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NEW NEW YEAR PRESCHOOL ACTIVITY? BOOK A TASTER SESSION TODAY! 20%OFFWITH CODE LWGC23 L EAMI NGTON & WARWI CK GYMNAS T I C S CLUB Little Stars Stay & Play 0-3's Gym Stars Preschool 3-4's COME &TRY GYMNASTICS! 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 Explore the Discovery Room at Compton Verney There’s always something to do in the Discovery room! Drawing, making, building, dressing up and using your creative imagination. Resources and activities change now and again in response to exhibitions. This is a free activity, included with a valid membership or day ticket www.comptonverney.org.uk Raring2go! PRE-SCHOOL 5

Raring2go! BOOK REVIEWS 6 raring2go.co.uk New Books for the New Year A Best Friend for Bear By Petr Horáček A delightful, and stunningly illustrated picture book about a charming bear duo on an adventure to find a best friend. Black Bear is feeling lonely, so he decides to look for a friend. Luckily, he meets Brown Bear, who is in the same situation! The bears decide to search for a friend together. They search everywhere, but their elusive friend is nowhere to be found. Or have they been right there all along? With beautiful artwork and heart-warming text, this is a beautiful picture book from the Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted Petr Horáček. With signed, hardback editions available at Kenilworth Books, this book is a perfect gift for a birthday or other celebration. Enzo, The Swallows and Me By Helen Mortimer and Katie Cottle When Jack meets new neighbour, Enzo, the two boys become best friends straight away. Like the swallows that they love to watch with each other, Enzo has come from South Africa. But also like the swallows, Enzo must go back when the autumn comes. Will the close bond that holds Jack and Enzo together be just as strong when they are far apart? A beautiful, gentle story about nature and technology from award-winning Warwickshire publisher, Owlet Press. Both can be amazing and both can connect us with those we love. Midwinter Burning By Tanya Landman An historical time-slip adventure from the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Apache and Buffalo Soldier. Alfie Wright? Alfie Wrong, more like. Alfie has never really fitted in anywhere – he doesn’t have any friends, and even his mum seems embarrassed of him. So when he’s evacuated to a farm in rural Devon run by kind old Aunt Bell and her gentle giant of a son, Alfie can’t believe his luck. The War seems a long way off, and among Kenilworth Books, Talisman Square, Kenilworth CV8 1JB the cows and pigs and geese Alfie’s happier than he’s ever been – especially when he makes friends with one of the local boys, Snidge. But Snidge, for all his friendliness, is not all he appears. And the mystery that surrounds him seems to be connected to the Midwinter Burning, an annual ritual held at the Standing Stones, high up on the cliffs. Aunt Bell says it’s all just a bit of harmless superstition, but when Snidge goes missing, Alfie finally discovers who his friend really is – and relives the true horror of the legend… Dread Wood By Jennifer Killick Welcome to Dread Wood High, it’s a scream…! When classmates Angelo, Hallie, Gustav and Maira are forced to come to school on a Saturday, they already think it’s the worst day ever. But they’re wrong. Things are about to get seriously scary! What has dragged their teacher underground? Why do the creepy caretakers keep humming the tune to Incy Wincy spider? All alone and trapped at school, the gang’s only hope is to figure out why they are being targeted. But they’d better be quick. Because something is lurking in the shadows and it is out for revenge. African and Caribbean Folktales, Myths and Legends Retold by Wendy Shearer Enjoy a rich collection of folktales, myths and legends from all over Africa and the Caribbean. From the trickster tales of Anansi the spider, to the story of how the leopard got his spots; from the tale of the king who wanted to touch the moon, and a night to dance away with the Headless Dance, to Aunt Misery’s magical starfruit tree. This book includes traditional favourites and classic folktales and mythology. Wendy Shearer is a British-Guyanese Author and Professional Storyteller. She regularly performs at institutions across the arts including The British Museum, Museum of London, Royal Academy of Arts, The Barbican and Eden Project, bringing stories to life through her engaging storytelling.

