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 Tips for how to celebrate Burns’

Night, coming up on January 25th

 More winter motoring tips for

staying safe in the inclement weather Top advice on how to get a roaring log fire and keep your toes warm this winter



Sunday lunch special: venture out and find great places to eat and drink for Sunday lunch Reflections on the old cinema in Tunbridge Wells – and a look forward to movie releases in 2011 Kids’ birthdays: they come round every year, so here are some cool ideas for parties!



must win! This month, we have a fabulous prize to give away – a family ticket for four to see the Horrible Histories on stage at the Assembly Hall, plus a copy of one of Terry Deary’s books. Get your kids to design their very own gladiator shield and the prize could be yours! Just for fun, there’s also a fascinating Horrible Histories quiz for kids and grown-ups alike. Check out pages 1 and 5 of Going Out for details.

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If you’d prefer not to know what’s in a haggis, skip reading this! But for those who are curious, traditional haggis is a mixture of suet, oatmeal, onion, gravy, pepper and sheep’s pluck, all wrapped in a bag made out of a sheep’s stomach. Next question – what’s a sheep’s pluck? That would be the liver, lungs and heart. Glad you asked? Haggis is traditionally served with ‘neeps and tatties’. Neeps is mashed swede – try mashing with a little milk for creaminess. Tatties are simple mashed potatoes – best mashed with butter. Add a generous helping of good old-fashioned gravy and your Burns’ Night main course is complete.

wHAt’s FOr pudding? Traditional Scottish puddings, such as cranachan (a mixture of fruit, cream, whisky, honey and oatmeal) or a simple whisky trifle are perfect. In fact, anything with whisky is fine! The meal can then be finished with oatcakes and Scottish cheeses. Complete your evening with a recital of Robert Burns’ poetry and plenty of toasts, especially to the main event – the haggis! But if you’re not a whisky drinker, then a medium-bodied red wine with a bit of character, such as an Italian barbera, is perfect. And continental beers go down very well, too, with strong Belgian beers such as Duvel coming out tops!

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FOr Him: scArF bY guess The sale on the designer menswear collection at Greens is continuing in January, with discounts on many desirable pieces including jeans, accessories and knitwear. And check out those Tom Ford sunglasses – sadly they’re not in the sale but they are gorgeous! Greens, 90-92 The High Street, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1YF 01892 534 102

FOr Her: silK JAcKet bY HAndwritten There’s up to 50% off on a selection of the eclectic designer brands on offer at Kitch. If you’re looking for something individual that gives you an edge for the new year, then you’ll surely find it here. Kitch, 1 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1UL 01892 513 613

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BEFORE YOU GO... Take a warm coat, gloves and hat in case the weather or the car catches you out. If you do get stuck, you’ll be very pleased if you packed chocolate, water and a hot drink too. Always carry a fullycharged mobile and take some old bits of carpet and a shovel to clear snow, in case you get stuck. number

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ON THE ROAD On colder days be particularly careful on number tree-lined roads. The trees prevent the sun’s warmth from reaching the road, which may still be icy when all around has thawed. Staying In & Going Out would like to say a big thank you to Dom Esposito and everyone at Pembury Auto Centre for help with this article. There has already been a lot of snow and ice to cope with and we hope Dom’s wise words have helped.

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directory Arts & tHeAtre ASSEMBLY HALL Theatre and entertainment, including traditional panto, for all the family address: Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2LU telephone: 01892 530 613 website: www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

TRINITY THEATRE

Theatre and arts centre with a wide range of events and great café address: Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1JP telephone: 01892 678 678 website: www.trinitytheatre.net

THE KINO

Small digital cinema showing a range of films, complete with a great café address: Rye Road, Hawkhurst, Kent, TN18 4ET telephone: 01580 754321 website: www.kinodigital.co.uk

