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3 Raring2go! WELCOME GET IN TOUCH: e: altrincham@raring2go.co.uk t: 07766 991935 w: raring2go.co.uk/altrincham Jingle all the way! I'm snow excited to bring you the Winter issue of Raring2go! Altrincham & Sale! Inside this issue we're dashing through the snow to bring you details of some treemendous ideas for the whole family to enjoy. From light-spectaculars and lantern parades to penguins and pantos there's so much happening near you. Read on as we also unwrap the lowdown about parties, tutors, clubs, recipes, competitions and more - after all, we are the go-to guide for families! So make yourself a n-ice cuppa and take a few moments to look through. Wishing yule a wonderful festive season and here’s to more good times in 2024! Jo Editor, Raring2go! Altrincham & Sale Copyright © 2023 by Mojo Publishing Ltd. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, mechanical or electronic, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Requests for permission or further information should be addressed to the Publishers. Published by Raring2go! Altrincham & Sale.Email altrincham@raring2go.co.uk. Ph: 07766 991935 All information in this magazine is published in good faith and cannot be reproduced without written permission. Whilst the publisher makes every effort to ensure that the businesses featured in this magazine are of the highest quality, we do not guarantee the services and products from any businesses featured. FOLLOW OUR SOCIALS: What’s inside? Page 2-5 Party Ideas 5-13 What's On and Where to Go 14-15 Festive Theatre Guide 16-17 Shop Local 18-23 Clubs and Classes 24-25 Tutors and Education 26 Community Initiatives 27 Recipe page 28-31 Under 5s Wed 29 Nov – Sat 30 Dec ‘23 watersidearts.org/thesnowqueen

Raring2go! PARTY IDEAS 4 raring2go.co.uk New Year's Eve ideas for the whole family Ah, New Year's Eve – that magical night filled with excitement, hope and the promise of new beginnings. For families with little ones whose bedtime is long before the clock strikes midnight, the celebration can take on a whole new, and equally delightful, meaning. If staying up until midnight feels like a stretch, but you want to party like it's 2024 and still be tucked up with a cup of tea and your slippers by 10pm, we have some ideas for you!... Our Kids Social know what it’s like once you have kids and NYE is a different kind of event. So they created their OKS version for you to all enjoy - wear the kids out, stay for a long lunch then enjoy the rest of your day! With their legendary silent disco headsets playing their kids' pop channel and Helen from Hyperreal DJS spinning the tunes on the dance floor they promise serious good time morning vibes! Plus all the NYE arts and crafts you come to expect from their fab family parties. Check out www.ourkids.social for details. "Countdown Bags" Create a little countdown adventure by making Countdown Bags for your kids. Fill small bags with age-appropriate treats, activities, or surprises, each one to be opened at an appointed hour as you countdown to the "New Year" (which you can set to an earlier, more manageable time). Atlantic Bowl - Big Bens Bash Looking for something to do to bring 2023 to an end? Come bowling with Atlantic Bowl's Big Bens Bash offer! Book now at www. atlanticbowl.com Family Movie Night Pick a couple of family-friendly movies, pop some popcorn, and snuggle up together on the sofa. You can even have a "midnight" movie with a fun twist – let the kids wear pyjamas and pretend they're staying up super late. Make it a special event with cosy blankets and their favorite snacks. Make a "New Year's Time Capsule" This is a wonderful tradition to start. Gather your family together and have each member create a time capsule with things like drawings, notes, or small mementos from the past year. Store them away and open them on New Year's Day the following year for a heartwarming stroll down memory lane. Follow the latest TikTok trend and throw yourself a Colour theme party. Choose your colour wisely as you'll only be able to dress, eat and drink items of that colour! Remember, New Year's Eve is about family, love, and making lasting memories. Whether your little ones are tucked in bed by 8pm or you make it to midnight, these ideas will ensure that your celebration is filled with warmth and happiness. Here's to a Happy New Year!


Raring2go! WHAT'S ON AND WHERE TO GO What’s on this WINTER Here’s our pick of local, family-friendly events happening over the next few months. Many will need booking in advance and as always, information is subject to change so make sure you check before you set off. You’ll find even more events on our website www.raring2go.co.uk/area/altrincham-andsale/whats-on/ Turn to pages 12 & 13 to see what’s on at the theatre ONGOING EVENTS Until 30th December Glow, RHS Bridgewater, Salford Let it Glow! Enjoy an unmissable after-dark spectacle of lights at RHS Garden Bridgewater this festive season. Bring all the family for a magical evening. See the garden in breathtaking beauty as amazing illuminations light your way on our spectacular Glow trail. www.rhs.org.uk/bridgewaterglow Until 31st December Welcome to Wonderland: The Christmas Mansion, Tatton Park Step into a magical Christmas Mansion, down the rabbit hole and find yourself in the magical world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Follow Alice’s footsteps through the Duchess’ Garden, the Queen of Hearts’ grand palace, and on through the amazing Magic Forest. www.tattonpark.org.uk/events_at_tatton_park Until 31st December Fairy Tales, Z-Arts An interactive world of play and storytelling. Step into a fairy tale town and through into the woods to discover a world of giants, palaces, gingerbread houses and treasure caves. Trip trap over a bridge (but watch out for the troll!), join in the palace disco with the musicians of Bremen, sit in a giant’s footprint, visit the market and help Jack win some magic beans, and much more. www.z-arts.org/events/fairy-tales/ Until 1st January 2024 (Closed Mondays) Julia and Axel - Thirty Years of Favourite Stories, The Lowry This free family-friendly exhibition features several of Julia Donaldson’s personal writing notebooks; containing the very first ideas and creative thinking behind her picture book stories. These are shown alongside Axel Scheffler’s artwork, showing the process of his illustrations from sketches and works in progress, to full page final illustrations that readers are familiar with seeing in the finished books. https://thelowry.com/whats-on Until 21st January Family daytime trail: Jolly Robin’s Winter Walk, Dunham Massey National Trust Follow this lovely trail to help Jolly Robin find their song and put a spring back in their step! With sparkling frost, life-giving rain and the opportunity to make boots muddy, winter can be lots of fun. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ Ongoing The Library of Enchantment, Z-Arts A fun-filled thrilling family-friendly escape room, full of seafaring adventures, time travelling tricks and a pesky old bookworm who’s always up to meddlesome mischief! Join us for an enchanting experience that requires your puzzling skills, logic, persistence and, most of all, teamwork. www.z-arts.org/events/the-library-ofenchantment 23rd November to 31st December PRISM: LIGHT TRAIL, Sale Town Centre See a series of light installations through Sale Town Centre, designed by children and young people from the borough. https://watersidearts.org/whats-on/3454prism-light-trail/ 24th November to 22nd December Seasonal Stories - Jolly Robin’s Christmas Party, Dunham Massey National Trust Join in the fun this Christmas with a very merry, interactive storytelling adventure. Celebrate with Jolly Robin and their woodland friends at their festive party. A magical, memory-making experience packed with Christmas joy and adventure. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ 6 raring2go.co.uk

