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Your FREE Local Family Magazine February 2012

In This Issue Make Scrummy Pancakes - from scratch!! Be a Half Term Hero at Dover Castle Kids Fun Day at Folkestone Racecourse and loads more! Win flowers for mum this MOTHERS DAY plus other great half term competitions

This fabulous picture on our cover was drawn by Emma Jane Russell from Folkestone who won our competition! (see page 11)

Message from The Editor Hello and welcome to the third edition of School’s Out and another half term holiday is upon us! We hope you will find plenty of ideas for things to do with the kids within the pages of this magazine. We’d like to welcome on board Michelle Adams who is the latest edition to the School’s Out Sales Team. If you are a business local to the Dover, Deal and Folkestone area you may well be speaking to Michelle very soon when she calls to discuss your advertising requirements. If Michelle or one of the other members of our sales team hasn't contacted you yet, you can always call us on 07908 832547 or why not send us an email to Happy Valentines

Advertising starts from just £10!

Day To You All xx

At the cinema in February:

The Muppets Movie

Every Sunday in the Charlton Centre Car Park - come and grab a bargain from 10am! For details of how to sell at the boot fair or for more information on renting a unit Charlton Centre Car Park 50p Per Hour £2 ALL DAY Open 0700 - 1830 Mon - Sat

within the Charlton Shopping Centre, please contact the Centre Manager. 2

Whatever reason you have to celebrate, why not turn a party into an event that no one will forget with a fabulous firework display that kids and adults alike will love! AJ PYROTECHNICS Ltd is based in Folkestone and has over 10 years experience in the professional industry. Since forming the company they have had continued success with events such as the Dover Regatta and the Lydden Hill International Race circuit and find that fireworks to music are proving to be an ever increasingly popular request.

Folkestone Racecourse

Carrying a ÂŁ15 million combined liability package, they pride themselves on their safety record, giving extreme peace of mind and making them a popular choice when it comes to schools looking for a firework display provider. All their shows are high impact and incorporate some of the newest effects available on the market today. For further information, please see their advert on page 9


Make sure the kids get plenty of fresh air this half term, take them along to a special kids day at Folkestone Racecourse on Valentines Day

Dover Leisure Centre have a host of activities to keep the kids amused this half term like swim school and kidz club. Call 01304 201145 for more information

Heroes wanted for Medieval quest at Dover Castle this half term. See Page 7 for more info‌...

Every Sunday from 10am until 1.30pm there will be a BOOT FAIR in the Charlton Centre Car Park.

We have Kidz Club at the John Myers Sport Hall (Walmer Science College) and Tennis Camp at Tides this half term

Train Driver Experience packages now available. Contact for more information.

Call 01304 373399 to book

Every Wednesday there is a Farmers Market at the Town Hall in Deal. Local producers sell fresh local products including free range eggs, bread and cakes. There is also a Saturday market held at the Union Road car park in Deal where there are always plenty of bargains on offer!!

Don’t forget we have some brilliant parks and gardens in our area so if all else fails, grab a ball and hot foot it outside to have a kick around or an impromptu game of rounders with the other parents and kids out there! 4

ÂŁ1.90 per packet or ÂŁ1.50 each when buying 5 or more packets (in one transaction)



HEROES WANTED FOR HALF TERM MEDIEVAL QUEST AT DOVER CASTLE SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY - SUNDAY 19TH FEBRUARY A week of medieval adventure will be on offer at Dover Castle as a host of colourful characters descend on the magnificent Great Tower to take half term heroes on an exciting quest to find King Henry’s stolen treasure. Their journey will see them trained in the manners of the court and the fighting skills needed to defend the King. As they meet the high ladies of court, the great knights, hunters and servants along their way, they will finally face the terrifying dragon in battle! But their reward will be great if they return the treasure to the king…he will dub them a knight of his realm! Dover Castle won’t forget the grown ups during half term week – admission also allows entry to all it’s other fabulous attractions including the new visitor experience in the Secret Wartime Tunnels, ‘Operation Dynamo: Rescue From Dunkirk, as well as medieval tunnels, the Roman lighthouse, and much more. The event takes place from Saturday 11 February until Sunday 19 February with six sessions running each day. The castle is open from 10am-4pm. Normal admission prices apply: Adults £16.00, Concessions £14.40, Children £9.60, Family Ticket £41.60. English Heritage members are admitted free. For more information on Dover Castle or other English Heritage properties to visit in and around Kent visit or call 0870 333 1181.