Atmospheric café right inside Trinity Theatre, with pre-theatre suppers available address: Trinity Theatre, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1JP telephone: 01892 500676 website: www.divinitycafe.co.uk

SMITH & WESTERN Wild West themed bar, diner and grill, serving American favourites for all the family address: Linden Park Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5QL telephone: 01892 550 750 website: www.smith-western.co.uk

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BLACK HORSE Cosy, traditional pub with range of beers, extensive menu and pretty garden address: 12 High Street, Pembury, Kent, TN2 4NY. telephone: Pub 01892 822 141 Restaurant 01892 824 033 website: www. blackhorsepembury.co.uk

24-seater restaurant, ideal for kids’ parties, family get-togethers or just a great take-away address: 8 High Street, Pembury, Kent TN2 4NY telephone: 01892 823 561

Kids’ FAsHiOn STAMPEDE Specialist children’s shoe shop, stocking a wide range of modern styles address: 48 St Johns Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9NY telephone: 01892 511 651

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THE BULL OF BRENCHLEY Traditional pub with open log fires and a great Sunday lunch carvery, a short drive out of town address: The Bull of Brenchley, High Street, Brenchley, Kent, TN12 7NQ telephone: 01892 722 701 website: www.bullofbrenchley.co.uk

PEMBURY AUTO CENTRE Repairs and servicing for all makes and models, with professional, friendly staff address: Woodsgate Corner, Pembury, Kent TN2 4NG telephone: 01892 824646 website: www.pemburyautocentre.co.uk

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There’s nothing cosier than settling down in front of a warm fire with a glass of wine at this time of year. Staying In & Going Out magazine asked Peter Tweddell of Bertie’s Wood Fuel in Hadlow for his advice on buying firewood and setting your fire.

be wheeled to the back door and used as a log store; or in large bulk bags. The boxes can be used to start your fire or can be recycled, and the barrow sacks and bulk bags we pick up for re-filling.

peter’s FAQs What’s the secret to setting a really cosy fire? There’s no secret really, just start off with a couple of firelighters and a bit of kindling and add a few logs as the fire takes hold. The most important thing to remember, though, is to always use really good quality firewood, preferably kiln dried or at least very well seasoned. Why is kiln drying and seasoning so important? When a tree is felled it has a moisture content of 50% or more. Burning wet logs is inefficient, and can cause smoke and chimney damage. Seasoning is a term used to describe the air-drying of logs and the moisture content can drop to 25-30%. But the only guaranteed way of ensuring logs are below 20% moisture content, and better for burning, is to put them in a kiln. How does your kiln work? It’s like a giant fan oven really. tunbridge wells edition

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We have a 200kW burner that we fire on the wood waste from our log processing line. We then blow the hot air produced into the kiln to extract moisture from the logs. Seasoning can take a year or two, but our kiln dries logs in less than 24 hours! Who should I buy firewood from? There are some very good suppliers around Tunbridge Wells who will be happy to tell you the moisture content of their wood, along with what volume of logs you will receive. Most reputable suppliers will usually give that measurement in cubic metres, rather then the vague ‘half a load’! How do you deliver logs? We offer our customers the choice of logs in low mess, easy to carry, stack and store boxes; barrow sacks that can

Do you sell anything else? At Bertie’s, we produce kindling, along with wood briquettes that make a great replacement for coal. We have also just started producing natural firelighters made from rapeseed wax and wood shavings, which are much more pleasant than the paraffin firelighters! Surely cutting trees and burning logs is bad for the environment? No, as trees grow they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, which they then release when they are burnt as firewood, only for the CO2 to be reabsorbed by a new tree as it grows. At Bertie’s we make sure we only use timber from well-managed local woodlands that replant after felling or carry out coppicing. What is coppicing? Coppicing is an ancient craft where trees are cut down to about a foot from the ground and allowed regrow, ready to be harvested again in 12-15 years. Originally this industry provided Kent with its hop poles, fence posts and pit props, but we are now using coppicing to produce our firewood. Thanks Peter for the advice!

