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Raring2go! WELCOME

Welcome to Spring and the latest edition of your local Raring2go! magazine. As the warmer, brighter days approach with lighter mornings and evenings, it’s time to venture out more and get plenty of fresh air to whisk away those winter cobwebs! It’s all been happening pp here at Raring2go! BBB HQ with the national rebranding heralded with huge excitement at our Raring2go! conference in January, along with a change in area name from North Cotswolds and Cherwell to Banbury, Bicester and Burford (and surrounding villages!) However, although we have a fresh look and new name we’ve still got the same fantastic format of interesting and helpful p articles, places p to go along with exciting competitions p and fabulous offers! So, what’s in the spring magazine: On pages p 10, 18 and 22 and 26 the bumper what’s on guide is bursting with ideas for family days out over Easter and ½ term. Don’t forget our online events calendar where you can find even more p places to go and things to do which is constantly being updated…… On page p 13 have a look at our National Shoe Week feature supported by our local Groovy2Shoes! On pages p 14 and 15, there are Easter facts and crafty makes. On pages p 30 and 31, there are some great competitions p to enter: get those entries in NOW! #beinittowinit!! All seasoned with articles to read while you have a few (rare) minutes to yourself, probably p when your little one/s are settled asleep!

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Raring2go! PLACES TO GO

BEAT 8th to 17th June 2018 Family Programme  Activities for all ages throughout the festival  Storytelling & drama workshops  Special guest appearance by Tw T eedy the clown from Gifford’s Circus! Family Day on Saturday 16th June  Arts & crafts workshops  Mural painting  Street performers  The bestselling David Walliams Play “The Midnight Gang”

B R OA DWAY 8th to 10th June

New for 2018 An exciting three day event featuring artists, printmakers, sculptors, ceramicists, designers and craftsmen demonstrationg their skills.

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What’s new at.. West Midland Safari Park in 2018? Staff at West Midland Safari Park are preparing for their best year yet, as the attraction prepares to celebrate its 45th year. The busy schedule for 2018 includes celebrating the birthdays of animals born last year, an education partnership with art exhibit Worcester Stands Tall and the opening of their brand new prehistoric exhibit - Ice Age which is due to arrive in Spring. Continuing the journey from The Land of the Living Dinosaurs exhibit, the £1 million project will feature a huge volcano, ice cave and ferocious, life-sized animals, taking guests on an interactive exploration through time. Adventurers will be able to walk amongst a gigantic woolly mammoth, a fierce Smilodon and an enormous Paracatherium, to name just a few. As well as the brand new exhibit, the Park is also the official Education Partner for Worcester Stands Tall - a public art exhibition of decorated giraffe sculptures due to be dotted around the streets of Worcester during the summer of 2018. The event, facilitated by Wild In Art and brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice, will enable local schools and renowned artists

to design and decorate the sc sculptures. lpt res Larger sculptures will eventually be auctioned off to raise money for the hospice. The Park has also teamed up with awardwinning studio Aardman for their prehistoric comedy movie, Early Man. Fans of the film will be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of parts of the set used in the movie inside the ‘Early Man Secret Cave’, which will be at the Park until Easter. Celebrating their first birthdays, guests can see how much the gorgeous babies of 2017 have grown during the past year. Fennessy the Rothschild’s giraffe is now a staggering 10 feet tall and is showing no signs of slowing down! Also on the Safari Drive-through is beautiful baby Fahari, the second southern white rhino born at the Park within two years. Full of confidence and charisma, the healthy youngsters have been a great success for the longevity of both species, whose numbers are dramatically dropping in the wild. West Midland Safari Park opens daily for its summer season from 10 February 2018. Standard admission charge is £24.00 for adults, £19.00 for children aged 3-15 and £22.00 for concessions. Admission includes a Free Return Ticket. Adventure Theme Park rides are charged extra. Further information and tickets are available from the Park’s website or by telephone: 01299 402114. You can find out more on the Safari Park’s official Facebook page: For a chance to win a family ticket to West Midland Safari Park go to page 31.


