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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 © 2023 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 Parties. ............................................ 22 Preschool......................................... 26 Competitions................................... 30 Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? Follow us on social media to keep up to date all year with your local #gotoguide for families. Raring2goSouthWarwickshire Raring2goSWarks raring2gosouthwarks Sweater weather is better together The dark evenings have begun to draw in and the weather is starting to get colder. Autumn is most definitely here! It won’t be long until Half term with all the fun and excitement of Halloween and Bonfire Night. Christmas will then be just around the corner. This time of year can be super busy so, have a look at all of the ideas for days out and activities to do with the kids in this edition of the magazine then wrap up warm and get out there and enjoy making some memories! Have a fantastic end to 2023 and don’t forget to mention Raring2go! if you visit any of the places featured here! Nicola, Editor


Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? What’s On at the Theatre? 31 October – 1 November: The Smeds and the Smoos Belgrade Theatre, Coventry www.belgrade.co.uk 31 October – 7 January: The Box of Delights Royal Shakespeare Theatre www.rsc.org.uk 7 November: Swan Lake Belgrade Theatre, Coventry www.belgrade.co.uk 8 November: The Nutcracker Belgrade Theatre, Coventry www.belgrade.co.uk 14 November – 28 January: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Birmingham Rep www.birmingham-rep.co.uk 16 November – 30 December: Starchitects Save Santa mac Birmingham www.macbirmingham.co.uk 17 November – 9 December: The Nutcracker Birmingham Hippodrome www.birminghamhippodrome.com 22 – 25 November: Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure Alexandra Theatre www.atgtickets.com 22 November – 13 January: Cinderella Belgrade Theatre, Coventry www.belgrade.co.uk 2 – 31 December: The Gruffalo Warwick Arts Centre www.warwickartscentre.co.uk 5 – 31 December: Peter Pan The Musical The Old Rep www.oldreptheatre.co.uk 7 – 24 December: Santa’s Sparkly Surprise Belgrade Theatre, Coventry www.belgrade.co.uk 7 December – 6 January: Little Red Riding Hood Birmingham Rep www.birmingham-rep.co.uk 9 – 31 December: Oliver Twist The Albany Theatre www.albanytheatre.co.uk 16 December – 28 January: Jack and the Beanstalk Birmingham Hippodrome www.birminghamhippodrome.com 6 – 14 January: Puss in Boots The Albany Theatre www.albanytheatre.co.uk Here are some of our favourite family friendly shows coming up at local theatres. 4 raring2go.co.uk

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 5 *Ticket price includes a £1.50 booking fee. BOOK NOW belgrade.co.uk 7 – 24 Dec 31 Oct – 1 Nov From £15.50* From £10* From £34* 30 Jan – 4 Feb From £15* 22 Nov – 13 Jan 2024 From £18* 7 – 11 Feb From £10* 16 – 18 Feb

