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Your FREE Local Family Magazine December / January 2011 Did you know that Santa has a tracker fitted to his sleigh so you can track him on Christmas Eve??!!


Message from The Editor Welcome to the second and Festive edition of School’s Out! your local family magazine packed full of ideas of things to do with the kids in the school holidays, from taking them out to keeping them entertained at home!!

If you

are a local business who would like to advertise in the next edition of School’s Out!, or if you have a “what’s on” you’d like to promote, please contact our sales team on 07932 563692 or email Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas Ed x

Christmas Indulgence We all over indulge a little over the festive period, some more than others, and as adults we generally resolve to take off the excess weight as a New Years Resolution, but what about the kids? It’s not always easy to get them out and about and running around in the fresh air to work off those extra calories when it’s mighty cold outside, and being slumped in front of their new games console isn't going to help either. Why not include as your New Years Resolution this year, a pledge to get your kids even more active. There’s loads of things they can do from joining a local football team, or why not enrol in a course of tennis lessons at the new Indoor Tennis Centre in Deal (see advertisement on back page) or check out the different sports they have to offer Dover Leisure Centre, there’s always so much to do they wont even have time to get bored anymore! 2


ith the big day now literally just around the corner, most of us will have the presents bought, wrapped and sent off to Santa to be delivered back to all the good girls and boys, but for those of you who still have the last bits and pieces to find or (shock horror!) ALL your Christmas shopping to do, please can we remind you about all the wonderful shops we have here in Dover and Deal, from Model shops to craft shops, stationers to gift shops. Each and every one of them needs YOU, local residents, to remember to shop locally and keep our High Streets open and not disappear in the depths of recession due to internet shopping or out of town shopping centre! And the best thing about shopping locally? You don't have to wait anxiously at home for delivery!! FREE CAR PARKING IN DOVER & DEAL All Dover District Council owned Car Parks and Sainsbury’s car park in Deal will be FREE to park on 17th and 18th December. (All on road pay and display parking is subject to usual charges)

Did you know that Santa now has a tracker fitted to his sleigh? Find out exactly where he is on Christmas eve once he’s left his grotto in the Charlton Centre by logging on to


Cut a stocking shape from a red piece of felt. Stick a white strip of felt across the top of the stocking. Stick the top of a lolly stick to the back of the stocking. When completely dry you can put the stick into plant pots around the house to make your plants more festive this season!

Buy a plain card with envelope form your local sewing/craft shop. Buy selection of buttons in various sizes and colours. Arrange buttons on the centre of the card to form a tree shape and glue in position. Draw a star on top to finish the look! Thread festive coloured buttons onto ribbon and tie in a circle to create an eye catching mini festive wreath.

There’s a new café in town and if you get the chance, we highly recommend trying them. Situated in the Charlton Centre in Dover, the new café is not only owned and run by super friendly and efficient staff but their food is tasty and reasonably priced. It doesn't matter how many shopping bags or children you bring along, with plenty of room to sit outside in the café but still under the cover of the Charlton Centre, you will be made to feel at home. So after a busy day shopping take the weight off your feet and enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee in a Child Friendly and comfortable place! (p.s, this isn't an advert we did actually go here, and loved it!)

Silver Screen Cinema Dover (01304) 228000 Happy Feet 2 (Eve at 6 not Sat & Sun, Mat Sat & Sun 2.40) Arthur Christmas (Eves 7.45, Mat Sat & Sun 12.50) Alvin & The Chipmonks: Chipwrecked (Sat & Sun 11am) 4

 Open to both public and trade  Competitively priced  Fantastic Offers  On-site trade counter  Local to Dover  All work guaranteed  Offering a permanent solution to your roofing problems We build every conservatory with three things in mind: Longevity, Security and Beauty. Whatever your ideas, from a small quiet garden room to a large flamboyant design, our skilled team will take all the hassle out of your project. Your conservatory and room are manufactured in our dedicated factory in Dover. Contact us to find out how we can create the extra space & freedom a conservatory brings to your home.

Easy and flame-free installation. A roof that outlasts all conventional roof types. Offering permanent roofs…. covering everything from your garden shed to industrial units. With over one billion square metres fitted worldwide and a life expectancy of over 50 years, it’s the most used roof system in the USA. We have performed works for the MOD and the NHS and are licenced and accredited Firestone contractors.





Join the Cubs! The 15th Dover St Andrews Cubs meet every Wednesday at 6:15pm. go to for more information and to join!

The 2nd River Brownies is a all girl group meeting in term time only. To join our group contact Jo Bourne at

All Kinds Of Sports Can Be Found At Dover Leisure Centre, such as 5 a side football, Badminton, Basket Ball and Trampolining. Call them on 01304 829860 for more information.

Visit Tides Leisure Centre in Deal for Swimming Classes and much more. Call 01304 373399

Grab some squares of felt, a few lolly sticks, a pot of glue, some odds and ends and your own imagination to have hours of fun crafting with the kids. See our feature on page 4 for some fun ideas.

There’s nothing better on a cold winters day than snuggling up with a mug of hot chocolate and a Christmas cooking that the kids have made for you. See our recipe on page 14 for some yummy biscuits you can help them make today!

