Young peeps

School year from September to August 2017-2018 and beyond

Much more on Performing PeepsPreview and What's On pages which includes Saturday cinema

Invitation to join our club

Do you have a child just settling into Year 7?
Area 6t5 is the upstairs High Street Youth Club at Nailsea.
On Mondays 5.30-7.30pm and Tuesdays after school we provide a range of activities to support young people, a safe space to chill with friends and make new friends all for just £1. 
Junior sessions also run for children aged eight years plus on Mondays and Thursdays 3.30-5.30pm all under the watchful eye of leader Karen Pike and her qualified team. 
Entry is through the brightly coloured side door and straight up the stairs. 
First session is free and all will be made welcome. 
Parents/carers can also pop in to checkout premises and see what is on offer too.

Pre-School open hour

St Francis Pre-School is hosting an open afternoon on Tuesday, November 27.
Parents and carers are invited to pop along between 1.15-2.15pm to see what the group has to offer for pre-school children.
The pre school is run in the church hall at Ash Hayes Road, Nailsea.
You will get a very warm welcome from every one here at the St Francis long established Ofsted outstanding play group.
Call 0771 173 2044 or 0771 840 4986 for more information.

At Play In The Woods

On Saturday, November 17, At Play In The Woods supported by local Lions has organised a tree planting event from 10.30am-5pm at its site Brickyard Wood site at Brockley Lane, Chelvey BS48 4AH just outside Nailsea. This is a free event.

Established in 2008 the forest school group has only recently acquired its woodland. To find out more click HERE.

Busy bees can win busy bees

Crown Glass Shopping Centre is giving away hundreds of cuddly toys in a half term competition. 

On Monday, October 29, children on October school half term holiday can visit the Nailsea shopping centre between 11am-3pm for a meet and greet with the loveable, larger-than-life Honeysuckle the Bee who will be inviting the youngsters to tour Somerset Square, Colliers Walk, Crown Glass Place and Clevedon Walk to find mini Honeysuckle Bee soft toys in window displays.

Using a special Win A Bee Soft Toy entry form they most recorde the shop location.

Once all six bees have been found, children can take their completed form to either School Togs or Nailsea Cycles & the Gadget Lounge where the entrants to claim their prize.

Children not taking part on Monday will not lose out as the competition will be running every day while stocks of the bee are available.

Centre manager Martin Nelmes said: “Our younger visitors love Honeysuckle the Bee and we are confident that they will want to take part in this ‘bee hunt’ if there is a chance of winning a soft toy replica of Honeysuckle.”

Please note mini bees are only awarded while stocks last.

You can print out your own entry form by clicking HERE.

Spookfest at Grand Pier

Plenty of tricks and treats are being planned for youngsters who visit Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier this Halloween. 

The popular seafront attraction is hosting its first ever Kids Spookfest on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 31.

The self-led experience promises to be a great day out for all the family, whose younger members can get into the true spirit of Halloween in a safe and fun-filled environment. 

The Halloween activities and rides will run noon-4pm, followed by a Halloween disco in Captain Jack’s Bar from 4pm. 

Tickets £10 per person include an all day unlimited kiddies rides wristband, craft zone, pumpkin carving (adult supervision required), face painting, party games, the Halloween disco and a trick or treat trail. 

The kiddies rides wristband provides unlimited access to the Crazy Circus, House of Mirrors, Crystal Maze, Helter Skelter, Laser Maze and Adventure Cove Soft Play area. 

Grand Pier event co-ordinator Lorna Withington said: “Any parent haunted by fears of not knowing what to do with their ‘little nightmares’ during the half-term holidays now have the perfect answer! “This is the first time we’ve organised a Kids Spookfest and it’s going to be terrorific fun for everybody’s little pumpkins!” 

For further information about this, and a wide range of other events and entertainments at the Grand Pier all year round click HERE.

GOOD BEHAVIOUR: Anti-social behaviour at Millenium Park in Nailsea dropped significantly this summer thanks to an increased police presence on Friday nights. But officers didn't just go on patrol as they had volunteered to organise family activities and a youth reward scheme during the school holidays. The finale was a presentation evening by the beat team. Young people who took part collected points and those with the most points won vouchers donated by businesses in the town. Royal Marine & Royal Navy visual display team, soccer skills and X-box games were among the activities and displays on offer. Sgt Mark Raby thanked all who supported the initiative by donating prizes and/or giving their time freely. It is hoped to build on the scheme for 2019.

Seascape scouts

2nd Nailsea Scouts rolled up their sleeves and picked up their litter sacks to support the Great British Beach Clean at the weekend.

The annual Great British Beach Clean attracted hundreds fo volunteers nationwide all completing surveys of the litter that gets washed up on our beaches.

2nd Nailsea joined the team at Severn Beach to survey and clear a Bristol Channel coastal stretch.

Group Scout Lerader Ann Parker said: "They embarked on their challenge with great enthusiasm and were amazed at some of the objects they stumbled across including old garden chairs, plant pots and tyres.

"The scouts have been considering the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans as part of their Worldwide Challenge Badge and will be supporting further beach clean ups as their volunteering activity."

2nd Nailsea Scouts meets at its HQ in Hannah More Road and has places for boys and girls in beavers aged six to eight, cubs eight to 10 years, scouts 10-14 and Explorer Scouts 14-18. 

Any young people or parents interested in joining the scouting adventure and making new friend email GSL Parker at ann.paker@avonscouts.org.uk .

Scout hold many 'taster' sessions for youngsters.

Nailsea preschool musical classes

Book now with Boogie Beat Music & Movement for classes in Nailsea.

The seven week autumn term begins in September.

Classes in other North Somerset communities but the Nailsea class is on Wednesday mornings.

Suitable for children aged from six months to five years.

Songs, music, dance, games and interactive stories.

Limited spaces.

Email Fran on fran@boogiebeat.co.uk, call 0778 843 6738 or go to website by clicking HERE

Nailsea Skatepark Project
FREE SKATE SCHOOL SUMMER 2018 
Weather permitting

Monday, August 20

9.30-11am one hour scooter coaching plus 30 minutes free time for primary school age only children

 

Tuesday, August 21

9.30-11am one hour skateboard coaching plus 30 minutes free time for primary school age only children

Friday, August 24
9-10am mini groms session for children aged 0 to three years

10-11.30am girls-only shred session all ages. Free coffee for riders (and parents).