6 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 1, 8 & 15 October Herbert Art Gallery and Museum - Dippy Facts and Fossils Discover fun facts about Dippy, the Nation’s favourite dinosaur from the Natural History Museum, along with close encounters with fossils from our collection. Our Learning Team will share a short, interactive talk with our visitors, aimed at families, but all are welcome. Standing at the feet of this 26-foot Diplodocus, you will learn more about Dippy and get hands-on with some of the fossils from the Herbert’s natural history collection. These family-friendly talks will last approximately 20 minutes, in a relaxed and informal environment. 12.30pm - 3.30pm. Free. www.theherbert.org 5 October – 5 November Drayton Manor Resort – Halloween Kickstart your day with spooktacular fun with live entertainment, terrific Halloween trails, and your favourite rides and attractions. Discover the themed hay bales located around the park and WIN a treat. Step into Thomas Land and experience all the spooks and thrills with your little ones including Trick or Treat with Sir Topham Hat. Join Rory the Lion at the main stage for a disco, fun and games. www.draytonmanor.co.uk 7 October – 4 November Magic Alley – Witching Hour Enter The Witching Hour, a Halloween Murder Mystery, where young aspiring detectives are invited to uncover the truth behind a spine-chilling crime! An immersive Halloween themed experience filled with forensic puzzles, mind bending riddles and exciting challenges. Work together to solve the mysterious murder that has shaken the enchanted grounds. Unleash your inner detective, unravel clues and unlock secrets in this hair-raising adventure. Don’t miss your chance to become a hero of Halloween by cracking the case. Sound and lighting effects are used but this is not a scare attraction. No one will jump out at you but there What’s On? Autumn 2023 may be a performer in the attraction especially over the half term holiday. Suitable for children aged 6 and over. www.magicalleystratford.com 14 – 31 October Hatton Adventure World – Halloween Spooktacular Weekends from 14 October then daily from 28 October. Are you ready for a day of frightfully good fun? Gather your little ghouls and goblins and head on down for an unforgettable Halloween extravaganza! New haunted cabins, Pumpkin Picking, Pumpkin carving, The Village of Trick-orTreat, Zombie laser combat (For those 8 and older), Magic & Illusions show, and all the usual animals action & adventure on top you’re sure to have a wicked time. There will be lots of spooky things to see and do, plus all the usual Hatton fun. www.adventure.hattonworld.com 21 October – 5 November West Midland Safari Park – Spooky Spectacular The park will be brimming with Halloween decorations and hundreds of pumpkins in an impressive Pumpkin Patch, as well as the introduction of a new character, Mitzy Monster, who will be hosting a brand new show! The excitable pumpkin scarecrow, Patch, will be returning to greet guests and have his picture taken with them. But beware, as he can be a bit cheeky and loves playing tricks on people! Mitzy and Patch will be joined by their creators, the silly scientists, who will also be entertaining guests throughout the day. Spooky explorers will need to help locate the missing potion ingredients in the free Spooky Trail, to win a delicious treat. There are also extended opening hours on selected dates so brave explorers can discover dinosaurs and rides in the dark. www.wmsp.co.uk 28 & 30 October, 2 & 4 November Coventry Transport Museum - Tinker - Make - Play: Marvellously Monstrous Machines 10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Free. Tinker about with all things circuits, make marvellous machines using tools and take time out to play with loose parts. www.transport-museum.com

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 7 Suitable for ages 7+ FAMILY TICKETS AVAILABLE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE 31 OCTOBER 2023 – 7 JANUARY 2024 BOOK NOW rsc.org.uk The Box of Delights is supported by Season Supporter Charles Holloway New Work at the RSC is generously supported by The Drue and H.J Heinz II Charitable Trust A FANTASTICAL FESTIVE SHOW FOR ALL THE FAMILY THE BOX OF DELIGHTS – A magical, festive show for the whole family from the RSC The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced its festive family show for 2023. Following 2022’s sell-out production of A Christmas Carol, this year the Stratfordupon-Avon based company is presenting The Box of Delights, in a production which promises to be magical, spectacular and entertaining in equal measure. Adapted by Piers Torday from the classic 1935 novel by John Masefield, The Box of Delights follows orphaned schoolboy Kay Harker who finds himself the guardian of a small wooden box with powers beyond his wildest dreams. Caught up in a battle between two powerful magicians, Kay fights to save not just the people he loves but also the future of Christmas itself. Many will remember the BBC’s acclaimed TV adaptation from the 1980s. The production runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre between 31 October 2023 – 7 January 2024. The RSC has a strong reputation for putting on quality entertainment for the whole family over the festive period, and The Box of Delights follows in the footsteps of productions such as Beauty and the Beast, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and more recently, The Magician’s Elephant. Tickets are available from rsc.org.uk or 01789 331111.