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Cycling is not only great exercise for both you and your kids, it’s also the greenest form of transport you can take. So, lower your carbon footprint and get on your bike with these tips for both beginners and more experienced cyclists. Getting started: If you have young children, you will need some method of transporting your little ones on your bike. Options include: a bike seat (approx 6mths-3yrs) that fits on either a cross bar or the back of an adult bike; a sit-in trailer (approx 6mths-5yrs) that can be pulled by an adult bike; or a trailer bike (approx 4-9yrs) that attaches behind an adult bike. Whichever option you prefer, visit a reputable bicycle shop for advice before buying. First rides: Children who have just learned to cycle independently – usually around seven years old – will enjoy a cycling trip with you. To keep them enthusiastic, start with short, safe traffic free journeys on relatively flat routes, and allow for plenty of rests so they don’t get too tired. Cycle behind them so you can see them clearly. Practicalities: Security is essential, so invest in a good quality bike lock for each bike – look for a strong lock that can secure the wheels and main frame to a solid external support. Panniers – bags that usually fit on a rear rack of a bicycle – are a useful way to carry things and are more comfortable than backpacks, which can be heavy and hot. Cycling is thirsty work, so always carry enough water for everyone. A few snacks probably won’t go amiss either. Protect your family: The best way to stay safe on a bike is for both you and your children to get some proper cycle training from a qualified and


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accredited instructor. Search to access cycling lessons. Head out: Once you are confident about cycling with your family, go exploring. For over 10,000 miles of routes on traffic-free paths, quiet lanes and traffic-calmed roads, check out The National Cycle Network on the Sustrans (the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity) website:

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WHAT’S ON SPRING 2018 Sat 10th Feb - Sat 14th April. Banbury Museum: Going Underground. Crafty Corner / Family Fun. Available Saturdays & every day during the Oxfordshire school holidays. Suitable for children age 3+.

Tue 6th - Sun 11th March, Tue 13th - Sun 18th March, Tue 20th & Wed 21st March. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum: Oxfordshire Remember 1914 –

grown plants, beer stall, homemade cakes & bakes, & coffee shop.

Fri 30th March - Mon 2nd April. Blenheim Palace: Easter events. An eggcellent Easter weekend is planned for all the family to enjoy, with lots of additional fun to be had over the entire Easter holidays.

Sat 24th March - Sat 9th June. Banbury Museum: Marvellous Machines. An exhibition for all ages

18 Part II: Running throughout 2018 is the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum’s contribution to the commemoration of the Centenary of WW1.

that combines curious & quirky gadgets & contraptions from the days before electronics, with modern automata, & all with more than a hint of

Sat 10th & Sun 11th March. Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park:

Sun 25th March. Burford Singers: A Concert for Palm

Mother’s Day Weekend, Mums go FREE online ticket offer.

Sunday, 7.30pm at Church of St. John the Baptist, Burford. OX18 4RY.

Sat 10th & Sun 11th March. Fairytale Farm: Mother’s Day Weekend,

Thurs 29th March - Thurs 5th April. Thinktank, Birmingham: Easter Dino Egg

Mums ½ price. Enjoy amazing animals, an enchanted walk, a town full of mice & a homemade cake in the Beanstalk Cafe. Free activities running all day.

Sun 11th March. All Things Wild: Mother’s Day £5 entry for mums.

Sat 17th March. Chipping Norton Farmers Market.

Sat 17th March. The Chipping Norton Theatre: Captain Flinn & the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass. 2pm.

Hunt: The Easter Bunny doesn’t visit Thinktank, but the Easter Dinosaur does, & they have left large Dino eggs hidden around the museum.

Thurs 29th March - Sun 15th April. Becketts Farm: meet the new farm chicks & say hello to some of our other animal guests including lambs, ewes & donkeys.