 

Forms will be available on the morning to sign -in.

To register interest go to Facebook page by clicking HERE and use comment box.

Up to 25 children per session.

For the mini grom session parents/carers/big siblings will need to supervise their own child.

Helmets are a requirement to take part.

Anyone for ping pong parlour?

From Monday, August 6, shoppers at the Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea, can now enjoy playing some free table tennis as the shopping centre has opened a pop-up Ping Pong Parlour!

The Ping Pong Parlour is open daily between 10am-4pm and everyone is welcome to drop in to play on one of the three table tennis tables. 

No need to book - simply grab a bat from the table at the front and play – absolutely free of charge!  

Crown Glass Shopping Centre is delighted to have teamed up with the Ping! and Loop team at Table Tennis England, the sport’s national governing body, to bring this exciting project to life.

Centre manager Martin Nelmes said: “We’re thrilled that we now have a Ping Pong Parlour in our centre.

“We hope our shoppers will enjoy using it! I know I’ll be down there on my lunch break having a Ping, and maybe a Pong!”

Ping Pong Parlours have already opened in a number of shopping centres nationwide and form part of Table Tennis England’s vision to inspire people to get active and lead happier, healthier lifestyles by introducing table tennis into the places they already spend time in their everyday lives. 

The other initiatives delivered by Table Tennis England helping to achieve this, include Ping! the public street ping pong festival which bounces into 24 towns and cities every summer, and Loop which creates opportunities for workplaces, community venues and sports clubs to introduce table tennis.

Images from other centres which have installed Ping Pong Parlours.

PICKET PLACE: A giant play pen for small people has gone up weekdays at Crown Glass Place. The Nailsea shopping centre has built the Pocket Park for youngsters to enjoy during the summer holidays. It contains a big Connect 4, ridealong toy, wigwam and balls games. Nailsea People hear a ping pong table is arriving soon and lots of fun activities planned too

Children aged four to 11 and their parents or carers are invited to their North Somerset library to take part in the annual Summer Reading Challenge.

Sign up for free at your Nailsea library during the summer holidays.

Children can choose any books to read from the thousands of titles held in libraries.

Once signed up children are challenged to read six books during three visits to the library.

Children will receive a special summer reading challenge poster or folder with stickers or cards to collect.

All materials are free and subject to availability.

Every child who reads six books and completes the challenge by the second weekend of September receives a certificate and medal.  

For more information click HERE.

The theme for this year is Mischief Makers, Summer Reading Challenge 2018 and has started now and runs until Saturday, September 8.

Camping weekend

More than 60 youngsters from 2nd Nailsea Scout Group enjoyed an away sunshine weekend at Glenny Wood, the Gordano Scout District campsite at Clapton in Gordano.

The Cubs and Beavers had an action packed July weekend.

For many of the Beavers, at six years old, it was their first taste of life under canvas so was a very exciting time.

The newly purchased marquee pictured was bought with help from the Quadrant Foundation and provided much needed shade during the heat of the day. 

GSL Richard Simmons said: "Usually you would expect it to be providing shelter from the rain."

Bookish babies

 

Exciting news! Adventure Babies is launching in Nailsea this summer!

Bring your baby/toddler/pre-schooler to an Adventure Babies class this summer and beyond and transport them to another world.

The interactive story and sensory adventures bring a different brilliant book to life every week with the use of themed sensory props and activities as well as messy play.

The classes support both sensory and physical development for your little ones as well as develop their language and communication skills while stimulating all of the senses and promoting a positive association with books and reading.

Bookings are now live for the two week Summer Special term in August and the six week term starting in September.

The classes will be at the Holy Trinity Church, Church Lane on Mondays.

There are three classes for different ages from birth to our new under 4s class which is perfect for siblings (siblings half price).

Click HERE to find out more and to book your space.

Invitation from army cadets


Nailsea Army Cadets open evening for Year 7 young people - those in the last year at primary school before starting a new adventure in September 2018 at secondary school was held this month.
But would-be recruits can go along on any training night at 7.30pm to find out what being an army cadet is all about.
Their HQ is at the Joint Cadet Training Centre at Greenfield Crescent playing fields.
The Army Cadet Force (ACF) has nearly 39,000 cadets in more than 1,600detachments all over the country and is one of the biggest and best clubs around. 
When it comes to fun, friendship, action and adventure, it’s hard to find anything that beats the Army Cadets.
Become an Army Cadet and you’ll be spending your spare time taking part in adventurous activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and abseiling. 
There will also be plenty of chance to play all your favourite sports because the ACF has competitions for both boys and girls at county, regional and national level.
Okay, so you might end up a little wet and muddy, but wouldn’t you rather be having the time of your life with some great new mates, instead of just sitting in front of a TV or computer alone in your room?

  • Fairfield PNEU School, Backwell is running a summer school which is open to Fairfield and non Fairfield children aged three to 11 years. £27.50 per day. Click HERE for more details

Nailsea Summer Playscheme

Nailsea Summer Playscheme is running Monday to Friday, July 23-August 3.
The programmes of fun is during the first fortnight of the school summer holidays and the scheme has been running since mid-1980s.

It caters for more than 100 children daily from aged four to 10+.

Professional and vetted staff have been recruited and children are placed in class size groups to give them a 'home' base.

The playscheme aims to provide an enjoyable, safe and stimulating environment for all Nailsea children.
Based at Kingshill Church School, Pound Lane, youngsters will love the wide variety of activities on offer including sports, drama, dance, singing, arts and crafts.

And it also hosts a range of on-site visits from entertainers, sports coaches, makeup artists and hair stylists.

Booking in advance is essential as the playscheme operates on a strict first-come-first-served basis.

Doors open daily at 8.30am with activities starting from 9am and finishing at 4pm.

Click HERE to go to playscheme website.

