end.

Sunday 22nd

VIRTUAL TAEKWONDO 11am–11.40am. Zoom. Free. This Taekwondo session is suitable for both adult and young children aged 4+. It offers a friendly family session

while improving family balance through fitness and fun. Take this opportunity to learn basic selfdefence and technical movements in the art of Taekwondo. Worcester Riverside Taekwondo club has been operating in Worcester since 2017, led by Bronach and Maresha Grewal (mum and daughter) who are both 3rd Dan black belt and have trained in Taekwondo for over 15 years with a number of championships under the belt! To book your place click here: worcester-festival-taekwondo-tastersession-tickets-113828564300

will be a one to one session via the Zoom platform. To book your place, click here: www.eventbrite. singing-workshoptickets-113486878308

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Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th

PUPPET PERSONALITY WORKSHOP 11am-11.30am. Zoom. £5 per household (Maximum of 3 households per time slot). A Workshop for primary school aged children aged 5-11-years. Children can participate by using either a bare hand, sock or mouth moving puppet. Bring your puppets to life, learning how to walk, talk and bring personality to your own creations! This session is taught by a DBS checked, qualified teacher. Click here to book your household’s place: puppet-personality-workshoptickets-113193962188

UB40 LIVE AFTER RACING Right in the city centre, you can make a full day of it, with thrilling horse racing and entertainment throughout the day, before listening to the upbeat reggae sounds of UB40 live in the superb surroundings of Worcester races. Celebrating 40 years in the business, the Birmingham Reggae and Pop Band UB40 has had more than 50 singles in the UK and sold over 70 million records worldwide. Their classics such as “Red Red Wine”, “Kingston Town” and ‘Homely Girl’ will have you dancing the night away. Kids Go Free! Children 17 and under go free to the races when accompanied by an adult (some exclusions apply for Festival fixtures and Live After Racing events). You’ll need to select a child ticket when making your booking.

Wednesday 25th

SINGING WORKSHOP 11am–11.30am. Zoom. £5 (1 person per session ONLY). This fun singing workshop is aimed at children aged 4-16. It is taught by a DBS checked, qualified teacher. The 30-minute class welcomes all abilities. This

Thursday 26th Monday 30th SUNSHINE FESTIVAL

Upton, East Waterside, Worcester, WR8 0PB. Fun filled Family Festival which has been running for eleven years now. World class acts, five stages and numerous attractions for the children.

HEREFORD INDIE FOOD Aubrey Street, Hereford, HR4 0BU. The festival is run by A Rule of Tum; a small restaurant group with 3 restaurants on Aubrey Street in Hereford, as well as 2 on Cherry Tree Walk in Worcester. A Rule of Tum has run the festival twice before in 2016 +2017, welcoming local street food vendors and showcasing the wonderful suppliers that Herefordshire country has offer. Music has always been a key feature of the festival, with local and national acts performing throughout the day and evening, across the weekend. Previous festivals have also featured a makers market with potters, blacksmiths, and craftspeople. This year’s festival is on the 28th + 29th August 2021 on Aubrey Street in Hereford.

Monday 30th

POWERFUL PRINCESSES AND NOBLE KNIGHTS The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester, WR1 2HU. Calling all knights and princesses! Come and enjoy a bank holiday ‘funday’ with interactive storytelling, archery, garden games and even some hobby horse racing! For an extra challenge, complete the trail around The Commandery and then get stuck into our craft activities and make something fantastic to take home with you. Archery is £2 for 4 arrows, and the trail and craft activities are £2 per child. Adults £7.50, Children 5-16 years £3.50, Children under 5 FREE, Family ticket £20, Worcester residents’ annual pass £5.50

G&TEA’S AFTERNOON TEA FOR TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC Delivery between 10am and 1pm G&Tea Website £7-£15 Join in with the Worcester Festival’s Teddy

