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Raring2go! EDITOR’S WELCOME 2 raring2go.co.uk • It’s FREE to join • Monthly email newsletters with new offers and events • Download vouchers and save £££’s • Great competitions Become a website member Please recycle this magazine when you are finished with it. JOIN NOW raring2go.co.uk Copyright © 2022 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. 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 business featured. Printed by Gemini Print. Telephone: 01273 468884 • Sign up for FREE! • Monthly email NEWSLETTERS with the latest OFFERS and EVENTS • Download VOUCHERS and save £££’s • Enter COMPETITIONS for amazing prizes! Contents Page What’s On?....................................... 3 Santa’s Diary. ...................................14 Clubs & Classes...............................16 Preschool......................................... 23 Parties.............................................. 25 Competitions................................... 30 Follow us on social media to keep up to date all year with your local #gotoguide for families. Raring2goSouthWarwickshire Raring2goSWarks raring2gosouthwarks Bonfires and Autumn Leaves! Yes Please! The nights are starting to draw in and the heat of Summer is now far behind us. Half term is just around the corner, and Christmas will be hot on its heels, so there is no time like to present to start thinking about activities for Halloween and the festive period! There are lots of ideas for places to go and things to do with your family in this edition of Raring2go! but don’t forget to check our website where you will find many more. I hope you have a fabulous end to 2022 – see you all in the New Year. Nicola, Editor

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 3 INSPIRES T OU C HWOOD S O L I H U L L . CO . U K With a dash of reindeers and a sprinkle of snow, Santa is here once more at Touchwood. Enjoy all of the festive fun in our brand new Grotto and Winter Wonderland Snow Play. There is so much to experience this Christmas at Touchwood. raring2go christmas 2022.indd 1 22/09/2022 09:59

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 21 – 23 October: The Dog with Two Dads mac Birmingham www.macbirmingham.co.uk 23 October: Terry Deary’s True Ghost Stories The Albany Theatre www.albanytheatre.co.uk 26 – 29 October: Demon Dentist Belgrade Theatre, Coventry www.belgrade.co.uk 26 October – 1 January: A Christmas Carol Royal Shakespeare Theatre www.rsc.org.uk 30 October: Justin Live – The BIG Tour The Alexandra Theatre www.atgtickets.com 17 November – 30 December: Pins and Needles – The Bear mac Birmingham www.macbirmingham.co.uk 27 – 30 November: Starchitects by Motionhouse Warwick Arts Centre www.warwickartscentre.co.uk 18 November – 16 December: Beauty and The Beast Old Rep, Birmingham www.oldreptheatre.co.uk 19 November – 7 January: Nativity! The Musical Birmingham Rep www.birmingham-rep.co.uk 23 November – 7 January: Jack and the Beanstalk Belgrade Theatre, Coventry www.belgrade.co.uk 3 – 26 December: A Christmas Carol The Albany Theatre www.albanytheatre.co.uk 7 – 31 December: Jack and the Magic Beanstalk Birmingham Rep www.birmingham-rep.co.uk 8 – 24 December: Santa’s Christmas Rescue Belgrade Theatre, Coventry www.belgrade.co.uk 17 December – 29 January: Dick Whittington Birmingham Hippodrome www.birminghamhippodrome.com 27 December – 15 January: The Gruffalo Birmingham Town Hall www.bmusic.co.uk 30 December – 8 January: Cinderella The Albany Theatre www.albanytheatre.co.uk What’s On at the Theatre? At this time of year there are always lots of family friendly shows at our local theatres. Here are some of our favourites. 4 raring2go.co.uk