Fri 30th March. Easter chocolate workshop: children age 7-13. Involves making 3 items & gift wrapping to add that professional touch. 10 11:15am & 2 - 3:15pm.

Fri 30th & Sat 31st March. Compton Verney: Easter Adventure,

Sat 24th March. Piddington Pantry Spring Market:

where has the giant bunny hidden his ‘eggciting’ clues? £3 per child.

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Raring2go! PARTY PLANNING Are you planning a kid’s or teen’s birthday party, wedding or event? Are you looking for inspiration for something new and different that will entertain and amaze? We have a new and exciting option in the form of a gaming party. Bring the Game over is a fully mobile gaming arcade that offers an immersive and fun video gaming experience. Being mobile makes us incredibly convenient, we travel and set up at a location that suits you taking away the hassle and stress of getting a group to an entertainment venue. Our state of the art, one of a kind gaming van has the latest and most powerful games consoles with an extensive library of the most popular games titles suitable for all ages, tastes and abilities. We also feature incredible virtual reality experiences and replica retro arcades.

Our aim is to make sure everyone has a controller in their hands and able to participate at all times, we have created a ground breaking layout that maximizes space without compromising safety and comfort. Our 90 Minute gaming parties start from ÂŁ175 for up to 14 players at a time, to learn more please visit our website or email

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Raring2go! ARTICLE

All join in with...

walking to school.

LIVING Streets has been campaigning for better places to walk for over 85 years and that means for everyone. In the early days their campaigning led to the UK’s first zebra crossing and the introduction of speed limits. “We have a big ambition: every child that can, walks to school. A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less than half. We want to reverse this decline. We want children to be energised and empowered, and to make walking to school their natural choice. And we need your help.”

leaves and blossoming flowers. Activity diaries for both children and their parents will focus on the importance of nature, and the benefits of walking, as they make their way to and from school for the week. We can all benefit from some exercise and fresh air and walking doesn’t always mean a longer journey time.

Find out about the ways Living Streets gets children walking more, the fab tools provided for teachers and parents, and their groundbreaking campaigning work that all underpin the vision of a new walking generation. This year they’re exploring the ecosystem of a tree with their “Walking Roots challenge”.

By the time you’ve got the car out, bundled the children in, negotiated rush hour traffic and then found a parking space, it’s often just as quick to walk. Mum of two Kate Medhurst, says ditching the car and walking her children to school changed her life, reducing her stress levels and giving them all an opportunity for some quality family time each day. She says: ‘I have just got back this morning from walking my children to school. We enjoy watching the changing seasons, the flowers coming out and my daughter spends a lot of time on the walk looking for worms – they have so much fun.’

Pupils who walk to school each day add a sticker to the classroom activity-tree. Each sticker brings the tree to life across the week, from the roots and the trunk, to the colourful


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Walk to School Week is an annual event organised by Living Streets happening from 21st - 25th May and is a great way to give walking to school a go. For more information contact the Living Streets Walk to School team on 020 7456 9793, or visit the website:

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Raring2go! ARTICLE

NATIONAL SHOE FITTING WEEK #LOVEYOURFEET 24th-31stMarch 2018 The Society of Shoe Fitters and Children's Foot Health Register members believe prevention is better than cure. Ill--fitting shoes are the one item of clothing that can seriously damage your health long term. Like eyesight, hearing and teeth, feet need careful monitoring over the next 16 years and require expert advice. A baby's foot is mostly soft cartilage. Just like a bonsai tree, they can become misshapen if you restrict their growth. Putting a small child into baby-grows, socks/tights or shoes that are too tight, can do untold damage that may not become noticeable until they are older. It is important to let a child walk unaided across a room before putting them into shoes - nothing wrong with bare feet indoors until then. A good quality, supportive pair may seem expensive as they will be outgrown before being worn out (an infant should be fit checked every 46 weeks and they will have growth spurts as they get older), but well-fitted quality shoes are an insurance policy for their future development and mobility. Comfortable shoes allow you to walk naturally. No one likes a backache or neckache or looks forward to a knee or hip operation. Once children buy their own footwear it is difficult to avoid extreme fashions that are unhealthy like high heels, pointed toes, cheap ballerina pumps etc. A professional shoe fitter will assess how a child is walking, what shape their feet are and if they can see a potential problem presenting itself i.e. 'toeing', pronation, supination, etc. Using a gauge is merely a guide - just a starting point. No two pairs of feet and no two pairs of shoes are the same and gauges are calibrated differently too. Feet are sensitive, hard-working parts of the body, please look after them professionally. There is no charge for the expertise of a qualified shoe fitter and all children deserve a knowledgeable person to assess their feet and understand which pair of shoes fit correctly.