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 8 raring2go.co.uk 28 - 31 October St John’s Museum – St John’s Haunted House Get ready for a family friendly bone-chilling experience at St John’s Haunted House! Bring your friends and family along for screams and thrills! Get spooked as you explore rooms at St Johns House, see them as you’ve never seen them before. Discover the creepy story of Hansel and Gretel, go on a trail and hope the witch isn’t in the kitchen! Make slime to take home and get messy making potions and enjoy messy play. Adult tickets include a hot drink from Pickled & Tipsy Mobile Café, so you can sit back while your children make potions and slime. Undercover seated area available. Bags of pick and mix sweets will be available to buy (cash only). And dressing up is welcomed for children and adults! www.heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk What’s On? Autumn 2023 28 – 31 October Black Country Living Museum – Halloween Nights Prepare to be spooked as the Museum opens its doors to little devils and ghouls! Bring the whole family along to enjoy a night of trick or treats around the historic shops and houses and experience thrilling street entertainment. There’s plenty to get stuck into: brave the creepy crawlies and animals, meet the spooky characters – including circus performers, fire-jugglers and magicians – and put on your ghoulish dancing shoes. Don’t forget to join in the costume parade; there are prizes to be won for both adults and children for the bestdressed monstrous visitor. www.bclm.com 28 October – 5 November Stratford Butterfly Farm – Spooky Half Term There are plenty of creepie crawlies 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, medicinal leeches, axolotl, and slithering snakes. In Rainforest Realm you will find a magnificent spectacled caiman and a Malagasy giant chameleon! Butterfly Lifecycle, MiniBeast and Pupae Demonstrations will be held daily at 11:00 in the Discovery Zone. 28-31 October join the team in dressing up for Halloween, the spookier the costume the better! www.butterflyfarm.co.uk 30 October – 3 November Thinktank – Fright at the Museum and Spooky Science Family Night Prepare for a monstrous show full to the brim with freaky facts and spooky science. Showing off some of our favourite live science experiments, this family show has something for visitors of all ages. Shows at 11.30am - 12.00pm and 1pm - 1.30pm on in the Theatre on Level 3. Included in the admission price. On 31 October, join the annual Spooky Science Family Night! Explore the museum after dark, take part in spooky activities on each of our floors and even have your photo taken in our Photo Studio. Fancy dress is optional. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk Sponsor a Redwings rescued horse www.redwings.org.uk/adopt 01508 505246 Monarch Named in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee, stunning Monarch was born at Redwings in April 2022 after his mother Majesty was sadly hit by a vehicle. Sponsor Monarch from as little as £2 a month and you’ll receive an adoption pack including Monarch’s story and a stunning photo, plus regular updates.

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 9 Get spooked as you explore rooms, go on a trail and discover the story of Hansel and Gretel. Make slime, crafts and get messy making potions and messy play. £12 children, £6 adults, Under 2’s free (adult ticket includes hot drink). ST JOHN’S HAUNTED HOUSE 28th - 31st October Family friendly bone-chilling experience! Visit heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/whats for full details of the experience. BOOK NOW Funded by: birminghammuseums.org.uk/thinktank • • 4k Planetarium • Outdoor Science Garden