Party Time! Go4Goals Parties include playing time, competitions, shoot-outs and mini tournaments. Indoors or outdoors. Fully qualified FA Coach. Packages include UEFA Cup and Champions League. www.go4goals.co.uk Go4Goals Foo t ba l l Coach i ng Hatton Adventure World A range of party packages are available from bringing your own food and simply hiring the party room right the way through to having the services of a party host and including a Scales and Tails Experience. While government restrictions are in place entry to the Superslide Mania needs to be booked in advance. www.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 Our May 2020 holiday clubs are running fro listed, we are also running a football camp, We provide snack and drinks breaks throughout the day or c Packed lunch needed! To book your places please complete the slip below and retu payable to Simon Arnold) or cash for the appropriate amoun Prices: If booking for all four days, it’s £55 per child, otherwise PER £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 Late fees: Please note that your children should be collected no later t touch with us on the day to discuss, otherwise, late collec�o addi�onal £1 for each minute beyond. Football Camp (for ages 4 to 11 - Recep�on This camp is being run in associa�on with Well Wellesbourne Sport & Community Centre, Loxl Sumo Movie Day Team Challe Mul� Sports Tuesday 26th May Wednesday 27th May Thursday 28th May Friday 29th May Theme Days: We will be enjoying a whole variety of different sports an Body Cricket, Football, Hockey and a lot more... Mul� Spo St Mary Imm Catholic Prim 4 KIDS May 2020 Holiday Club Raring2go! PARTIES 7 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

8 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! CLUBS & CLASSES Clubs & Classes Aspire Sports Aspire Active Camps provide sports and activity childcare during every school holiday at venues throughout the Midlands. Tel: 0121 663 1426 www.aspire-sports.co.uk Fitt4Kids FITT4Kids holds football and Multi Sports clubs during the school holidays. At Multi Sports camps we will be enjoying a whole variety of different sports and games throughout the day ie Dodgeball, Benchball, Body cricket, football, hockey and a lot more. Lots of theme days and opportunities to win medals! www.fitt4kids.org.uk Go4Goals Weekly football classes for ages 2 to year 6 at Kingsley School playing fields, North Leamington School, Ryton Sports Connexion, and The Croft Preparatory School. Holiday football camps also available. Tel: Jason on 07747 562469 Email: jason@go4goals.co.uk www.go4goals.co.uk Guitar Lessons Learn the guitar or take your playing to another level with an experienced, qualified tutor. Tel: Angelo Berté BA (Hons) PGCE on 01926 490579 or 07731 640281 www.angeloberte.co.uk Leamington and Warwick Gymnastics Club Our Olympic sized apparatus is there for all to enjoy, under the guidance of our team of British Gymnastics qualified coaches. 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 Maths Tuition Offered by an experienced and qualified tutor, able to teach Mathematics from Key Stage 2 up to & including A level. Enhanced CRB checked. Tel: Angelo Berté BA (Hons) PGCE on 01926 490579 or 07731 640281 www.angeloberte.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 Onside Coaching Multi sport, football, dance and forest school holiday camps available in every school holidays at locations across Warwickshire. Tel: 01926 496 406 Email: info@onsidecoaching.co.uk www.onsidecoaching.co.uk Stagecoach Dance, drama and singing for 4 – 16 year olds. Helping to develop confidence, physical awareness, communication and articulation – educational and lots of fun! Sibling discount available. www.stagecoach.co.uk/kenilworth www.stagecoach.co.uk/leamington www.stagecoach.co.uk/warwick Tutor in a Box We offer private tuition as well as a more affordable at home learning subscription. Our educational subscription box is full of activities and online guided videos to support your child’s learning. www.tutorinabox.co.uk

Raring2go! CLUBS & CLASSES 9 Where children become everything they can be Singing, dancing and acting classes for 4 - 18 year-olds 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. LEAMINGTON SPA AND SOUTHAM 01926 702725 stagecoach.co.uk/leamingtonspa HEATHCOTE AND WARIWCK 01926 711093 stagecoach.co.uk/warwick KENILWORTH 01926 711093 stagecoach.co.uk/kenilworth 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 HALF TERM CAMP 20th – 23rd February 2023 £15 a day/ £50.00 for all 4 days (siblings half price based on £15 per 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 For more info visit aspire-sports.co.uk or call 0121 663 1979 Choice of venues and activities *Offer ends 5pm Friday 3rd February Ofsted registered Action-packed childcare this FebruaryHalf 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 FEB23L Monday 20th February - Friday 24th February