is an independent children's shoe shop in Stow on the Wold. Beverly Clough, proprietor and owner has been trained by the Society of Shoe Fitters. Groovy2Shoes is a member of the UK's Children's Foot Health Register, and she and her staff are committed to providing the highest standards in children's shoe fitting. Sadly, there is currently no statutory requirement in the UK to qualify as a shoe fitter and Beverly is only one of a handful of registered members in Gloucestershire working in children's footwear. As part of National Shoe Fitting week, Groovy2Shoes is encouraging parents to bring in their children to check the current fit of their shoes. National Shoe Fitting Week is a great opportunity to raise national awareness of the damage that can occur as a result of prolonged ill-fitting shoes in childhood. It also enables us to help educate parents and the wider community on the cost benefits of correctly fitting shoes and the promotion of healthy feet for life.

Hart Villa, Sheep Street, Stow on the Wold. GL54 1AA. 01451 798171 For more information about the Society of Shoe Fitters & details of registered qualified shoe fitters visit:: For more information about the Children’s Foot Health Register visit::


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Have a go at...

Creating coloured eggs YOU don't have to spend a small fortune to buy supplies to colour your hard-boiled eggs, you can use items you probably already have in your kitchen.

TOP TIP: Make an egg pin drying board out of foam board and pins, push pins all the way through to the other side then turn the board over, the eggs will dry with no marks on them enabling more perfection in your creations.

Method: In a coffee cup, mix together a ½


cup of water at room temperature, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and several drops of food colouring. I used about 20 drops of each colour, but you can adjust this however you like. Prepare several different colours in this manner. Carefully place one egg in each cup of food colouring. Watch the eggs carefully and remove them when they reach the desired shade. Use a spoon to remove the egg and place it on a paper towel to dry.

d d h Age Guideline: 3 years and up. Time Required: 30 minutes (does not include drying time). The age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more, or less, time depending on your circumstances.


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Raring2go! THINGS TO DO


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Adventures Let’s Go Fly a Kite Dover’s Hill in Chipping Campden, Broadway Tower and Kilkenny Lane Country Park in Carterton, all lend themselves to a good bit of kite flying. If you’re feeling creative, you could even make your own kite: have a look at this go-to guide on our website: life/things-to-do-with-dad

Go Star Gazing It still gets dark quite early in spring, which gives children a chance to head out and bring science to life by taking some time to explore the wonders of space without having to stay up too late. Pack up a blanket or camping mat to lie on, some warm clothes and a flask of hot chocolate and head out. Download an app like Star Walk (iPhone) or Google Sky (Android) and you will be able to identify the constellations you can see from wherever you are. Top tip: check the phases of the moon before you go – you will see more before the moon is full. Ready Steady Sow! Spring is a lovely time to get in your garden. Once the weather gets a bit warmer you could have a go at growing your own vegetables: tomatoes, carrots, runner beans and potatoes are good hardy choices for the children to get involved with. Vegetables will grow really well in containers and pots so if you don’t have a vegetable patch this shouldn’t stop you! Just make sure they have plenty of sunlight and some water and you’ll soon see those shoots popping up!