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R Bears’ Picnic this bank holiday with a special picnic afternoon tea for the whole family to enjoy! Children’s menu - £7: Teddy Bear shape sandwiches Beehive shaped honey biscuits Gummy bear cupcake Juice box (apple or orange juice) Percy the Peacock colouring competition sheet Teddy bears picnic activity sheet Adult Menu - £15: A selection of finger sandwiches 3 cakes/sweet treats of the day Scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam Orders are be collected from G&Tea, 45 Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2NA. If this is not possible a delivery service is available for postcodes WR1, WR2, WR3, WR4 and WR5 only. Please note delivery is ONLY available on Saturday and Sunday,

orders on Monday 31st must be collected. Delivery is no extra cost. Delivery will be between 10am and 1pm. All dietary requirements catered for, just send G&Tea a message on social media or email with your order number. @tearoomworcester

SEPTEMER Saturday 4th Sunday 12th

H.ART - HEREFORDSHIRE ART WEEK Herefordshire Art Week is a nine day art trail open to all. Artists, craftmakers and creative businesses open their private studios everyday from 11am - 5pm at least. Galleries put on special events, whilst groups get together to put on one-off exhibitions, in a wonderful mix of interesting venues. Since 2002 our county wide art trail has taken place every year in the second week of September. h.Art has become part of Herefordshire’s rich cultural calendar, with a huge variety

of art and art forms on show in Open Studios, Group Exhibitions and Gallery Events. With the vast majority offering FREE admission to visitors, h.Art promises a fun day out in one of England’s most beautiful counties. Meet hundreds of individual artists, see an array of artwork across the county in the city and countryside, in fabulous locations such as manor houses, historic barns, farms, churches and beautiful gardens. h.Art is really special for art lovers, promising personal encounters with some of the UK’s finest artists and makers in the intimacy of their own homes and studios. Discovering new work, as well as being able to buy or commission exactly what they want, all direct with the artist. All the elements combine to attract people who want a high quality, memorable experience.  

Local acts plus some of the UK’s best tribute acts. All acts will be anounced on our social media pages. From £30 discounts for early bird bookings

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

Friday 10th

SAUSAGE AND CIDER FEST WORCESTER WORCESTER RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB. Our outdoor sausage and cider shows will have an amazing live music stage with a combination of

Family Highlights from this years upcoming Worcester Festival PERCY COLOURING COMPETITION Oh no – Percy’s all washed out and he needs you to colour him back in! Download a colour-me-in Percy from www.worcesterfestival. co.ukor grab one from the Tourist Information Centre and go as wild as you like putting him back to his full technicolour glory! Crayons, paint, feathers, sparkles…anything goes! Then take a snap of your work of art and email it to marketing@ or drop it in to the Tourist Information Centre. The entries will be judged in two different categories, under 9s and 9–15-year olds. The winners will receive a peacock cuddly toy and sweets.  Happy colouring! Entries must be submitted by 3rd September at 12 noon.  


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Primary Times Summer 2021 or pop to the Tourist Information Centre and follow the instructions to be taken on a tour around Worcester. The walk starts and finishes at the Guildhall. The walk is just a little more than a mile. Answer the questions as you go and when you have finished you can 1) Hand it in at the Tourist Information Office (if open) OR  2) Email it to marketing@ The first three, all correct entries drawn out of the hat on Friday 3rdSeptember will win a bottle of Prosecco and a peacock cuddly toy.

CRESS HEADS Cress is fun and super quick to grow. You don’t need compost as it can be grown on any moist porous surface. The idea is to grow cress anywhere you want and make it look like it’s hair, to make a character. You can use anything that can hold something

that can be made to stay moist. Egg shells are a great container because you can draw faces on them but you can use absolutely anything from small balls, mugs or even old shoes (Please make sure they are old!). The only limit is imagination. • Find your container. This must be able to hold something that can retain moisture. • Your container should then be packed with something that holds water eg cotton wool, kitchen rolls • Moisten the packing and sprinkle some cress seeds on it. Just enough so you can still see what they are resting on.

light water ( About a teaspoon just to keep them moist) • In about two to three days they should germinate (start to grow). Now is the time to uncover them. • Keep them moist and they will grow a great head of hair. • Now the fun part! Decorate your head! You can make it a member of your family or a pet or a self-portrait or a famous person or a person from history or anything you want. • Send us a picture of your head to marketing@worcesterfestival. with an explanation (if needed).

