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Contents

Dear Readers,

SUMMER 2019

Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent

41,741 COPIES FOR FAMILIES

OF PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN

WELCOME

4 News

6 WOW: Family events

Welcome to our summer issue – the last one of the school year! We are

so pleased to be able to help you make the most of the coming summer

months with our suggestions for all sorts of local activities and events. With

the warm weather and long summer evenings, this is such a wonderful time

of year, and the perfect time to get outdoors!

Our What’s On Where pages will help you fill your calendar to keep the kids

DAYS OUT • EDUCATION • COMPETITIONS • FAMILY FUN

busy. We’ve got a huge range of events listed, many of which are free or

14 Brian Cox

low cost, meaning it’s even easier to plan the kids’ activities over the long

summer break. We’ve got everything from Fairy Trails to Gardening Clubs.

Make sure to check out our Box Office section too to see what your local

theatres have on this summer that the whole family can enjoy.

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From everyone here at Primary Times, we hope you have

a lovely summer holiday.

Sales: Kerry Howard:

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primarytimes.co.uk

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With very best wishes,

The Primary Times Team

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Design: Holly Aston

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Email kerry.howard@primarytimes.co.uk

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Young people and families

across East Staffordshire can

enjoy a wide range of activities

this summer holidays, all as

part of East Staffordshire

Borough Councils DASH holiday

programme.

Activities include opportunities to

get creative at The Brewhouse,

who are hosting a wide range of

workshops, from arts and crafts to

film and media, as well as Friday

family funday’s. Also included are

The Belfry Hotel & Resort

The Belfry Hotel & Resort is situated

in 550 acres of stunning North

Warwickshire countryside and

perfectly positioned for a family

getaway.

There are a range of family facilities

to enjoy on-site at The Belfry

including, swimming, mini-golf,

woodland walk, playground, arts

and crafts, games room and more!

Or if you want to explore a little

activities for young people aged

11-17 funded by the Staffordshire

SPACE programme.

Young people are also being

encouraged to enjoy the fresh air,

with outdoor activities including

Wild Families, provided by

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

For more information visit,

www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/

holiday-activities

further you’ll find Twycross Zoo,

Drayton Manor Theme Park and

Cadbury World a short drive-away.

After a day of family fun, you can

enjoy a delicious meal in The

Belfry’s family friendly restaurant,

Roccas and then retire back to your

spacious Family room.

Kids stay and eat for free! Adults

from only £55 per person.

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Primary Times Staffordshire

Archaeology

why we dig it!

Sequencing, developing chronological conceptual frameworks and spotting clues,

Primary Times explores how the puzzle of the past enriches primary education

Reading about people in the past

can be a dry and dusty affair and for

primary aged children, it can be limited

by their reading ages and abilities. Yet,

experiencing a real Roman building

or handling original artefacts is an

amazing tactile experience that

brings the past into direct and

immediate focus.

For primary school aged children this

concrete tactile experience helps to

build their conceptual understanding

of how people lived in the past

and makes the distant past more

accessible. It also helps to build a

sense of time, or chronology. We all

know that some young children under

the age of seven think that dinosaurs

roamed the earth at the same time

that their grandparents were born!

Children under seven have not yet

fully developed their chronological

conceptual frameworks. Exposure

to archaeology, (buildings, objects

and digs), at an early age can help

to develop this critically important

concept of time through tangible,

hands on activity.

Part of the work of archaeologists is

interpreting the objects that they have

found, some of which are too fragile to

be handled. Therefore, experimental

archaeologists often make replicas or

reconstructions in order to understand

how these objects worked. Wearing

a replica mail shirt, for instance, is an

immersive and experiential activity for

adults and children alike and enhances

our understanding of how people felt

wearing armour, and walking into a

reconstructed Iron Age house can be

an awe-inspiring experience, which

helps children to imagine the living

environments of prehistoric peoples.

These memorable encounters bring

the distant past to life and help to

engage and maintain children’s

interest in their school studies.

Archaeology is also about discovering

past landscapes, where people lived

and worked. It provides opportunities

for children to explore their local

area, even their own back gardens,

to reveal clues about the people

who once resided there. It enables

children to develop a sense of place

and community through time and

adds meaning to their immediate

surroundings.

Being an archaeologist also means

being a detective, and children

love puzzles. Sequencing objects in

order of time is an activity that can

be undertaken at home but working

with archaeological objects is a very

different experience. Categorising or

grouping objects such as pottery by

typology, or the type of shape, and/

or decoration, is a skill that not only

contributes to historical understanding

but is also a basic building block of

mathematical understanding.

Finding and interpreting objects

is one step in the archaeological

process. Objects need context if

they are to be fully understood. An

archaeologist needs to use many

skills in archaeological excavation

and survey work. For example, when

archaeologists dig a site they do

not always know exactly what they

are going to find, and they need to

carefully record each stage of the

dig by using context sheets, drawing

buildings and taking photographs.

Later when the dig is finished, they

will analyse all the evidence to draw

conclusions about what they have

found. This process is like one huge

puzzle with lots of different clues.

Giving a child the chance to access

archaeology in school and at home can

open a whole new world of discovery,

supporting both formal and informal

learning in a range of subjects. The

summer holidays are an ideal time

for exploring archaeology and this

summer the Festival of Archaeology

offers a variety of exciting experiences

from 13-28 July. Why not visit the

Festival of Archaeology website

festival.archaeologyuk.org and find an

event near you? You might also want

to join the Young Archaeologists’ Club,

which runs branches all year round,

across the UK – check out

www.yac-uk.org/faqs-grown-ups

From the Council for British

Archaeology: Dr. Joanne Kirton, Youth

Engagement Manager, and Gillian

Waters, Festival Coordinator.

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WHAT’S ON WHERE

Ongoing

Trentham Fairy Trail

Trentham Gardens ST4 8JG

www.trentham.co.uk

9am-7pm. Keep your eyes peeled as you

walk around the beautiful mile-long lake,

and through the woodland and garden,

where the Fairies at Trentham live. Included

in Garden Admission. Pick up a leaflet and

a fairy pencil at the entrance for £1.

T: 01782 646646.

4 July

Toddler Thursday

Gladstone Pottery Museum ST3 1PQ

www.stokemuseums.org.uk

10.30-11.30am. Learn, play and explore in

these sessions especially for under 5’s and

their parents or carers. Take part in crafts,

rhymes, singing and play. £1 per child but

normal admission applies if you wish to

visit the rest of the museum. One adult per

participating child. Booking essential.

T: 01782 237777.

5 July – 13 July

Lichfield Festival 2019

Lichfield

www.lichfieldfestival.org

Lichfield Festival is celebrating 38 years.

Multi-arts events for all ages, all tastes and

all budgets will be taking place around this

beautiful city and further afield so come

and join in. T: 01543 306150.

8 July

Youtube4U

The Brewhouse Arts Centre DE14 1AA

www.brewhouse.co.uk

6-7.15pm. Have you ever wanted to create

a film; from idea to screen or from phone

to You Tube? If so, this is the club for

you. Budding film makers, vloggers and

YouTuber’s can learn skills in filming, editing,

acting and presenting everything needed

to start your vlog/blog successfully or get

going on your first movie. Weekly projects

posted on The Brewhouse’s own You Tube

channel. Price: £4.50 per session. Age: 6-10

years. T: 01283 508100.

bDance Kids

The Brewhouse Arts Centre DE14 1AA

www.brewhouse.co.uk

5-6pm. A fun and funky introduction to

dance, aimed at developing co-ordination

and confidence. Young dancers are

encouraged to be creative and expressive

through different dance styles. Classes are

taught in a relaxed, fun environment, come

and join the fun. Price: £4.25. Ages 6+.

T: 01283 508100.

Theatre Tots: Rhyme Time

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre ST16 2LT

www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

9.30-10am. Sing along to favourite nursery

rhymes, sensory activity play, designed to

simulate the senses. Every Monday in term

time. From birth to one and a half years. £3

per child.

Theatre Tots: Story Box

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre ST16 2LT

www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

10.15-11am. What characters will be in the

box today? Dressing up, role play, arts and

crafts. Every Monday in term time. 3 years

+. £4 per child.

Theatre Tots: Wiggle and Jiggle

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre ST16 2LT

www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

11.15am - 12noon. Dance and move to

music, a physical class for tots on the move.

Every Monday in term time. One and a half

years to 3 years. £4 per child .

8 July – 3 September

Sunnycroft 50 Things Trail

Sunnycroft TF1 2DR

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

10.30am-4pm. Get outside and explore

nature this summer. Have an adventure at

Sunnycroft this summer holiday. Why not

try cloud watching on our croquet lawn. Can

you make friends with a bug in the orchard,

or get to know a really big tree. Great for

families. T: 01952242884.