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Raring2go! WHATS ON

WHAT’S ON SPRING 2018 Fri 30th March - Sun 15th April. All Things Wild: Easter holidays “Dino Eggstravaganza”

Fri 30th March - Sun 15th April. Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park: Spring Festival.

Fri 30th March - Mon 2nd April. British Motor Museum: Easter Weekend Family Activities. Traditional Easter Egg hunt with a bit of a motoring twist! Also, Hatch Your own car at a drop-in craft activity suitable for all the family (4 years + adult supervision required).

Fri 30th March - Sun 15th April. MAD Museum: Easter Holidays. MAD Museum is offering a FREE downloadable fun pack. Answer questions, solve challenges & design a wacky invention to become a VIP member of the MAD Museum’s Fun Club.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary. Open all year round, every Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays). Entry is completely free! Redwings, Oxhill. CV35

Fri 30th March - Sun 15th April. Ironbridge Museums: Easter Holiday. At Blists Hill Victorian Town, watch the unusual Victorian Easter pastime of egg dancing; come wearing your Easter bonnet to join in the traditional parade over the weekend. Lots more info online.

Fri 30th March - Mon 2nd April. Fairytale Farm: a unique Easter event. Our Giant Rabbit Burrow is open all through the Easter weekend. There’s an Easter Egg Hunt & a chance to colour our Easter pictures. 18

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Sat 31st March - Sun 15th April. Shakespeare Family Homes: Easter Holidays. Follow a fun, interactive children’s treasure hunt around the gardens of Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Create your own Easter bonnet or crown in the activity marquee at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.

Fri 30th March - Sun 1st April. Daylesford Organic Farm: Daylesford farm shop will be hosting a number of events. The annual Easter Egg Hunt, floristry workshops, classes in our cookery school & of course, lots of wonderful organic food to enjoy in our café.

Mon 2nd April. Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway: Easter Eggspress. Climb aboard at Cheltenham Race Course, Toddington or Broadway Stations for this ‘eggsellent’ event which will be taking place at Winchcombe Station.

Tues 3rd - Sun 15th April. British Motor Museum: Some ‘cracking’ fun activities this Easter holidays. You can follow the AutoScience Secret Mission Trail, join a family tour & meet the ‘mad scientist’, enjoy an AutoScience Live show as well as test your design skills in an Auto Science Technics workshop!

Tues 3rd - Fri 6th & Mon 9th - Fri 13th April All Things Wild: Wild Explorer’s Holiday Club 9am-3pm.

Mon 2nd - Fri 13th April & Mon 28th May - Fri 1st June. Thinktank, Birmingham: Operation Earth Show. Weekdays during Easter, take part in an exciting new family show exploring the amazing stories & science of the environment. Suitable for families with children aged 6-11.

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Ready, steady,

cook! Preparing food with your children can be a really fun pastime for all of you. You’re spending time together, there is a reward at the end for all their effort, and if you encourage your little ones to take an active role in choosing and cooking simple meals, they are likely to become less fussy eaters and enjoy a wider variety of foods. With toddlers, you can use this as an opportunity to talk about where and how things grow, to try out new smells, tastes and textures and introduce basic counting.

Follow our stress-free recipe to getting your children to help you in the kitchen. Older children can learn about measuring and following a recipe. This supports their learning in the National Curriculum. And whatever their age, it’s great to see the pride on their faces when they create something edible from scratch!

Tips for success • Try to keep everything covered - kitchen surfaces, a precious recipe book, everyone’s clothes; • Be patient and positive; they’re bound to make mistakes when they’re learning; • Teach them about hygiene and safety as you go - wash hands, avoid anything hot or pointed, wear oven gloves etc; • Encourage them to see tidying up as part of the process and make it fun - you never know it might work!! • Emphasise how important each little job is and share out amongst the children so they all get a chance to ‘help’; • Get them sieving, whisking, stirring, chopping and of course sweeping up! • Do preparations sitting or standing at a table (if possible) as it is easier for little ones than standing at a worksurface - and usually easier to clean up afterwards. 19