We stock a huge range of fabric, including

 Fleece  Fun Fur 100% Cotton  Fat Quarters New! 100% Cotton “Cupcake” Fabric

 Dress Lining  Felt squares  Polyester Satin  Felt by the metre  Tartan and Suiting

Polycotton Prints

And Sewing Patterns !!

Ribbons, Lace Trim, Sequin Trim, Zips, Sewing Thread, AND LOADS MORE!

36 - 38 High Street, Dover, Kent. Telephone 01304 213134


Win one of FOUR family tickets to watch a Dover Athletic Football Club’s match. These tickets can be used for any one of the first teams home games in the blue Square Bet South for the rest of the season (not play off’s) and are valid for one game. To win, simply email us at with your name, address, and answer to this question: What is the name of the ground where Dover Athletic play their home games? Closing Date: 19/01/12 Take a Medieval adventure courtesy of English Heritage at Dover Castle We have 1 family ticket (worth £41.60 and allowing entry for 2 adults and up to 3 children) to give away for one lucky family to enjoy Dover Castle’s Medieval Quest – for free. For your chance to win this fantastic prize, email us at with your name and address, and answer this question:

Who’s stolen treasure will the half term quest heroes be looking for? (answer can be found in this magazine!) Closing date: 14.01.12 Terms & Conditions Prize cannot be exchanged for cash and is valid at Dover Castle on one day from Saturday 11 until Sunday 19 February. Prize must be surrendered on admission.

Win a beautiful bouquet of flowers for you mum just in time for Mothers Day. All you need to do is send us an email to and answer the following question: What DATE is Mothers Day this year (2012)? Send us the answer along with your name and address and we could be arranging a delivery for your mum on their special day. Closing date: 11.03.12

Winners will be drawn from correct entries on the closing date and notified via email


AJ Pyrotechnics

Royalist or not, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (2nd - 5th June 2012) is the perfect opportunity to get together with your children, friends and neighbours and hold an all day street party to celebrate. Go to and fill in a quick form to register with the council so they can close your road and start planning your party today!

If you know of a child friendly event happening in Dover, Deal or Folkestone, at ANY time, send full details to us at and we’ll print it FREE OF CHARGE so the whole area knows about it.


What’s On What To Do

Where To Go What’s On What To Do Where To Go

If you live in Dover then why not have a short walk into town on a Sunday morning and visit the brand new boot fairs that are currently being trialled at the Charlton Centre cap park, every Sunday from 10am until 1pm. Grab yourself a great bargain! Stuck for something to do on a Wednesday morning? Then bring the children to Deal for the weekly farmers market with fresh local produce, bread, cakes, eggs and other exciting things to buy. Still in Deal, there’s another market every week, this time on a Saturday at the Union Road Car Park. Stalls include jewellery, clothes, toys and food! If you want to get out of town for a change no matter where you are, Capel Le Ferne is close by and hold a weekly farmers marker every Tuesday at 10am. If you live in Folkestone and need somewhere to take the kiddies, why not pop along to the Saint Saviours Community Centre in Canterbury Road for their weekly market from 11am until 2pm. Always on the lookout for more stallholders too.

Although we have

Renovations  Decorating  Plastering Building Works  Coving No job too big or small Won’t be beaten on price Mobile: 07708 740303 Email:

local schools and companies assisting with the distribution of this magazine, they are in no way endorsing any advertisements 10

What’s on and what to do! Tuesday 14th February Family day at Dover Museum - Valentines Day Adults and Children alike can make a variety of things with a Valentines theme from cards, mobiles, baskets, wreath and more. From 10am to 4pm. Entry is FREE with no additional charge for the activity. Wednesday 15th February Baby Bounce and Rhyme, St Margarets Library, St Margarets At Cliffe Singing nursery rhymes and a short story for ages 1 - 5 Wednesday 15th February Family Day at Dover Museum - Historical Finger Puppets Everyone can make a selection of historical finger puppets from Knights, Romans and Tudors, and then act out your own stories! Entry to the museum is FREE and there is no charge for the activity Friday 17th February Hougham Farmers Market, Hougham Parish Hall Sunday 19th February Putting the house to bed, Walmer Castle and Gardens A chance to see how the castle is prepared for the winter months, how the furniture is cleaned and inspected and your opportunity to ask experts questions about the heirloom collection.