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? Motionhouse Thu 27 - Sat 30 Oct 2022 Thu 4pm/ Fri 11am (relaxed performance) & 4pm/ Sat & Sun 11am & 3pm The University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL warwickartscentre.co.uk 024 7649 6000 “Absolutely amazing, our kids loved it!” Audience member 5 The hit stage adaptation of Nativity! The Musical returns home to The Rep from 19 Nov – 7 Jan. Feel-good, funny and full of joy, this cracker of a musical was adapted for the stage by Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved films. Featuring all of your favourite sing-a-long hits from the movies including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth, One Night One Moment, She’s the Brightest Star and a whole host of new songs, this musical really ‘is a heartfelt hit’ (The Times). Enjoy live theatre with all of the family this festive season at The Rep! From 7-31 Dec, The Rep will also present a brand-new production for 3-6 year olds as part of their festive family offering, Jack and the Magic Beanstalk. Directed by Rep Associate Artist, Caroline Wilkes, Jack and the Magic Beanstalk is a brand new adaptation of the classic fairy tale, featuring captivating puppetry and joyful live music. Head over to Birmingham-rep.co.uk to book your tickets today!

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 6 raring2go.co.uk Pumpkin Extravaganza at Becketts Farm (24 – 30 October) Bring your little monsters to Becketts Farm interactive pumpkin carving experience! Visitors will be welcomed by Bella, the Becketts Farm Witch, who’ll train your children with some spooky spells. Then use your new skills in our mini Pumpkin Patch, guarded by the farmer’s spooky scarecrows, one of which seems to have a life of his own! 1 Spooky Science Night at Thinktank (28 October) Join us for Spooky Science Night and get involved in a whole range of frightening fun. Come and dance at our spooky Silent Disco. Be amazed by some creepy live science demonstrations then work out what the greedy monsters have been chomping on for lunch at our Monster Munching Trail. Come face to face with some special creatures with help from animal handlers. Watch fascinating scenes of the Northern Lights in the Planetarium. There are some great prizes up for grabs, just make sure you come in your favourite Halloween costume to be entered. Pre-booking is essential. 3 Spooky Spectacular at West Midland Safari Park (22 – 30 October) West Midland Safari Park will be brimming with Halloween decorations and hundreds of pumpkins in our impressive Pumpkin Patch. Our excitable pumpkin scarecrow character, Patch, will put on a fantastic show! Help locate the missing potion ingredients, which have been stolen by some mischievous dragons and win a special treat! We also have extended opening hours so brave explorers can discover dinosaurs and rides in the dark! 2 Spooky Days Out 7

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 7 Twisted Circus at Magic Alley (throughout October) Embark upon a twisted adventure that will take you on a spooktacular journey. Expect a circus theme so not for those with a fear of clowns! Complete the quest and solve the puzzles and escape the Big Top. Everyone who completes the quest will receive a prize. Suitable for children aged 6 and above. 5 Pumpkin Spooktacular at Hatton Adventure World (22 – 30 October) It’s that time of year when things get a little bit spooky at Hatton! We have a SPOOKTACULAR programme planned for you. Take a Bewitching Ride on our Trailer, pick your own Pumpkin from our Pumpkin Patch, brave the Haunted House, be thoroughly entertained at our Magic & Mayhem Illusion show. 4 Pumpkin Flotilla at Sarehole Mill (28 – 30 October) Decorate your pumpkin at home, and then bring along and watch it glide along the millpond in a spectacular display. The ghostly Ferryman will keep watch of the pumpkins on their journey whilst you enjoy a delicious hot chocolate and some spooky stories. There’s even the chance to make some creepy Halloween decorations to take home with you! 6 Pumpkin Smash Bash at Drayton Manor Resort (22 – 30 October) Experience the whole park during the daytime, with pumpkins a plenty, as you enjoy all your favourite rides and attractions! Visit the Castle of Spooks - included in your ticket price - at any time during your visit for a trick or treat experience, with spooky characters and activities along the way. On 30 October, a 10-minute Fireworks Spooktacular display will commence at 6pm, with Halloween-themed fireworks and soundtrack – ending Halloween at Drayton with a bang. 7 Halloween events have had to be toned down for the past couple of years so why not go all out in 2022 and celebrate in style?