9 July - Ongoing

Wildlings at The Roaches

The Roaches, Roaches Gate ST13 8UA

www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk

10.30am-12noon. Wildlings is a play group

with a twist with Staffordshire Wildlife

Trust. Come along and try new things

outdoors. You could swing in a hammock,

get mucky making a mud pie and sing

songs. All sessions include juice and

snacks for children. Runs every second

and fourth Tuesday of the month. Activities

for 6 month - 5 year olds. Under 6 month

olds are welcome to attend with an older

sibling. Free event but booking is essential.

T: 07538967518.

10 July

Upbeat

The Brewhouse Arts Centre DE14 1AA

www.brewhouse.co.uk

9.30-10.30am. A Wednesday session

especially for pre-schoolers. Fantastic

music and movement sessions for children

from newborn upwards and their grownups

to enjoy together. Classes are fun, informal,

support children in all areas of their

development and are led by experienced

practitioners, so come along sing, dance

and let yourself go. Price: £4.25 + £1 for each

additional sibling (Accompanying Adult

FREE). Age 6 months +. T: 01283 508100.

Themed Afternoon Teas

at The Spitfire Café

Mitchell Arts Centre ST1 4HG

www.mitchellartscentre.co.uk

2.30pm. Wimbledon themed afternoon tea.

Booking essential - call 01782 409307 and

press option 2 to book. £16 for 2 people.

10 July – Ongoing

Nature Tots at The Wolseley

Centre

The Wolseley Centre ST17 OWT

www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk

10am-12noon. Learn, make, and have fun

outdoors. Nature Tots is an indoor and

outdoor adult and toddler group run by

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. Each week has

a different theme. All activities are designed

to encourage your toddler’s engagement

with nature. So come along for crafts, trails

and games. Plus, there is always time for a

sit down with a snack and story time. £5.50

per child, £3.50 additional sibling. Activities

suitable for children aged 6 months - 5

years. T: 01889 880100.

11 July – Ongoing

Wildlings at Hem Heath Woods

Hem Heath Woods ST4 8RF

www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk

10.30am-12noon. Wildlings is a play group

with a twist with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Come along and try new things outdoors.

You could swing in a hammock, get mucky

and make a mud pie, and sing songs round

the campfire, all in an exciting outdoor

classroom. All sessions include a hot

drink for adults, plus juice and snacks for

children. Runs every Thursday. This event is

for children aged 6 months - 5 years. Free

but booking is essential. T: 01889880100.

12 July

Tots Make and Do

Museum and Art Gallery DE1 1BS

www.derbymuseums.org

10-11.30am. Tots Make and Do is a weekly

session where the Museum welcomes 2-5

year olds with their grown-ups for crafts,

games and stories inspired by the fabulous

collections. Drop in session, suitable for

children 2-5 years old with their grown-ups.

Free event. T: 01332 641901.

12 July – 14 July

Lichfield Arts Fuse Festival

Beacon Park WS13 6QZ

www.fuselichfield.org.uk

A community music and arts festival

in Beacon Park. It will present a vibrant

celebration of arts, culture, creativity

and community. Fuse has grown beyond

its humble beginnings into one of the

largest free community events of its kind

in Staffordshire and the West Midlands,

attracting around 18,000 visitors in 2018 in

a family friendly environment.

T: 01543 262223.

12 July – Ongoing

Wildlings at The Wolseley Centre

The Wolseley Centre ST17 OWT

www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk

10.30am-12noon. Wildlings is a play group

with a twist with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Come along and try new things outdoors.

You could swing in a hammock, get mucky

and make a mud pie, and sing songs round

the campfire, all in an exciting outdoor

classroom. All sessions include a hot drink

for adults, plus juice and snacks

for children. £5.50 per child, £3.50 per

additional sibling - adults free. This event

is for children aged 6 months - 5 years.

T: 01889 880100.

13 July

Kings Bromley Show - A

Centenary Celebration

Kings Bromley Show Field DE13 7LB

www.visitlichfield.co.uk

9.30am-5pm. This year’s show will centre

around the competitive horticultural

marquee, which includes over 100

categories, as well as an outstanding

entertainment line up to kick off the

celebrations and to make the show a

really memorable one. The family fun dog

show, equestrian events and vintage car

display always draw in the crowds and

around the field will be a variety of trade

and craft stands, farm animals, children’s

entertainment, food outlets offering a wide

range of refreshments and much more.

T: 01543 472120.

This is Derby Celebration Day

Museum and Art Gallery DE1 1BS

www.derbymuseums.org

12-3pm. Come along to the Museum to find

out about This is Derby; a project that has

been working with young people in the city

over the last year to help develop essential

life skills. Have a go at some taster activities

to see what hidden talents you may have.

Drop in session suitable for all.

T: 01332 641901.

13 July – 14 July

Heroes and Heroines

Apedale Valley Light Railway ST5 7LB

www.avlr.org.uk

11.30am and 4pm. A chance for kids to

dress up as their favourite superhero or

maybe a Princess? Kids in fancy dress

travel free.

13 July – 2 September

Moon Landing Maize Maze and

Space Rangers

National Forest Adventure Farm DE13

9SJ

www.adventurefarm.col.uk

The out of this world themed Maize Maze

celebrates 50 years since the first moon

landing on 20 July 1969. As you navigate

the 10 acre maze, you’ll need to find and

solve space-themed puzzles to help

fix the ‘Eagle’ Lunar Landing Module to

send the astronauts home to Earth. The

Astro-Adventure Mini Maze is perfect for

little legs. Discover all the planets of the

Solar System hidden in the maze paths.

Also become a Space Ranger and rescue

the aliens in the brand new interactive

experience for the summer. And of course

a trip to the Adventure Farm includes

meeting the animals and playing in the

huge indoor and outdoor play areas.

14 July

GeoFest 2019: Guided

Geology and Landscape Walk

Dudmaston WV15 6QN

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

1.30-3pm. As part of GeoFest 2019,

Dudmaston are celebrating the fascinating

geology and landscape of the estate.

Suitable for geology enthusiasts and

complete beginners - join this guided walk

to find out more about ancient rocks and

fossils here at Dudmaston. T: 01746780866.

Wildfamilies Explore Mythical

Creatures

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Primary Times Staffordshire

National Memorial Arboretum

This summer, take a trip the

National Memorial Arboretum to

discover the vital contributions of

men and women from across the

Commonwealth who contributed

towards the WWII campaigns

of 1944.

Enter the immersive SOE Training

Base to experience how the Special

Operations Executives gained their

skills, before undertaking a secret

mission around the Arboretum with

the Secret Spy Backpacks, perfect

for younger visitors who can solve

clues to help the ‘war effort’.

During your visit, why not also

take the chance to add to the

Arboretum’s outdoor art installation,

D-Day: Vessels of Victory.

Throughout the summer 6939

individually decorated wooden

vessels, each one representing an

allied vessel and the servicemen

aboard, involved in Operation

Neptune, will be decorated and

placed in the grounds of the

Arboretum.

The Arboretum is free to enter and

open daily 9am – 5pm. For more

information on any of the activities

listed above, or any other queries,

please call 01283 245 100 or visit

www.thenma.org.uk.

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WHAT’S ON WHERE

Westport Lake Visitor Centre ST6 4RZ

www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk

10am-12noon. From unicorns, trolls to

dragons and the phoenix. Come along to

the outdoor classroom to whittle a gnome,

build a dragons lair and make a unicorn

hobby horse. £5.50 per child, £3.50 per

additional sibling. Suitable for ages 3+.

T: 01889 880100.

Pond Dipping

Coombes Valley ST13 7EU

www.rspb.org.uk

10.30am-3.30pm. Fantastic volunteers will

be on hand to help you see what you can

discover in the underwater world, including

the chance to see a great crested newt up

close. This is the only opportunity visitors

will have to (pond dip at Coombes Valley)

as you need a licence to handle the rare

great crested newt.

15 July

Youtube4U

The Brewhouse Arts Centre DE14 1AA

www.brewhouse.co.uk

6-7.15pm. Have you ever wanted to create

a film; from idea to screen or from phone

to You Tube? If so, this is the club for

you. Budding film makers, vloggers and

YouTuber’s can learn skills in filming, editing,

acting and presenting everything needed

to start your vlog/blog successfully or get

going on your first movie. Weekly projects

posted on The Brewhouse’s own You Tube

channel. Price: £4.50 per session. Age: 6-10

years. T: 01283 508100.

bDance Kids

The Brewhouse Arts Centre DE14 1AA

www.brewhouse.co.uk

5-6pm. A fun and funky introduction to

dance, aimed at developing co-ordination

and confidence. Young dancers are

encouraged to be creative and expressive

through different dance styles. Classes are

taught in a relaxed, fun environment, come

and join the fun. Price: £4.25. Ages 6+.

T: 01283 508100.