Raring2go! WHAT'S ON AND WHERE TO GO 7 Wed 15 Nov – Sat 30 Dec BOOK TODAY RHS Glow When the sun goes down, the lights go up. Watch the night illuminate at our festive winter spectacular. Your visit supports our work as a charity. rhs.org.uk/bridgewaterglow

24th November to 23rd December Yuletide: A Glittering Winter Garden Adventure, Tatton Park We invite you to step into an incredible, wild, glittering world at Tatton Park this Christmas. Fall into a world of folklore, festive tradition and ridiculous rituals as the characters and creatures from winter myths and stories come to life. www.tattonpark.org.uk/events_at_tatton_ park 25th November Altrincham Christmas Lights Switch On Come in to Altrincham for the Christmas Lights Switch on. 3pm to 6pm with Happy Radio. https://visitaltrincham.com/event/ altrinchams-christmas-light-switch-on/ 25th November to 30th December (selected dates) Father Christmas at the Farm, Tatton Park Visit Father Christmas and his elf helpers at the Farm and enjoy a live nativity, entertainment and crafts for kids to take home! www.tattonpark.org.uk/events_at_tatton_ park 25th November to 30th December (selected dates) The Queen of Hearts’ Afternoon Tea: Gardener’s Cottage Tearoom, Tatton Park Tick tock, tick tock! It’s time for Tea! Step into the Gardener’s Cottage tearoom for a Wonderland themed afternoon tea. Cosy up and savour a special menu of traditional finger sandwiches and handmade cakes and pastries, and a seasonal savoury tart. www.tattonpark.org.uk/events_at_tatton_ park DECEMBER Throughout December Eco friendly skating rink at The Dunham Barn, Dunham Massey Dunham Barn's synthetic skating rink will be open throughout December and at only £7 per person (plus booking fee) for an hour’s skate is a real festive treat. Our sessions are limited in numbers as we feel this makes for a more enjoyable experience for all. Skates, skate aids, hockey equipment are all included. This year we will be introducing a smaller, quieter midweek session for the preschoolers, tiny tots and nursery groups. https://thedunhambarn.co.uk/dunhambarn-events/ Throughout December Santa’s Grotto, The Dunham Barn, Dunham Massey Santa and his magical elves will be returning to the countryside to pay a special visit. Your 10-minute slot with Santa, will be full of joy, laughter and Christmas spirit for all the family. Meet and greet Santa’s Head Elf ‘JINGLES’ and help her finish wrapping the last present, to be packed onto Santa’s sleigh, ready for the big present drop on Christmas Eve. Whilst in the wrapping room, you can prepare your very own ‘Magical reindeer food’, this will help guide Santa’s sleigh to your house. Then JINGLES will take you to meet Father Christmas where the real MAGIC of Christmas will begin!!! https://thedunhambarn.co.uk/dunhambarn-events/ 1st to 3rd December Tatton Park Christmas Gift Fair You'll be greeted by a festive atmosphere in the Tenants Hall with twinkling lights, and a variety of local suppliers selling everything from jewelry to candles and crafts to gin, with great ideas for presents that you won't find in your typical high street shops! www.tattonpark.org.uk/events_at_tatton_ park Raring2go! WHAT'S ON AND WHERE TO GO 8 raring2go.co.uk

9 Raring2go! WHAT'S ON AND WHERE TO GO nLa D Wo edN R 21st Nov - 31st Dec tattonpark.org.uk/Christmas Welcome to RTG AD 129 x 89 Includes a free festive treat for Wonderland visitors* *subject to availability Curious? Tickets on sale now! Share your wonderland adventures at #tattonwonderland

