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Arise, Sir Crawley of Winchester!

Welcome to Castle Crawley! This summer the Winchester Discovery Centre is being transformed into Castle Crawley, home of the heroic Sir Crawley of Winchester. Sir Crawley will be our host for the Summer Reading Challenge in 2014 and will be helping kids aged 4–11 through the Mythical Maze as they complete their challenge. Children can join Sir Crawley on his adventures by completing the six book challenge earning stickers, rewards, and free tickets to special events along the way. The Reading Challenge is suitable for all abilities and totally free; children borrow and read any six books over the summer and collect stickers to mark their progress. To help them along their way every child who starts the Challenge can earn a Golden Ticket to one of our exclusive Summer Reading Challenge Events (subject to availability). We’ve also got a whole summer of fun workshops, storytelling sessions, film screenings and lots, lots more planned.

Sir Crawley photography by Gilbert Yates


How to sign up to the reading challenge 1. Visit the Winchester Discovery Centre from the 15 July 2014. 2. Speak to one of our friendly Summer Reading Challenge experts – takes no more than 3 minutes to sign up. 3. Collect your free ticket to one of the shows on page 3.

Disabled and nondisabled children welcome at all events

The Summer Reading Challenge is a free national programme to support children’s reading. Reading levels can drop over the 6 week holiday and we’re working hard to make books and libraries fun this summer. Sir Crawley will be visiting Schools over the Summer term and further information about the reading challenge, as well as our events and activities are available at The Reading Challenge starts on the 15 July and finishes on the 15 September. We look forward to welcoming you this summer. Graeme Pick Winchester Discovery Centre Manager Supported by

Each child that signs up will be eligible for one child and one adult ticket.


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Golden Ticket Events The Summer Reading Challenge is totally free and available to everyone aged 4–11. By simply coming into the Discovery Centre and signing up to the challenge every child can earn a Golden Ticket for these fab events. Numbers are limited so sign up before it is too late.

Tue 29 Jul 10.30am

Meet Horrible Science Illustrator Tony De Saulles Come and meet the amazing illustrator Tony De Saulles. Most famous for his hilarious drawings in the Horrible Science books, find out how Tony makes his horrid illustrations in this exclusive event. Recommended for ages 6+

Fri 1 Aug 10.30am

Meet Sir Charlie Stinky Socks creator Kristina Stephenson Meet Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and hear his wonderful creator Kristina Stephenson talk about the Sir Charlie… books. She might even bring along a life sized Nobbly Goblie to help her! (Stinky Socks not required!) Recommended for ages 4+

Mon 18 Aug

Beast Quest Show

10.30am and 2pm

Calling all valiant Beast Quest fans! Help the good wizard Aduro – In this interactive event, help the good wizard Aduro solve cryptic puzzles and free the beasts from Malvel’s evil spell and participate in a Beast Quest Tournament Also get a sneak peek of Adam Blade’s new series, Sea Quest! Exclusive Beast Quest and Sea Quest goodies for every contestant. Recommended for ages 7+ Event supported by Orchard Books.

Fri 22 Aug

Rainbow Fairies Celebration


Rainbow, Jewel or Petal? Who’s your favourite fairy? Rainbow Magic is the number one bestselling series for girls, and they’ve just marked the 10th anniversary of their first book being published – so come along and join in the celebration! Get out your wings and fly along for some fairy fun, glittery games and plenty of pretty prizes. Recommended for ages 5+ Event supported by Orchard Books. wdc


Mon 18 Aug

25 Jul — 27 Jul

Winchester Science Festival Family Fun at the Winchester Science Festival

George and the Dragon make and take Free drop in make and take activity suitable for 8+ Make your own George and the Dragon figures from a Medieval ‘Mummers’ play, follow the original script or make up you own. Will St George triumph or will the Dragon live to fight another day? It’s up to you! All materials provided. Parental supervision is required at this event.

Hands-on Science activities for enthusiasts of all ages – visit or see pages 20–21 for details.