Theatre Tots: Rhyme Time

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre ST16 2LT

www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

9.30-10am. Sing along to favourite nursery

rhymes, sensory activity play, designed to

simulate the senses. Every Monday in term

time. From birth to one and a half years. £3

per child.

Theatre Tots: Story Box

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre ST16 2LT

www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

10.15-11am. What characters will be in the

box today? Dressing up, role play, arts and

crafts. Every Monday in term time. 3 years

+. £4 per child.

Theatre Tots: Wiggle and Jiggle

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre ST16 2LT

www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

11.15am - 12noon. Dance and move to

music, a physical class for tots on the move.

Every Monday in term time. One and a half

years to 3 years. £4 per child.

17 July

Upbeat

The Brewhouse Arts Centre DE14 1AA

www.brewhouse.co.uk

9.30-10.30am. A Wednesday session

especially for pre-schoolers. Fantastic

music and movement sessions for children

from newborn upwards and their grownups

to enjoy together. Classes are fun, informal,

support children in all areas of their

development and are led by experienced

practitioners, so come along sing, dance

and let yourself go. Price: £4.25 + £1 for each

additional sibling (Accompanying Adult

FREE). Age 6 months +. T: 01283 508100.

17 July – 1 September

Miss Elizabeth Boat Trips this

Summer School Holiday

Trentham Gardens ST4 8JG

www.trentham.co.uk

All aboard the Miss Elizabeth for a boat trip

across the lake at Trentham Gardens. You

can buy tickets at the Gardens Entrance, or

on board from the Captain - CASH ONLY

at the jetty. £2.00 per person each way,

Members £1.50 per person, each way.

T: 01782 646646.

19 July

Tots Make and Do

Museum and Art Gallery DE1 1BS

www.derbymuseums.org

10-11.30am. Tots Make and Do is a weekly

session where the Museum welcomes 2-5

year olds with their grown-ups for crafts,

games and stories inspired by the fabulous

collections. Drop in session, suitable for

children 2-5 years old with their grown-ups.

Free event. T: 01332 641901.

20 July

Messy Church

Lichfield Cathedral (College Hall)

WS13 7LD

www.lichfield-cathedral.org

2-4pm. Come along to the Cathedral for

an action-packed afternoon of children

and adults being in church together –

worshipping, learning and having fun. Sing,

pray, learn about Bible stories and get

messy exploring their meaning through

crafts and activities. No need to book,

just come and join in. Please note that all

children must be accompanied by an adult

responsible for them. All sessions are in the

Cathedral unless otherwise stated.

T: 01543 306 100.

Marvellous Moths and Breakfast

Baps

Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses

DY7 6DL

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

9-11am. Members of Kinver Moth Group and

the local branch of Butterfly Conservation

will run a moth light the previous night,

and will show you their catches before

they are released unharmed. Numbers of

moths caught will vary according to the

weather but on a good night at this time of

year we expect over 50 different species,

all incredibly diverse. Hearty breakfast bap

and drinks included - coffee, tea and juice.

Children very welcome. T: 0344 249 1895.

Nature Detectives

National Memorial Arboretum DE13 7AR

www.thenma.org.uk

2-4pm. Each Nature Detectives session

provides a great opportunity for you and

your child to engage with the vast variety

of nature that calls the Arboretum home.

Parents / guardians must remain with

their children at all times. The session will

be held in one of the covered outdoor

discovery shelters so it is important that

all children are appropriately dressed. In

the event of inclement weather, an indoor

space will be provided for the group.

Booking Essential, £2.50 per child.

T: 01283 245 100.

Alrewas Show

Alrewas Show Ground WS13 7DS

www.alrewasshow.co.uk

10am-5pm. The Alrewas Show is one

of Staffordshire’s best loved and most

popular country shows, celebrating the

county’s agricultural heritage and the

thriving modern community of the village

of Alrewas. There’s plenty to keep the

youngsters entertained, including soft plays

areas and a traditional Punch and Judy

show - and they’ll love coming in to the

ring to meet the hunt dogs. If you’re a dog

owner you can enter your pet in the Fun

Dog Show and dog agility classes. Adults:

£6.00. Children and Concessions £3.00.

LEGO ® Engineers

Museum and Art Gallery DE1 1BS

www.derbymuseums.org

10am-12noon and 1-3pm. In this

engineering-focussed workshop, families

can get creative to complete a range of

LEGO® challenges, which will encourage

teamwork and inventive thinking. Suitable

for families with children aged 7+. £5 Adult /

£3.50 Child (children must be accompanied

by an adult). Booking essential.

T: 01332 641901.

20 July – 21 July

If you go Down to the Woods Today

Moseley Old Hall WV10 7HY

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

11am-3pm. Wear a wild crown -crown

yourself as king or queen of the Kings Walk

Wood by making yourself a natural crown

with what you can find in the woodlands

around you. Join in with this monthly

weekend of outdoor fun to tick off more

things on your list of 50 things to do before

11 ¾. T: 01902782808.

20 July – 1 September

Trail: LEGO ® Lost in Time

Museum and Art Gallery DE1 1BS

www.derbymuseums.org

10am-5pm, Sunday 12-4pm. Some of the

LEGO ® characters from the Brick History

exhibition have escaped and are wandering

around the Museum! Can you find them and

work out which time they belong to? Dropin,

suitable for children 5-15 years old with

their grown-ups.

Trentham Fern Train Trips

Trentham Gardens ST4 8JG

www.trentham.co.uk

Meet the Trentham Fern the resident diesel

sit-astride engine who chuffs along the

lakeside on a light gauge railway. Return trip

£2.00 per person. Return trip with annual

ticket holder discount - £1.50 per person.

Pay on entrance, at the main entrance with

card or cash, or CASH ONLY at the train

station. In addition to garden admission.

T: 01782 646646.

20 July – 8 September

Pathways to Paradise

Shugborough Estate ST17 0XB

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

11am-3pm. Discover the different pathways

to paradise that criss-cross the estate.

With journey stick in hand, little explorers

can discover all the pathways, waterways

and train tracks that allow people to pass

through this paradise, adding mementos to

their journey stick to take home with them.

This trail is aimed at children, dogs on a

lead welcome. T: 01889880160.

20 July – 25 September

One Small Step

Lichfield Cathedral WS13 7LD

www.lichfield-cathedral.org

9.30am-6.15pm. ‘One Small Step’ will give

visitors the opportunity to walk on the moon

as the Cathedral Nave floor is transformed

into a lunar landscape. Come and take a

once-in-a-lifetime selfie on the moon’s

surface. Installation artwork by Artist-in-

Residence: Peter Walker. Free event.

T: 01543 306 100.

21 July

Africa Day

Monkey Forest ST12 9HR

www.monkey-forest.com

10am-6pm. Back by popular demand.

Come along for Africa Day. Where you will

be celebrating where monkeys come from.

You’ll be joined by Koto African Drummers

for performances and workshops - so

you can get involved too. As well as face

painting*, activities and more. *extra charges

apply. T: 01782 659 845.

22 July – 26 July

Drama Fun and Games

Regent Theatre ST1 1AP

www.atgtickets.com

10am. Spend a day (or five) exploring

stories through exciting drama games and

exercises. Each day will have a different

theme. Age guidance: 7-11 years. For more

details contact: stokecreativelearning@

theambassadors.com.

23 July – 24 July

Children’s Wand Making Workshop

Shugborough Estate ST17 0XB

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

10am-3.30pm. Families can get hands

on with traditional green woodworking

techniques to make their very own magic

wand to take home or use as a journey stick

on the Pathways to Paradise trail. Join local

crafters from Amerton Arts to learn how to

use a shave horse and a spoke shave make

your very own magic wand. This activity is

suitable for adults and children 5+.

T: 0344 2491895.

23 July – 25 July

Castle Storytelling

Tamworth Castle B79 7NA

www.tamworthcastle.co.uk

10.30am-3pm. By some strange magic, the

tales have escaped from the Storyteller’s

book. Visitors are asked to come to the

Castle and help the storyteller find the

lost stories and listen to their telling. To

add to the fun, visitors are encouraged to

come along dressed in their favourite story

themed costumes. T: 01827 709618.

Craft Activity: Clay Aliens

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

ST1 3DW

www.stokemuseums.org.uk

10.30am-12.30pm and 1.15-3pm. Get

creative and make your own scary or

friendly little clay alien from space. £1.50.

Drop in session. T: 01782 232323.

23 July – 30 August

Animation Workshops and

Showcase

Mitchell Arts Centre ST1 4HG

www.mitchellartscentre.co.uk

Various times. The MAC is running a FREE

Stop-Motion Animation Project during

the summer holidays for children and

teenagers, with three groups split into three

age categories of 10-12yrs, 13-15yrs and 16-

18yrs. There will then be a showcase in the

main auditorium on Friday 30th August. At

the heart of this project, the young people

themselves will have full creative decision

making powers working under the MAC inhouse

Artistic Directorship team alongside

guest practitioners. All workshops are free

of charge but booking is essential. Book

your place by calling 01782 409307. Spaces

are limited. See website for workshop times.