PARK PLAY: Millennium Park that is where young people can collect rewards for attending and community police are organising the fun, games and refreshments every Friday evening - with the exception of week one when bad weather stopped any play...

BIKE MARKING: Here is the summer schedule of Friday evening activities at Millennium Park organised by Nailsea police. Keep checking as it is being added to all the time and is the place where young people attending can collect reward 'stars' and get their bikes marked for free. Nailsea Neighbourhood Watch chairman Carol Susan Lomax presented the community beat team with a £250 cheque so the officers can offer the security bike marking without charging. Families are welcome to come along to watch the demonstrations, get involved, bring a picnic and their cycles. Mark said: "On Friday, July 20, we are holding a bit of a touch rugby evening at Millennium Park 7-9pm to promote the club and hopefully get a few more people involved, any age can join in. As well as free bike marking we have a few free bike helmets to give away. Free food and fruit juice for the kids. I’m looking for families to come along and support the evening to watch or have s go. We are also giving out reward cards for the kids with some great prizes to be won at the end of summer."

Young people can WIN! with reward scheme 

On Friday, May 25, Nailsea local neighbourhood police team will be kicking off the first Nailsea Summer Reward Scheme at Millennium Park.

The play sessions are between 7-9pm and open to all schoolchildren aged up to 17 years.

Parents/carers are invited to bring their children down to meet the police team and colleagues from the fire service and join in the fun.

Activities including football games, play on an Xbox - and some of the fun is challenging the grown-ups and winning.

Young people can pick up a reward card and start getting stamps fro attendance with a chance to win some great prizes worth lots of money. 
If you can’t make it on the first Friday why not collect a card from the police station at Pound Lane from Monday to Friday 10am-6pm.

Extra stamps can be earned by helping out in the communty in lots of different ways - see poster for more details.

Estate children summer day schools

Children invited to experience life as a Victorian, in summer day camps at Tyntesfield

This summer the Victorian estate of Tyntesfield, cared for by conservation charity the National Trust, has announced it will be inviting children to experience life as a Victorian in a series of kids-only day camps.

The Victorian Explorers: Tyntesfield through Time day sessions, which are aimed at those aged 7-12 years old, will allow children to see the estate through the eyes of the people that would have historically lived at and visited Tyntesfield.

The Tyntesfield estate, near Nailsea, was once the home of the Gibbs family.

The wealthy City of London merchant William Gibbs, bought Tyntesfield for his growing family in 1843 and the family transformed Tyntesfield into the Gothic extravaganza it is today creating the perfect place for four generations of family life.

Tyntesfield learning and development officer Rachel Greeves said: "Over the years, Tyntesfield was home to a lot of children.

"Like many Victorian families, the Gibbs family was on the large side. In fact, the 1891 census shows us that Anthony Gibbs and his wife Janet Louisa had nine children under the age of 18 living at home’.

"Although Victorian childhood doesn’t have the best reputation (and rightly so), I can’t think of many better places to grow up as a child living in the Victorian times.

"Not only did the Gibbs children live in a beautiful house, there was a farm to explore, trees to run around in the woods, gardens to play hide and seek in, and even a tennis court and boating lake!"

The Victorian Explorers: Tyntesfield Through Time day-camps will be a chance for children to discover the kind of activities Tyntesfield’s younger residents would have once enjoyed themselves. Children will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities across the estate including growing and tasting food, clay modelling, and taking part in some exciting games in the woodland. The sessions will provide an immersive experience for inquisitive children to part-take in some historical crafts and play, as well as offering a great opportunity for children to get out of the house and into nature.

Inspired by the historically used commonplace books, which were used by many people in the past, including poet and evangalist Hannah More who wrote about her time in the woodlands of the Tyntesfield estate, children will also be able to create their own diaries to document their summer adventure at Tyntesfield, and to keep as a memento.

Tyntesfield learning assistant Tish Russell said: ‘It’s great to be able to bring Tyntesfield’s Victorian history to life for children and to help them explore what life would have been like for the children living at Tyntesfield.

"This year’s Tyntesfield through Time is a brand new event for 2018 and it’s bound to be a lot of fun!’

Victorian Explorers: Tyntesfield through Time will take place on various dates throughout the summer holidays; each day will begin at 10.30am, when children will be signed in and greeted by the learning team at Home Farm. The group will then be taken on a tour around the estate to take part in the different hands-on activities, before stopping for lunch. Children are invited to bring a packed lunch for a picnic in the beautiful surroundings. After the picnic, the group will take part in the day’s final activities, before making their way back to Home Farm for a pick up at 2.30pm.

The sessions will be led by Tyntesfield’s learning team, who run all of the school visits during term-time, the team have plenty of experience with school-aged children and have all been DBS checked. Children are welcome to book on to the sessions with their friends or siblings, or come independently, as there will be plenty of opportunity to make new friends on the day. To ensure that every child has the very best day possible, the sessions will run in small groups, therefore booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

More information is available on www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield.

CATS AND DOGS: 2nd Nailsea Scouts book stall and chocolate game at the May fair raised lots of money for Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary. The independent charity rescues and rehomes unwanted, abandoned and often mistreated cats and dogs. Holly Hedge which is based at Barrow Gurney rescues and rehomes approximately 800 animals every year, finding loving and responsible new homes for each and every one of them. Nicky, of Holly Hedge, came along to a scout evening at its Hannah More HQ, to explain more about its activities and collect a £67.50 cheque.

Open morning at playschool

Rainbow Pre-School in Backwell is holding an open day on Monday, June 25 from 10am-noon, when parents and children can see how children are supported to learn through play.

Staff from the Pre-school will be on hand to answer any questions at the Youth Club Building, Backwell Playing Fields, Rodney Road.

Playleader Sandie Simms said: “We have spaces this September for children aged between two-and-a-half and four years old.

"This last year we were full and the open day is a good opportunity for parents looking for a place for their child from September to see what we do and how the children enjoy playing and learning.

“We accept two and three year funded children and those with 30 hours of childcare.”

More information is available by calling 0796 041 5222 or email rainbowpreschoolbackwell@gmail.com.