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hildren's theatre producers, the Birmingham Stage Company, are touring with stage adaptations of two books by best-selling chilldren's writer, Terry Deary. Based on his Horrible Histories series, the shows take on two big eras that will thrill children and parents alike – the Ruthless Romans and the Awful Egyptians. Using live actors and ground-breaking 3D effects, these astounding shows make historical figures and events spring to life.

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RUTHLESS ROMANS In Ruthless Romans you’ll find out how the Romans made murder into a sport in the Colosseum with more fouls than a Premiership football match! With incredible 3D effects you’ll feel what it was really like to be a Roman soldier, fighting fierce battles against hordes of grotty Celts – but watch out for those flaming arrows whizzing straight for your head!

AWFUL EGYPTIANS In Awful Egyptians you’ll learn the truth of Tutankhamen and his creepy curse and find out the fearsome facts about fabulous pharaohs, mean mummies and gruesome grave robbers. You’ll see how the Egyptians really lived 5,000 years ago – how dead bodies were turned into mummies and how the huge pyramids were built. Dare you enter through the Gates of the Afterlife? See page 5 for details...

Pulling Faces Louise Jameson - 14th January Louise Jameson play 12 different characters in the course of one hour

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his month, we highlight two great cafés right in the town centre. For a warm welcome during the big winter chill, pop in out of the cold and see what's on offer.

Divinity Inside Trinity Theatre you'll discover a great eating place - Divinity café. It occupies a large open space on the ground floor, with plenty of seating and a great choice of food for breakfast, snacks, lunch and supper. In fact, the whole experience is rather unique, as you sit in the gothic surroundings of the old Trinity church. With high, vaulted ceilings, pointed arches and dark wood furniture – atmospheric is certainly the word to describe it!

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The spacious interior at Divinity is unusual and inviting

JANUARY EVENTS January brings Burns' Night for those with a Scottish predilection. If you've not done a Burns' Night before, then why go along to Trinity's Burns' Night Jazz on Saturday 22nd, for which Divinity are providing a haggis supper. Get in mood with jazz arrangements of Robert Burns' classic songs and Celtic-tinged ballads. Magdalena Reising brings her stunning jazz harp and bewitching vocals to songs such as My Love Is Like A Red Rose, Charlie Is My Darling and the Skye Boat Song. Magdalena is accompanied by her regular trio on piano, bass and drums led by Terry Seabrook. The

evening promises to be a warm and wonderful celebration for all – and a great opportunity to sample the food! There are also special suppers available for the Comedy Café, which is returning on 27th January, and Divinity is running a full menu for the film nights (except on Sundays) that run throughout the month. In addition, there is a book club that meets at Divinity, which also benefits from the café's delicious catering. This month it meets on the 10th of January and also on the 31st, when the author Amanda Craig is speaking to the club about her book Hearts and Minds. To find out more about groupbookings, events at Divinity or to book a pre-theatre supper, contact the café. Divinity Café, Trinity Theatre, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1JP 01892 500676 www.divinitycafe.co.uk

As owners Paul and Viv Westbrook remark, Divinity is a particularly agreeable place to sit, whilst enjoying items from their varied menu. Breakfast items include poached egg and spinach on a bagel, and the lunch menu is full of delicious toasties, paninis, sandwiches, homemade soups and cakes. There are also mouth-watering light meals available, such as enchilladas and Welsh rarebit. But the real difference at Divinity is that it's open for pre-theatre suppers when there's a performance on at Trinity. Arrive at 6.30pm and then the show starts at 8pm – perfect timing!