24 July

Summer Holiday Activities

Wightwick Manor and Gardens

WV6 8EE

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Where in the world can

you walk on the Moon?

This summer bring the whole

family to walk on the moon free of

charge inside the medieval Lichfield

Cathedral.

From 20th July - 25th September

the floor of the Cathedral will

become a moonscape for all ages.

This moon floor art installation,

called ‘One Small Step’, by sculptor

Peter Walker will give people a

unique opportunity to stand on

the moon, which is an Image from

NASA covering the 36metres of the

Cathedral.

There are also FREE family activities

happening daily throughout the

summer holidays (Mon-Sat) at 13:30

– 15:30 and for two special days (3rd

and 12th August) there will be an

explorer dome which gives you a

chance to gaze at the night sky (free

ticketed event).

During August witness The Great

Exhibition 2019: ‘Space, God, the

Universe and Everything.’ This

spectacular sound and light show

is inspired by the anniversary of the

first moon landing and promises to

be out of this world. (ticketed event)

Also, in August the Film Festival is

back! Watch family friendly movies

on the moon including Frozen, Back

to the Future, ET, The Lego Movie

and more. (ticketed event)

For more information and to

book tickets visit: www.lichfieldcathedral.org

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WHAT’S ON WHERE

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

11am-3.30pm. Come along in the summer

holiday for fun and creativity in the great

outdoors. Please wear appropriate clothing

for the weather of the day - you may be

outdoors in the sun, or indoors getting

covered in glue. T: 01902 760102.

Summer Holiday Discovery Day

Staffordshire Regimental Museum

WS14 9PY

www.staffordshireregimentalmuseum.

com

10am-4pm. Come along on this special

day, when some of the museum’s hidden

treasures will be on display. You’ll also be

able to handle weapons, as featured in

movies such as ‘Zulu’, ‘Where Eagles Dare’

and ‘A Bridge too Far’ and try on uniforms

too. Experience something of the horror of

the Western Front by taking a guided tour

of the full-scale reconstruction of a First

World War trench. Adults £6.00. Concession

£5.00. Family (2 adults & 2/3 children)

£16.00. T: 01543 43 43 94.

The Potty Gardening Club

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

ST1 3DW

www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Come along and join The Potty Gardening

Club for a range of fun gardening activities

during the school holidays. Activities

where possible will take place outside

in the Secret Garden so please dress for

the weather. There is an indoor space too

so the club can go ahead, whatever the

weather. Children will help to grow and

develop the garden but will also make

something to take home. Suitable for

children aged 7-11 years. Children must

be accompanied by an adult. £3 per child

payable on booking. T: 01782 232323.

24 July – 28 August

Art Hub

Museum and Art Gallery DE1 1BS

www.derbymuseums.org

10am-12noon. On Wednesdays at Art

Hub you can explore different creative

techniques and processes – there’s always

something new to try in this artist-led

session. Drop-in session, suitable for

children aged 7+ with their grown-ups. FREE

– Give What You Think. T: 01332 641901.

25 July

Pushchair Pictures

Mitchell Arts Centre ST1 4HG

www.visitstoke.co.uk

Stan and Ollie: These screenings are aimed

at parents or carers who want to enjoy a film

morning but are also adapted to be kinder

to babies too. The sound is lowered and

the lights are dimmed so it’s less daunting

for your little ones but also means you get

a proper cinema experience and catch that

movie you’ve been meaning to see. Breastfeeding

friendly and with baby changing

facilities. And best of all, you will be with

other people in a similar situation, so you

don’t need to worry if baby has a little fuss

or you need to step out for a moment.

T: 01782409307.

25 July – 29 August

Pickford’s Plot

Pickford’s House DE1 1DA

www.derbymuseums.org

10am-2pm. Come along for this naturefocused

session in Pickford’s garden during

the summer holidays. Drop-in session,

suitable for families. Free event - give what

you think. T: 01332 715181.

Summer Fun at Sam’s House

Samuel Johnson Birthplace WS13 6LG

www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk

11am-2pm. Craft activities for the school

holidays. Price £2. Booking advised.

T: 01543 264972.

29 July – 2 August

Play in a Week

Regent Theatre ST1 1AP

www.atgtickets.com

10am. Spend a week with creative learning

devising a play to show to family and

friends on the last day. Age guidance:

7-11 years. For more details contact:

stokecreativelearning@theambassadors.

com.

30 July – 1 August

WW2 in the Castle

Tamworth Castle B79 7NA

www.tamworthcastle.co.uk

10.30am-3pm. Come along and

commemorate the 75th Anniversary of

the D Day landings that started the end of

World War II. Try your hand at firefighting,

learn about war time communications, have

a go at decoding secret messages and

meet the Billeting Officer. T: 01827 709618.

31 July

Summer Holiday Activities

Wightwick Manor and Gardens

WV6 8EE

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

11am-3.30pm. Come along in the summer

holiday for fun and creativity in the great

outdoors Please wear appropriate clothing

for the weather of the day - you may be

outdoors in the Sun, or indoors getting

covered in glue. T: 01902 760102.

Teddy Bears Picnic

Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre

WS15 4JJ

www.beaudesert.org

Follow the trail of teddy bears and claim

your prize. Have a picnic and listen to the

story of the day. Refreshments on sale.

Suitable for ages pre-school through to

10 years. £5 per child. Adults free.

T: 01543 682278.

1 August

Wild Child Party

The Wolseley Centre ST17 OWT

www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk

10am-12noon. It’s the Wolseley’s 50th

birthday in a week - so why not join them

for a special wild child party to get you

into the birthday mood. From making party

hats to party food and party games, all

with a Staffordshire Wildlife Trust wildchild

twist of course. Come along and help

them celebrate. £5.50 per child, £3.50 per

additional sibling. Suitable for ages 3+.

T: 01889 880100.

2 August

Little Saplings Sensory Play

National Memorial Arboretum DE13 7AR

www.thenma.org.uk

10-11am and 11.30am-12.30pm. Little

Saplings Sensory Play and storytelling

is designed to help the youngest visitors

enjoy the Arboretum and heighten their

development and enjoyment of learning.

Sounds, colours, textures, auditory sensory

activities and other hands-on elements

will add to the month’s chosen theme.

Preschool children and accompanying

adults will be given complete free rein

of the expanding and evolving array of

sensory toys (including dark den, lights and

musical instruments) with the objective of

encouraging creativity and multi-sensory

experiences. Booking Essential, £2.50 per

child/sapling. T: 01283 245 100.

3 August – 9 August

Splash Summer Camp

Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre

WS15 4JJ

www.beaudesert.org

Splash is a mini jamboree camp. A

week packed with activities including

rafting, coracling, high ropes, tomahawk

throwing and zip wire, competitions, social

opportunities with the other groups, off site

walk on Cannock Chase, campfire, evening

activities and an optional day out (additional

cost). Booking required. T: 01543 682278.

4 August

30th Birthday Summer Family Day

Museum of Cannock Chase WS12 1TD

www.museumofcannockchase.org

12-4pm. Join the museum as it celebrates

it 30th birthday. Enjoy craft activities,

workshops, displays and shows for all the

family. T: 01543 877666.

Classic Car Show

Stafford Castle ST16 1DJ

www.freedom-leisure.co.uk

11am- 5pm. A classic car treat and vintage

fun for all the family, display cars, mini

motor museum, auto mart and craft stalls.

T: 01785 619131.

4 August – 25 August

The Great Exhibition 2019: Space,

God, The Universe and Everything

Lichfield Cathedral WS13 7LD

www.lichfield-cathedral.org

Sundays in August. Back for a third year,

The Great Exhibition returns with ‘Space,

God, the Universe and Everything,’ a

stunning visual spectacle inspired by the

Moon Landing. It will take you on a walking

journey within the Cathedral revealing the

universe, galaxies, space, creation, and light.

Tickets will be available from the Cathedral

Gift Shop, The Gift Area or online.

T: 01543 306 100.

5 August – 9 August

Summer Holiday Club

Crewe Lyceum CW1 2DA

www.crewelyeceum.co.uk

9am-3.30pm. Lyceum Theatre’s resident

performing company brings you a jampacked

week of creative activity. Join them

for the chance to work with members of

Crewe’s premier hip hop Theatre Company

and create your own performance by

the end of the week. Get involved in

a wide range of activities including:

dance, choreography, art /visuals and

performance. No experience of dance or

theatre is necessary. Open to Beats ages

7 - 10 and Breakers ages 11 - 16. For more

details visit the website or ring

T: 01270 368 242.

6 August – 15 August

Saxons at the Castle

Tamworth Castle B79 7NA

www.tamworthcastle.co.uk

10.30am-3pm. Come and find out what life

was like for those living in Tamworth during

Saxon times. Try your hand at archaeology,

learn about the warrior princess Aethelflaed

and Saxon battle tactics and see if you can

solve the runic puzzles. T: 01827 709618.