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Is 2018 the year to start growing your own fruit & vegetables? Tips and Hints • Get your children to help weed the soil thoroughly before you sow. • Concentrate on growing fruit and vegetables you can enjoy as a family. • Get young children their own small tools they can use easily. • Involve your children in the cooking as well as the growing • Avoid chemicals if young children are helping. • Try fun growing experiments too e.g. cress heads in old yoghurt pots


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WHAT’S ON SPRING 2018 Wed 4th & Thurs 5th April. mac, Birmingham: The sagas of Noggin the Nog. Go North on a journey of adventure & discovery to battle the fearsome Ice Dragon & the dastardly deeds of Noggin’s wicked Uncle Nogbad The Bad!

Fri 6th April Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum: Celebrate Easter with a wartime twist! Two and a half hours of fun educational activities for boys and girls aged 6-9 years. No parents! £8 per child.

Sat 7th April. Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park: Evening Lambing.

Tues 3rd - Sun 15th April and Sat 26th May & Sun 3rd June. Stratford Butterfly Farm: School Holiday Activities. In the Discovery Zone take part in twice daily ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling sessions with one of our friendly team members & hold creatures such as a giant African millipede, African land snail & a variety of stick insects.

Wed 4th - Fri 13th April. Resorts World Birmingham: Easter

with the travelling players & watch them perform at Shakespeare’s New Place - get in the party spirit with cake for everyone! Join the Knights & Nymphs Garden Party at Hall’s Croft - dress up, get your face painted & enjoy the bbq. There will be a storyteller on hand & even strawberries & Prosecco for the grown-ups!

Sat 21st - Sun 29 April. Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park: Calving.

Sun 22nd - Sun 29th April. Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival: celebrating its 10th year the Literary Festival is an exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops & humour. Alongside this is a programme of education events in Stratford & local schools involving favourite authors, poets & illustrators, entertaining & inspiring children from 2 to 18.

Sat 5th - Mon 7th May. Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park: Olympigs family fun.

Thurs 10th May. Gypsy Horse Fair: Stow-on-the-Wold.

Holiday Activities. Free fun for kids this Easter! Easter Crafts with The Creation Station Circus Workshops & Shows with Backstage Circus

The first & larger of the bi-annual gypsy horse fairs in May & October. The fairs are held in fields between Stow & Maugersbury. (Gypsies arrive from the Monday onwards) There are crafts stalls on the Thursday.

Sat 14th April. Blists Hill Victorian Town: The largest

Fri 12th May – Mon 4th June. Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park:

mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain, the Man Engine, will be the ‘star’ of spectacular day & evening ceremonies. Audience participation will be needed to help wake the sleeping giant from its slumber.

Sat 21st April. Shakespeare Family Homes: Shakespeare’s Birthday Weekend, celebrate 22

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Shearing Demonstrations.

Fri 12th & Sat 13th May. Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway: Cotswold Bricks & Trains Weekend. Lots of displays organised by Southern Lego Train Club.

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Cricket Fun for all! DID you know that, after football, cricket is the second most watched sport in the UK? But don’t just watch, get involved! There are lots of local clubs in the area with thriving junior sections with children from as young as five, learning the game! With the cricket season fast approaching, Raring2go! takes a closer look as the sport provides a number of benefits to its players far beyond the sheer enjoyment. Cricket provides physical, mental and social benefits as being part of a team requires co-operation and camaraderie. Endurance, stamina and patience are also needed as the game unfolds. In the children’s game, each player has the chance to bat, bowl and field and the excitement of proper

competition provides a great incentive to do your best for your team. It’s great to hear team mates encourage and congratulate each other on taking a wicket or scoring a four. It helps to develop hand-eye co-ordination, focus and determination, which are transferable skills to many different sports. As well as being great fun for the children, cricket is also a very social sport for parents; the clubhouse bar and balcony are usually very busy during Friday evening training sessions, and who could argue with watching your team play a match on a sunny Sunday morning, with a coffee and the papers? Don’t forget, cricket can also be enjoyed in your local park, park or best of all at the beach, beach but make sure you use a tennis ball!