• Cover over with paper (e.g. if egg shells, covering over with the egg box lid is ideal).

• There will be three prizes available, best cress head, most inventive cress head and the cress head grown in the biggest container.

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ANCESTORS THIS SUMMER IN BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER! Meet over 500 birds including birds of prey, large cassowary and rare species like the Waldrapp ibis. Spot flamingos, pelicans, cranes and waterfowl that live in our riverside habitats with many more inhabiting over 50 aviaries.

lurking between the trees in the Jurassic Journey area.

See England’s only breeding group of king penguins and the comical Humboldts.

Birdland is open daily and tickets must be pre-booked online. Please note: Close Encounter area will be temporarily closed. See website for full details.

Explore the Out of Africa area home to hornbills, village weavers and many more amazing birds from across the continent. Venture into the woodland and encounter life-sized dinosaurs

Don’t miss the Park’s newest addition, the Parliament of Owls where visitors can meet some amazing species and have a hoot!

Rissington Road, Bourton-on-theWater, Gloucester, GL54 2BN Telephone: 01451 820480 Email:


FAMILY ADVENTURES your family group will be led on treks throughout the woodland, up and down dale, around the paintball zones and along beautiful woodland tracks. Suitable from aged 10, your family will be guided by experienced instructors for your own exclusive session, no hanging around for other families – your session is for your family group alone.

After so much of the last 18 months being cooped up inside– this Summer Holidays is the time to get out for some adventures in the great outdoors. Oaker Wood Activity centre near Leominster in Herefordshire has an amazing range of activities for all the family. If speed is your thing, book in for a quad trekking adventure through 175 acres of woodland. After an initial training on the quad track,


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Oaker Wood also offer a range of adrenalin filled High Rope activities including Zip Wire, Quick Jump and Monkey Climbing as well as shooting activities including Clay Pigeon Shooting, Laser Clays and Target Shooting. There is also a self guided Woodland Krypton Trail – 16 puzzles and challenges set along a woodland trail. The activity site is open 7 days a week, all activities must be booked in advance.


DAY OUT AT NEWBRIDGE THIS SUMMER! Come and make memories together with friends and family at Newbridge this summer!

Situated nr Ledbury, Newbridge Farm Park has various events going on throughout the summer, including reptile & exotic animal encounters, crafts, pony rides and more! Check our website for the schedule of events, you can also find updates on Facebook and Instagram. Our large, open park area is the perfect place for kids to explore and play freely and safely. We have giant sandpits, outdoor & indoor, zipwire, climbing frames, rope swings in our Haybale Barn, toddler swings, ride on tractor tracks, and more! Depending on restrictions, we hope to reopen

our soft play area too.

Visitors can enjoy a fast and bumpy ride around the field for a thrill that you won’t forget, and it’s included in our admission price! Our new, large barn will host some of our events and provides undercover seating and a Pirate’s Sandpit. Session numbers are limited, so please prebook your tickets on our website to avoid disappointment. Our kitchen is remaining closed this year, but we sell hot and cold drinks, snacks and icecreams in our shop. The animal area and pets barn are now not part of the farm park attraction. For great days out listings, visit


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10th-12th August, 2pm. Sam Bradshaw Productions Presents Hexwood School of Sorcery. Maisey Hexwood was born into a family of spellbinding sorcerers. Her great grandfather set up the Hexwood School of Sorcery in the early 60’s. It’s now time for Maisey to follow in her family’s footsteps and begin her studies in sorcery. The only problem is, Maisey isn’t very good at magic, in fact she’s terrible! She once attempted a disappearing spell that made her wand disappear, she turned her Mum’s cat florescent pink and her first broom-flight ended when she crashed through her neighbour’s garden fence. Join Maisey on her adventures through sorcery school as she meets lots of eccentric and hilarious characters and learns to embrace her magical mishaps and finally love herself, warts and all. With original music by Masashi Fujimoto, energetic Choreography by Aimee Marie Bow and real stage magic, this is the perfect treat for the whole family. Recommended age 4+. Group of Four: £45