7 August

Summer Holiday Activities

Wightwick Manor and Gardens

WV6 8EE

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

11am-3.30pm. Come along in the summer

holiday for fun and creativity in the great

outdoors Please wear appropriate clothing

for the weather of the day - you may be

outdoors in the sun, or indoors getting

covered in glue. T: 01902 760102.

The WildChild Festival

The Wolseley Centre ST17 OWT

www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk

10am-4.30pm. The Wolseley Centre is

having a birthday party to celebrate their

50th anniversary and they would love

you to be there. Come along and be

transported into a magical world of art and

nature. There are going to be lots of family

wildlife activities on the day; fun games,

entertainment from the Fabularium theatre

group, listen to the tales of the traveling

storyteller, explore the Oakmobile, try tasty

festival food and drink, plus lots more.

Booking essential. T: 01889 880100.

Teddy Bears Picnic

Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre

WS15 4JJ

www.beaudesert.org

Follow the trail of teddy bears and claim

your prize. Have a picnic and listen to the

story of the day. Refreshments on sale.

Suitable for ages pre-school through to

10 years. £5 per child. Adults free.

T: 01543 682278.

Summer Holiday Discovery Day

Staffordshire Regimental Museum

WS14 9PY

www.staffordshireregimentalmuseum.

com

10am-4pm. Come along on this special

day, when some of the museum’s hidden

treasures will be on display. You’ll also be

able to handle weapons, as featured in

movies such as ‘Zulu’, ‘Where Eagles Dare’

and ‘A Bridge too Far’ and try on uniforms

too. Experience something of the horror of

the Western Front by taking a guided tour

of our full-scale reconstruction of a First

World War trench. Adults £6.00. Concession

£5.00. Family (2 adults & 2/3 children)

£16.00. T: 01543 43 43 94.

The Potty Gardening Club

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

ST1 3DW

www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Come along and join The Potty Gardening

Club for a range of fun gardening activities

during the school holidays. Activities

where possible will take place outside

in the Secret Garden so please dress for

the weather. There is an indoor space too

so the club can go ahead, whatever the

weather. Children will help to grow and

develop the garden but will also make

something to take home. Suitable for

children aged 7-11 years. Children must

be accompanied by an adult. £3 per child

payable on booking. T: 01782 232323.

10 August

Family Open Day

Crewe Lyceum CW1 2DA

www.crewelyeceum.co.uk

11am-3pm. Raising money for Great

Ormond Street Hospital. A jam packed day

of FREE fun for all the family. Set sail for

adventure with this summer family open

day, celebrating the Lyceum’ high-flying

pantomime, Peter Pan. Activities include:

face painting, story time, treasure hunt,

arts and crafts, costume competition, den

building and games. T: 01270 368 242.

Dinosaur Dig Wildplay

Central Forest Park ST1 6AZ

www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk

10.30-11.30am. These drop in activities

are aimed at 8-16 years olds but all the

family are welcome to join in from 0 to

103. You might be building dens, making

homes for wildlife or balancing on the

slackline. Don’t forget to wear outdoor

clothes and pair of sturdy shoes or wellies

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Gullivers: 5 for £65

Gulliver’s are gearing up for a

super summer of theme park fun

featuring UglyDolls. Bring the

family to Gulliver’s and enjoy indoor

attractions, thrilling rides and plenty

of entertainment. UglyDolls will

be making special appearances

each day, visit gulliversfun.co.uk for

details. Make it a magical summer

with Gulliver’s Theme Parks and

UglyDolls. Save even more on your

family day out by using the 5 for

£65 voucher in this edition. Please

see voucher for full terms and

conditions. Gulliver’s Warrington,

Milton Keynes and Matlock Bath are

open every single day from late July

until 2nd September.

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WHAT’S ON WHERE

as you’ll be outdoors, and bring a drink

and some snacks. Free event but booking

recommended. T: 01889 880100.

Steam Tots

Museum and Art Gallery DE1 1BS

www.derbymuseums.org

1.30-3pm. Play, make and learn together

amongst historic collections in this

sensory exploration of STEAM (Science,

Technology, Engineering, Art and

Mathematics). Drop-in session, suitable for

children 2-5 years old with their grown-ups.

14 August

Themed Afternoon Teas at The

Spitfire Café

Mitchell Arts Centre ST1 4HG

www.mitchellartscentre.co.uk

2.30pm. Summer Fayre themed afternoon

tea. Booking essential - call 01782 409307

and press option 2 to book. £16 for 2 people.

Summer Holiday Activities

Wightwick Manor and Gardens WV6

8EE

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

11am-3.30pm. Come along in the summer

holiday for fun and creativity in the great

outdoors. Please wear appropriate clothing

for the weather of the day - you may be

outdoors in the sun, or indoors getting

covered in glue. T: 01902 760102.

16 August – 18 August

Family Camping Weekend

Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre

WS15 4JJ

www.beaudesert.org

Come and stay at Beaudesert Outdoor

Activity Centre and experience the amazing

Beaudesert Park Estate. Only open to family

groups. Camp fee includes use of toilet and

shower facilities, evening activity (disco or

campfire) and free activities including crazy

golf, frisbee golf, orienteering and audio

history trail, or why not bring your bikes and

cycle or walk into Cannock Chase.

T: 01543 682278.

Just So Festival

Rode Hall and Gardens ST7 3QP

www.visitstoke.co.uk

An annual, intimate, weekend-long

camping festival for children and their

families; the Just So Festival provides an

imaginative outdoor adventure like no

other, showcasing the best art, music,

literature, comedy and theatre for families

in a wondrous landscape. T: 07958 700818.

17 August

Nature Detectives

National Memorial Arboretum DE13 7AR

www.thenma.org.uk

10.30- 11.30am. Each Nature Detectives

session provides a great opportunity for

you and your child to engage with the vast

variety of nature that calls the Arboretum

home. Parents / guardians must remain

with their children at all times. The session

will be held in one of the covered outdoor

discovery shelters so it is important that

all children are appropriately dressed. In

the event of inclement weather, an indoor

space will be provided for the group.

Booking Essential, £2.50 per child.

T: 01283 245 100.

18 August

Exotic Zoo

Monkey Forest ST12 9HR

www.monkey-forest.com

10am-6pm. See and learn all about

fascinating species with Exotic Zoo. As seen

on Blue Peter. T: 01782 659 845.

19 August

Survival Skills for all the Family

Museum of Cannock Chase WS12 1TD

www.museumofcannockchase.org

10am-4pm. Learn how to survive in the

wilderness. Spend a day with Dave Knowles

of the Forest of Mercia learning the

essential skills of Bushcraft. You will make

a simple shelter, forage and prepare food

using only the items available in nature.

Could you live from the land?

T: 01543 877666.

19 August - 23 August

Fairy Tales Reconstructed

Lichfield Garrick WS13 6HR

www.lichfieldgarrick.com

10am-4pm. Join What’s On Nominated

Director, Emily Summers, for a week of

drama, poetry, song, music and dance as

you reimagine fairytales in a way you’ve

never known before. Twist well-known

stories beyond recognition and bring them

into a whole new light in this week-long

celebration of creativity, culminating in a

sharing of your work for friends and family.

Recommended for those interested in

theatre, developing their performace

toolkit, trying new things and working

together as creative artists. Please note

that this workshop can only be booked as a

week-long programme and individual days

cannot be booked. Suitable for ages 8-16.

T: 01543 412121.

21 August

Summer Holiday Activities

Wightwick Manor and Gardens

WV6 8EE

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

11am-3.30pm. Come along in the summer

holiday for fun and creativity in the great

outdoors. Please wear appropriate clothing

for the weather of the day - you may be

outdoors in the sun, or indoors getting

covered in glue. T: 01902 760102.

Teddy Bears Picnic

Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre

WS15 4JJ

www.beaudesert.org

Follow the trail of teddy bears and claim

your prize. Have a picnic and listen to the

story of the day. Refreshments on sale.

Suitable for ages pre-school through to

10 years. £5 per child. Adults free.

T: 01543 682278.

24 August – 25 August

Elford Scarecrow Festival

Elford village B79 9DA

www.elfordscarecrowfestival.uk

11am-4pm. The beautiful Staffordshire

village of Elford has something to ‘crow’

about- the scarecrows are back. The

Elford Scarecrow Festival promises to be

a huge crowd pleaser, with attractions for

all the family. The village will be filled with

scarecrows- visitors are promised around

100 adorning the route with previous

creations from Boris Johnson to the Wizard

of Oz .

24 August – 26 August

Have-a-go archery

Shugborough Estate ST17 0XB

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

11am-3pm. Try your hand at archery with a

qualified instructor in the historic grounds

of Shugborough Estate. Suitable for ages

5+. Run by Archery GB affiliated Stafford

Archers. T: 01889880160.