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WHAT’S ON SPRING 2018 Fri 18th - Sun 20th May. Winchcombe Cotswolds Walking Festival: Choose from 25 different walks. Winchcombe is a “Walkers are Welcome” town & a prime centre for people who love the outdoors, especially walking.

Sat 19th & Sun 20th May. Great Tew Estate: Rough Runner & Roughian Rascals. An epic, game showinspired obstacle along a 5km, 10km or 15km course, like no other; created to give everyone the chance to take on an obstacle challenge, & not just the super fit & mega tough!

Sat 19th May & Sun 20th May. Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park: Meet the machinery weekend.

Sat 26th May – Sun 3rd June. All Things Wild: ½ term. Go Down under.

Sat 26th May – Sun 3rd June. Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park: Nature Week.

Sun 27th May – Mon 4th June. Shakespeare Family Homes: May half

demonstrating their skills. Family Programme includes storytelling & drama workshops & special guest appearance by Tweedy the clown from Gifford’s Circus! Family Day on Sat 16th June with arts & crafts workshops, mural painting, street performers & the bestselling David Walliams Play “The Midnight Gang”.

Sat 9th June. Broadwell & Donnington Fete: on Broadwell Village Green, near Stow-on-theWold. 1 – 5pm. FREE PARKING, FREE ENTRY.

Sat 9th June. Ramsden Village Fete & Dog Show: the West Oxfordshire fête that everyone loves: a traditional event with a modern twistfun for everybody at Wynter’s Field.

Sun 10th June. RAF Cosford Air Show: Come & celebrate the Royal Air Force in their 100th birthday year! Enjoy 6 hours of flying displays, 100 static aircraft & more displays than ever, taking you back through the last century. Under 16s free, get your tickets now at:

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term. It’s Woolly week at Mary Arden’s Farm, go along & see traditional sheep shearing demonstrations. Keep the birds at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage happy by creating a bird feeder & see how many birds you can spot.

Gardens, Charlbury. Three varied gardens in the centre of this large Cotswold village, in the context of traditional stone houses.

Tues 29th May - Fri 1st June. All Things Wild: Wild Explorers Holiday

Sat 16th & Sun 17th June. National Garden Scheme: Old Beams.


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Sun 10th Jun. National Garden Scheme: Charlbury

Walled cottage garden on a slope, not very large, but densely planted with hardy perennials & traditional cottage garden plants. Admission £3.50, children free. Cream teas in the village hall.

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Earth Day: 22nd April Blue Planet 2 has got us all talking about plastics killing the ocean so this Earth Day we’ll be trying to make 7 small changes so that together we can make a huge difference! Step away from the plastic! Supermarkets are getting the message that we need to cut back on plastics. Go for plastic-free options on straws or cotton buds which can now be made with paper stems. It can take up to 200 years for a straw to decompose so the first plastic straw even made probably hasn’t even decomposed yet! Change your coffee shop! We get through millions of paper coffee cups every year but they’re incredibly difficult to recycle as they’re lined with polythene to make them waterproof. Local cafes are catching on to this problem and slowly switching over to new compostable cups, lids and wooden stirrers. The cafés that have switched tend to be very vocal about it, so it isn’t difficult to switch; lots will offer to refill your water bottles for free which saves on plastic and saves you money too. Enjoy the outdoors! Earth Day is a reminder of how beautiful and awesome our planet is. Take advantage of it! There are lots of free outdoor activities; it’s a great way to spend time with your children and friends. Go to the park and swing, taking in deep breaths of the fresh air. Or plan a romantic back garden picnic if you’re looking for a fun date night idea!