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 10 raring2go.co.uk What’s On? Autumn 2023 30 October – 3 November Thinktank – Spooky Stay and Play Stay and Play encourages little ones to enjoy creative, interactive and sensory play with lots of different colours, lights, textures and sounds to explore. Our Spooky Stay and Play is a lighthearted child friendly celebration of autumn and Hallowe’en. Designed for little ones aged 18 months to 3 years to play, explore and experience STEM learning with a parent or caregiver. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk 31 October, 2 November & 23 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 (5-16). Check website for the timing and recommended ages for each session. www.thechocolateshed.com 11 November Black Country Living Museum – Festival of Light Come to Black Country Living Museum’s Festival of Light this November to experience the joy and wonder of Diwali and join in the celebration. See the Museum transformed after dusk and discover sound, light and dance experiences inspired by South Asian music and Bollywood glamour. www.bclm.com 11 – 19 November (weekends) Hatton Adventure World - Falconry Festival Learn all about Falconry and British Birds of Prey. Watch some fantastic displays with Fantastic Falcons, Heroic Hawks and Outstanding Owls. www.adventure.hattonworld.com 16 – 19 November NEC Birmingham – Festive Gift Fair Be inspired and get your festive preparations off to a flying start at the ever-popular 4-day Festive Gift Fair this November. Now in its 27th fabulous year, it remains one of the most popular Christmas Shopping events in the UK for a good reason! The Fair will be bursting at the seams with a colourful, eclectic mix of unusual stocking fillers and presents, festive food and drink and great Christmas decorations for your home and garden. 325+ stalls all in one hall …. with clever gift ideas for all ages and tastes … and lots of Special Show Offers! www.festivegiftfair.co.uk 24 November – 7 January West Midland Safari Park – Safari Skating Get your skates on this winter and join this brandnew festive experience. Safari Skating allows you to try out your skating skills on a Glice rink. This eco-friendly ice rink alternative is suitable for all the family and doesn’t require any water or energy, meaning it’s more sustainable (and not a soggy bottom in sight!). Traditional ice skates are worn on the rink (included in the price) and skate aids can be hired for smaller skaters. As this is an outdoor event, we recommend wrapping up warm and wearing thick socks that cover your ankles. www.wmsp.co.uk 26 November The Chocolate Shed – Create your own Chocolate Advent Calendar What better way to kick start your festive season than creating your very own, bespoke, delicious chocolate Advent calendar! Taking place in our Warwickshire chocolaterie, those attending will have the opportunity try their hand (and sticky fingers) at chocolate making, moulding and decorating at least 24 fun festive shapes each. At the end of the workshop, each guest will take away the chocolate Advent calendar of their dreams, crafted by themselves. There will be plenty of Christmass-y chocolate cheer along the way (and nibbling). Ideal for guests aged 8 years and above. www.thechocolateshed.com 2 – 24 December Compton Verney – Christmas Sand Art Come and get creative this Christmas with Sand Art Creative Play. With a range of Christmas designs to choose from, create your very own picture with colourful sand. £4 per participant. Recommended for under 11 year olds. www.comptonverney.org.uk

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 11 HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR Enchanted Christmas Kingdom NEW EXPERIENCE FOR 2023 Grotto HATTONWORLD.COM Weekends from 14th Oct then 28th to 31st Oct Book Now Book Now

Raring2go! PLACES TO GO Transport yourself around the Midlands this Autumn My children, like a huge number of others, went through a period when they were obsessed with vehicles and ‘things that go’! If you find yourself in the middle of this phase at the moment with your little one (or perhaps just fancy a day out somewhere different) here are some ideas for you: Birmingham Airport Viewing Area If you want an opportunity for the kids to see aircraft up close, Birmingham Airport’s free viewing area could be just the thing you are looking for. The area is located at Car Park 5, open 24 hours, and provides picnic benches and a great view of the runway. Remember that if you are arriving by car and parking here, normal car park rates apply. Alternatively, you can visit the designated viewing area at Sheldon Country Park. It lies just under a mile away from the farm buildings and can only be accessed on foot (no motor vehicles). RAF Cosford The Royal Air Force Museum Midlands offers a fun, free, award-winning day out for all the family. Visit the National Cold War Exhibition with its eye-catching architecture and design. Discover Cold War stories in immersive Hotspots; explore thrilling displays of aircraft, iconic cars, models, tanks and even life-sized Russian dolls. Come and marvel at the world’s oldest Spitfire and several other classic aircraft in our War in the Air Hangar. www.rafmuseum.org.uk/ midlands/ Coventry Transport Museum Coventry Transport Museum houses the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles on the planet and tells the story of a city which changed the world through transport. Visitors can expect captivating displays, interactive galleries, and highly immersive exhibitions - a day to remember. www.transport-museum. com 12 raring2go.co.uk