Raring2go! WHAT'S ON AND WHERE TO GO 10 raring2go.co.uk 2nd December Stanley Square & Waterside Theatre Lantern Parade, Sale A day of festive family celebration, join this magical lantern parade led by a host of Christmas characters at the front! Children will be able to make lanterns and join the parade on the day. To book your place: www.ourkids.social 2nd December Carols Around the Dovecote, Walkden Gardens, Sale All the usual attractions. Choirs, brass band, stalls, mulled wine, German beers, minced pies etc. Father Christmas may make an appearance. 12.30pm until 3.45pm. https://walkdengardens.co.uk 2nd December Wythenshawe Games, Christmas Twilight ride, Wythenshawe Park Decorate your bikes with Christmas lights and help us create some festive magic along this beautiful marshalled ride around Wythenshawe Park. https://wythenshawegames.org.uk/ christmas-twilight-ride/ 7th to 10th December Lightwaves Salford, Salford Quays Staged around outdoor locations across Salford Quays, Lightwaves Salford invites families and friends of all ages to get together and explore captivating light installations that transform the waterside environment after dark. www.lightupthenorth.com/lightwaves 8th December Northern Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concerts, Tatton Park Join the Northern Chamber Orchestra for its annual Christmas Concert in the grand Tenants’ Hall. Expect festive favourites, readings and carols, sung by the Choir of St Nicholas Catholic High School, Northwich. There will also be carols to join in with, so bring your best singing voices! www.tattonpark.org.uk/events_at_tatton_ park 9th December Raglan Road Preschool Playgroup Christmas Fair, Scout Hut, Walton Park, Sale Come and join us for Christmas fun! Refreshments, toys & games, make your own reindeer foo, facepainting, cakes, raffle, tombola and lots more! 12-2pm 9th December Christmas Santa Train, Walton Park Trains 11am-3pm. Tickets available from Walton Perk (café boat) https://www.facebook.com/waltonperk 9th December Altrincham’s magical festive Lantern Parade The parade will gather in Goose Green and set off at 5pm. The route will include Goose Green, Denmark Street, Moss Lane, Stamford New Road, Regent Road, Market Street, Shaw's Road, Stamford Quarter. There will be a stage in the Stamford Quarter throughout the day with local school and community choir performances, followed by a festive singalong with The Music Place at 5.30pm as the parade arrives. https://visitaltrincham.com/ 9th and 10th December Our Kids Social Pyjamarama Xmas Parties, Freight Island, Manchester OKS is back at Freight's Winter Island for the biggest Christmas parties and you don't even need to get the kids dressed! With Santa, christmas card making, a family silent disco, dj, Conker Crew, Bricklands Lego, Hula festive circus and an Elf on stilts with a snow machine! www.ourkids.social 12th and 19th December Christmas Film Screenings: Altrincham Garrick Playhouse 12th - How the Grinch stole Christmas (2000), 19th - Miracle on 34th Street (1994) Get Chrismassy at the Garrick this December and watch family favourites on the ‘Big Screen’ in our Main Auditorium. www.altrinchamgarrick.co.uk

11 Raring2go! WHAT'S ON AND WHERE TO GO CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM VISIT SANTA AT DUNHAM MASSEY FARM ICE CREAM THIS DECEMBER Santa’s Grotto, Naughty Elf Scavenger Hunt, Christmas Shopping, Festive Ice Cream Flavours, Large Selection of Trees and more.... | 34 Station Rd, Dunham Massey, Altrincham WA14 5SG | www.dunhammasseyicecream.com |

Raring2go! WHAT'S ON AND WHERE TO GO 12 raring2go.co.uk 17th December Christmas Carols in the Stableyard, Tatton Park Meet up with friends and family, pick up your song sheet, and join us for this muchloved event in the twinkling Stableyard. Sing-along to Christmas classics and favourites. www.tattonpark.org.uk/events_at_tatton_ park 17th December Carols In The Park, John Leigh Park, Altrincham. Taking place in the outdoor darkness of the park, this is an opportunity for families to sing their favourite carols. www.altrinchambaptist.org 20th December Carols from King’s Court, Altrincham www.visitaltrincham.com 21st December Let Loose Christmas Party, Stanley Square, Sale Celebrate Christmas at Let Loose with your favourite festive tunes played by our fantastic kids DJ, Santa’s grotto, a gift bag to take home including a free return voucher, a free adult’s welcome drink, and a bar stocked with mulled wine and more! It’s a fun and festive atmosphere that’s absolutely loved by everyone! www.letlooseplay.co.uk/sale/events/ 31st December Our Kids Social NYE family parties, Kargo, Media City & YES. Manchester. Celebrate the New Year with OKS at their family friendly daytime parties, 2 great venues and double the fun! www.ourkids.social 2024 12th to 14th and 17th to 21st January Dick Whittington & The Pirates, Waterside, Sale Sale Nomads are back with their panto for 2024. See page 15 for details. www.watersidearts.org February 2024 The 100 Story Hotel, Z-arts, Hulme A new interactive exhibition coming to Z-arts in 2024… Created with bestselling, multi award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph. This immersive world of play and storytelling has something for everyone aged 0-8 and their families. www.z-arts.org/events/the-100-story-hotel/ 10th to 25th February Scarecrow Festival, Tatton Park www.tattonpark.org.uk 14th February Exciting Science, Altrincham Garrick Playhouse This brand new, exciting & educational show will amaze & astound all ages from 4 years & upwards, as we put the “Exciting” back into “Science”. With fun and fact filled experiments, watch in amazement as we recreate a volcanic eruption; turn a vacuum cleaner into a missile launcher or take aim at you with our smoke blaster! www.altrinchamgarrick.co.uk