Big Congratulations go to Emma Jane Russell of Folkestone who drew a fantastic picture and won last issues competition to have it as the front cover of this magazine! We had lot of entries but Emma’s picture of her and her daddy walking their new puppy (Browny) made us all smile. Browny was a present to Emma from Father Christmas so she promises to look after him and walk him every day. 11

Make your own VALENTINES card! Pop into your local craft shop and buy a single blank card and envelope, and a small amount of fabric (fur it good but anything will be ok!) Cut a heart shape out of the front of the card and stick your fabric behind it to show through to the front! Write you own message of love on the inside and you’re done!

Bead Bracelets All you need is a handful of beads and some shirring elastic (all are available from your local craft shop) Thread beads onto the elastic, tie a knot and you’re done!

Q: Why is a tomato round and red? A: Because if it was long and green it would be a cucumber!! Sent to us via email from Kelly B (age7)


A Happy Christmas was had by all! Santa’s Grotto in the Charlton Centre was a resounding success this year, with £1257.40 being raised for two deserving causes. Santa was superb with children of all ages who visited him, even the older ones who doubted him, and all left with a lovely present and their beliefs restored. Santa bought with him his chief elves, Holly, Ivy and Carol and two trainee elves, Christian and Sammy, all who enjoyed playing Santa up with practical jokes and silly dances. Panic ensued one day in the grotto when Santa’s train derailed, TWICE in an hour but peace was soon restored when some technical men arrived with screwdrivers and batteries to fix it. Thanks go to Santa for finding the time at his busiest time of year, to visit us here in Dover, to Sue for designing and creating the grotto’s scenery, to Stewart for help with the lighting, the Charlton Shopping Centre for all their help and the biggest thanks go to you, our visitors, for bringing your children to see Santa and making the event such a runaway success! Wednesday 5th March Baby Book Club, Deal Library Share a story, sing songs and enjoy sticking Saturday 10th March Fundraising Morning Fayre at Charlton Church Hall. 10.30 til 12.30. Stalls, cakes and produce, books and cd’s, gifts, toys, treasure hunt, hoola hoop and loads more. Saturday 17th March Family Day at Dover Museum - Board Games As part of our Childhood past exhibition, everyone can make and design their own board game. From 10am til 4pm. Entry to the museum is FREE with no additional charge for the activity. 13

Perfect Pancakes!

Don’t buy a ready made batter mix this year that might be full of artificially modified thingamy bobs! Get the kids involved and make your very own perfect pancakes from scratch!! And why not experiment with different toppings like the ones shown below.

For approximately 6 pancakes you will need: 4oz flour, 1 egg, 225ml milk, 2 tbsp. butter (melted), Pinch of salt Put the flour in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the egg and pour into the well, add a splash of milk and a pinch of salt. Stir in the egg and milk, gradually incorporating the flour to make a smooth paste. Beat in the rest of the milk, the consistency should be like single cream so add a little more milk or a drop of water if necessary. Finally Stir in the butter. Heat a frying pan until it’s really hot, brush the pan with a little melted butter and quickly tip a ladle full of mixture into the pan so that it covers the bottom in an even layer. When the edges look brown and crisp you can toss (or gently turn!!) the pancake to cook the other side for a minute. Then eat and enjoy! Traditionally pancakes are eaten with sugar and lemon juice but why not try:

Fresh Fruit Chocolate spread Jam Maple Syrup & Ice Cream And for all those willing to experiment:

Crispy Bacon and Maple Syrup (honestly!!)

According to the Guinness Book Of World Records, the most pancakes ever cooked in 60 minutes is a staggering 956 and the highest a pancake has ever been flipped is 7.77 metres!! We don't suggest you try flipping a pancake this high in your kitchen at home but go on, give it a try, see if you can just flip is successfully back into the pan! 14

This magazine is distributed in two ways. Firstly, we deliver to primary schools in the area who kindly hand out copies to their children around the last day of term, to take straight home to mum and dad. Secondly, local shops on the high street have kindly agreed to hand out copies to their customers. We are funded by local businesses advertising within the pages and if you would like more information on how to advertise your business from as little at ÂŁ10, please contact our sales team on or call us on 07908 832547.





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