SKATE PARK SESSIONS:Nailsea Skatepark Project is back for the May half term (weather permittting) and will be running two free sessions on Tuesday, May 29 at Millennium Park. Scooters from 9.30-11am and skateboarders from 11am-12.30pm for young people aged from reception to Year 6. Tea and coffee served for waiting parents/carers. Places are limited. Make contact via the Facebook page. children need their own wheels and a safety helmet. On Wednesday, May 30, 10-11.30am is it 'girls-only' - same drill

Wacky Wednesday is magical in Nailsea

 

On Wednesday, May 30, Carl John, Magician, will entertain children at the Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea.

Carl John has been a professional magician for all of his adult life starting out with children’s magic and rapidly progressing into close up magic at the tender age of 19 years.

Then a friend asked him to cover for a day at one of the prestigious Hilton Hotels were he quickly learned the difference between doing tricks and performing magic.

He stayed there as the resident Sunday entertainer for five years perfecting his craft.
From there he went on to performing at some of the most diverse places imaginable. 
Part of the Wacky Wednesday programme of free children’s holiday entertainment throughout the year, on Wednesday, May 30, Carl will give three performances at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm.

Crown Glass Shopping Centre manager Martin Nelmes said: "We know how much local children enjoy the entertainment we organise and how keen they are to get in on the act.

"No doubt Carl will be involving them on some of his tricks and knowing what Honeysuckle the Bee – our mascot -  is like, suspect that she too will be trying get involved!”

Summer playscheme registration forms here

Booking forms for Nailsea Summer Playscheme which is filling up fast can be downloaded HERE.

The programmes of fun is during the first fortnight of the school summer holidays and the scheme has been running since mid-1980s.

It caters for more than 100 children daily from aged four to 10+.

Professional and vetted staff have been recruited and children are placed in class size groups to give them a 'home' base.

The playscheme aims to provide an enjoyable, safe and stimulating environment for all Nailsea children.
For 2018 it is up and running weekdays from Monday to Friday, July 23-August 3.

Based at Kingshill Church School, Pound Lane, youngsters will love the wide variety of activities on offer including sports, drama, dance, singing, arts and crafts.

And it also hosts a range of on-site visits from entertainers, sports coaches, makeup artists and hair stylists.

Booking in advance is essential as the playscheme operates on a strict first-come-first-served basis.

Doors open daily at 8.30am with activities starting from 9am and finishing at 4pm.

Click HERE to go to playscheme website.

Wacky Wednesdays at for Easter school break

 

For the Easter school holidays Crown Glass Shopping Centre has Wacky Wednesdays.

Wednesday, March 28

Between 11am-3pm, budding young milliners can create their own Easter hat and then pose for the virtual Easter Parade album on the centre’s Facebook page.  Visitors are then invited to ‘like’ their favourite and the most popular hat maker will win a £25 gift voucher.

Wednesday, April 4

The Puppetree Theatre Company brings the story of Pooka - a mischievous ‘spirit’ - to life in puppet shows at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm, which feature this character from Celtic folklore and fairy tales. 
Crown Glass Shopping Centre manager Martin Nelmes said: “We are thrilled to have two days of excellent children’s entertainment planned for the Easter holiday and with crafts and puppets on offer, we hope there is something for everyone.

“Honeysuckle, our popular Bumble Bee mascot, will also be buzzing around meeting her young friends and knowing what she is like, she will want to take part in the hat making workshops to make her own busby!”

Children computer club

Come to Code Club and learn to make your own computer animations and games!
Spaces currently available at Nailsea library Code Club, Wednesdays 3.45-4.45pm during term time for primary school children aged seven to 12-years.
Call the library to book a place 01934 426030 or email nailsea.library@n-somerset.gov.uk.
TITHE BARN CINEMA

 

On Friday, March 23, Nailsea Tithe Barn Cinema will be showling The Queen Of Katwe (PG).

This is the story of Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the world of chess.   

Come along for a great evening of food and entertainment, and a chance to learn more about Uganda.

Door open 7pm for 7.45pm start, tickets: £5 on the door.

Free entry to Nailsea and Backwell comprehensive school pupils.

On Friday, April 13 El Olivoa (15) is being screened.

Greatly applauded at the Bath Film Festival, this is a marvellous contemporary tale of a young Spanish girl's courageous journey to recover her beloved Grandfather's olive tree...nibbles will incude olives!

Tickets as above with free entry to students Year 11 and above.

The annual Nailsea Summer Playscheme at Kingshill Church School is looking for room leaders, adult and junior leaders for its 2018 fun fortnight at Pound Lane.

NAILSEA SUMMER PLAYSCHEME

 

Recruiting now!!

This year it is running from  Monday to Friday, July 23-August 3 8.30am-4pm for children aged four to 12 years.

 

The playscheme entertains children with a range of sports, dance, arts, crafts, cooking and many more fun activities. 

They are looking for enthusiastic, hard working individuals who enjoy working with children and being part of a team. 

In some roles qualifications in teaching, NNEB, NVQ level 3 in childcare or similar are desirable, along with first aid qualifications and previous experience in provision/sports, and experience in managing staff and groups of children, is also desirable. 

In all roles a DBS check is needed or will be sourced if successful. 

If you would like to apply for any of the above roles send your CV, along with a covering letter to nailseaplayscheme@hotmail.com

Closing date for applications is Sunday, February 18.

Friday, March 9 1-2.15pm

 

Grove Pre School is hosting an open afternoon for all prospective paretns/carers and children to attend and enjoy its outside play area, garden and play room.

It offers term time sessional and full day 9am-3pm care for rising three and four years olds at Grove Sports Centre, St Mary's Grove, Nailsea BS48 4NQ.

Please bring ID and pop in and join them.

For further information go to the website by clicking HERE, email info@grovepreschoolnailsea.co.uk, or call 01275 857614/0774 924 0004.

We The Curious

The hands-on science museum near Bristol catherdral changed its name from @ Bristol to We The Curious last summer.

The new branding has made some people confused and others ‘curious’.

It first opened in 2010 and is a popular tourist destination but the old name was difficult to use on social media which doesn’t like ampersands and people had to search for At-Bristol.