Raring2go! CLUBS & CLASSES 11 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 £18 for 1 child £29 for 2 children £34 for 3 children FULL WEEK £80 for 1 child SAVE £10 £135 for 2 children SAVE £10 £160 for 3 children SAVE £10 EARLY DROP OFF at 8:00 £2 per child, per day HALF TERM HOLIDAY CLUBS Monday 20th February to Friday 24th February 2023 Multi-Sports Football MONDAY WAG Multi sports TUESDAY WG Team Challenge A Nerf War WEDNESDAY W Woodland Learning AM • Dodgeball PM A Dodgeball AM • Woodland Learning PM G Nerf War THURSDAY W Nerf War A Team Challenge G Dodgeball AM • Woodland Learning PM FRIDAY – WAG Movie Day MONDAY A Penalty Shootout TUESDAY A Crossbar Challenge WEDNESDAY A Agility Course THURSDAY A Football Golf FRIDAY A Tournament You have the chance to win a medal everyday at the football camp Fitt4Kids is proud to be part of the HAF Programme. VENUES: W Westgate Primary School – Warwick A Alveston Primary School – Stratford G Great Alne Primary School – Alcester Nutella French Toast recipe Ingredients • 250g Nutella • 8 slices Homemade White Loaf • 5 Eggs (Free Range, Large) • 60ml Milk (Whole) • 2 tbsp Butter • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 1. Heat the butter in a frying pan until melted. In a separate bowl whisk together the milk, vanilla extract and egg, then pour into a shallow dish. 2. Slice a homemade loaf in to 8 portions (or less if you prefer) Spread the Nutella between two slices and sandwich. Repeating until you have 4 sandwiches. 3. Briefly dip each sandwich in the egg/milk mixture until both slices of bread are coated, then one by one place into the frying pan. 4. Fry the sandwiches until golden in colour and then flip over to fry the other side. Once both sides are golden remove from the frying pan and place on to kitchen towelling to absorb any of the excess butter. 5. Serve immediately with fresh fruit, a dusting of icing sugar or whipped cream. This recipe is courtesy of www.bakingmad.com. Makes 4 Portions • Preparation: 5 minutes • Cooking time: 2 minutes

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Raring2go! PLACES TO GO 14 raring2go.co.uk 6 Ideas for Free Family Fun Budgets available for family days out and activities can be stretched in the New Year. In 2023 it is even more likely to be the case, so we have pulled together a list of free places to go. Family fun doesn’t need to break the bank! Birmingham Airport Viewing Area Whether you follow aircraft arrivals and departures keenly, want a family day out for the kids to see aircraft up close or just want to observe the comings and goings on the airfield, 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, if you’re interested in seeing aeroplanes up close, 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). 2 3 Market Hall Museum, Warwick Market Hall Museum tells the story of Warwickshire, and how the shifting natural, built, and human landscapes have shaped the county to the present day. Popular exhibits include the Museum Bear, Oisin, the tweeting Giant Irish Deer skeleton, an observation beehive, the Sheldon Tapestry Map of Warwickshire, the historic Wilmcote Plesiosaur skeleton, two Warwickshire Roman silver coin hoards, the Cross Hands Quarry Dinosaur, historic costume display and, a real Warwickshire dinosaur from Cross Hands Quarry. 1 Herbert Museum & Art Gallery From contemporary art exhibitions to social history talks. There’s so much for adults, families, and children of all ages to explore at the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery – and admission is free. You can expect world-class exhibitions, extraordinary events for all ages, ever-changing displays, and unique experiences. Gain a fresh perspective on the legend of Lady Godiva, discover your ancestors’ history in the Coventry Archives, and explore Coventry’s history from the 1500s onwards. All of this is just a stone’s throw away from Coventry Cathedral.

Raring2go! PLACES TO GO 15 Free family activities at shopping centres Shopping centres such as Touchwood and Resorts World often have free activities organised for families and young children in the school holidays and occasional weekends. Look out for information about what is coming up and take advantage of the events on offer. If you do need to take the children with you on a shopping trip, it may be an excellent incentive to get the ‘boring’ bits out of the way so that they can get stuck into something more fun afterwards! 6 Redwings Horse Sanctuary Redwings Oxhill is home to 80 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys, including a most friendly group of cobs known as “The Breakfast Club” because they’re all named after breakfast items! The sanctuary is open to the public Friday to Monday, 10am to 4pm (paddocks close at 3.30pm). Entry remains free but they would love visitors to consider a donation towards the care of their rescued residents. 4 Thinktank Science Garden The Science Garden offers an adventurous and entertaining experience, bringing themes of engineering, mechanics, and transportation to life through over 30 hands-on exhibits. Visitors of all ages can get ‘bodies on’ with exciting and inventive exhibits including an 8m high clanging ‘Terminus’ machine and a giant human-sized hamster wheel that has a top speed of 30 revolutions per minute. The Science Garden is included in the Thinktank admission price, or it is free every day from 3pm, with varying closing times in autumn/winter due to light levels. The earliest the garden will close during the winter period is 4pm. (Note that the Science Garden will be closed for winter maintenance from 4 January – 17 February 2023). 5