Thursday 24th June 2021. Duration: 55 minutes. To find out more about this class or to book yourself a place, contact Laura on 07725 357531 or

BE A STAR WEEK ONLINE Monday 26th July 2021. Be A Star Week is a series of online workshops aimed at young people, aged 8-15 with or without additional needs and/or disabilities. By attending this week of workshops, participants will also complete their Discover Arts Award, a nationally recognised qualification. Places cost £65 and include access to all workshops, Arts Award materials and certificate. Sessions will be delivered online, via Zoom. Links and codes will be sent in a booking confirmation email. Each day will begin with a 30-minute introductory talk, then workshops will be delivered from 10.30am – 12pm followed by a break from 12pm – 12.15pm and finally a session on Arts Award activities from 12.15pm – 1pm. Workshops for the week are as follows: Monday 26 July,


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10am – 1pm Drama with Open Theatre Company Tuesday 27 July, 10am – 1pm Shake, Rattle & Roll (Music) with Aidan Sheehan Wednesday 28 July, 10am – 1pm Movement with Stopgap Dance Company Thursday 29 July, 10am – 1pm Sensory Storytelling with Iona Johnson Friday 30 July, 10am – 1pm Arts & Crafts with Katrina Preston £65.00

COURTYARD ADVENTURES Monday 9th August 2021. Sessions run daily from Monday 9 – Friday 13 August, 10am – 1pm. Courtyard Adventures is a series of drama based, summer holiday workshops for children aged 7 – 12. Adventure is everywhere… and you don’t need to travel far to find it! Join The Courtyard as we use drama to traverse deserts, explore rainforests, climb mountains and conquer space. This summer, it’s time to rediscover your sense of adventure! The Courtyard Adventures workshops will be delivered in person at The Courtyard. £50.00

malvern theatre Tel: 0845 287 2146 SARAH AND THE DUCK 19th & 20th July. The enchanting world of Sarah and Duck is brought to life featuring the wonderful characters from the BAFTA award-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, Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take you and your children on a magical adventure. £15.68 (Price includes 12% booking fee). Show Times: Monday 19th July at 2pm & 4pm; Tuesday 20th July at 1:30pm & 4:30pm.

JENNY WREN PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS EDITH NESBIT’S THE RAILWAY CHILDREN Saturday 7th August at 3.30pm & 7.30pm. A brand new adaptation by Fiona Ross. We’re back, and we couldn’t be happier about it! Jenny Wren Productions present Edith Nesbit’s classic story of separations and reunions in a unique re-telling. At the end of World War 1, the Railway Children, now grown-up,

WODYS ARE BACK WITH A SUPER SUMMER CONCERT DON’T MISS – We are excited to announce WODYS at the WOOD to be held at Nunnery Wood High School, Worcester, on Saturday, August 7. WODYS, aged 8 to 18, will be dancing and singing a variety of numbers from shows including Shrek, Annie, Footloose and Whistle Down The Wind, and many more, as well as putting on a fantastic finale. There will only be two performances, a matinee starting at 2.30pm and an evening performance starting at 7pm – so book early so as not to miss out! Entrance is ticket only (which includes entrance into the raffle), so hurry and get your tickets now: Email: Or call 07850 558770. Ticket prices: Adults: £7, children (under 16): £5, senior citizens: £5, under 2’s: free. WODYS at the WOOD will be performed in the open air and the audience is invited to bring a picnic, taking chairs or blankets and perhaps a table. We have ordered warm weather, but a waterproof is always handy.  Like the rehearsals, the audience

will be socially distanced, of course.   The money raised at the raffle will go to WODYS chosen charity for this year – Bonterre, a care farm for children in Holt Heath. The classroom is based within the grounds of Top Barn Farm and helps youngsters who are struggling to stay at school for a variety of reasons including autism, ADHD or because of complex backgrounds. For the first time since March, 2020, members have been meeting in different groups on a Saturday morning back at St Mary’s Hall. With producer and director, Dave Humphries, choreographers Rachel Price and Katie McNamee, musical director Hattie Amos, pianist Brian Giles and Laura Fullelove they have been preparing for WODYS at the WOOD. Despite having weekly zooms with everything from acting and singing to dance and quizzes over many months, the youngsters were delighted to be together again and take the first steps towards putting on this musical extravaganza. Email to use for ticket sales is  The mobile number is 07850 558770.