The Millennium Square centre says it made the changes to broaden its appeal.

The charity won £3million in funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Wellcome Inspiring Science fund for the rebranding and redevelopment which includes a new foyer and a completely different ground floor area.

It has lots of new events and activities for 2018 inspired by the theme of 'change'.

Starting at Easter, Season One will focus on The Passage Of Time, and the changes we go through in life, with activities such as TimeLab where we’ll be exploring questions around time, fermentation in the Kitchen, brassicas in the Greenhouse and ‘memorials to change’ activity in the Studio.

It will also be showing Notes On Blindness, an award-winning short film, in The Box.

Season Two will focus on Agents Of Change, which will run over the summer holidays and October half term – looking at people as agents of change and celebrating history’s great change makers.

And In the autumn, the focus shifts to the future and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

The programme for small people is on the Young Peeps page and includes the special toddler dates.

Here is the programme for bigger people.

All information is correct at time of publishing but please visit www.wethecurious.org or call on 0117 915 1000 9am-5pm for more information. 

FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES

 THE BOX gallery space 

  • The Box celebrates the synergy between art and science, and features exhibitions and artists that occupy the exciting space where art and science meet. The Box presents Tipping Point by Kathy Hinde until Sunday, March 18. Free with standard admission. Tipping Point invites us to consider our relationship with water, and the necessity of balancing how we use the world’s water resources. The installation is created using a delicate combination of glass, water, audio feedback and lighting.

  • The Box presents Notes on Blindness from March 22-July 8 free with standard admission. In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and academic John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Over three years he recorded more than 16 hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness. Notes on Blindness is feature length film based on John’s original audio recordings, which are performed and brought to life by actors.

 
 PLANETARIUM
The UK’s first 3D digital Planetarium, with presenter-led shows designed by its in-house Planetarium team, for a range of different audiences – shows include seasonal stargazing (3D), Exploring the Solar System (2D and 3D), Exploring the Galaxy (3D), Rocketship Adventure (2D) and Space Explorers (2D). 3D shows only available for ages 6+ due to health restrictions.

  • Until May 23 Spring Stargazing (3D) offers regular daily shows, 3D: £3.50 per seat (members £1.75), in addition to standard admission. 3D shows only available for ages 6+ due to health restrictions. Our cosmos is always changing. Discover why constellations move over time, see the dance of Jupiter’s moons, and take a peek at the future sky! This remarkable show combines knowledgeable presenters with the most advanced Planetarium system in the UK to create a truly astounding experience.

  • Exploring the Solar System (2D and 3D) ongoing regular daily shows, 2D: £2.50 (members £1.25) or 3D: £3.50 per seat (members £1.75), in addition to standard admission. 3D only available for ages 6+ due to health restrictions. Take a trip into space using the UK’s most advanced Planetarium! A presenter will fly you to the incredible worlds in our Solar System to see where astronauts of the future will explore. This awe-inspiring and totally immersive show is a fantastic introduction to astronomy.

 
IN THE STUDIO 

  • Fairytale SOS until March 18. Regular shows at weekends and during school holidays, free with standard admission. Science comes to the rescue of some well-known fairytale characters! Got an issue with a dragon? A magic wand that’s not quite magic? Then we can help! Join us in the Studio in our live science show, and help us find scientific solutions to these unusual problems.

  • Memorials to Change from March 24-July. Drop in throughout the day, at weekends and during school holidays, free with standard admission. What has changed in your life as time has passed? Have you moved away from the house you once lived in? Have you lost a toy you once loved to play with? Have you forgotten the joy of whooshing down a slide? We’ve collected together stories from people across Bristol and they have shared with us their Memorials to Change. Join a tour of these memorials and hear the stories that are behind them. Part storytelling session, part museum-style guided tour, join a small group to take a look around our small collection of Memorials to Change.

 
IN THE FOOD EXHIBITION 

  • Winter Greenhouse until March 12. Drop-in sessions throughout the day, free with standard admission. It might be cold outside but nature doesn’t stop for the winter! Pop by the greenhouse and see what’s active during the colder months.

  • Winter Kitchen until March 23. Drop-in sessions throughout the day, free with standard admission. Fire up your taste buds in the kitchen this winter and explore the science behind warming winter treats! Investigate the world of spices and use all your senses find out more about some common and exotic spices, find out all about fats, and take the take the speedy bread challenge!

  • Cabbages, Kale and Us (in The Greenhouse) from March 24–July. Drop-in sessions throughout the day, free with standard admission. Get to know the brassica family! Explore their differences and discover how humans have changed the food that we eat over time. You’ll be able to handle, examine and dissect a range of brassicas (cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts, kohlrabi) to find out their similarities and differences.

  • Ferments (in The Kitchen) from March 24–July. Drop-in sessions throughout the day, FREE with standard admission. Get hands on with one of the most time-consuming and fascinating processes that we use in the kitchen – fermentation! Highly topical at the moment, with lots of potential health benefits, you’ll be able to understand the science behind fermentation, chat about your gut health and use your taste buds and other senses to investigate the changes that happen when food is fermented.

 
IN LIVE LAB

  • Frost Lab finishes on March 11

  • Time Lab from 12 March – July. Drop-in sessions throughout the day, free with standard admission. Drop by and join us for a timely chin wag! Every day we’ll be exploring your questions through discussion and experiment, mischief and banter. Investigate artefacts that tell the story of time passing – including tree rings and rocks, create your own clock face to show what your ideal day would look like and join our Live Science Team in live experiments and discussions that explore your time warping questions.

 

FOR BIG KIDS
Have fun in We The Curious, without the little kids around (you can even enjoy a cheeky drink!); events including our popular Planetarium Nights events, our Planetarium Sounds (full-dome music shows) events and After Hours. We also do special adult education workshops!
 