Tue 12 Aug

LEGO Workshop Day Come and join the Certified LEGO Professionals from Bright Bricks in making a giant Castle Crawley from LEGO. Entry price includes £5 worth of LEGO to take home plus expert tuition from the LEGO professionals. Places are limited, so don’t miss your chance to build your own part of Castle Crawley. For ages 5+

Tue 26 Aug

Swords and Stories Join TreeCreeper on an epic interactive story walk adventure where YOU control what happens on the quest! You are also invited to decorate and customise your very own wooden sword to help you on this mystical mission. Recommended for ages 4+

10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm £9 (includes £5 LEGO to take home)

9.30am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm £9 per child (includes a sword to take home)

Sessions last one hour. Children under 8 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Parents of Children 8 and over do not have to stay but must complete a consent form. Adults do not need to buy a ticket

Sessions last one hour and will be held on the Discovery Centre Terrace, weather permitting, otherwise will be moved inside. Places are limited. Tickets essential in advance. A TreeCreeper event in association with Spinney Hollow.


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Interactive Storytelling Sessions Come and join our resident storyteller as we read some of the greatest children’s storybooks of all time together on our big screen. Storytelling sessions start at 10.30am on selected days through the holidays and last for 45 minutes. Sessions cost £2 per person or a family of 5 for £5. Tickets required in advance. Tickets are available via the website by calling 01962 873603 or in person from the Discovery Centre.

28 July

9 August

Lost and Found… and more! Interactive storytelling for ages 3+ based on the books by Oliver Jeffers.

Funnybones Interactive storytelling for ages 4+ based on the books by Janet and Allen Ahlberg.

30 July

11 August

The Smartest Giant in Town… and more! Interactive

Abney and Teal Interactive storytelling

storytelling for ages 3+ based on the books by Julia Donaldson. 4 August

Mog the Cat… plus meet Mog! Interactive storytelling for ages 4+ based on the books by Judith Kerr.

for ages 3+ based on the CBeebies show. 16 August

Winnie the Witch… and more – plus meet Winnie! Interactive storytelling for ages 4+ based on the books by Korky Paul.

5 August 15 August

Kipper… and more!

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant… plus meet Elmer!

Interactive storytelling for ages 3+ based on the books by Mick Inkpen.

Interactive stoytelling for ages 3+ based on the books by David McKee.

6 August

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt… and more! Interactive storytelling for ages 3+ based on the books by Michael Rosen.

19 August

Traditional Fairytales


storytelling for ages 4+.

8 August

A Bear Called Paddington… Interactive storytelling for ages 4+ based on the books by Michael Bond. wdc


Summer Holiday Workshops Stitch, Stick, Sew 29 July 2 hours – ages 8+

10am £9

Design and make a crest for your castle. Let your imagination run wild and use felt, material, ribbons and buttons to create your finished masterpiece. Materials provided.

Monster T-Shirts 1, 7 August 6 hours – ages 5+

10am £18 or two for £28

Creative writing and t-shirt printing. Bring a light coloured t-shirt with you and combine creative writing and design skills to create a monster! In the morning you’ll work with a published poet to bring your character to life, and in the afternoon artist Lucy McLoughlin will help you design and print a monstrous t-shirt.

Riddle Making 4 August 10am for 2 hours – ages 5–8 1pm for 2½ hours – ages 8+

£9 £10

Write rotten riddles with a published poet. Come and see if you can solve The rotten riddles that await Then learn some really simple skills So then your own you can create!


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Mythical Animation Masterclass 4, 20 August 6 hours – ages 5+

10am £18 or two for £28

Make your own animated film. Create a short animated film using cut-out wizards, dragons, knights and castles with a small group of like-minded animators. The only limit is your imagination! The completed video will be available to download soon after the workshop.

Mythical Mask Making 5 August 15, 27 August 3 hours – ages 5+

9am, 1pm 1pm £10 or two for £16

Design and make your very own monster mask. Find out how creative you can be using card and scissors to make a scary monster mask, with the help of an ingeniously imaginative local artist.

Junk Castle Constructors 11 August 19 August 3 hours – ages 5+

1pm 9.30am £10 or two for £16

Make your own Castle Crawley to take home. Are you up to the challenge of making the kingdom’s greatest castle? With walls thick enough to fend off a dragon-attack? If the answer is yes, this workshop is for you. Take your castle home with you for future battles.