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Francombs A SUCCESS STORY ON MONSON ROAD

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oe Francomb is very proud of his sandwich bar in Monson Road – and rightly so. When Staying In & Going Out magazine popped in there for a coffee, the place was bright, buzzing and running efficiently, to the delight of its customers. The business has been open for eight months now and Joe, who is only 23 and fronting the family business for the first time, tells us that it's been a steep learning curve but that business is definitely booming and has been non-stop since they started. The café occupies a coveted position

on a prominent corner, so that passers-by can easily notice it. Francombs prides itself in maintaining the timeless values of a good café – in its design, in the way that it looks and in the good manners and quality of service its customers receive. All the products are made fresh on the premises daily with only top quality ingredients. There are different ranges of sandwiches available to cater for all tastes – including Spanish, Oriental or New Yorker – plus a great salad bar. You can pop in for lunch or a snack or you can preorder. As well as catering for individual customers, Francombs also supplies business platters – even at short notice – and bespoke menus. Francombs, 11 Monson Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1LS www.francombs.co.uk

!" rious food "Food, glo Our café provides a particularly agreeable place to sit alongside an impressive and varied range of food and drinks - snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner and a good deal else besides… Sandwiches, bagels, toasties, salads, home made soups, home made cakes, all made using the finest ingredients, fresh everyday… There's something for everyone.

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hether you’re a kid or a grown-up who’s still a child at heart, you’re in for a big treat at the Assembly Hall this February. Horrible Histories on stage is coming to town, with two great shows – The Ruthless Romans and The Awful Egyptians. Both are packed with masses of unbelievable but true facts – many of them really disgusting!

HOW TO BOOK The shows run from Tuesday 1st February to Saturday 5th February. Adult's tickets from £10. Children's tickets from £8. Special offers for schools and signed performances available. Call the box office on 01892 530613 / 532072 www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

TRUE OR FALSE? Test your history knowledge with our true and false quiz – tick the box beside each question! 1) The Ruthless Romans had dozens of gods – some are still known today such as Neptune, god of the sea. But they also had some rather silly ones… so which of these are true and which are false? A) Penates was god of cupboards. T❏ F❏ B) Robigus was god of mildew. T❏ F❏ C) Porcina was a goddess for pigs. T❏ F❏

2) The Romans had a lot of strange superstitions and customs… which of these are for real? A) Sausages were banned as only being fit for Barbarians to eat! T❏ F❏

B) Gladiators would get a dog to pee on their shield before going to fight, as they thought this would protect them from their opponents. T❏ F❏ C) A Roman cure for snakebite was to rub pig droppings onto the bite and then pour wine mixed with the herb fennel up your nose! T❏ F❏

3) The Awful Egyptians had lots of weird and horrible medical remedies. Which of these do you think they actually did? A) If they wanted to cure baldness they mixed viper’s oil with chopped up bats’ ears and rubbed it all over the bald patch. T❏ F❏ B) If you had a toothache you were advised to cut a live mouse in half then while it was warm and fresh place it in your mouth. T❏ F❏ C) To get rid of spots, Egyptian teenagers would collect horse manure, rub it all over their faces and then bow three times to the full moon. T❏ F❏

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COME AND JOIN US FOR SUNDAY LUNCH TRY OUT THE UNDOUBTED BRITISH CLASSIC AT ONE OF THESE GREAT VENUES!

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A mere 20 minutes journey from Tunbridge Wells brings you to Brenchley – a charming Kentish village, surrounded by orchards and farmland. This is indeed what is meant by the 'Garden of England'. The village dates back to the 13th century and there are a number of timber-framed houses in the High Street to give that olde worlde flavour. On the High Street, you'll also find a great pub, The Bull of Brenchley, run by Rex Ffrench and partner Becs.

chips. You'll also find a list of tempting specials, which change daily, such as Sicilian pork or monkfish. And for Sunday lunch, who can beat a carvery? The Bull is offering two courses at a very reasonalble £10.95. All the produce is sourced as locally as possible – in fact the meat comes from Terry's Butchers in Brenchley.