Raring2go! PLACES TO GO British Motor Museum This family-friendly Museum offers a colourful insight into the British motor industry – from the popular ‘Time Road’ to the ‘Under the Skin’ interactive zone, adults and children alike will find displays and exhibits to surprise and enlighten. From its earliest days the British motor industry has been a vital part of the economy and the lives of people living in the Midlands and it is still a hub for automotive creativity today. The Museum tells the story of the birth, decline and rebirth of the motor industry and the cars it produced, as well as celebrating the skills and creativity of the people who designed and built them. www.britishmotormuseum. co.uk Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum Birmingham has always been a city in motion, but what made it such a major hub of transport during the industrial revolution? Find out first hand by seeing some of the remarkable machines that made it all happen. Learn about the complex web of canals, roads and railway networks that connected Birmingham to the rest of Britain and hear from the people who made, used and, ran them. See the iconic Spitfire and Hurricane hanging above your head. Over 11,000 Spitfires were built in Birmingham during World War Two. Stand behind the controls of the massive City of Birmingham Steam locomotive and find out how it works. See the amazing Railton Land Speed Car and, watch a film of it travelling at 394 miles per hour on its final record-breaking run. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Resort With over 25 rides and attractions, there’s so much for Thomas fans to explore on The Island of Sodor at Drayton Manor. Whether you fancy a trip down Sodor Railway with Thomas, Rosie or Percy or you’d like to fly high with James, Harold and Jeremy, there are plenty of Thomas and friends themed attractions to explore. www.draytonmanor.co.uk Polar Express Train Ride The Polar Express Train Ride leaves Birmingham Moor Street Station and takes place on board heritage carriages hauled on the return journey by a real steam engine. The performance offers the magic and charm of the 2004 motion picture on a selection of dates in November and December. www.vintagetrains.co.uk 13

19 November – 24 December Magic Alley – Christmas in the Crystal Kingdom Make your way through magical rooms completing the Christmas quest and solving puzzles on the way. Your journey will start in the snow covered Enchanted Forest. Begin your quest before meeting Father Christmas and receiving a present. Everyone will receive a present including adults. After visiting Father Christmas you will continue through the attraction engaging with various activities and elves culminating with a visit to The Ice Queen. www.magicalleystratford.com 24 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 & into Santa’s Grotto! Santa’s Grotto is a wonderfully decorated log cabin with its own Christmas tree, festive fireplace and of course Santa himself! 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 25 November – 31 December (selected dates) Drayton Manor Resort – Christmas Wonderland Make unforgettable festive memories for the whole family at Drayton Manor’s all new Christmas Wonderland. Featuring the ‘Wishmas Express’ - an illuminating light trail train journey, Enchanted Christmas Grotto, Rory’s Christmas Party Show, Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Spectacular End of Day Show, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen and snowfall each day. Open late to make the most of magical Christmas evenings. www.draytonmanor.co.uk Santa’s Diary 14 raring2go.co.uk Selected dates in November and December Hatton Adventure World – Enchanted Christmas Kingdom Join us for an unforgettable Christmas experience full of activities and festive entertainment. The elves have been working hard on all their plans and they’ve got some fantastic NEW attractions for you to enjoy, including a Magical Illuminating Experience & a special Christmas Post Office… www.adventure.hattonworld.com 22 – 24 December Compton Verney – Spot Santa Santa will be stopping by at Compton Verney this Christmas. He can’t wait to hear about all your festive plans and share your Christmas wishes. Don’t forget to take a Santa selfie and collect your badge. 10.30am-4pm. www.comptonverney.org.uk

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18 raring2go.co.uk For more info visit aspire-sports.co.uk or call 0121 663 1979 Choice of venues and activities *Offer ends 5pm Friday 27th October Ofsted registered Action-packed childcare this October Half Term BOOK ONLINE Open from8am - 6pm For more info and to book your place visit activecamps.co.uk or call 01926 298 178 Leamington Spa North Leamington School 15% OFF* with code OCT23LS Monday 30th October - Friday 3rd November 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 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 The Strings Club Holiday Camps at Radford Semele Primary School, Leamington. Led by the UK’s best childcare practitioners and string teachers, each day is wonderfully different from instrumental sessions and interactive workshops - ending in a Grand Concert! www.thestringsclub.org Warwickshire Youth Choir Does your child love singing? Join the award winning Warwickshire Youth Choir! Learn advanced singing techniques with experts, sing Pop, Jazz, musicals and more, make lifelong friendships, represent Warwickshire and have lots of fun! www.choristers.org