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 16 raring2go.co.uk What’s On? Winter 2023 Selected dates until 31 March Drayton Manor Resort – Zoo Only Tickets Visit the zoo this winter from just £9 per ticket - and don’t forget, under 2’s go free. With 15 acres of open plan zoo, home to over 500 animals from all over the world, there’s lots to explore. You can even see some endangered species, as well as cheeky meerkats, adorable Red Pandas and beautiful Sumatran Tiger. Take a wintery walk around the fascinating zoo, as you see the animals venture out of their hiding places on quieter days. Why not wander down the Tamarin trail, visit the reptile house and even enjoy the roar-some Dino trail? Then take a break and warm up with a hot drink and food at Mrs Kyndley’s café. And what’s more, you can make the most of free onsite parking during Zoo only days – for the perfect day out this winter! www.draytonmanor.co.uk 21 – 22 January The Alexandra – Jurassic Live Featuring mind blowing special effects, a brand new show for 2023, professional puppeteers and the UK’s most realistic dinosaurs this 90 minute full stage production isn’t a show to miss! Jurassic Live really is the greatest dinosaur show on earth! www.atgtickets.com 3 – 4 February Birmingham Hippodrome – Starchitects Five children dream of reaching the moon from their bedroom. Join the Starchitects as they plan their daring mission. Will they succeed? And if they do, what will they find there? Full of fun and thrilling surprises, Starchitects, the new show from Motionhouse for children and families is engaging for audiences of all ages – from tiny tots to older siblings, parents and grandparents who can all enjoy and join the magical adventure. Starchitects is a visual spectacle using the dance-circus fusion and digital projections that Motionhouse is renowned for, with an easy-to-follow fun and imaginative storyline, making it a perfect outing for the whole family. www.birminghamhippodrome.com 4 February Resorts World Arena – Arenacross Tour 2023 Arenacross is a show like no other. It’s a high-octane mix of indoor Motocross racing and Freestyle Motocross (FMX) badness and is packed to the rafters with all-round family fun and frenzied entertainment. It’s guaranteed to keep you on your feet yelling and hollering for more! www.resortsworldarena.co.uk 5 February Warwick Arts Centre – David Gibb’s Family Jukebox Join David and his magical music Jukebox as he takes you on a trip through his hilarious and often surreal imagination, where wolves roam the school corridors, dragons live under the bed and teddy bears dance the night away at the disco. With lots of audience interaction and chances to join in, David’s song-writing draws from a wide range of musical influences and genres including jazz, folk, reggae, and rock ‘n’ roll. With an emphasis on quality and musicianship, David’s songs are reminiscent of the classics, and sure to have you dancing and singing along within minutes. Give your family a musical experience to remember with David Gibb’s Family Jukebox. Guaranteed to appeal equally to parents and children alike, this is music that the whole family can enjoy together! www.warwickartscentre.co.uk 10 February – 5 March Compton Verney – Spectacle of Light Discover the night-time wonder of Compton Verney through a wonderful Spectacle of Light and sound. Discover the night-time wonder of Compton Verney through a wonderful spectacle of light and sound. Enjoy this beautiful, illuminated trail through the majestic woodland and around the parkland all lit under the stars. Explore the stunning light installations, walk through the colourful Kaleidoscope, immerse yourself in Crocus and Ziggurat. Be amazed by the sparkling Light Beams across the lake. Sip delicious hot chocolate as you meander along this beautiful trail. Take a moment by the house to tuck into scrumptious street food from Digbeth Dining Club. www.comptonverney.org.uk

Aladdin Panto Feb Half Term HATTONWORLD.COM Plus Animals Action Adventure Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 17 Children £6 | Adults £12 | Family £30 www.leamingtonmusic.org In concert! Sunday 5 March at 11.30am Royal Spa Centre | Leamington When King Colin’s golden underpants go missing, it’s Sir Scallywag to the rescue; brave and bold, courageous and true, he’s the perfect knight for the job... even if he is only six years old! Performed by Ensemble 360, narrated by Polly Ives and with pictures from the book, this concert is a great introduction to live music for children - ideal for ages 3-7, but great fun for everyone.