BEOWULF BEER But the really unique thing about the Bull is that it actually serves its very own beer – Beowulf Beer – named after the couple's English mastiff dog (and the famous Anglo-Saxon poem). It's produced in Tudeley, a village nearby and is 3.8%, made from East Kent golding hops. The pub is well known for its real ales and this new beer has been going down very well since it was put on the beer menu four months ago. In fact, Becs tells us that it's a

A great selection of Real Ale

very good lunchtime beer, so perfect with Sunday lunch perhaps? The Bull of Brenchley, High Street, Brenchley, Kent, TN12 7NQ 01892 722 701 www.bullofbrenchley.co.uk

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TRADITIONAL PUB The Bull is a traditional, country pub, with open fires and and a comfortable atmosphere. You'll also find traditional fare on the menu – steak with all the trimmings, sausage and mash and local cod and

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CLASSIC CHARM The Beacon, tucked away down Tea Garden Lane, has a great deal to offer over the winter months. Inside, it feels like a rambling country house and you can almost imagine yourself as part of a cosy, weekend house party. It has two comfortable bar areas with easy chairs and sofas, and is exactly the kind of place that you can relax in front of the fire and read the Sunday papers before lunch. So what's on the menu?

Always a warm welcome

Served easily in a relaxed manner, the food at the Beacon has been critically acclaimed. As with all popular Sunday venues, it is advisable to book up in advance to avoid disappointment, as the restaurant does get very busy. The Beacon, Tea Garden Lane, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9JH www.the-beacon.co.uk 01892 524 252

SUNDAY FAVOURITES On Sunday, there's a full menu, including three roasts – beef, pork and lamb. There are also two fish dishes and at least one vegetarian dish so that you and your family and friends can have a choice of menu.



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GREAT VALUE Sample the home-cooked food at the Brenchley Sports Bar and you won't be disappointed. And it's unbeatable value – you can enjoy a Sunday roast for £4.95! – can you resist the spiced winter pancake? The Brenchley Sports Bar, Brenchley Road, TN12 7NX 01892 723303

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Our local cinema BY... ZAC THRAVES

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nce upon a time, over ten years ago, we had a magical cinema right in the centre of town. It had a beautiful art deco interior, plush red curtains and, if you were in the queue going down Mount Pleasant, you had the chance to pop into the sweet shop before you entered, where you could buy a film magazine to whet your appetite. But what do we have now? A shell of a building that sticks out like a sore thumb and a cinema that isn’t exactly easy to walk to and doesn’t have a great deal of personality. Despite that, the Odeon seems to do well, probably because it’s one of the few options alongside the film nights at Trinity. But my memories of the old Cannon cinema have not dimmed. It was, after all, where I first saw Star Wars, where my dad tried to get me into Gremlins when I was underage and where I saw my first certificate 18 film at the ripe old age of 15. That was Die Hard in 1988,

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and I loved it. I can still smell the interior, the decadent smell of popcorn and rich fabric. The old cinema was the closest we got to Hollywood in this town since Tommy Steele danced his way down the Pantiles for Half a Sixpence during the sixties! I now look at the mass of burnt bricks that adorn Mount Pleasant and I feel sad that the magic of cinema has gone from Tunbridge Wells. The Odeon comes nowhere near producing the wonder of film. It’s big, but in reality there’s little choice of film to see there. I feel that we are not served well by cinema in the local area but there is one strong challenge to that.

THE KINO: HAWKHURST This small cinema may be a little out of town but here you have a chance of capturing the magic that you hope to see on screen from your favourite stars. In fact, the Kino in Hawkhurst,

about 30 minutes drive away from Tunbridge Wells, was the first digital cinema in the country and it offers a high quality movie-watching experience in stunning surroundings. It boasts a café and bar where customers can enjoy a drink before, during or after the performance. The management promises to offer a mix of children’s movies, blockbusters and art-house movies. I think this is more in keeping with what a trip to the cinema should be; it should be awe-inspiring; magical; it should reflect Hollywood and I think that if you decide to see your next movie at the Kino, you won’t be disappointed. The Kino, Rye Road, Hawkhurst, Kent, TN18 4ET 01580 754321 www.kinodigital.co.uk

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UP-COMING MOVIES... FOR 2011

2011 promises to be a good year for movies after what was, for me, a slightly disappointing 2010. 3D (some of you may groan) will really come into the fore, with huge summer tent-pole sequels such as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; Cars 2; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon all supposedly benefiting from the three dimensional treatment.