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 8 raring2go.co.uk What’s On? Autumn 2022 22 October – 30 November British Motor Museum – Magic of Science Children can get up close to one of the Ford Anglias which starred in the film ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ and then join the mad scientists for some magical, mind blowing experiments or extraordinary family tours plus make an optical illusion to take home. www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk 21 – 31 October Blenheim Palace - Halloween Trail The perfect experience for Halloween at Blenheim Palace, join family and friends to wander from dusk into darkness between one ghostly space to another…. if you dare! www.blenheimpalace.com 22 - 30 October Stratford Upon Avon Butterfly Farm – Spooky Half Term There are plenty of creepie crawlies and pumpkins as well as hundreds of beautiful tropical butterflies to keep the whole family entertained this October half term. In Minibeast Metropolis discover an assortment of poison dart frogs, spiders, medical leeches, axolotl and slithering snakes. There will be Meet the Mini-Beast Handling Sessions and Snake Demonstrations held daily at 11:00 in the Discovery Zone. 29 & 30 October join the team in dressing up for Halloween, the spookier the costume the better! Tickets can be booked online. www.butterflyfarm.co.uk 25 October Compton Verney – STEM Spiderweb Halloween Challenge Every spider weaves a web, but they must not get caught in their own design! Teams will construct sticky webs, and team members must crawl through their own webs without touching them and getting trapped. This activity is FREE. There are limited spaces available, so please sign up for the sessions on the day. Recommended for children aged 5-11 years old. www.comptonverney.org.uk 26 – 27 October, 11 & 17 December The Chocolate Shed – Chocolate Making Workshops Ideal for any weather, these sessions are a special treat. Each workshop is run with a seasonal twist. Suitable for children of all ages (3-16). Check website for the timing and recommended ages for each session. www.thechocolateshed.com 27 October Blakesley Hall - Kids Disco Boogie the night away this Halloween! Join DJ Sam for a spook-tastic evening of music, fun and games! Dressing up is encouraged, so go along in your favourite Halloween costume and have a go at boogeying as a bat, or dancing as a dinosaur! This event takes place from 3-5pm. Tickets are £8, which includes a party lunchbox. Adults must remain on site for the duration of the event - the Herb Garden will be open on the day for hot drinks and light bites. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/blakesley-hall 27 – 28 October Aston Hall - Ghostly Tales: Family Friendly Ghost Tour Families are invited to explore Aston Hall, one of Birmingham’s most haunted buildings, under the safety of daylight and accompanied by a member of the team. Hear some of the most well-known of Aston’s ghost stories and try using dowsing rods to detect the presence of spirits as you look around this atmospheric old house. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12 years and accompanying adults. This experience is not suitable for adults not accompanying children. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/aston-hall

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 9 22 - 30 October 2022 Magic of Get up close to a Ford Anglia from the Harry Potter films and join our mad scientists for some mindblowing experiments! britishmotormuseum.co.uk/families J12 M40, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ Taylor, 10. Future Scientist Science Buy 1 day get 12 months free

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 10 raring2go.co.uk What’s On? Autumn 2022 28 October Blakesley Hall - Spooky Family Tour Visit Blakesley Hall this Halloween for an atmospheric tour of the traditional Tudor house. Venture round the historic building as a storyteller tells all there is to know about Halloween traditions and stories in a spooky tour. Why not add to the frightening fun and go along in your creepiest costume? Don’t forget to pick up your Halloweeninspired treat at the end! Tours last one hour. Various time slots are available throughout the day. Tickets are £8 for adults, £6 concession and £4 for children. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/blakesleyhall 29 – 30 October Sarehole Mill - Spooky Mill Tours Start your tour by getting creative and making a lantern that will light your way around the Mill. Then, embark on a spooky guided tour, complete with creepy local ghost stories. Learn all about the fascinating history of the site, and about the ‘white ogre’ that used to scare famous writer J.R.R Tolkien as a young boy! Why not grab a bite to eat before your tour starts? Pizza is available in the courtyard from 12pm – 3pm. Tours are at 2pm and 3pm, tickets for adults and children are £6, concessions £5. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/sareholemill 4 November Hatton Adventure World – Fireworks Bonanza Gaze skywards and enjoy a mesmerising display of low-bang fireworks, professionally choreographed to music. With spell-binding fire dancers, magic acts and illusion shows to amaze, family friendly fairground rides and a host of street food stalls ready to tickle your tastebuds. www.hattonworld.com/fireworks 11 November – 8 January (selected dates) West Midland Safari Park – Lantern Festival See nature in a new light at the Lantern Festival, returning again this year. Discover an epic lantern trail, where you can enjoy mesmerising lighting displays, marvel at a ‘wild’ range of breath-taking lanterns and explore the walk-through areas of the Park like never before. With over forty light groupings all with a flora and fauna theme, over 1,000 individual lanterns will light up the Park making a fantastic family evening out. Walk-through animal exhibits will remain open for guests to enjoy, as well as the Land of the Living Dinosaurs and Ice Age exhibits. The Safari Drive-Through and Theme Park rides will be closed during the evening event. www.wmsp.co.uk 17 – 20 November Birmingham NEC – The Festive Gift Fair Christmas isn’t just about buying gifts, it’s making sure every corner of your home looks fabulous and your table is set for a festive feast! All of which can be found at this much-loved Christmas Shopping Fair, returning to the NEC for its 26th year! www.festivegiftfair.co.uk 1 – 24 December Compton Verney – Reindeer Trail Take part in our festive reindeer trail within the stunning landscape. Our large wooden reindeer will be richly decorated in the style of contemporary and classical artists. Find all nine of Santa’s faithful reindeer friends in their fresh new colours. Once you have completed the trail, head into the shop to collect your reindeer food, ready for Christmas Eve! £3 per entrant. www.comptonverney.org.uk