14 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! WHAT’S ON AND WHERE TO GO - THEATRE 29th November to 6th December Little Red, HOME Mcr Join our feisty heroine Little Red, as she follows the path to Grandma’s house, meeting talking sheep, dancing trees and a jazz-singing Wolfie along the way. https://homemcr.org/production/little-red/ --------------------------------------------------------- 29th November to 30th December Wrongsemble presents THE SNOW QUEEN, Waterside, Sale At the top of the world lives the Snow Queen who is supposed to control the weather. But the seasons aren’t behaving. The world is getting warmer. And it hasn’t snowed for years.... This vibrant musical re-telling of The Snow Queen is reimagined in an exciting adventure for the whole family. www.watersidearts.org/thesnowqueen --------------------------------------------------------- 2nd December The Lightbulb Princess, Z-Arts, Hulme The Lightbulb Princess is a delightful new show full of sparkle and song, for everyone aged 4 and up. www.z-arts.org/events/the-lightbulb-princessz-arts/ --------------------------------------------------------- 7th December to 7th January We're Going on a Bear Hunt, The Lowry, Salford Join our intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog on a quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes, plenty of adventure and a few surprises along the way. https://thelowry.com/whats-on/were-going-ona-bear-hunt/ 8th to 23rd December Little Women, HOME Mcr, This enchanting theatrical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s heart-warming classic weaves humour, drama, romance, and tragedy into the story of the March family – a loving mother, Marmee, and her four daughters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they struggle to survive during the American Civil War. https://homemcr.org/production/littlewomen/ ------------------------------------------- 8th December to 2nd January Sleeping Beauty, Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, Altrincham Once upon a time in a land far away, a beautiful Princess is given a twenty-first birthday present by her evil aunt; the wicked Enchantress – Carabosse! By pricking her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel, she is placed under a cruel curse and forced to sleep for 100 years. Can a handsome Prince break the spell? Who will outwit the evil Enchantress and foil her wicked plans? Well… there’s only one way to find out! Join us for another Pantomime adventure! www.altrinchamgarrick.co.uk/shows/sleepingbeauty-the-garrick-pantomime/ --------------------------------------------------------- 9th December T’was the Gig Before Christmas, Z-Arts You’re invited to our secret party, for elves, yourselves and ALL magical Lapland creatures. This fabulous live music event will feature stories through song, dancing and prancing with laughter and spreading plenty of festive spirit. Ssshh, don’t tell Santa! www.z-arts.org/events/twas-the-gig-beforechristmas/ What’s On Show Time At this time of year there are always lots of lovely, family-friendly shows at our local theatres and concert halls. Here are some of our favourites. FRI 8 DEC - SAT 23 DEC 2023 Book now homemcr.org     “An atmospheric return to an American classic” - The Telegraph     “Refreshes the classic tale” - The Stage

15 Raring2go! WHAT’S ON AND WHERE TO GO - THEATRE 9th to 31st December Eight-Freestyle and Contact present: Cinderella, Manchester eight-freestyle's wildly popular panto returns with a girl-power spin on the traditional rags-to-riches tale of CINDERELLA! And this time, they’re teaming up with Contact Young Company! www.contactmcr.com/events/eight-freestyleand-contact-present-cinderella --------------------------------------------------------- 10th December Manchester Camerata Festive Happening with AMC Gospel Choir, Albert Hall Start your festivities with this incredibly popular and moving concert for the whole family. https://manchestercamerata.co.uk/ --------------------------------------------------------- 12th December to 6th January Lost and Found, Aviva Studios, Manchester Come with us on an epic journey to the South Pole as a boy tries to take a wandering penguin home, in this heart-warming adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ award-winning children’s story. Featuring puppetry and video projections, a cast of characters that charm and delight, not to mention a gang of rowdy seagulls – expect to laugh and be moved by this touching tale. https://factoryinternational.org/whats-on/lostand-found/ 14th to 31st December Twinkle Twinkle, Z-Arts, Hulme Twinkle Twinkle is a heartwarming, adventure in melody and light, made especially for very young audiences for Christmas by an awardwinning team of artists. https://www.z-arts.org/events/twinkletwinkle-2/ --------------------------------------------------------- 17th December Opera North: Cinderella, The Stoller Hall Join us for a fun, family-friendly magical adventure where fate and love triumph all! Led by a cast of professional opera singers and musicians we invite you to an interactive and relaxed concert where singing and movement is encouraged. Experience the magic of opera, storytelling and music, whatever your age! https://stollerhall.com ---------------------------- 12th to 14th and 17th to 21st January Dick Whittington & The Pirates, Waterside, Sale Sale Nomads present the spectacular tale of Dick Whittington, the rags to riches tale of one boy’s rise from scruffy northerner to heroic Lord Mayor of London! A breathless, hilarious, story of ambition, treachery, scheming rodents, faithful moggies, rampaging pirates, precious booty and, ultimately, redemption and everlasting love!! Nomads will take you on a whirlwind voyage of discovery, from London, across the Seven Seas and back again, strap yourselves in for a wild ride! www.watersidearts.org WIN tickets to see The Snow Queen at Waterside, Sale! Visit our website for details