Pick up litter! Take part in one of the organised litter picking events this year (just search on Facebook) or organise your own! A litter grabber makes the experience more exciting for children and can be found fairly cheaply in the local shops. Get planting! Children love mud! Get them involved in the garden, you can easily grow your own food such as tomatoes or attract wildlife by planting lavender to attract butterflies and bees! Alternatively invest in a composter or wormery; children love adding g special p ingredients that will feed the garden like leaves, food peelings and those compostable coffee cups! Ditch the car for a day! Once a week get out on your bikes, scooters or for longer adventures hop on the bus. Buy produce at the local farmer’s market! Besides supporting local businesses, you’ll also be helping the Earth buying your fruit and veggies locally; not increasing the pollution, fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions produced when buying imported produce that has been transported to supermarkets. Check the website for when the local markets are on: banbury-bicester-burford 27

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KEEP THE KIDS HAPPY FOR £10 OR LESS Bored [bawrd]: tired of and slightly annoyed by a person or situation that is not interesting, exciting, or entertaining! We bring you more boredom busters for your eye-rolling offspring. You’d be surprised the fun you can have for £10 or maybe less! Under 5’s: there’s no such thing as a preschooler who doesn’t like play dough. Make your own, and you’ll entertain them all day. You need store cupboard basics like flour, salt and cooking oil, combined with a little bit of food colouring and eco-glitter. The recipe is very easy, just search online and you can find plenty of natural ones without any chemicals, and small people love the thrill of choosing the colour and shaking glitter into the mixture. When it’s made, pull out blunt knives, spoons, forks and rolling pins and leave them to it. Invest in some basic cookie cutters, rollers and eco-glitter (there’s loads of choice online) and they’ll be happy for hours.

or seed tray. Invest in a bag of compost (only a few £ from your local garden centre) and order a selection of seeds from www.; you can buy some for a little as 59p and quite a number for less than 99p a pack and then get started! If you’re not the green- fingered type, www. has some great tips and activities to get you and your children started. Teens: ditch Pizza Hut and the cinema, which will set you back £30 or more. Instead, try organising a pizza party for your teen and a couple of friends. If you’re feeling brave, let them loose in the kitchen to make their own pizzas. The pizza base mix and tomato topping come in at a couple of £’s, and you can add pepperoni, peppers, sweetcorn and grated cheese for not too much more. Play loud music (their choice!), have everyone bring their favourite DVD or own musical instrument, supply a bottle of pop as a treat and stacks of value garlic bread, and everyone’s happy for no more than a tenner!

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WIN! A family ticket to the British Motor Museum

Win a family ticket to ride our steam train

This spring, the theme at the British Motor Museum is AutoScience. Enjoy family tours and AutoScience live shows, follow the AutoScience Secret Mission Trail and test your design skills in the AutoScience Technics workshops and don’t forget to meet our very own ‘mad scientist’. To be in with a chance of winning one of two family tickets to visit the British Motor Museum just answer the following question: What helps a car go faster? a. Good brakes b. Good aerodynamics c. Square wheels Enter online at banbury-bicester-burford/competitions

This Easter marks a historic achievement for the volunteer run Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. For the first time in 58 years, steam trains will run from Broadway station the 14 miles to Cheltenham Racecourse. And we want you to share in the fun and excitement.

All correct entries will be entered into a draw and the first entry drawn wins the prize. Full terms and conditions and closing date are on the website.

All correct entries will be entered into a draw and the first entry drawn wins the prize. The winner will be notified by email.

You have a chance to win a family ticket worth over £40, to ride all day on our trains. All you have to do is answer the following question What does a steam engine need to make it work? a) petrol, b) coal and water, or c) diesel? Enter online at banbury-bicester-burford/competitions The closing date for entries is 4th May


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Raring2go! Spring 2018  

Raring2go! Spring 2018 issue for Banbury, BIcester, Burford, the North Cotswolds and Cherwell regions. The go-to guide for you and your chil...

Raring2go! Spring 2018  

Raring2go! Spring 2018 issue for Banbury, BIcester, Burford, the North Cotswolds and Cherwell regions. The go-to guide for you and your chil...