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14 raring2go.co.uk 13 November – 31 December Drayton Manor Resort – Magical Christmas Join us for a magical Christmas like no other, and meet Father Christmas himself - as well as all the fun and excitement of Thomas Land. There’s over 25 rides and attractions in Thomas Land to enjoy, along with other family rides the park has to offer. Join Sir Topham Hatt and his hilarious station sweepers Rusty & Dusty as they host interactive singalong shows. www.draytonmanor.co.uk 25 November – 24 December West Midland Safari Park – Santa Safari With an allocated time to see Santa, you will be greeted in the Discovery Trail by one of his helpful Elves who will show you to the sleigh where you will be magically transported to the North Pole and into Santa’s Grotto. After meeting Santa, you will make your way to the Elves’ workshop where children can pick their own present. With a wide selection of gifts to choose from, the children will be spoiled for choice! www.wmsp.co.uk 26 November – 23 December The Polar Express Train Ride Birmingham Do you believe? THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is returning in 2022 with the magic of the motion picture THE POLAR EXPRESS™ being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale. Santa will arrive in your carriage and you will receive a magical sleigh bell. They will also be serving hot chocolate and cookies. www.vintagetrains.co.uk 26 November – 24 December Magic Alley – Christmas in Toyland Enter Christmas in Toyland and make your way through 11 magical rooms completing the Christmas quest and solving puzzles on the way before meeting Father Christmas. All visitors receive a present (including adults) and then complete your visit in the snow-covered Enchanted Forest where you can play in the snow and have a snowball fight. Additional time slots are available for families with older children which do not need to visit Santa. www.magicalleystratford.com Selected dates in November and December Hatton Adventure World – Enchanted Christmas Kingdom A festive fun packed day the whole family can enjoy, with many magical experiences. Be guided by some cheeky Christmas Elves through the Enchanted Forest to find Father Christmas in his grotto. He will then give you the location of his Secret Toy Shop to choose your very own toy. Or choose to upgrade your ticket and visit Father Christmas’ very own Create a Bear workshop. Get creative at the gingerbread factory and make your own reindeer food to leave out on Christmas Eve. Plus, all day enjoy the Reindeer Quest and the usual Hatton fun with Mr Holly’s hilarious festive show, a special indoor falconry performance, a festive fair, Festive Farmyard Favourites, All Day Animal Handling, Animal Feeding and Play Areas. www.adventure.hattonworld.com 9 – 23 December Compton Verney – Santa’s Magical Grotto Make your family’s Christmas magical this year with a visit to Father Christmas at Compton Verney. With the help of Mother Christmas, Father Christmas can’t wait to meet the family, hear all about your plans this holiday season and, of course, there’s a lovely gift to take home. Don’t forget to bring your letter for Father Christmas. Our post box will guarantee delivery to the North Pole before Christmas Day! Tickets also include our wonderful reindeer trail, so head outdoors and help Santa find his 9 reindeers. www.comptonverney.org.uk Santa’s Diary