Raring2go! CLUBS & CLASSES 19 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. Radford Semele CofE Pimary School, Leamington Spa 30 October – 3 November www.thestringsclub.org FOR 10% OFF YOUR BOOKING! USE CODE NEWCUS10 Tax free & childcare vouchers Sibling Discount Free instrument hire Flexible days and hours to suit 1 adult to 8 child ratio LOOKING FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT FOR THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS? Try our Multi-Award-Winning Holiday Camps Multi-sports and football holiday clubs from 9am – 4pm Contact us on Simon.arnold@fitt4kids.org.uk or grace.taylor@fitt4kids.org.uk www.fitt4kids.org.uk Tel: 01789 339066 As a thank you to all NHS staff for their wonderful work during the pandemic, we are offering 1 FREE DAY each week at all 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 £18 for 1 child £29 for 2 children £34 for 3 children FULL WEEK (5 days) £80 for 1 child £135 for 2 children £160 for 3 children EARLY DROP OFF at 8:00 £2 per child, per day VENUES: W Westgate Primary School A Alveston Primary School Check our website for daily timetable at each venue and to book. Multi Sports themes: • Multi Sports • Woodland Learning • Smoothie Bike • Scooter Day • Halloween Day MULTI SPORTS CAMPS – WA Daily themes include: • Penalty Shootout • Crossbar Challenge • Agility Course • Football Golf • Tournament FOOTBALL CAMP – A Autumn Half Term 30 October – 3 November 2023

20 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! READING Many parents become aware of their child’s dyslexia only when they start school, so we thought we’d offer some ideas to support young readers who are less confident. Learning to read is hard work and can be quite daunting, often also tinged with the fear that once you can read, the bedtime stories will stop. Here are some simple ways to ensure that reading stays fun and feels achievable. Dyslexia makes it even harder, so do ask for support, and look up information on The British Dyslexia Association website. Don’t feel that offering your child extra help is cheating or stalling their learning in any way. Allow your child to choose a book they want to read and let them start reading – genuinely allowing a child to choose (even if it is not what you would have chosen for them) is a significant factor in their investment in learning. Read together, and read at your child’s pace, not your own. When they make a mistake give your child time to have another try, but then say the word yourself and allow them to carry on - this keeps the flow going. Supporting Dyslexic or less confident readers Take breaks and only read in short, achievable blocks. Also take time to look at and discuss the pictures in the book – visual literacy is important too. Remember, learning to read is not a race against other classmates, so ignore the boasting parents in the playground! Try to think of your role at home as to ensure that they keep enjoying books and stories. For an older child, make use of audio books too; if there is a class book and your child struggles to read it, download the audio version. They will keep up with the class, be able to join in discussions about the plot and characters, and knowing the story of the book will remove the anxiety associated with the challenges of reading. Look out for Super Readable books, such as those by Barrington Stoke. These are printed a little differently, with good quality paper, proper spacing and paragraph breaks too. And they only work with the very best writers working today, so you will also get a great story. All the photos on these pages are of super-readable Barrington Stoke books for readers of all ages. There are more tips on supporting dyslexic readers on our website, so check out our blog on this! By Tamsin Rosewell, Kenilworth Books

Raring2go! CLUBS & CLASSES 21 COME & TRY GYMNASTICS AT LWGC! LOOKING FOR A NEW ACTIVITY? BOOK NOW www.thegymnasticsclub.co.uk JOIN US AT LWGC THIS AUTUMN! RECREATIONAL GYMNASTICS, STAY & PLAY UNDER 3'S, PRESCHOOL CLASSES 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 Well, so are tens of thousands of local Mums and Dads every quarter… be sure to feature your business with Raring2go! ARE YOU READING THIS?