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20 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! CLUBS AND CLASSES Taster Sessions Try something new! Take a look at some of our local clubs and classes offering taster sessions. Contact the individual classes to find out more. Class: Tumbletots Trafford Type: Fully supervised physical activity classes Ages: 6 months to 7 years. Taster sessions: Why not book a trial session before committing to the term? Contact: View our timetable and book your trial online at www.tumbletots.com/trafford/ book Class: Kicks Dance Type: Dance Taster Sessions: We know that it takes more than one go at something new to feel comfortable with it, which is why we offer a FREE TRIAL session for all our classes. What to expect: Our Kicks Dance classes are all about having fun and boosting children's confidence. By introducing them to a range of dance styles and music, we aim to encourage a love of music and movement and to provide a space where children's physical and mental well-being can be nurtured. Contact: Please email cara@kicksdance.co.uk or visit https://kicksdance.co.uk/trial/ to book your free trial now! Class: Eleanor Grace Dance Ages: 6 months to 18 years Type: dance and acro Taster sessions: We offer a 3 week trial for £15 What to expect: Eleanor Grace Dance is a premier, all-inclusive training school offering exceptional dance and acro programs Contact: eleanorgracedance@outlook.com Class: Noodle Performance Arts Cheshire Type: Performing Arts Ages:1 to 16 years Taster sessions: Two half price tasters at our performing arts & dance classes What to expect: Does your child love performing? Dance around the living room? Always singing? Then we have a class for you! Contact: cat@noodleperformancearts.com Class: Kidslingo Spanish Altrincham and Sale Type: Languages, 18 months to 11 years Taster sessions: 3 for 2 trial What to expect: Multi-awardwinning, CAA gold accredited language programme uses a fun and interactive methodology of songs, actions, rhymes, game play, storytelling and Makaton. Contact: www.kidslingo.co.uk/area/spanishclasses-altrincham-sale/

21 Raring2go! CLUBS AND CLASSES Class: Trident Manchester Taekwon-Do Academy Type: Martial Arts Ages:The entire family Taster sessions: Visit our club and participate in a Taster Class to have a genuine understanding of the family fun environment. What to expect: As a regular member of our club you will also: • Improve your physical fitness and wellbeing • Strengthen, tone and condition your body • Improve your flexibility, coordination and balance • Improve confidence, discipline and selfesteem • Release anxiety and stress relief • Learn effective self-defence techniques (an essential life skill in today’s society) Contact: hello@tridenttkdmanchester.co.uk Class: Rhythm and Rhyme Type: Award winning multi sensory music classes Ages: babies, toddlers and pre school age. Taster sessions: If you haven't attended our classes before, then get in touch to attend a taster session. What to expect: Each week is a themed musical sensory adventure. Singing, Makaton signing, instruments, drumming, dancing, parachute fun, bubbles and sensory props. Contact: Please contact Laura on; 07795484494, www.rhythmandrhyme.co.uk, laura.harding@rhythmandrhyme.co.uk Class: Stagecoach Urmston and Stagecoach Altrincham Type: Singing, Dancing and Acting classes Ages: 4 to 18 year olds Taster sessions: two week trial/ taster sessions for new starters. What to expect: Performance is much more than learning how to sing, dance and act. It takes character, discipline, concentration and commitment. It’s about standing up and being heard, working brilliantly with others and embracing new ideas and possibilities. Through learning the performing arts, our students become more self-assured, expressive, sociable and imaginative - so they can tackle any new situation with resilience, creativity and courage. These are the life skills that help young people to succeed on any stage. Contact: Stagecoach Urmston - Book your place today by contacting 07507 177258 or visiting www. Stagecoach.co.uk/Urmston Stagecoach Altrincham - Contact Principal Marion Hankin on 07904 451199 or visit stagecoach.co.uk/Altrincham for prices and times. Class: Premier Sabre Academy Type: Fencing Taster sessions: FREE Taster Session What to expect: We make fencing fun and Interactive whilst promoting core values of hard work, sportsmanship, respect and discipline. Contact: www.premiersabreacademy.co.uk

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Raring2go! CLUBS AND CLASSES 23 1 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! In just under a year, the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place in Paris. To mark this occasion, Get Set (the official youth engagement programme from Team GB and ParalympicsGB), is on a mission to get children aged 5-11 and their families more active with their new virtual challenge – Path to Paris. Schools, community groups or families can set up teams for children to take part – and everyone can join in with the fun alongside them, completely for free! We all know how important it is to get children more active. Research has shown clear links between how active children are and the state of their mental wellbeing, even down to how much they are able to concentrate and their levels of selfesteem. Path to Paris provides a fantastic opportunity to bring positive change into all aspects of children’s lives, all while bringing families, school communities, and wider communities together. The challenge begins in Athens, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. From there, children will embark on a virtual journey around the world in a team bus, completing fun activities as they explore different places on their way to the Paris Games. Every physical activity logged will earn kilometres to power their virtual team bus to its final destination.Whether it’s jumping on the trampoline in the garden, playing wheelchair basketball, attending a weekly judo club, or dancing around the living room as a family, it all counts, so everyone can get involved and get their hearts racing doing something they enjoy. As well as getting active, children will learn about athletes and their sports, the history of the Games, and can also win incredible prizes as they complete the Path to Paris.The prizes range from sports equipment to support them to get and stay active, posters and stickers to help them track their progress, and even exclusive school visits from Olympic and Paralympic athletes! Team members might also get shout outs on social media from athletes, or win awards for their outstanding achievements, whether individually or as a family. Path to Paris uses a gamified approach designed to inspire and excite children to take part and keep moving.There are lots of motivational activities and videos to encourage them to stay active and build healthy habits, and in doing so, power their virtual team bus to Paris before the start of the Games. For more details and to get involved, visit our website, raring2go.co.uk… Join ‘Path to Paris’ from Team GB and Paralympics GB and inspire children to live more active lifestyles!