26 August

Pond Dipping

Coombes Valley ST13 7EU

www.rspb.org.uk

10.30am-3.30pm. Fantastic volunteers will

be on hand to help you see what you can

discover in the underwater world, including

the chance to see a great crested newt up

close. This is the only opportunity visitors

will have to (pond dip at Coombes Valley)

as you need a licence to handle the rare

great crested newt.

28 August

Summer Holiday Activities

Wightwick Manor and Gardens

WV6 8EE

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

11am-3.30pm. Come along in the summer

holiday for fun and creativity in the great

outdoors.Please wear appropriate clothing

for the weather of the day - you may be

outdoors in the sun, or indoors getting

covered in glue. T: 01902 760102.

Teddy Bears Picnic

Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre

WS15 4JJ

www.beaudesert.org

Follow the trail of teddy bears and claim

your prize. Have a picnic and listen to the

story of the day. Refreshments on sale.

Suitable for ages pre-school through to

10 years. £5 per child. Adults free.

T: 01543 682278.

Summer Holiday Discovery Day

Staffordshire Regimental Museum

WS14 9PY

www.staffordshireregimentalmuseum.

com

10am-4pm. Come along on this special

day, when some of the museum’s hidden

treasures will be on display. You’ll also be

able to handle weapons, as featured in

movies such as ‘Zulu’, ‘Where Eagles Dare’

and ‘A Bridge too Far’ and try on uniforms

too. Experience something of the horror of

the Western Front by taking a guided tour

of our full-scale reconstruction of a First

World War trench. Adults £6.00. Concession

£5.00. Family (2 adults & 2/3 children)

£16.00. T: 01543 43 43 94.

The Potty Gardening Club

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

ST1 3DW

www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Come along and join The Potty Gardening

Club for a range of fun gardening activities

during the school holidays. Activities

where possible will take place outside

in the Secret Garden so please dress for

the weather. There is an indoor space too

so the club can go ahead, whatever the

weather. Children will help to grow and

develop our garden but will also make

something to take home. Suitable for

children aged 7-11 years. Children must

be accompanied by an adult. £3 per child

payable on booking. T: 01782 232323.

29 August

Natural Art Drop In

The Wolseley Centre ST17 OWT

www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk

1-3pm. Come along and drop in for some

natural art. Have a go at the Japanese

art Hapa Zome using leaves and flowers

to mud painting to making your own

nature crown. Please come dressed for

the weather as lots of our activities take

place outside. £3.50 per child. Suitable for

children aged 3 +. T: 01889 880100.

Pushchair Pictures

Mitchell Arts Centre ST1 4HG

www.visitstoke.co.uk

Mary Poppins Returns: These screenings

are aimed at parents or carers who want to

enjoy a film morning but are also adapted

to be kinder to babies too. The sound is

lowered and the lights are dimmed so it’s

less daunting for your little ones but also

means you get a proper cinema experience

and catch that movie you’ve been meaning

to see. Breast-feeding friendly and with

baby changing facilities. And best of all,

you will be with other people in a similar

situation, so you don’t need to worry if baby

has a little fuss or you need to step out for a

moment. T: 01782409307.

31 August

Gulliver’s Fireworks Finale

All Gulliver’s Theme Parks

www.gulliversfun.co.uk

Finish the summer holidays with a

spectacular superhero themed event

complete with fireworks.

6 September

Tots Make and Do

Museum and Art Gallery DE1 1BS

www.derbymuseums.org

10-11.30am. Tots Make and Do is a weekly

session where the Museum welcomes 2-5

year olds with their grown-ups for crafts,

games and stories inspired by the fabulous

collections. Drop in session, suitable for

children 2-5 years old with their grown-ups.

Free event. T: 01332 641901.

Little Saplings Sensory Play

National Memorial Arboretum DE13 7AR

www.thenma.org.uk

10-11am and 11.30am-12.30pm. Little

Saplings Sensory Play and storytelling

is designed to help the youngest visitors

enjoy the Arboretum and heighten their

development and enjoyment of learning.

Sounds, colours, textures, auditory sensory

activities and other hands-on elements

will add to the month’s chosen theme.

Preschool children and accompanying

adults will be given complete free rein

of the expanding and evolving array of

sensory toys (including dark den, lights and

musical instruments) with the objective of

encouraging creativity and multi-sensory

experiences. Booking Essential, £2.50 per

child/sapling.

T: 01283 245 100.

7 September

Steam Tots

Museum and Art Gallery DE1 1BS

www.derbymuseums.org

1.30-3pm. Play, make and learn together

amongst historic collections in this

sensory exploration of STEAM (Science,

Technology, Engineering, Art and

Mathematics). Drop-in session, suitable for

children 2-5 years old with their grown-ups.

7 September – 8 September

Yankee Weekend

Churnet Valley Railway ST10 2HA

www.visitstoke.co.uk

11am-5pm. Come along and celebrate

all things America at the Churnet Valley

and leave you feeling like you are in the

American dream. Enjoy being hauled by

the resident steam engine USATC Class

S160 No.5197. What better way to travel

during the All American Yankee Weekend

than being hauled by a Yankee Engine?

Based at the Churnet Valley Railway this

American built class of war locomotive was

designed for war time use and were widely

used around Europe. For the kids there is

a selection of activities to keep them busy

with a Word search, crafts, colouring and

more to be confirmed.

T: 07376252917.

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Show you care in a

cape for St Giles Hospice

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes

– and St Giles Hospice is calling

on parents, kids and their doggie

sidekicks to walk for their hero in aid

of the charity’s first-ever Hero Walk

this September.

Masked marvels big and small will be

pulling on their capes and showing

that they care at the 5km herothemed

fundraising walk and fun day

at Walsall Arboretum on Saturday

21st September, with fun activities

for all ages.

Caped crusaders can boost their

super powers with snacks and

smoothies while enjoying games

and cape decorating at the hero hub

before setting off on their Arboretum

adventure from midday (12pm).

Younger heroes will be entertained

along the route by a hero hunt activity

sheet - and everyone will get a

rousing reception at the finish line,

with a goodie bag and event medal.

St Giles Hospice Director of

Fundraising Elinor Eustace said:

“Everybody has a hero who inspires

them, and everyone taking part in this

event is a hero to us. Please help us

by supporting St Giles - and make

some marvellous memories in a mask

along the way.”

For more information visit www.

stgileshospice.com/herowalk

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Forensics masterclasses for CSI sleuths

CSI Parties are a Forensic Scientist

and STEM Ambassador who uses

the catalyst of Forensics and CSI to

produce engaging immersive events

for children. Budding investigators

wear CSI suits, overshoes and gloves

and enter a recreated crime scene to

learn REAL investigation and crime

analysis techniques.

Half day masterclasses (up to 30

students) to full day, weeklong

events for whole school years and

after-school clubs are offered.

Summer schools also feature, which

are currently running a wildlife

crime event encouraging a new

generation of Furry Forensics Wildlife

Superheroes.

Providing enterprise STEM activities to

primary schools through to secondary

and 16+, CSI offers projects to other

educational provisions and NEET

projects. CSI helps raise interest,

is key-stage relatable, provides

cross curricular experiences, raises

aspirations and attainment, creates

a BUZZ for the school. It encourages

good practice, provides OFSTED

requirements for careers and

enterprise (STEM) while building

science and enterprise capital,

ultimately providing a foundation

for the government’s GATSBY

benchmarks. CSI is a great way to use

pupil premium plus funding.

For more information,

call: 07598300318, email: tina@

csiparties.com or visit their

website: www.csiparties.com

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Inspire them to explore science with…

Professor Brian Cox

Primary Times teams up with Professor Brian Cox OBE to discuss the importance of science for children, his

own childhood inspirations, and his exciting world tour ‘Universal: Adventures in Space and Time’

How did you first become

interested in physics and

astronomy? Was there a

book or famous figure who

sparked your passion?

I was always interested in astronomy as far

back as I remember, and I think the reason

for that is it’s the simplest science. You can

do it without anything, you can go out into

your back garden and look at the stars, you

can see the constellations change from

month to month, you can see the planets

shift into position.

In terms of a famous figure, there was Carl

Sagan who made his series Cosmos when I

was 11. It was this idea that these points of

light in the sky are other worlds. The great

thing about astronomy is that it carries

your imagination away and you will never

learn everything there is to learn

about the universe.

Our aim is to get the

nation’s children inspired

by science. For you, why

is it important for children

to take an interest?

Science is above all else a way of

thinking, it’s a way of celebrating curiosity.

The central idea is that we don’t know

everything. It’s often easy to be afraid of

not knowing, when actually it’s the most

exciting thing, because then you can go

and find out. You might be the person

who finds out for the first time whether

there is life on Mars. I think that science

teaches us to think, nature forces us to

think in a particular way, and that’s the key

educational value of science.