Party Time! Hatton Adventure World To provide you with the maximum flexibility and choice for your party we have options ranging from Party Venue hire to just admission for the Adventure World at a discounted party price. All party bookings include all day access to Hatton Adventure World for you and your guests, downloadable party invitations, a birthday card for the birthday child with a £5 Hatton voucher (£10 for Members), a pot of animal feed, per paying child (value £1) and access to Super Slide Mania. www.adventure.hattonworld.com Stagecoach Parties A range of imaginative parties from the Stagecoach team will take your child on a roller coaster ride through their imagination and land them safely back home with a bulging bag of amazing party memories. Whether they want to be princesses, pirates or detectives, there’s a Stagecoach Party for everyone. www.stagecoach.co.uk The Chocolate Shed Celebrate your child’s birthday this year with a fun, creative and yummy(!) chocolate-making party at The Chocolate Shed. Suitable for children of all ages. Party-goers get to design, create and decorate chocolate pizzas, frogs, pictures, bars or truffles to take home and enjoy. Parties tailored to suit your child’s age & hobbies that will make their chocolate-y dreams come true. Tel: 01564 794718 www.thechocolateshed.com Fitt4Kids FITT4Kids offers to entertain your child/ children for their Birthday Party with a variety of games and competitions enabling you as parents to sit back and enjoy the celebration. FITT4Kids have three Birthday Party options for you to choose from each party lasts for 2 hours, consisting of 1hr and 45mins activities and 15mins for food (not provided by FITT4Kids), additional time can be accommodated by prior arrangement. www.fitt4kids.org.uk Contact Simon Arnold on 07731639980 or www.fi�4kids.org.uk Our May 2020 holiday clubs are running from 9am – 5pm on the days and venues listed, we are also running a football camp, details below. We provide snack and drinks breaks throughout the day or children can bring their own snack! Packed lunch needed! To book your places please complete the slip below and return to the school office with a cheque (made payable to Simon Arnold) or cash for the appropriate amount in a clearly labelled envelope. (You can pay daily) Prices: If booking for all four days, it’s £55 per child, otherwise PER DAY it’s £17 for 1 child, £27 for 2 children, £32 for 3 children. Monday’s and Friday’s will be £12 days. If you wish your child to start at 8am, it will be an extra £2 per child, per day. Late fees: Please note that your children should be collected no later than 5pm, in the event of an emergency please get in touch with us on the day to discuss, otherwise, late collec�on will be charged at £5 for the first ten minutes and an addi�onal £1 for each minute beyond. Contact phone number: Medical requirements / allergies: Names & ages of children taking part: FITT4KIDS May Holiday Clubs 2020 Signed: (parent/carer) Contact email: Please indicate when they will be a�ending by �cking the days and the venue Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Week Two Football St Mary’s Alveston Football Camp (for ages 4 to 11 - Recep�on to Year 6) This camp is being run in associa�on with Wellesbourne Wanderers FC at the Wellesbourne Sport & Community Centre, Loxley Close, Wellesbourne, Warwick CV35 9RU Sumo Movie Day Team Challenge Mul� Sports Movie Day Sumo Team Challenge Mul� Sports Cross bar Agility Football Golf Tournament Day Tuesday 26th May Wednesday 27th May Thursday 28th May Friday 29th May Theme Days: We will be enjoying a whole variety of different sports and games throughout the day: Dodgeball, Benchball, Body Cricket, Football, Hockey and a lot more... Mul� Sports St Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School Football Camp Wellesbourne Sport & Community Centre Mul� Sports Alveston Primary School - Tiddington 4 KIDS May 2020 Holiday Clubs Raring2go! PARTIES HADO HADO is Augmented Reality crossed with Sports to create a unique Techno Sport. For ages 6 and up, form yourselves into Monster Hunting teams and attempt to beat the 4 Boss Monsters before the time runs out and they escape. Maximum group size of 12, with up to 4 players per Monster Hunter team. www.hadouk.co.uk 22 raring2go.co.uk