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revisit their childhood adventures in an effort to help Peter recover his lost memory. With live music, tales of community and unexpected friendships, acts of bravery and red petticoats, The Railway Children is a fun-filled show celebrating the joy of being together. The perfect antidote to the last year. All aboard – suitable for passengers of all ages! In the open-air – please bring a blanket or chair. Tickets: £14, Under 16s £10. Prices include 12% booking fee

Market theatre Tel: 07967 517125 WHITE SOCKS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS - A MINOR EXCURSION 31st July. A heart-warming, story-telling performance, based around memories of family road trips. A Minor Excursion is the story of two sisters reminiscing of bygone days about their grandparents and family holidays - join them for the sights, sounds and traffic jam games! Tickets: £7

norbury theatre Tel: 01905 770154 CHILDREN’S THEATRE - ‘SNARKMAN AND THE GOOD WITCH’ BY SHEILA CAMPBELL A short play performed by adults for children aged three and over. The play makes a great birthday treat for children. 2.30pm. Tickets £2.


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palace theatre Tel: 01527 65203 POP PRINCESS 4th September. This is the children’s pop concert with a big difference. A musical spectacular starring four fabulous Fairy tale Princesses who just love to sing! It’s the perfect mix. Featuring a soundtrack of top pop hits from artists such as Little Mix, Ariana Grande, Taylor swift. Meghan Trainor, and internet sensation, JoJo Siwa, plus songs from all your favourite Films and Musicals. Come and join the fun! Tickets: £17.00* Meet and greet (limited availability): £25.00* Box (Max 4 people): £65.00* *Inclusive of £1.00 booking fee. Suitable for all.

worcester live Tel: 01905 611427 HORRIBLE HISTORIES GORGEOUS GEORGIANS & VILE VICTORIANS Tuesday 27th July 2021, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. At The Swan Theatre. We all want to meet people from history! The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare for Horrible Histories live on stage with the acclaimed production of Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians! Are you ready to swing with a Georgian king? Can you see eye to eye with Admiral Nelson? Does the Duke the Wellington get the boot? Dare you dance the Tyburn jig? Will you be saved by Florence Nightingale? Find out what a baby farmer did and move to the groove with party Queen Victoria! Don’t miss this horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in! Price: £18 / £16 children

Thursday 29th July, 2pm. At Henry Sandon Hall. Award winning PaddleBoat Theatre Company present RUSTLE an interactive outdoor family show, jam packed with puppets, songs and outdoor surprises. Imagine that you’re far from home, Playing in the woods all on your own And all is still and calm and clear But what’s that rustle you can hear? Three young explorers are setting up camp in the great outdoors to tell the greatest campfire story ever told: where sleeping bags become monsters, torches illuminate the forest’s darkest secrets and unlikely friendships are made. Price: £9 / £7 Child / Family of 4 £30. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) available through the Box Office only 01905 611427. Suitable for 4 years +

JARRED CHRISTMAS AND HOBBIT: THE MIGHTY KIDS BEATBOX COMEDY SHOW Saturday 31 July, 2:30pm. At The Swan Theatre. Are you a kid? Do you like music, laughing and whacka-doodle-noodle craziness? If yes to any of those, grab your pet adult and come join our Mighty crew! Direct from a UK tour and sell-out run at last year’s festival, we’re back with a brand new show for 2020; bigger and even more bonkers! Come and laugh through your pantaloons and pick up beatboxing tips to wow your chums. This is the hottest ticket in town, so wear your oven gloves and get involved! Fantastic family fun and silliness galore with award-winning comedian Jarred Christmas (CBBC’s Joke Machine and The Dog Ate My Homework) and world champion beatboxer & UK Loopstation Champion, Hobbit. ‘Best Kids Show’ Nominee, Leicester Comedy Festival. Price: £8