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 18 raring2go.co.uk What’s On? Winter 2023 18 – 19 February Telford International Centre – Shropshire Kids Festival We’ve got giant inflatables, bouncy castles, sports activities, science activities, craft fun and SO much more... With four halls of entertainment for 0 -12 year olds, 99% of the activities are included in the admission price, meaning you and your little ones can have a super fun day without stretching the purse strings! We’ll have a WHOLE under 5s hall just for the little ones, a quiet zone for kids with additional support needs, and a whole festival of activities to discover for the most energetic of youngsters! www.shropshirekidsfest.co.uk 18 – 26 February Stratford Butterfly Farm – February Half Term activities The whole family can enjoy the relaxing pleasure of walking amongst some of the world’s most stunning and colourful butterflies in a tropical rainforest setting, complete with fish-filled pools, splashing waterfalls and beautiful blooms. Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions, Pupae and Beetle demonstrations will be held daily in the Discovery Zone. To guarantee entrance over half term tickets should be purchased in advance from the online booking system. The Butterfly Farm recommends reading the ‘Information’ section of the website to help plan a visit. www.butterflyfarm.co.uk 18 – 26 February Hatton Adventure World – A Panto Adventure Panto returns to Hatton Adventure World this February Half Term. No need to worry about the weather! Stay warm and dry with our indoor activities including all-day animal handling, guinea pig village, scales & tails exotic animal experiences, a magical family show and our huge indoor soft play and slide mania centre. The action continues outdoors with the return of our epic laser combat battles, amazing falconry displays, mini funfair rides, giant helter-skelter and family games, and meet our animal friends on the farmyard walk. www.adventure.hattonworld.com 18 – 26 February Kenilworth Castle – Make History Step back in time this February Half Term as we bring history to life at Kenilworth Castle. Meet our historic performers, enjoy hands-on activities and lots of fresh-air family fun. www.english-heritage.org.uk 19 February mac Birmingham – Old Skool Disco Get your Sunday afternoon groove on with the launch of our regular new family disco. Join the party (and still be home in time for an early night) with a DJ banging out the tunes plus mascots, glow sticks and bubbles. Fancy dress encouraged, though not essential. Sound and lighting levels will be suitable for young children, families can relax in the chill-out zone or get creative at the craft station. Snacks and drinks for adults and kids are available. All adults must be accompanied by at least one responsible child! www.macbirmingham.co.uk 21 – 22 February 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 23 – 25 February Birmingham Rep – Tortoise and The Hare The Tortoise & The Hare absolutely love games. They play board games, sporty games, guessing games and they even invent games. They are the best of friends and they have lots of fun playing together…. but only if The Hare is winning! The Hare is a terrible loser and after losing yet another game to The Tortoise, The Hare hatches a plan to play a game that The Tortoise has no chance of winning… The Hare challenges The Tortoise to a race. A charming retelling of the classic children’s fable. www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 19 Together, let’s make it count Play your part at rspb.org.uk/birdwatch The RSPB is a registered charity in England and Wales 207076, in Scotland SC037654. Blue tit by Alamy BGBW-23 Join hundreds of thousands of others and take part in Big Garden Birdwatch - the UK’s largest citizen science wildlife survey. Sign up, connect with nature and make your birdwatch count. Big Garden Birdwatch 27–29 January 2023 TP25732 BGBW23 Blue Tit A5 ad landscape.indd 1 05/10/2022 14:56 Book now at vintagetrains.co.uk The Shakespeare Express returns, running between Birmingham and Stratford upon Avon, with more dates to choose from for 2023 and time to spend in Stratford. Alternatively travel from Stratford and enjoy a leisurely Sunday lunch with friends and family aboard a heritage steam train.