  • Planetarium Nights on March 8, 22 & 29; April 5, 12 & 26; May 3, 10 & 17. Check website for shows and times. £7.50/£8.50 adult, £6.50/£7.50 concession advance/on the door. Group discount available. Recommended 16+. The popular series of night-time Planetarium shows continues with this season’s shows, with a mix of Winter Stargazing, Spring Stargazing (from 7 March), Exploring the Solar System and Exploring the Galaxy, all in stunning 3D. Expect stunning visuals using the latest technology in special extended presenter-led shows, especially for adults. Plus, grab a drink and explore the Space Gallery too!

  • Planetarium Sounds Dark Side of the Moon; The Fulldome Experience  March 9 & 23; April 5 & 20; May 4 & 18. Check website for shows and times. £15 per seat. Recommended 16+. An audio-visual extravaganza, inspired by the music of Pink Floyd, featuring the entire 1973, 'Dark Side of the Moon' album in glorious 5.1 surround sound, with spellbinding abstract projections on the full dome enveloping the entire audience to create a truly astounding experience.

  • Planetarium Sounds Wish You Were Here: The Fulldome Experience March 9 & 23; April 6 & 20; May 4 & 18. Check website for shows and times. £15 per seat. Recommended 16+. Following on from the success of ‘Dark Side of the Moon; The Fulldome Experience’, Pink Floyd fans can now enjoy the unique experience of listening to this acclaimed 1975 music album enriched with 360˚ psychedelic visuals.

  • Planetarium Sounds DJ Food: The Search Engine March 23; April 20 & May 18. Check website for shows and times. £15 per seat. Recommended 16+. Lose yourself in the 50-minute 360-degree fulldome interpretation of DJ Food's album The Search Engine. A must for music-lovers.

  • After Hours: SOUND Thursday, March 15 6.30-10pm. £8.95 adults, £7.95 concession. Age 18+. Tickets on sale now. It’s British Science Week- come and celebrate with us at our adults-only late opening, a chance to explore our two floors of exhibits with a drink in hand and take part in some unusual activities around our theme - 'sound'. From banging your own drums (or more unusual equipment) to being immersed in Kathy Hinde’s Tipping Point in The Box with live performances from the artist we’ll have a range of activities ready for you to enjoy. There'll be music, bars and food available throughout the night and a chance to see our latest seasonal stargazing show 'Spring Stargazing' in the UK's only 3D Planetarium (£3 per seat). 

 
FOR LITTLE KIDS
Play with everything! Space to roam! Snacks allowed! Specially created for our younger visitors, with special Planetarium shows and our ever-popular Toddler Takeover events.  We also run daily storytelling during weekends and school holidays.
 

  • Toddler Takeover: Come Rain, Come Shine Friday, May11 10am-4pm. Reduced entry fees apply. Early bird tickets on sale now - pre-booking is essential as these events do sell out. Get hands-on in our special fun-packed day of colourful activities for tiny explorers! Experiment with feathers and flags in our wind machine, experience real clouds and make your own from wool in Cloud Lab and join Ursa and Leo for The Missing Puddle during storytime. You can also take a trip to the stars in our Space Explorers and Rocketship Adventures Planetarium show, especially for children aged 5 and under.

  • Space Explorers (2D) ongoing. Regular daily shows, £2.50 per seat (members £1.25), in addition to standard admission. Under 3s free suitable for under-6s. Astronauts ready! Pack your bag and blast off into space as the Live Science Team trains you up to become a fully qualified Space Explorer! Especially for little explorers, join in and play ‘pass the planet’ as you discover the amazing things around our Universe.

  • Rocketship Adventure (2D) ongoing. Regular daily shows on weekends and school holidays, £2.50 per seat (members £1.25), in addition to standard admission. Suitable for ages 4-6. Join Stella the Bear on a quest to explore Earth… and beyond in our brand new Planetarium show! This delightful presenter-led show combines immersive visuals with lots of audience interaction to create an exciting experience for children -- and their grown-ups. This brand new show has been written by our Planetarium team, and is especially designed for 4-6 year olds, but suitable for up to age 7, an ideal companion to our Space Explorers show.   

Children play detectives at Bristol Zoo 

 

Young people are invited to become a zoo detective at February half term.

From Saturday to Sunday, February10-25 join the ultimate ‘zoodunnit?’

As children venture around the zoo they will be able to use their detective skills to discover clues, solve mysteries and crack codes.

As well as the regular daily tasks and animal encounters there will be a host of detective activities for to challenge themselves including: Detective trail; Code cracker challenge and Detective School

Do you have what it takes to the crack the case and become a real zoo detective? 

For every paying adult one child can enter the zoo for free!

This offer is available online only by clicking HERE

PENGUIN PARENTS: Ahh! A baby penguin at Bristol Zoo Gardens has been found foster parents after being rejected by its own parents. The African penguin hatched only two days behind its nest-mate, but keepers noticed the chicks’ parents were only caring for its sibling. The younger chick was failing to put on any weight and keepers feared for its survival. So they carefully put the chick, which weighed just 69 gms, into an empty penguin egg shell and then placed it with two foster parents, replacing their own infertile egg. The following morning when keepers weighed the tiny chick they were amazed. Its weight had increased to more than 100 gms.

Make some really wild discoveries this half-term

Everyone loves exploring and making exciting discoveries – and Wild Place Project is offering boys and girls the opportunity.

The popular wildlife park is staging Wild Discoveries every day throughout half-term from Saturday to Sunday, February 10-18.

There are a host of fun activities for children and their mums and dads to enjoy while they get some fresh air and have fun.

They include Nature Bingo where children can burn off energy running around Wild Place Project identifying and ticking off everything from guinea fowl to squirrels and snowdrops to primroses.

There is also the brilliant Discovery Den in the heart of the woods at Wild Place Project featuring a sand-pit dig, a special game of Animal Guess Who? and a chance to try some bark rubbing.

Throughout half-term there will also be the chance to have a go at Ranger Riddles where boys and girls can discover more about animals and nature

There will also be a chance for visitors to see some of the things at Wild Place Project that they might not have spotted before

.Wild Place Project head of operations Nigel Simpson said: “Wild Discoveries is all about making the most of the natural world that is all around everyone who visits Wild Place Project.

“It is a great chance for boys and girls to make the most of half-term, have lots of fun in the great outdoors and make some great discoveries.”