Raring2go! TUTORING SERVICES 24 raring2go.co.uk NEW DIGITAL STUDY ALWAYS BY YOUR SIDE Our tried and tested Kumon study worksheets, with the convenience of digital delivery This centre now offers Kumon digitally, on your tablet. Speak to your Kumon Instructor to find out more. kumon.co.uk Altrincham 07951 078744 Altrincham North 07784 385806 Sale 07802 835616 Timperley 07979 981491

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26 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! COMMUNITY PROJECTS Giving something back to the local community 'Tis the season for giving so share the joy this festive period by providing a helping hand to support your community. We Are Sale Moor fundraise every year to raise enough money to re-install the Christmas Lights and it's a huge task! To spread the effort over the year, they have started a Crowdfunder page and also the Sale Moor Village lottery. Every year a minimum of £1,500 has to be raised just to reinstall and turn on the Christmas Lights that the Village already owns and refresh the plants in the flower boxes. The more money raised, the more lights and plants they can buy. They are also always looking for volunteers so please get in touch if you'd like to help out. Find out more or donate by visiting their Crowdfunder page or Facebook page: Winter Warmers: free Eden Project resources for schools Eden Project Communities, the people behind the annual Big Lunch campaign that brings neighbours and communities together in June, have launched a new ‘Winter Warmers’ initiative to help people connect over the colder months. From getting together to share mince pies, to creating advent windows and hosting Big Lunch at Christmas events, there are lots of ways for communities to keep cosy this winter, and fun ways for schools and families to take part too. All of the ideas are tailored for schools and education settings, making it easy to get involved and connect the wider school community this winter. Their ‘Wild Winter Creations’ lesson plan for EYFS and KS1, crafted by the Eden Education team, will get children out into nature to create eco-decorations and garlands ready for festive events, and pupils can also celebrate someone special in their school or home community, with the Chairs for Champions lesson for KS1 and KS2 – putting their creativity, recycled materials and decorations to good use by creating a throne fit for a Champion! Find out more and get the free resources by searching ‘teaching resources’ at: www.edenprojectcommunities.com/freeteaching-resources Support our 'friends of' groups Many of our local parks and green spaces have 'friends of' groups who are often looking for volunteers to help with planting, pruning and general tidying up. Search online for your nearest group.

27 Raring2go! RECIPE Raring2go! 1 Ingredients and utensils you’ll need 175g unsalted butter, 100g caster sugar, 50g dark muscovado sugar, 4 tablespoons golden syrup, 200g plain flour, 150g wholemeal plain flour, 1 tablespoon good quality cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, pinch of salt Additional items: baking sheet, baking paper, icing nozzle, cookie cutters, ribbon, palette knife. 1.First, using a bowl big enough to contain all of the ingredients, sift together both of the flours, cocoa powder, ginger, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda. Add a good pinch of salt. 2. Place the butter, sugar and golden syrup into a heavy bottomed saucepan. Place the pan over a low heat and stir occasionally until everything has melted to make a smooth mixture. Pour this liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon. Mix well to make a firm dough. 3. Tip out the dough onto a lightly floured worktop and wait until the dough is cool enough to handle before kneading. Gently knead until you have a supple dough – be sure not to over-work the dough though. 4. Line a baking sheet with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180º. Now roll out the dough to a 1cm thickness, ensuring the worktop is lightly floured to prevent the dough sticking. Cut out your shapes using cookie cutters of your choice. Remember to cut out holes if you’re going to be hanging your cooked biscuits. A nozzle tip makes a handy tool for cutting small holes. A palette knife is useful for transferring the cut cookies to the baking sheet. If you have time, chilling the cut shapes on the baking sheet before cooking also helps to prevent the dough from spreading when baking. Baking time takes around 12 minutes but can vary from oven to oven.When baked, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.The biscuits will firm up when they cool down. 5. Optional extra... when cool, the biscuits can be decorated with royal icing available from most high streets. Disposable piping bags are great for little hands, making it easy for the kids to decorate their cookies. 6. Finally, thread some ribbon through the holes in the cookies to hang on the tree. It may be worth baking a big batch – as these will probably not last long! Raring2make! FUN IDEAS FOR MAKING THINGS TOGETHER ‘Cakes are healthy too, you just eat a small slice’ Mary Berry www.raring2go.co.uk Gingerbread Dough It’s National Gingerbread day on Nov. 21st. So here’s a great recipe to try at home..... For more great recipe ideas please visit our website: www.raring2go.co.uk The method you’ll follow