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 20 raring2go.co.uk What’s On? Winter 2023 24 February Museum of the Jewellery Quarter – Kids’ Jewellery Workshop Have a go at making your own piece of jewellery with the help of the friendly learning officers in this special children’s jewellery workshop activity. Pre booking is essential as places are limited. Recommended for ages 8 and up. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/jewellery 24 February Warwick Racecourse – Fabulous Fiver Friday Join us to start your weekend on Friday 24 February for Fiver Friday in association with The Racehorse Syndicates Association. This offer is a once in a season opportunity to come racing for just £5.00. Our feature race of the day is the Feldon Dunsmore Budbrooke Chase which is always a competitive race. Remember, under 18’s race free! www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/warwick 5 March Royal Spa Centre, Leamington – Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants When King Colin’s golden underpants go missing, it’s Sir Scallywag to the rescue! Brave and bold, courageous and true, he’s the perfect knight for the job… even if he is only six years old! This concert is a great introduction to live music for children. It is full of wit, invention, songs and actions, and plenty of opportunities to join in – the concert is ideal for ages 3-7 but will be enormous fun for everyone! www.leamingtonmusic.org 18 March Albany Theatre – Terry Deary’s Twisted Tales A brand-new original comedy by Terry Deary (author of Horrible Histories). Just three actors perform over 100 roles in as many minutes of factbased, fast-paced fun! Mr Pimm, a Victorian school teacher, battles against all odds to teach his pesky pupils a thing or two with hilarious consequences in the quest to discover, ‘can the past really tell the future?’ Full of unexpected highs and lows, quick costume changes and sharp wit, enjoy these twisted tales of times gone by in one wild whirlwind that will leave you rolling around with laughter! www.albanytheatre.co.uk 24 – 26 March Birmingham Hippodrome – Dinosaur World Live Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this roarsome interactive show for all the family. Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus! A special meet and greet after the show offers all our brave explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend. Don’t miss this entertaining and mind-expanding jurassic adventure, live on stage. Book now before tickets become extinct! www.birminghamhippodrome.com 3 – 15 April The Alexandra – Annie Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she’s chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family. With unforgettable songs such as It’s The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll love it! www.atgtickets.com 13 – 15 April Birmingham Rep – Mog the Forgetful Cat Mog is a very forgetful cat. She forgets that she has a cat flap, she forgets that she’s already eaten her supper, and she forgets that cats don’t have eggs for breakfast every day. Bother that cat! Everyone’s favourite cat might be forgetful, but she certainly has a lot of adventures, and she loves her family very much. Based on the bestselling Mog picture book series by Judith Kerr. www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Raring2go! COMPETITIONS A chance to WIN! Win a family ticket for Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum Thinktank is Birmingham’s award winning science museum for fun packed family days out. With over 200 hands-on displays on science and technology. Closing date 13 February 2023 Win a family ticket for West Midland Safari Park Enjoy a family day out at West Midland Safari Park for 2 adults and 2 children to include Ride Wristbands (Adventure Theme Park reopens on 18th February 2023). Closing date 1 March 2023. 22 raring2go.co.uk Win tickets for your family to see Sir Scallyway and the Golden Underpants This concert at The Royal Spa Centre on 5 March is a great introduction to live music for children. It is full of wit, invention, songs and actions, and plenty of opportunities to join in – the concert is ideal for ages 3-7 but will be enormous fun for everyone! Closing date 13 February 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.

Raring2go! COMPETITIONS Win a Family Pass Plus for the Ironbridge Valley of Invention A super value pass, worth £92, that will get you unlimited entry to all of the Ironbridge museums for a whole year, including Blists Hill Victorian Town. It also includes 10% discount in all catering outlets and shops, discounted tickets for special events and fast track entry. Closing date 13 February 2023 23 Win a family ticket to Stratford Upon Avon Butterfly Farm Win a family day pass for 2 adults and 2 children to visit Stratford Upon Avon Butterfly Farm. Closing date 13 February 2023 Competition Winners The Old Rep Felicity Miles Festive Gift Fair Clare Mellings, Lauryn Weston, Carl Monkton mac Birmingham Katherine Armstrong The Albany Theatre Romeo Polanco (7), All Saints C of E Academy, Leek Wootton Starchitects Jessica Whelan (10) Heathcote Primary School & Georgia Fairbairn (9) St Peter’s Primary School Blenheim Palace Eliza (10) and Jonathan (6), Madley Primary School 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.