To find out more click HERE.

The Wild Place Project is a fun, family attraction that provides outdoor adventure, play and learning.

Visitors can meet amazing animals from across the world, including cheetahs, wolves, zebra, gelada baboons, meerkats, lemurs, okapi, red-river hogs and eland.

Wild Place Project was opened by the Bristol Zoological Society in summer 2013 with an emphasis on protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe.

Wild Place Project invites visitors to take a glimpse into eco-systems from around the world, including Madagascar, east Africa and the Congo.

Admission prices are usually £8.75 per adult and £7.25 per child  with online discounts available.

Wild Place Project is located off junction 17 of the M5 motorway in South Gloucestershire opposite Cribbs Causeway Shopping Mall.

Circus comes to town

 

Nailsea youngsters are in for a treat at February half term when the circus comes to the Crown Glass Shopping Centre.

On Wednesday, February 14, as part of the Wacky Wednesday programme of free children’s holiday entertainment throughout the year, Lewis’s Fun Circus Skills Workshops will be in town.

Children can watch and take part in a variety of circus skills including tight-wire walking, handheld stilts, hula hooping, plate spinning, flower stick, gymnastic ribbon, peacock feather balancing and poi.

Wondering what poi is - according to Wilkapedia it involves swinging tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns

There will be three workshop sessions – 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm.

Crown Glass manager Martin Nelms said: “We know how much local children enjoy the entertainment we organise for the centre and how keen they are to get in on the act.

“Lewis’s circus skills workshops ticks all the boxes and knowing what Honeysuckle the Bee – our mascot -  is like, suspect that she too will be trying to hula hoop and spin plates!”

Play away

Morning Break is a Tuesday parent and toddler group with a difference.

It provides an opportunity to socialise with other parents while children play and offers an interesting programme of talks, discussions and activities for parents to enjoy.

A crèche and activities for babies and children  are available in separate rooms, for part of the morning,, giving parents/grandparents/childminders/carers the freedom to participate in its sessions 10.15–11.15am.

On Wednesday, February 14, it is holiday club morning from 9.30-11.30am - free for schoolchildren.

All at Trinity Centre, 2 Church Lane.

For further information email Sharon Matthews at: sharon.matthews@htnailsea.org.uk

Early Man (PG) is playing at Curzon cinema, Clevedon

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug, along with sidekick Hognob unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game. The 10am Saturday, January 27, screening is for Curzon Kids and includes a craft activity after the film included in the ticket price
Until Wednesday, February 15 various times

What's On at Wookey Hole Caves

 

Families looking for fun and thrills this February half term are in for a special treat as an adventure of mammoth proportions comes to Somerset tourist attraction Wookey Hole Caves.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – The 4D Experience – has landed at Wookey just in time for the half term break and promises excitement for the whole family as they slip, slide, and soar with our sub-zero heroes in this 14-minute experience.  

Manny, Ellie and Diego venture into a mysterious underground world after Sid the sloth stumbles across three abandoned eggs and decides to raise the baby dinosaurs as his own.  Once the eggs hatch, the adventure begins in the lost world of the dinosaurs.  Featured in eye-popping 3-D, the film features an all-star voice cast.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – The 4-D Experience was developed by SimEx-Iwerks and brings the action to life by making guests feel like they are journeying alongside the gang, encountering obstacles that deliver more chills, more thrills, and more mammoth-sized laughs for everyone!
This thrilling experience is available for viewing everyday throughout the holidays, as part of the Wookey Hole Caves entry fee.

Wookey Hole Caves director Daniel Medley, said: “Audiences will experience every twist, turn, high and low as seats move in time to the 3D action on screen.

"You can expect to be blasted with wind and smoke, and you'll even be able to smell the action in this 4D motion ride!”

The historic tourist hotspot, known for its appeal for all ages and all weather, offers more than 20 indoor and outdoor attractions.

At the top of the bill, as ever, are the world famous caves which provide history, mystery and a stunning glimpse at caverns, tunnels and a secret river deep beneath the Mendip Hills. 

The infamous cave tour now includes never-before-seen parts of the cave system including the impressive Chamber 20 with its unique rock formations and subterranean lake. Having blasted through 1000 tonnes of rock to expose the new tunnels and caverns, Wookey Hole Caves is one of the largest show cave systems in Europe. 

Crowds will roll up to the infamous Circus Show created by Gerry Cottle and performed daily by young performers who unicycle, skate, juggle, hula hoop and trapeze their way around the theatre with some added magical illusions thrown in.

This year Wookey is celebrating 250 years of the circus, so viewers will be treated to more fun, theatrics and show stopping acts than ever before.

Visitors can also expect all the old favourites including meeting the Witch of Wookey Hole, Pirate Adventure Golf Course, Dinosaur Valley, museums, paper making demonstrations, play areas, mirror maze, penny arcade and more.  

The new Wild Wookey adventure caving course is perfect for those daredevils seeking thrills and adventure.

Priced separately to the infamous cave tour, this experience sees participants climb, crawl, abseil and traverse over water through mysterious passageways and tunnels deep beneath the Mendip Hills.

Daniel added: "A visit to Wookey is always fantastic value for money.

"We’re an all-weather venue and have over 20 indoor and outdoor activities, attractions and experiences to enjoy, all under one ticket price. 

“The addition of the Ice Age 4D movie to our line-up is brilliant and we’re expecting to see families from all over the UK visiting this February.”

To buy online discounted tickets click HERE.

To read a Nailsea People blog places about an early visit click HERE.

Grand Pier membership treats

 

Parents who sign-up Grand Pier membership can get lots of treats for their children.

And the first treat is perfectly timed for the February half term which offers a free hour of soft play for up to two children in the indoor Adventure Cove Soft Play Centre.  

Exclusive special treats have been planned throughout 2018 and cost £12 per person or £25 for a family of four per year.

The first treat is available from Saturday to Sunday, February 10-18 February and will offer indoor fun whatever the weather.

Treats are available for both existing and new Grand Pier Members.

Grand Pier co-owner Michelle Michael said: “Our annual membership is a great way for families to save money while enjoying all the fun the pier has to offer.  