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 15 Join us at Vintage Trains for festive fun this Christmas Departs Birmingham Moor Street for the North Pole! 26 Nov -23 Dec 2022 www.vintagetrains.co.uk D THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s22) Looking for a unique Christmas gif t? www.redwings.org.uk/adopt 01508 505246 Sponsor a rescued horse or donkey from Redwings from just £2 a month! Rumpel We have a gorgeous selection of Adoption Star merchandise available in our online gift store Upgrade your gif t! www.redwings.org.uk/shop

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GO4GOALS FOOTBALL COACHING • Pre-School football • Football Parties • Holiday Clubs & Activities • Weekly sessions • 121 Specialised Coaching www.go4goals.co.uk jason@go4goals.co.uk Mob 07747 562469 OCTOBER HALF TERM HOLIDAY CAMPS 26th and 27th October 2022 £15.00 a day or £28.00 for both days (Siblings half price – based on £15.00 a day) 9.00am - 3.30pm 8.30 early drop (Extra £2) Venue: Kingsley School Playing Fields, CV32 6RD SATURDAYS Kingsley School Playing Fields 9:00 – 10:00 Reception 10:00 – 11:00 Yrs 1-8 North Leamington School (indoors) 9:00 – 9:40 Nursery & Preschool ELITE DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS Year 1 – Year 7 MONDAY 17.40-18.40 The Croft Preparatory School (indoors) THURSDAY 17:30 – 18:30 Coventry Sports Connexion (indoors) £5 a week paid across a term OVER 50’s WALKING FOOTBALL CONTACT JASON FOR MORE INFO 18 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! CLUBS & CLASSES Clubs & Classes Aspire Sports Sports and activity childcare at venues throughout the Midlands. www.aspire-sports.co.uk Fitt4Kids FITT4Kids holds football and Multi Sports clubs during the school holidays. www.fitt4kids.org.uk Leamington and Warwick Gymnastics Club We firmly believe that all children should get to experience gymnastics in the best facilities with the best coaches, irrespective of their level, experience or ability. Classes available from preschool to Year 9. www.thegymnasticsclub.co.uk Go4Goals Weekly football classes for ages 2 to year 6. Holiday football camps also available. www.go4goals.co.uk Motionhouse Dance A range of opportunities at our Leamington Spa dance studio. We welcome all ages and abilities. Holiday Clubs also available. www.motionhouse.co.uk Guitar Lessons Learn the guitar or take your playing to another level with an experienced, qualified tutor. www.angeloberte.co.uk Maths Tuition An experienced and qualified tutor, able to teach Maths from KS2 to A level. www.angelobertemathstuition.com Onside Coaching Multi sport, football, dance and forest school holiday camps at locations across Warwickshire. www.onsidecoaching.co.uk Stagecoach Dance, drama and singing for 4 – 16 year olds. www.stagecoach.co.uk Mathematics Tuition offered by an experienced and qualified tutor, able to teach Mathematics from Key Stage 2 up to & including A level For an informal discussion please contact Angelo Berté BA (Hons) PGCE angeloberte@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 01926 490579 Mob: 07731 640281 www.angelobertemathstuition.com • Structured learning • 100% pass rate • Preparation for Entrance Exams • Thorough knowledge of Exam Boards • Mathematics for adults too - making a career change or returning to education • Enhanced DBS check