Too cold and wet to take toddlers outside? When not hire some soft play equipment and let them have hours of safe fun for next to nothing. Why not get a group of mums together, bring all the kiddies round and split the cost! Try Activitots on 078777 39677 or

And if all else fails, turn off the Playstation, put down the Wii and hide the X-Box. Pick up a football and wrap the kids in warm clothes, hats, gloves and scarves and head off to the local park like Kearsney Abbey for a kick around or hopefully even a mega snowball fight!! 9

What’s on and what to do! 12th December - Come Christmas Carolling. Dover Choral Society joins with Christians Together in Dover, other local musicians and schoolchildren in a seasonal charity concert. Conductor Michael Lewis. Dover Town Hall 7.30pm Tickets £1.50 adults 50p Children. Call Carol on 01304 820150 14th December - The Railway Swing Band Christmas Concert in Deal The 30+ piece Railway Swing Band will be performing special big band arrangements of seasonal favourites together with Swing Classics. Tickets £9. Call 07973 761651 for more info. The concert is being held to raise funds for The Heart Foundation and Cancer Research. 20th December - Family Day at Dover Museum - Christmas Decorations Adults and Children can make and decorate a wide range of Christmas Decorations from around the world. Drop in anytime between 10am and 4pm entry for adults AND kids. 24th December - Track Santa Help get your little ones off to bed nice and early by tracking Santa online and letting them know where in the world he is. As he gets closer to the UK you can pack your kiddies off to bed as they know he’s on his way! go to Advertise YOUR what’s on here - call our team on 07932 563692

Please Note: Although we have local schools and companies assisting with the distribution of this magazine, they are in no way endorsing any advertisement or editorial content contained herein.


What’s on and what to do! 31st December - New Years Eve Party Live music “Band of Gold” (option of meal first - limited numbers) Dover Sea Angling Association. Call 01304 226586 1st January - Deal Tri Club Bra Run 5km fun run in fancy dress, all participants to wear a bra. All entry fees and proceeds to Breast Cancer Care. See for more info 22nd January - A Celebration of the sea. A variety show with a theme of the sea using mainly local people. Tickets £7.50 and £5 available from Dover Town Council and visitors information centre. 28th January - Family Day at Dover Museum - Teddy Bears Celebrating “our childhood past”, FREE entry. Call in between 10am and 4pm

ALICE IN WONDERLAND 25th - 28th January 2012 Co op quarter page

Visit Temple Ewell village hall or call 01304 823598 for ticket information

SLEEPING BEAUTY 11th –14th January 7:15pm and 2:15pm Call 01304 240477 for ticket information 11

Well done to the winners of our competition in the last edition of School’s Out! Four lucky families won tickets to the Dover Athletic Football Club’s annual firework display at Crabble and a fun time was had by all. Pictured here are picture Charlie and Lucy Causer who were accompanied by Auntie and Mum (not pictured as she’s hiding behind the camera lens we think!). Lucy thought the fireworks were very loud but proudly told everyone afterwards that she was very brave to stay and watch them all anyway! Congratulations again to all our winners and for your chance to win a fantastic prize from this edition of School’s Out, see our competition below and enter today!.

CAN YOU DRAW? Yes? THEN WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Our team are busy making the next issue of School’s Out magazine and guess what? We’ve forgotten to make our front page cover and we just don't know what to do! We’re looking for a budding artist to draw us a lovely colourful picture that can adorn our front page and not only that, the winning artist will win themselves a selection of wonderful art and craft supplies! Simply draw us an eye catching picture (of anything to do with families), then ask a grown up to bring it in to our friends at Little Angels (36-38 High Street, Dover) and hand it to the lady sitting right at the back of the shop! Please don't fold you picture and please ask a grown up to write your name, their name and their contact telephone number on the back of your picture so we know who to contact if you win. Our team will decide which picture they think is best and your picture could be our cover very soon!! Good Luck xxx


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.

Around 5,000 copies get distributed in time for the half and end of term holidays and are full of things to do with the kids whilst school’s out.

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 07932 563692.


Sparkling Vanilla Christmas Cookies Keep the Children entertained by making these scrummy Christmas Cookies! You can hang them from your Christmas tree or gobble them all up with a hot chocolate whist waiting for Santa to arrive. Why not get a grown up to help you make these tasty cookies and then decide!

For the cookies:140g Icing Sugar, 1 tsp Vanilla Extract, 1 Egg Yolk, 250g Butter, 375g plain flour. To decorate:200g Icing Sugar, edible food colouring (optional), edible gold and silver balls Instructions: 1.Tip the icing sugar, vanilla extract, egg yolk and butter into a mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined. 2. Add the flour and mix to a firm dough. Shape the dough into two flat discs and wrap in clingfilm. Chill for 20-30 minutes. 3. Heat oven to 180 degrees c (gas 5) and line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper. 4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about the thickness of two ÂŁ1 coins. Cut out Christmassy shapes and place on the baking sheets. 5. Using the tip of a skewer, cut a small hole in the top of each cookie. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden. Lift the biscuits on a wire rack to cool. 6.Mix the icing sugar with a few drops of cold water to make a thick but runny icing. Colour with edible food colouring if you like. 7.Spread it over the cooled cookies and decorate with the edible balls. 8.Once dry you can thread with festive ribbon and hang from your tree.






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