28 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! UNDER 5s Baby Ballet Altrincham, Knutsford & Urmston, Miss Lianna, 07877 583759, altrinchamknutsfordurmston@babyballet. co.uk, www.babyballet.co.uk/altrincham, Bloom Baby Classes South Manchester, Sam, southmanchester@bloombabyclasses. com, 07970 470835 Bloom Toddler Classes Trafford, Krystal Crofts, trafford@bloomtoddlerclasses.com, 07857280866 Eleanor Grace Dance: Eleanor, 07584 121665, www.eleanorgracedance.co.uk eleanorgracedance@outlook.com Kicks Dance South Manchester: Cara, 07921 122939, cara@kicksdance.co.uk, www.kicksdance.co.uk/south-manchester Kidslingo Spanish: Claire, 07970 977264, www.kidslingo.co.uk/area/spanish-classesaltrincham-sale, claire.buckley@kidslingo. co.uk Let Loose Play Centre: www.letlooseplay. co.uk/sale, info@letloosestanleysquare.co.uk. 0161 399 1723, Classes are included with entry Noodle Performance Arts: Cat, 07769 155591, cat@noodleperformancearts.com, www.noodleperformancearts.com Rhythm and Rhyme: Laura, 07795 484494 laura.harding@rhythmandrhyme.co.uk, www.rhythmandrhyme.co.uk Stagecoach Altrincham: Marion, 07904 451199, altrincham@stagecoach.co.uk Stagecoach Urmston: Cathy, 07507 177528, urmston@stagecoach.co.uk These Mums Do Fitness: Becca, www.thesemumsdo.co.uk, 07525 790704, becca@thesemumsdo.co.uk Trident Taekwon-Do Academy: James, 07974 649015, hello@tridenttkdmanchester. co.uk, www.tridenttkdmanchester.co.uk Tumbletots: Jane, 07812 144450, www.tumbletots.com/trafford, tumble_tots.jane@hotmail.co.uk, Water Babies: 123Swim@waterbabies.co.uk, 0161 928 6385, www.waterbabies.co.uk Activities for the Under 5s *Many classes will need booking in advance and some are term time only, so please call to check availability. Our handy day-by-day listings guide will help you to organise your week.* MONDAY Babyballet, 3rd Timperley Scout hut 9:30am-10:05am, Tinies 18 months - 3 years 10:15am-10:50am Movers 3-4 years 11am-11:30am, Tots ages 6 - 18 months Eleanor Grace Dance, St Pauls C of E Church, Sale, M33 7YA 9:30am-10am, ages 18 months-3 years 10:15am-10:45am, ages 3-4 years Kicks Dance, The Parish Hall, Holy Cross Church, Timperley 1:45-2:15pm, Preschool class (3 and 4 years) Let Loose Play Centre, Stanley Square, Sale 10:15am-12, Music Mondays Rhythm and Rhyme, Nuffield Health, Didsbury 10am, 0-15 mths/or until competently walking 11am, 15 mths/competently walking & over (younger siblings welcome) These Mums Do Fitness, Davyhulme Park, Urmston 9:30-10:30am, Mum and baby These Mums Do Fitness, Online 30 min online HIIT class. 7am Trident Taekwon-Do Academy, Sale Rugby Club, Whitehall Road, Sale 4-4:45pm, Kubz Classes (ages 3 to 6) Tumbletots, Altrincham FC Community Sports Hall, Moss Lane, Hale, Altrincham 9:30-10:15am, Walking - 2 Years 10:30-11:15am, 2 - 3 Years 11:30am-12:15pm, 6 months - Walking 12:45-1:30pm, 3 Years - School Age Water Babies, The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns 10:30am-12:30pm Water Babies, Pictor Academy, Timperley (Hydro) 10am-3:30pm Water Babies, NEW POOL! Brooklands Health Club 10-11am

29 Raring2go! UNDER 5s TUESDAY Bloom Baby Classes, St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Bentinck Road, Altrincham 10:15am, Caterpillars (6 weeks to 6 months) 11:15am, Busy Bees (6 months to mobile) 12:20pm, Caterpillars (6 weeks to 6 months) Bloom Toddler Classes, Shawe Hall Community Centre, Church Road, Urmston 9:30-10:15am, Creative Learners (confidently walking to 24 months) 10:40-11:25am, Social Superstars (25 - 48 months) Let Loose Play Centre, Stanley Square, Sale 10:15am-12, Terrific Tuesdays (arts and crafts) Rhythm and Rhyme, Victoria Park, Stretford 10am, 0-15 months/or until competently walking 11am, 15 months/competently walking & over (younger siblings welcome) These Mums Do Fitness, Worthington Park, Sale 9:30-10:30am These Mums Do Fitness, Online, 45 min all abilities class 7:45pm Trident Taekwon-Do Academy, Sale Rugby Club, Whitehall Road, Sale 4-4:45pm, Kubz Classes (ages 3 to 6) Tumbletots, Altrincham FC Community Sports Hall, Moss Lane, Hale, Altrincham 9:30-10:15am, Walking - 2 Years 10:30-11:15am, 2 - 3 Years 11:25am-12:10pm, 3 Years - School Age WEDNESDAY Babyballet, Christ Church, Davyhulme 9:30-10:05am, Tinies, 18 months - 3 years 10:15-10:50am, Movers 3-4 years Bloom Baby Classes, St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Bentinck Road, Altrincham 10am, Caterpillars (6 weeks to 6 months) 11am, Busy Bees (6 months plus) Bloom Toddler Classes, St.Annes Parish Church Hall, Trinity Road, Sale 9:30am, Creative Learners (confidently walking to 24 months) 10:40am, Social Superstars (25 - 48 months) Kicks Dance, Everything4, Sale 10:30-11am, Kicks Tots (18 months - 3 years) Kidslingo Spanish, online classes 5:15pm, 4-8 years Let Loose Play Centre, Stanley Square, Sale 10:15am-12, Wonderful Wednesdays (story time) Rhythm and Rhyme, Bethany Church, Gatley 10am, 0-15 mths/or until competently walking 11am, 15 mths/competently walking & over (younger siblings welcome) These Mums Do Fitness, Stamford Park, Altrincham 10-11am, Mum and Baby class These Mums Do Fitness, Sale High School 7:45- 8:45pm, Ladies only Trident Taekwon-Do Academy, Sale Rugby Club, Whitehall Road, Sale 4-4:45pm, Kubz Classes (ages 3 to 6) Water Babies, NEW POOL! Brooklands Health Club 11am-12pm Water Babies, The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns 10:30am-1:30pm