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Pre-School Everyone Active Swimming Lessons At Everyone Active, we offer a total of 11 stages of swimming lessons for children aged from just four months old. Available at leisure centres across Warwickshire. www.everyoneactive.com Little Crackers Stay ‘n’ Play Little Crackers Stay ‘n’ Play is back at Crackley Hall School and Little Crackers Nursery every Wednesday during term time from a new time of 10.30am to 11.45am. We have got some exciting activities and events lined up, so there is plenty to keep you and your little one busy and entertained. You won’t need to book your place in advance. www.littlecrackers.co.uk Compton Verney – Tiny Tuesdays Every Tuesday, find us in Adam Hall on the Ground floor. We are encouraging you and your under 5s to play and explore in the heart of the gallery and on Tiny Tuesdays there’s even more on offer. Free with admission ticket. Spend time exploring creative resources, building, socialising, reading, getting imaginative and inspired in exciting spaces! www.comptonverney.org.uk 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 26 raring2go.co.uk

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Raring2go! COMPETITIONS A chance to WIN! Festive Gift Fair Win a pair of tickets to the Festive Gift Fair at the NEC Birmingham. Closing date 5 November Peter Pan The Musical at The Old Rep Win a family ticket (for 4 people) to see Peter Pan The Musical on Thursday 28th December at 7:00 at The Old Rep in Birmingham. Closing date 8 December 2023 Tikkers Watches Win a £50 voucher to spend with Tikkers kids’ watches. Closing date 30 November 2023 PLAY@ Lower Drayton Farm Win a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) to PLAY@ Lower Drayton Farm’s new magical Christmas adventure, Jingle Ville - worth up to £120! Closing date 12 November 2023 Starchitects Save Santa at Midlands Arts Centre Win a family ticket to see Starchitects: Save Santa on 18 November at 11:00 at Midlands Arts Centre. Closing date 23 October 2023

Raring2go! COMPETITIONS West Midland Safari Park Win a family ticket (4 people) to include admission and rides during the Spooky Spectacular event, this October half-term! Closing date 19 October 2023 Enter these and many more competitions online at raring2go.co.uk. Make sure you select where you are to see competitions in your local area. Black Country Living Museum Win a family ticket for up to 5 people to the Halloween Nights event at Black Country Living Museum. Closing date 20 October 2023 COMPETITION TERMS & CONDITIONS: Enter the competitions online at www.raring2go.co.uk/ southwarwickshire/competitions. The winner will be the first correct entry or entries drawn at random. No cash alternative. The winner will be notified by phone or email. Full terms and conditions are available online at www.raring2go.co.uk/competition-terms. Drayton Manor Rebecca Mullett Stratford Upon Avon Butterfly Farm Emilia Blandino Thinktank Alfie Southwick, 9, Brierley Hill Primary School Silverstone Festival Michala de Cann Ironbridge Gorge Museums Emma Waring Competition Winners Wistow Maze Monty, 7, Briar Hill Infant School & Louis Newman, 6 Wootton Wawen Primary School Lower Drayton Farm Jessica Barton, Stephanie Stanesby and Louisa Jennings

Find out more at joinonline.everyoneactive.com/lessons Free swimming all year for children enrolled on lessons Spaces always available Learn from four months old All lessons are lifeguarded All teachers are Swim England or equivalent qualified Available up to seven days a week Pay monthly by direct debit Adult lessons available LEARN TO SWIM WITH EVERYONE ACTIVE Watch the video link to see how much these kids love Everyone Active swimming lessons. MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT SWIMMING IS THAT I CAN HAVE FUN!” “ Scan to watch the video Everyone Active manages these facilities in partnership with Stratford-Upon-Avon District Council. Stratford Leisure Centre 01789 268826 Shipston Leisure Centre 01608 66235 Southam Leisure Centre 01926 817788 Studley Leisure Centre 01527 857161