What advice would you

give to children who are

aspiring to work in science?

I would say stay excited and stay curious.

Understand that if you want to be a scientist

you can be. It’s easy to think you have to be

a strange genius to be a scientist. There’s a

really famous story about Einstein going into

a school and saying “When I was your age,

I was no Einstein”.

Can you tell us a little bit more

about your upcoming world

tour ‘Universal: Adventures

in Space and Time’?

At one level it is huge, high-resolution

screens showing these amazing pictures

from the Hubble Space Telescope. But

also, we simulated a black hole. We

used the techniques that were used to

develop the film Interstellar to simulate

what it would be like to go and fly up to,

orbit and dive into a black hole, and what

we know about what happens. So, it is I

hope a spectacular experience that’s also

designed to make us think about our place

in the universe.

What top tips could you give

to parents who are trying to

introduce science into their

home for their children?

Science is about doing science ultimately.

You get excited about science by doing it,

and that’s why I think astronomy is great.

You can get one of those apps on your

phone that show you what the stars are,

you’d be surprised by how easy it is to

recognise what that is in the sky. And I

believe that’s what it is to deliver a little bit

of wonder to your children. I can’t think of

anything that’s easier and more rewarding

than just that.

Professor Brian Cox’s tour, Universal, is on

sale now www.briancoxlive.co.uk

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Crewe Lyceum

CW1 2DA

www.crewelyceum.co.uk

3 August – 5 August

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Various times. Direct from the West End,

the Olivier Award nominated smash

hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea

returns on tour, celebrating over 10

years on stage. The doorbell rings just

as Sophie and her mummy are sitting

down to tea. Who could it possibly be?

What they certainly don’t expect to see

at the door is a big, stripy tiger. Join the

tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family

show; packed with oodles of magic,

sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos.

Running time: approx 55 minutes (no

interval). Suitable for children aged 3+.

T: 01270 368 242.

11 August

Showstoppers

7pm. Don’t miss an evening of showstopping

and iconic song and dance

numbers from stage and screen.

Including songs from The Greatest

Showman, Les Miserables, Evita, West

Side Story and much, much more.

Tickets: £14. T: 01270 368 242.

13 August

Tabby McTat

1.30 and 4pm. Tabby McTat is a cat with

the loudest of meee-ews and a best

friend with a guitar. Together they sing

their favourite songs delighting the

crowds, until one day Fred disappears.

Separated and alone, Tabby finds

shelter and a new life with all the home

comforts that any cat could dream of.

However, memories of his life with Fred

haunt him, and he sets off to search the

streets for his long-lost friend. Suitable

for children and families of all ages.

T: 01270 368 242.

Dudmaston

WV15 6QN

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

30 July

Outdoor Theatre - Gangsta

Granny

4-6pm. Gangsta Granny is the tale of

a bored boy who discovers his kindly

grandma was a former jewel thief.

Together they hatch a plan to steal the

Crown Jewels... what can go wrong?

David Walliams’ much loved modern

classic comes to the outdoor stage at

Dudmaston. Performed in the open air

by Heartbreak Productions.

T: 01746 782832.

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Lichfield Cathedral

WS13 7LD

www.lichfield-cathedral.org

5 August – 21 August

Lichfield Cathedral Film Festival

For the last two years you have been

invited to an outdoor cinema experience

in the comfort of the Cathedral. In 2019

you will be heading to the stars to watch

your favourite films while sitting on the

moon. Tickets will be available from the

Cathedral Gift Shop, The Gift Area or

online. T:01543 306 100.

Lichfield Garrick

WS13 6HR

www.lichfieldgarrick.com

23 July – 27 July

The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe

7.30pm and Saturday Matinee - 2.30pm.

The Lichfield Garrick Theatre brings

you it’s fourth Community Musical

Production; The Lion, The Witch and

The Wardrobe. Based on C.S Lewis’s

timeless classic, this summer, the

Garrick will be bringing Narnia to life in a

way that delight both adults and children

alike. T: 01543 412121.

30 August

FILM: Moana (PG)

2pm. An adventurous teenager sails out

on a daring mission to save her people.

During her journey, Moana meets the

once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides

her in her quest to become a master

way-finder. Together they sail across

the open ocean on an action-packed

voyage, encountering enormous

monsters and impossible odds. Along

the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest

of her ancestors and discovers the

one thing she always sought: her own

identity. £10 (£8 under 16’s).

T: 01543 412121.

Mitchell Arts Centre

ST1 4HG

www.mitchellartscentre.co.uk

10 July – 13 July

Showtime 2019 (MJDC)

7.15pm and 2.15 Saturday Matinee. An

exciting song and dance spectacular

featuring excerpts from Swan Lake,

Trolls, Chicago, Bohemian Rhapsody and

more. A fabulous show showcasing the

amazing performers from The Marilyn

Jones Dance Centre. You will not want

to miss this. Tickets: £15.50. T: 01782-

409307.

24 July

Family Film Club: The Kid Who

Would Be King

11.30am. Old-school magic meets

the modern world when young Alex

stumbles upon the mythical sword

Excalibur. He soon joins forces with

a band of knights and the legendary

wizard Merlin when the wicked

enchantress Morgana threatens the

future of mankind. Tickets: £3 per child,

adults go FREE**One free adult ticket

per paying child. Offer only available for

children under 16. T: 01782 409307.

7 August

Family Film Club: Aladdin (2019)

11.30am. The long-anticipated 2019

remake of the Disney classic. Aladdin is

an upcoming American musical romantic

fantasy adventure film directed by Guy

Ritchie, from the screenplay co-written

with John August and Vanessa Taylor,

and produced by Walt Disney Pictures.

Tickets: £3 per child, adults go FREE*

*One free adult ticket per paying child.

Offer only available for children under 16.

T: 01782 409307.

14 August

Family Film Club: Spider-Man:

Into the Spider-Verse

11.30am. Bitten by a radioactive spider

in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles

Morales suddenly develops mysterious

powers that transform him into the one

and only Spider-Man. When he meets

Peter Parker, he soon realises that there

are many others who share his special,

high-flying talents. Miles must now use

his newfound skills to battle the evil

Kingpin, a hulking madman who can

open portals to other universes and pull

different versions of Spider-Man into our

world. T: 01782 409307.

21 August

Family Film Club: UglyDolls

11.30am. In the adorably different town

of Uglyville, weirdness is celebrated,

strangeness is special and beauty is

embraced as more than meets the eye.

After traveling to the other side of a

mountain, Moxy and her UglyDoll friends

discover Perfection -- a town where

more conventional dolls receive training

before entering the real world to find

the love of a child. Soon, the UglyDolls

learn what it means to be different --

ultimately realising that they don’t have

to be perfect to be amazing.

28 August

Family Film Club: Toy Story 4

11.30am. Toy Story 4 is an American 3D

computer-animated comedy film, and

the third sequel to Toy Story. Tickets:

£3 per child, adults go FREE**One free

adult ticket per paying child. Offer only

available for children under 16.

T: 01782 409307.

Prince of Wales Theatre

WS11 1DE

www.princeofwales.live

26 July – 27 July

Grease The Musical

Various times. It’s 1959, and Rydell High

School’s senior class is in rare form.

The too-cool-for-school “T-Birds” are

stealing hub-caps and acting tough and

their gumsnapping, chain-smoking “Pink

Ladies” are looking hot in bobby sox and

pedal pushers. At the heart of the story

is the romance between hot-rodding

gangster Danny Zuko and the sweet new

girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. They

had a secret romance in summer, but

now back in the context of school, peerpressure

and cliques make their love a

bit more complicated. T: 01543 578762.

24 August

Billy Liar

7.30pm. Based on the popular play

and film “Billy Liar”, the show is about

Billy Fisher who lives with Mum, Dad

and Gran in Stradhoughton and is an

undertaker’s clerk - but in his mind

he is President of Ambrosia, a film

star, a scriptwriter - and anything else

glamorous that happens to occure to

him! However, nobody else believes him,

certainly neither Barbara nor Rita, to both

of whom he has promised marriage,

though there is only one engagement

ring! He frantically tried to lie his way out,

so he can run away with Liz, the only girl

who understands him, but we know he’ll

never quite make it. T: 01543 578762.

Regent Theatre

ST1 1AP

www.atgtickets.com

3 August

Rhythm of the Dance

7.30pm. Enjoy 2,000 years, and more, of

dance, music, songs and culture from

pre-Celtic times to modern day sounds

all compacted into a 2-hour concert. It’s

full of flailing feet and fiddles, futuristic

dances, eye-catching lighting and

costumes, sensational sound effects and

is now one of the top 3 Irish step dance

shows in the world. T: 0844 871 7615.