30 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! UNDER 5s THURSDAY Babyballet, Hale Chapel Hall 9:30-10:05am, Tinies 18 months - 3 years 10:15-10:50am, Movers 3-4 years Bloom Toddler Classes, Firswood Community Centre, Stretford 9:30-10:15am, Creative Learners (confidently walking to 24 months) 10:45-11:30am, Social Superstars (25 - 48 months) diddi dance, Sale Central Scout Hut, Woodbourne Road, Sale 10-10:45am, 18 months to school age Let Loose Play Centre, Stanley Square, Sale 10:15am-12, Tasty Thursdays (biscuit decorating) Rhythm and Rhyme, Everything 4, Stanley Square, Sale 10am, 0-15 months/or until competently walking 11am, 15 months/competently walking & over (younger siblings welcome) 12noon, 0-15 months/or until competently walking Rhythm and Rhyme, Nuffield Health, Didsbury 10am, 0-15 mths/or until competently walking 11am, 15 mths/competently walking & over (younger siblings welcome) Stagecoach Urmston, Wellfield Junior School, Sale (4-6yrs) 4-5:30pm Trident Taekwon-Do Academy, Sale Rugby Club, Whitehall Road, Sale 4-4:45pm, Kubz Classes (ages 3 to 6) Tumbletots, Altrincham FC Community Sports Hall, Moss Lane, Hale, Altrincham 9:30am-10:15am, Walking - 2 Years 10:30-11:15am, 2 - 3 Years 11:25am-12:10pm, 3 years - School Age 12:30-1:15pm, 6 months - Walking Water Babies, The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns 10am-1pm FRIDAY Babyballet, Altrincham Methodist Church 9:30am-10:05am, Tinies 18 months - 3 years 10:15am-10:50am, Movers 3-4 years 11am-11:35am Tinies 18 months - 3 years Bloom Toddler Classes, Adventure Forest Trafford Park 9:30-10:15am, Creative Learners (confidently walking to 24 months) 10:45-11:30am, Social Superstars (25 - 48 months) Kidslingo Spanish, Antz in your Pantz, Timperley 10-10:40am, 18 months to 5 years 11-11:40am, 18 months to 5 years Prerecorded classes available, 18 mths-6yrs Let Loose Play Centre, Stanley Square, Sale 11:15am-12:15pm, Fitness Fridays, 18 months - 5 years Noodle Performance Arts, Altrincham Football Club, Moss Lane 4:15-5pm, Ballet 3-5yrs 4-5pm, Performing Arts 3-5yrs 5:15-6pm, Street Dance 5-7yrs Rhythm and Rhyme, Nuffield Health, Didsbury 10am, 0-15 mths/or until competently walking 11am, 15 mths/competently walking & over (younger siblings welcome) Rhythm and Rhyme, Chorlton 10.30am and 1pm, 0-15 mths/or until competently walking 9.30am, 11.30am and 2pm, 15 mths/ competently walking & over (younger siblings welcome) Stagecoach Urmston, Wellfield Junior School, Sale (4-6yrs) 4-5:30pm Stagecoach Urmston, Flixton Girls School (4-6 yrs) 4-5:30pm These Mums Do Fitness, Worthington Park, Sale 9:30-10:30am, post natal class

31 Raring2go! UNDER 5s FRIDAY cont. Trident Taekwon-Do Academy, Sale Rugby Club, Whitehall Road, Sale 4-4:45pm, Kubz Classes (ages 3 to 6) Tumbletots, Altrincham FC Community Sports Hall, Moss Lane, Hale, Altrincham 9:30-10:15am, 2 - 3 Years 10:30-11:15am, Walking - 2 Years 11:30am-12:15pm, 6 months - Walking 12:45-1:30pm, 3 years - School Age Water Babies, Pictor Academy, Timperley, 10am-5:30pm SATURDAY Babyballet, Bowdon Cricket Club 9am-9:35am, Movers 3-4 years 9:45am-10:20am Tinies 18 months - 3 years 10:30am-11:05am Tinies 18 months - 3 years 11:15am-11:50am Movers 3-4 years 12pm-12:35pm Groovers 4.5- 6 years Kicks Dance, Forest Preparatory School, Timperley 8:45-9:15am, Kicks Tots (18 months - 3 years) 9:25-9:55am, Preschool (3 and 4 years) 11:05-11:50am, Reception (4 and 5 years) Stagecoach Altrincham, Bowdon Preparatory School, Altrincham (4-6 yrs) 8:45-10:15am 11am-12:30pm 12:45-2:15pm Stagecoach Urmston, Wellfield Junior School, Sale (4-6yrs) 8:45-10:15am 9:30-11am 11:15am-12:45pm. Tumbletots, All Saints Church Hall, Hale Road, Hale Barns, Altrincham 8:45-9:30am, Walking – 2 years 9:40-10:25am, 2 - 3 years 10:35-11:20am, 3 years to school age 11:30am-12:15pm, 3 years to school age 12:30-1:30pm, Gymbobs, 4-7 years Water Babies, Pictor Academy, Timperley 8am-4:30pm SUNDAY Babyballet, 3rd Timperley Scout Hut 9:45am-10:20am Tinies 18 months - 3 years 10:30am-11:05am Movers 3-4 years 11:15am-11:50am Movers 3-4 years 12pm-12:35pm Groovers 4.5- 6 years Trident Taekwon-Do Academy, Sale Rugby Club, Whitehall Road, Sale 3-3:45pm, Kubz Classes (ages 3 to 6) Water Babies, Pictor Academy, Timperley 8:30am-4pm Water Babies, The Marriott Hotel, Hale Barns 9am-12pm starts in the water Confidence To book your first class call 0161 928 6385 123swim@waterbabies.co.uk

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