HEXWOOD SCHOOL OF SORCERY Tuesday 17th August, 2pm and 4.30pm. At The Swan Theatre. Sam Bradshaw Productions Presents

Hexwood School of Sorcery. Maisey Hexwood was born into a family of spellbinding sorcerers. Her great grandfather set up the Hexwood School of Sorcery in the early 60’s. It’s now time for Maisey to follow in her family’s footsteps and begin her studies in sorcery. The only problem is, Maisey isn’t very good at magic, in fact she’s terrible! She once attempted a disappearing spell that made her wand disappear, she turned her Mum’s cat florescent pink and her first broom-flight ended when she crashed through her neighbour’s garden fence. Join Maisey on her adventures through sorcery school as she meets lots of eccentric and hilarious characters and learns to embrace her magical mishaps and finally love herself, warts and all.  With original music by Masashi Fujimoto, energetic Choreography by Aimee Marie Bow and real stage magic, this is the perfect treat for the whole family. Recommended age 4+. Price: £14. Family of 4 Ticket for £40. 4 Tickets at £10 each.

THE ADVENTURES OF BO PEEP Sunday 22nd August 2021, 1.30pm. At The Swan Theatre. Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep, And can’t fall asleep without them! Watch the adventures of Bo Peep unravel as she tries to rescue her woolly friends! Counting her sheep always sends Bo Peep off to sleep by bedtime, but with no sign of them yet she’ll be up all night searching. Bo Peep needs you and your family’s help to save her little lambkins from danger in time for bed! Award winning, Knuckle and Joint and Churchill Theatre have teamed up to bring you a brand new and magical adaptation of well loved nursery rhyme, Little Bo Peep, to Worcester Swan Theatre. It is a perfect theatre introduction for your little ones with an interactive story and sensory learning. Look out for a flock of woolen puppets, original music and sheep themed silliness. Price: £11


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Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm (last entry 4:30pm) • Sunday 1:00pm – 3:00pm (last entry 2:30pm)

WORCESTERSHIRE’S NUMBER ONE TOURIST ATTRACTION REOPENS! Worcester Cathedral is welcoming back visitors after being forced to close its doors for the first time in its history due to the pandemic.

HISTORIC Explore the stories of this 1,000-year-old building. Find out about its founder and his good friend the goose, meet a King, learn about the Prince who should have changed history, explore the history of England through magnificent stained-glass windows, enjoy a sweet treat in the Cloisters Café or pick up a souvenir from the gift shop. Turn up for a Socially Distanced Tour Monday to Saturday at 11am or 2:30pm (£7 per person, accompanied children are free).



Family activities running throughout the summer.

The Leaves of the Trees reflective memorial throughout August.

Explore the Cathedral’s Stained Glass Windows, try out our new digital trail, explore the Cathedral’s connections to the History of Worcester.

SPACE – Journey to the edge of the Universe and back with a spectacular immersive sound and light show.

Check our What’s On page for dates and times

Check out the What’s On page on our website for specific dates and times. Make sure Worcester Cathedral is part of your 2021 Staycation!


Our award-winning range of schools’ activities will restart in September 2021! To support your curriculum, we can offer: • Schools Tours – bring your students to discover the history and heritage of the Cathedral • Bespoke learning activities – designed to meet your learning objectives. Key curriculum areas are Place of Christian Worship, Monastics, King John, Tudors, Civil War, How to build a Cathedral and Art and Poetry. • Loan Boxes – a range of stimulating activities for children of all abilities delivered to your classroom

To find out more about what we can offer to your school please contact or call 01905 732919


Open to local boys and girls in school years 4-8 (aged 8-13). The choir meets twice a week during term-time on Wednesday evening and performs every Sunday in the 6:30pm service. There is no audition – if you love to sing; we’d love to hear from you. Come along to our taster session on 30th June at 6:30pm. Contact for more information.

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