Raring2go! CLUBS & CLASSES 19 Multi-sports and football holiday clubs from 9am – 4pm Contact Simon Arnold on 07731639980 or www.fitt4kids.org.uk As a thank you to all NHS staff for their wonderful work during the pandemic, we are offering 1 FREE DAY each week at both camps for NHS staff (you will need to send proof of your ID or blue badge when you book) Children aged 4 years can only attend for a maximum of 4 hours per day. 5 – 11 year olds may attend for a full day. PER DAY £17 for 1 child £27 for 2 children £32 for 3 children FULL WEEK £70 for 1 child SAVE £15 £125 for 2 children SAVE £10 £150 for 3 children SAVE £10 EARLY DROP OFF at 8:00 £2 per child, per day HALF TERM HOLIDAY CLUBS Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October 2022 Multi-Sports Football VENUES: Westgate Primary School – Warwick Alveston Primary School – Stratford VENUES: Alveston Primary School – Stratford MONDAY – Multi sports TUESDAY – Team challenge (medal day) WEDNESDAY – Westgate – Woodland learning AM and Dodgeball PM Alveston – Dodgeball AM and Woodland learning PM THURSDAY – Movie day FRIDAY – Halloween day MONDAY – Penalty Shootout TUESDAY – Crossbar Challenge WEDNESDAY – Agility Course THURSDAY – Football Golf FRIDAY – Tournament You have the chance to win a medal everyday at the football camp Fitt4Kids is proud to be part of the HAF Programme. For more info visit aspire-sports.co.uk or call 0121 663 1979 Choice of venues and activities *Offer ends 5pm Friday 21st October Ofsted registered Action-packed childcare this October Half Term BOOK ONLINE Open from 8am- 6pm For more info and to book your place visit activecamps.co.uk or call 01926 298 178 Leamington Spa North Leamington School O15 F%F* with code OCT22L Monday 24th October - Friday 28th October

Raring2go! BOOK REVIEWS Some of the best new titles for children this Autumn How to be More Hedgehog Anne-Marie Conway Lily has a stammer. The signal between her brain and her mouth is all messed up – and it’s getting worse. When a video of her practicing her class presentation is uploaded onto YouTube – head thrust forward, eyelids fluttering, lips stretched wide – Lily’s nightmare begins. Cyberbullying, kids at school whispering, even best friend Mia laughing behind her back. Lily’s confidence takes a nose-dive and she can only see one way out: run away to Dad in Scotland and start all over again. But Lily quickly realises that running away isn’t the answer – that her stammer will follow her wherever she goes… HOW TO BE MORE HEDGEHOG is about friendship and family and finding the courage to speak out. The Billow Maiden James Dixon Ailsa’s mum is ill, not the first time, so they spend the summer with her aunt and uncle. Aunt Bertha, Uncle Nod and their dog Moxie live on an island off the coast, by a beautiful fishing village surrounded by beaches and clifftops. Ailsa and Moxie spend their whole time there exploring these beaches and cliffs, until one day they find a hidden cave. Inside the cave, they find Hefring, a strange woman not keen on strangers – in fact she can be quite rude! Ailsa slowly gets to know who Hefring is. She is a selkie, a mermaid, a billow maiden from ancient Norse myth. However, she is stuck on land and slowly dying. It is up to Ailsa and her new friend Camilla to save her, but there are plenty of obstacles in the way - not least Ailsa’s own fears and her mum’s illness. Journey Back to Freedom Catherine Johnson From the horrors of the slave trade to a book that changed the world, Catherine Johnson celebrates the incredible life of Olaudah Equiano in this gripping true story. Kenilworth Books, Talisman Square, Kenilworth CV8 1JB Born in what is now Nigeria in 1745, Olaudah Equiano’s peaceful childhood was brought to an abrupt end when he was captured and enslaved aged 11. He spent much of the next ten years of his life at sea, seeing action in the Seven Years’ War. When he was finally able to buy his freedom, he went on to become a prominent member of the abolition movement and in 1789 published one of the first books by a Black African writer. Journey Back to Freedom focuses on Equiano’s early life, demonstrating the resilience of the human spirit and one man’s determination to be free. Set out by Barrington Stoke – in a super-readable format, which is great for dyslexic or less confident readers, or for reading aloud. Honesty and Lies Eloise Williams New from the former Wales Children’s Laureate, this is an adventure about spies and intrigue in the palace of Queen Elizabeth I. Winter in London, 1601. In a court where fortunes can rise or fall in a moment, ‘Honesty and Lies’ is the tale of Honesty and Alice, two 13-year-old maids in Elizabeth I’s court. Both are trying to survive as storytellers in their own way - one wanting attention as a performer and one trying to pass unnoticed as a spy. In such a precarious world and with assassination attempts being planned behind closed doors, their friendship will put both their lives in danger. Fletcher and the Stars Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke A beautiful new adventure awaits Fletcher fox and his friends this autumn. As Fletcher looks up at the night sky, the stars flicker out one by one …and Badger is scared of the dark! Fletcher has a plan to help the stars shine again, but as he and Badger race through the woods, they realise it is not easy to reach the stars. But help can come from unexpected places. A beautiful; bedtime story with a surprise sparkly ending! 20 raring2go.co.uk