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Live at the Beacon

Intriguing original prospects for the summer include Super 8, a supernatural thriller from Steven Spielberg and J. J. Abrams who created Lost; Cowboys and Aliens, another Spielberg produced sci-fi epic starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig and then we have Captain America, a superhero movie with Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson. It’s sure to be one of those films that will either be very good or very bad. Before that, a British offering that is gathering

PULLING FACES Louise Jameson stars in a one-woman play at the Beacon. As she plays 12 different characters over the course of one hour, you will be guided through a week in presenter Joanne's life as she does battle with her nipped and tucked nemesis, her evil agent and her anti-surgery daughter Rachel. This will surely be an evening of guilty pleasure! Friday, 14th January at 9pm £10 per ticket

serious Oscar buzz is The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter. Colin Firth is fast establishing himself as the most popular actor from this side of the shores and his presence always guarantees quality in film-making and performance. The King’s Speech will be no exception. Come the end of the year we have the last of the Twilight Saga to look forward to, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s wonderfully moving book, War Horse. The film stars a very pleasing collection of upcoming British talent and will I think bring a busy year for Mr Spielberg to a satisfactory close.

and flute, she discovered Bob Marley, taught herself to play his songs on the guitar and then began to write her own material. Emily’s fourth studio album is due for release in 2011, but don’t miss out on seeing her live set! Sunday 23rd January at 8pm £10 per ticket

EMILY MAGUIRE Acclaimed singer-songwriter Emily Maguire is best known for her strong lyrics and expressive vocals. Classically trained on the cello, piano

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CALLING ALL COWBOYS AND COWGIRLS! Celebrate Valentines Day with a difference in good ole' Wild West style! Get romancin' with our special Valentines offer of a FREE bottle of house wine with every 2 main meals purchased. With Country & Western music playing in the background to pull those heartstrings, you can't fail to fall head over those cowboy heels! Quote this reference number when making your booking – SGSW 0111

VALENTINES PACKAGE - Why not make a night of it and stay over in one of our 9

themed ranch rooms, which also includes a bottle of house champagne, a box of chocolates and not forgetting a hearty cowboy breakfast the following morning. Stay for one night at £99 per room or book a 2 night stay for £149 available from 11th – 14th February. Call the Sheriff now to make your booking and be sure to tell him it’s the Valentine’s package you wanna book!

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Have a pottery painting party at Glazy Daisy. Kids can create to their hearts’ content, decorating beautiful ceramics such as plates, mugs or figurines. Other party options include teddy bear making, craft make ‘n’ take and jewellery making. Parties are for a minimum of 6 at £12.50 per child. 01892 519719 www.glazydaisy.com

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For the more active kids, try Arena Pursuits. Based on 250 acres overlooking Bewl Water, the company runs exciting half-day junior events, tailored to different age-groups. Activities include team tasks, bush-craft, quad-biking and paintballing. Prices and minimum numbers vary according to type of activity you'd like to book. 01580 879614 www.arenapursuits.com

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TEMPER TEMPER

If you love chocolate (and we bet your kids do, too), then you’ll love this idea. Children from aged 8 upwards can take part in chocolate parties where they mix and make their own chocolate treats in a real-life chocolate factory. Move over Willy Wonka! Parties are for a minimum of 8 children at £25 per child. 01892 538 758 www.tempertemperchocolate.co.uk

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