Dragon Building

Warp, Weft and Weave

11, 27 August 3 hours – ages 5+

28 August 2 Hours – ages 8+

9.30am £10 or two for £16

Make your own recycled dragon. Design, decorate and assemble a fire-breathing friend using cardboard, paper, milk bottles and scrap material – plus plenty of imagination!

Click, Flash, Zoom! 12 August 2 hours – ages 8+

10am £10

An introduction to photography for kids! An inspiring and fun workshop filled with hints, tips and tricks to take your pictures to the next level. Learn composition, lighting and processing and take home a print of your work. Just bring your digital camera and your imagination!

Mythical Forest in a Box 15 August 19 August 3 Hours – ages 5+

9.30am 1pm £10 or two for £16

Make your magical forest in a box ready to take home. A wizard’s home? The entrance to a haunted cave? Your forest could have anything inside – from trees with faces to giant frogs!

Make a Giant Maze 26 August 2 Hours – ages 5+

10am, 1pm £10 or two for £16

Get lost in a labyrinth of bright colours with local artist Donna Vokes. Use wood, wool and masking tape to help design a giant maze that will take over the Discovery Centre.

10am £10

Learn to use a Card-loom. Learn to use a card-loom in this perfect introduction to weaving. Make a bookmark to help you in your Summer Reading Challenge quest, or weave a magical bracelet to help you find your way round the Mythical Maze! Materials will be provided

Bag Printing Workshop 29 August 2½ Hours – ages 5+

9.30am £10

Make your own design and print onto a bag to take home. Print and decorate your own cool bag (cotton bags 38 × 42cm will be provided) to put all your books in. Use block printing, special transfer paint and fabric crayons, stitch and embellishing techniques and materials.

Costume Making Workshop 29 August 2½ – ages 5+

1pm £10

Make your own fairy or dragon wings or perhaps you’d like to make a knight’s costume? You’ll be using fabric, beads, wire, felt, cardboard, paint and much more.

Please note that lunch is not provided at these workshops. wdc


Free Family Film Screenings The Winchester Discovery Centre Castle Crawley has an excellent selection of DVDs to borrow for a break between reading all those books this summer. We have picked some of the best family films to show on our big screen for free in a family friendly environment. Film Screenings are every Thursday afternoon at 2pm and Every Sunday at 11:30. No Tickets required. Just turn up and enjoy the best kids films on our big screen – for free. Don’t forget to bring your library card with you so you can join the Reading Challenge! 31 July


Cars 3 August


Wreck It Ralph 7 August


Monsters Inc. 10 August


Cinderella 14 August


Up 21 August


Finding Nemo 24 August


The Lion King 28 August


Toy Story 3 31 August

Beauty and the Beast 8

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creative means making a mess. No inhibitions; no boundaries; no ‘not on the kitchen table’. They just want to dive in, get sticky and have fun. The littlefunkyart club creates an environment where they can do that in perfect confidence and where you don’t have to clear up the mess afterwards! Each session is based on a theme, including: Hand and feet painting, Touch and feel, craft tables, easel painting & expressionism, moulding & glueing, Splashing in water with bubbles (All materials provided, as well as hands-on tuition.) Little Funky Art Club is running sessions at the Discovery Centre every Wednesday at 10am and 11am. Sessions last 45 minutes and cost £5 per child.


Tangled 17 August

AY D I L O H For small children, being Little Funky Art Club


Little Funky Art – The Big One On Wednesday 20 August from 10am – 4pm we are making space in our Performance Hall for Little Funky Art Club big’s event! We are stretching out a huge sheet of canvas on the floor ready for your little ones to make as much mess as they can and create a truly unique piece of artwork. The finished product will be hung in our wall space gallery for 3 weeks to show off our creation. Come and muck in.

Winchester Discovery Centre Children's Guide: Summer 2014  

Including the Summer Reading Challenge, free author events and plenty of workshops to keep young minds busy over the break.

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