Raring2go! CLUBS & CLASSES 21 12 Talisman Square, Kenilworth CV8 1JB Phone: 01926 855784 www.kenilworthbooks.co.uk facebook.com/KenilworthBooks @KenilworthBook “A good bookshop shows you the books that you never knew you wanted” Fantastic range of books Educational, fun games and puzzles Welcoming Children’s Corner Book ordering service Book tokens sold and accepted Stagecoach Performing Arts is the trading name of Stagecoach Theatre Arts Limited. Stagecoach Theatre Arts schools are operated under franchise and are independently owned by their Principals. Stagecoach and Creative Courage For Life are registered trademarks of Stagecoach Theatre Arts Limited. HOLIDAY CLUB AT LEAMINGTON & WARWICK GYMNASTICS CLUB! COME AND JOIN US FOR GYMNASTICS FUN IN THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS! WWW.THEGYMNASTICSCLUB.CO.UK NON MEMBERS WELCOME! BOOK ONLINE NOW! DANCE & CIRCUS CLASSES Learn new skills, have fun and get creative! Try your first session FREE! Spencer Yard, Leamington Spa CV31 3SY 01926 887052 info@motionhouse.co.uk Scan the code to find out more and book your place Learn to dance with international touring dance-circus company Motionhouse. We offer a range of dance and circus classes for all ages and abilities. WWW.MOTIONHOUSE.CO.UK

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23 Pre-School Go4Goals Football coaching for boys and girls aged 2-4 at North Leamington School from 9:00 – 9:40. Children will develop technically and improve their social skills. All classes are based on fun and will improve ability and co-ordination. Contact: jason@go4goals.co.uk / 07747 562469 www.go4goals.co.uk Go4Goals Foo t ba l l Coach i ng Water Babies We’ll teach you to teach your baby to swim. From lesson one, we’ll get your little one used to the sensation of the water, developing their natural instincts and transforming these into core aquatic skills. By the end of our programme, your little one will be swimming freely using different strokes and be able to keep themselves safe in and around the water. Lessons at pools in Leamington Spa, Kenilworth, Wellesbourne and Coventry. seahorse@waterbabies.co.uk www.waterbabies.co.uk Little Crackers Stay’n’Play Come and join the fun! All are welcome at Stay ‘n’ Play, our friendly toddler group, aimed at families with children aged 0 to four years. Little Crackers Stay ‘n’ Play is at St Francis Of Assisi R C Church in Kenilworth every Monday during term time from 9.30am to 10.45am. We have got some exciting activities and events lined up, so there is plenty to keep you and your little one busy and entertained. www.littlecrackers.co.uk/st-francis Leamington and Warwick Gymnastics Club – Little Stars (under 3’s) and Gym Stars (over 3’s) LWGC’s ‘Little Stars’ pre-school gymnastics program is aimed at toddlers who are just learning to walk up to 3 yrs. The 45 minute session is delivered as a structured play class, designed so grown up’s can spend some time bonding with their child, enjoying short circle times and allowing children to explore the colourful pre-school apparatus and of course, burn off some energy! ‘Gym Stars’ classes are 45 minutes of themed fun, working on developing our pre-schooler’s strength, flexibility, coordination and learn gymnastics skills through imagination and play on our fun, colourful apparatus. Children work on all our fantastic apparatus and work towards our Gym Stars Awards Programme gaining certificates and medals along the way! www.thegymnasticsclub.co.uk Raring2go! PRE-SCHOOL

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