Shugborough Estate

ST17 0XB

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

27 July

Outdoor Theatre: Much Ado

About Nothing

7-9pm. When news of peace reaches

England, jubilation descends upon the

residents of Dover and love blossoms

between the returning soldiers and the

women who have been working hard on

the home front. This year’s production

is brought to you by Shakespeare’s

Wanderers, an outdoor theatre

company that is passionate about

creating bold, inventive and - above

all - fun productions of Shakespeare that

everyone can enjoy. T: 03442 491 895.

Stafford Castle

ST16 1DW

www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

20 July

Outdoor Theatre - HMS Pinafore

7.30pm. With many well-known songs

including, I’m called little Buttercup

and He is an Englishman, this brand

new production promises an evening

of rollicking choruses and tender

tunes imbued with the unique wit and

infectious energy of a Charles Court

Opera production to be enjoyed by all

ages. Please note this an outdoor theatre

event. T: 01785 619080.

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Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

ST16 2LT

www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

10 July – 13 July

Godspell

7.30pm and Saturday Matinee - 2.30pm.

Come and see double NODA Award

winning Musical Youth Theatre Stafford

in this compelling tale of friendship,

loyalty, forgiveness and love. Featuring

the international hit ‘Day by Day’ along

with well-known songs such as ‘All

for the Best’, ‘By my Side’and ‘Light of

the World’, GODSPELL is a rock opera

that boasts an eclectic blend of music

ranging from R&B to vaudeville. Adults

£14.50, concessions £12.50. Price

includes a booking fee. T: 01785 619080.

18 July – 20 July

Seussical

7.30pm and Saturday Matinee - 2.30pm.

Come along and enjoy a night full

of fun and song with StagedRight

Stafford latest musical outing. Seussical

is a fantastical, magical, musical

extravaganza. Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens

and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly

brought to life all of our favourite Dr.

Seuss characters, including Horton the

Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude

McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with

a big imagination – Jojo. The colourful

characters transport us from the Jungle

of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the

invisible world of the Whos.Adults £12.50,

concessions £10.50. Price includes a

booking fee. T: 01785 619080.

14 August – 17 August

The Addams Family

2.30 and 7.30pm. Performed by The

Gatehouse Theatre Summer School.

Featuring an original story, and it’s every

father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams,

the ultimate princess of darkness, has

grown up and fallen in love with a sweet,

smart young man from a respectable

family – a man her parents have never

met. And if that weren’t upsetting

enough, Wednesday confides in her

father and begs him not to tell her

mother. Now, Gomez Addams must

do something he’s never done before

– keep a secret from his beloved wife,

Morticia. Everything will change for the

whole family on the fateful night they

host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’

boyfriend and his parents. All tickets

£13.00, no concessions. Family ticket

£46.00. Prices include a booking fee.

T: 01785 619080.

Sudbury Hall and the National

Trust Museum of Childhood

DE6 5HT

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

29 August

Outdoor Theatre - Wind in The

Willows

11am-1.30pm. Boating with Ratty, a feast

with Badger and high jinx on the open

road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad.

What more could such firm friends wish

for? Join Mole, Ratty and Badger on

their mad-cap adventures in Quantum

Theatre’s brand new adaptation of this

family favourite – a treat for all ages.

T: 01283585337.

The Brewhouse Arts Centre

DE14 1AA

www.brewhouse.co.uk

12 July – 13 July

Performing Stars Academy: The

Addams Family Musical

7 and 6pm. A fantastic new musical

based on the well-known characters of

the Addams Family. Come and see the

students of the Burton Performing Stars

Academy tell you this funny, fast and

fabulous story. Price: £14 Adults and £11

Concessions. T: 01283 508100.

20 July

StageScreen Musical Theatre:

Showcase 2019

7.30pm. The UK’s only weekly musical

theatre associate program present

their 2019 end of season showcase.

Join their triple threat performers as

they showcase musical theatre songs,

dances and scenes from Broadway

to the West End including Hamilton,

Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, Mean

Girls and many more. Price: £12 Adults /

£10 Concessions. T: 01283 508100.

The Potteries Museum and Art

Gallery

ST1 3DW

www.stokemuseums.org.uk

27 July

Candyland

Enter the world of the Chocolate Factory

with a show inspired by the story of

Willy Wonka. Meet the eccentric owner

and his little helpers as they make their

delicious sweets before gum-chewing

champion Violet arrives with her special

ticket. T: 01782 232323.

Wightwick Manor and

Gardens

WV6 8EE

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

22 July – 23 July

Outdoor Theatre - Folksy Theatre

presents Shakespeare’s ‘The

Comedy of Errors’

7-9.15pm. Folksy Theatre presents

Shakespeare’s most famous comedies,

‘The Comedy Of Errors’. Filled with

Folksy’s wonderful live music, audience

interaction and downright silliness!

Bring along your friends and family

to watch this wonderful production.

Family friendly performance. Bring

along you picnics, blankets and folding

chairs to enjoy this wonderful open-air

performance. T: 01698 854409.

25 July

Outdoor Theatre - Folksy Theatre

presents ‘Mister Magnolia’

5.30-7pm. Join Mr Magnolia on his wacky

adventures, filled with Folksy Theatre’s

bold characters, live music, puppetry

and audience interaction, it’s a day out

not to be missed! Based on the book by

Quentin Blake. T: 01698 854409.

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BBC wildlife’s Wild Cities presenter, Hannah Stitfall,

inspires us to…

become a wildlife filmmaker this summer

You’re never too young to tell animal stories

and cherish the wildlife you encounter.

That’s the message from passionate

wildlife content creator for BBC Earth,

Springwatch and Wild Cities, Hannah

Stitfall. From whales leaping out of the

waves at close quarters to plastic pollution

on our beaches, mobile phone footage

shared online is an incredibly powerful tool

in defence of the natural world. Why not

film some of the wildlife you experience on

the school run or beyond and make it the

star of the show?

“It is very easy to get down about the state

of our planet,” said Hannah, a wildlife

presenter who has worked alongside

some of the world’s best naturalists and

conservationists, has filmed around the

world and worked on BBC Spring, Autumn

and Winterwatch, “but the tide is slowly

turning – and that is thanks to passionate

individuals like the people reading this.

“Whether it is through public speaking,

TV, nature writing or simply through

their own social media channels, the

conservation movement happening right

now is something we should all be proud

of and is incredibly exciting! We can make

a difference and already are, but only if we

don’t give up.”

Sir David Attenborough’s BBC show Wildlife

on One was a must-see for a young Hannah

who rushed home after school dance class

to tune in. The filmmaker’s love of wildlife

started very early, at playschool, where she

pretended to be a flamingo and went on to

develop an obsession with foxes. Hannah

is encouraging families to try making their

own wildlife films from their mobile phones.

“Find something you’re passionate about

and go film it – that could be anything

from a house martin to a mayfly nymph

– every single species has a story and

why shouldn’t it be you who tells it? As

mentioned earlier – if you only reach one

person then they tell another person –

that’s more people that now know about

that species story.

“And it doesn’t matter if your content

isn’t up to the standards of a BBC wildlife

epic – you are still reaching people, and

that’s what it’s all about! I have made some

terrible films, but I have also made some

good ones, it’s all about learning what

works for your audience and if we don’t try

we will never know!”

Hannah’s new four-part BBC Earth series

filmed in South Africa is coming out later

this year. She believes sharing stories about

our natural world and the species we share

our planet with is now one of the most

important jobs on the planet.

“I see it almost as a domino effect when

I’m working on a BBC production or making

my own content – if I reach just one person,

they will then tell or share the content with

another person, then another person and

another, which in turn hopefully reaches

a huge audience. If every single one of us

managed to change just one person’s mind

about protecting our wildlife or hooked

them into caring about nature then I truly

believe our work as wildlife communicators

would be done – and that is why it matters

so much to me.”

Watching wildlife content on television or

online is an important part of family life,

in Hannah’s book, because it brings a

whole new world to people, a world

that is rarely seen.

“We would never have the privilege

of being in the heart of a bird’s nest if

it weren’t for our wildlife cameras on

Springwatch. The majority of us live in

such a fast-paced environment with a

million things to do that going outside and

birdwatching or wildlife spotting sometimes

just isn’t achievable.”

Hannah will be at RSPB Birdfair, which

runs from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 August

in Rutland, and addresses some of the big

issues of the day, including climate change

and wildlife decline. For tickets and news

visit: www.birdfair.org.uk, @TheBirdfair and

Like Birdfair on Facebook.

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Primary Times Staffordshire

Q: What happens

when a frog’s car

breaks down?

A: He gets toad

away

Q: What is a

cat’s favourite

movie?

A: The sound

of Mew-sic!

Q: What do you get

when you cross

a shark with a

snowman?

A: Frostbite

Q: What do you

call a gorilla

wearing ear-muffs?

A: Anything - he

can’t hear you

Send your

jokes to

Kathy.Wright@

primarytimes.co.uk

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