"We’ve been looking at ideas to add even more value and further reward our loyal members, and that’s when we came up with the idea of Members Treats that we can provide on a bi-monthly basis.

“Free soft play is the perfect first treat as it falls on the February half term.

Youngsters love the dedicated soft play centre, with three levels for them to explore while the grown-ups relax in the nearby seating area where they can still keep an eye on their children.

“To become a member all you need to do is visit the Grand Pier shop on the first floor.

"Membership is full of benefits including unlimited entry onto the pier for a whole year, along with a 10 per cent discount on wristbands, food, drink and shopping on the pier, priority booking on selected events and of course not forgetting the new and exclusive member treats.”

The Grand Pier is one of the UK’s most iconic tourist destinations, it boasts indoor theme park rides, a Go-Kart circuit, hundreds of the latest arcade games along with a selection of places to eat and drink.

For further information about annual membership  click HERE.

PHOTO: Grand Pier's Charlotte Gaylard with the membership cards

Euro vision is verbal

A Nailsea school teacher is running a holiday club at half term for primary aged children who want to learn languages.

In February half term at Nailsea School youngsters will be introduced to the basic of French, Italian and German using colours and numbers.

Helen Hill said: "Language acquisition and cultural understanding activities lend themselves to team games, role-play, art and craft activities… and above all fun, making it the perfect basis for a holiday club."

Euro Bugs Holiday Club which is part of The Link offers to immersed children in European language and culture, with activities to challenge, excite and above all ignite a passion for future learning in this field.

PLAY TIME: A football camp for children aged between six-12 years old (Y1-Y7) is running this half term at Nailsea School.The two sessions are on Monday and Tuesday, February 12-13. There will be plenty of fun footballing activities and competitions ranging from champions League tournaments to the Priority Football world cup delivered by FA level 3 coaches.The cost is £20 per day or £32 for both days.Click HERE to sign up.

A CHILD AT CHRISTMAS: Grove Pre-School youngsters had a busy pre Christmas week with a visit on Monday from Lydia Dicks to collect donations of gifts for Nailsea community Christmas day lunch, Wednesday it was the children's Christmas party and visit from Father Christmas and on Friday it was the Christmas concert and nativity play followed by donations for refreshments for Luke's Army Muscular Dystrophy a Wraxall-based charity raising money for research

TEAM WORK: Neighbourhood police team sergeant Mark Raby had a big smile on Sunday when after 18 months the Nailsea youth shelter next door to the skate park was officially ready for use. He said: "The Millennium Park project is complete, a big thank you to all who supported and helped. It’s been a great community effort especially from Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club, Avon Fire Service, Carpe Diem Boot Camp, Nailsea Town Council, Nailsea Masonic Hall and behind the scenes my family." Some of the monies was raised by the Tough As Nailsea endurance challenge and a donation from the High Sheriff. The shelter was opened by Donna Jordon from Carpe Diem Boot Camp who runs a youth boot camp in the park each week and has helped with Tough As Nails. Sgt Mark Raby thanked everyone who had been involved. He said: “The park is for everyone to come and enjoy and I hope the shelter is used by those who want to make the most of it. We are committed to making the park a safe place for everyone use and will actively target anyone committing anti-social behaviour. We have, with the help of the community arrested two people over the past couple of months for significant offences and would encourage members of the public to come forward and report any anti-social behaviour.”

REFLECTIVE SUNRISE: Atmospheric early morning photo by Phil Williams at Nailsea Skate Park

Working together for youth of Nailsea

Young people in Nailsea sat down with community leaders, police officers and parents to resolve some of the problems which have dodged the new skate park since it officially opened 18 months ago.

The well attended meeting listened to the many positives of the state-of-the-art facility at Millennium Park especially the annual highlight the skate festival.

Organiser Phil Williams said: "The meeting at 65 High Street on Thursday evening attracted a good mix from the council, police, community, NSP representatives as well as skate park users for a really constructive 90 minute 'heads together' session celebrating what has been achieved and the history behind the new skate park as well as looking toward 2018 and beyond.
"It was very worthwhile to get input from the youngsters who use the park every day and everyone believed it was a very well worthwhile exercise and one that we hope to replicate in early spring.

"Discussion points centred around the very successful skatepark festival, plans for a skate school next spring/summer, fences surrounding the park, where to put benches and extra litter bins, the new youth shelter and the current CCTV coverage.
"Everybody agreed that working together we can eradicate any antisocial behaviour in order to reassure the skate park remains a very welcoming community space for every age group."

Those unable to get the meeting and have any points to make can email Phil Williams at phil@christiansurfers.co.uk.

Phil added: "We were very much looking forward to an exciting 2018 and thank all those that played a part in helping to raise funds for the skate park."

Skate park meeting December 7

The people behind Nailsea Skate Park have called a meeting to discuss how build on its success and sort some of its anti-social problems.

The open meeting is on Thursday, December 7 at 7pm at 65 High Street.

In 2016 more than £100,000 was raised to completely revamp the skate park opposite Tesco supermarket.

It is widely used but there have been a few concerns lately with anti-social behaviour including litter mess and drug arrests  and those in charge are anxious to address any issues which stops young people using the hard fought for facility.

Organiser Phil Williams said: “It has now been 18 months since the new Nailsea skate park opened which has been used extensively by not only the local community but those travelling from further afield.

“It is fantastic to see that after the 20 months or so of hard work and fundraising to get to the figure of around £116,000 which enabled us to build the park it continues to be a really popular community space.”

Nailsea town councillors, supermarket staff and community police officers will be at the meeting which is open to youngsters and their parents who use (or want to ) the skate park and those who walk, rest and play at Millennium Park.

Refreshments will be served at this meeting.

Pictured top is Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club members helping to put up a youth shelter at the skate park.

  • The 16th anniversary Nailsea Community Skatepark Festival 2018 is on Saturday, June 9.

Nailsea children in charity Santa's run

AFTER: They had to clear the cow pats after a herd invaded the field the night before but Nailsea Juniors came under starters orders for its first ever Santa Run in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK, at midday on Sunday, December 3, at The Grove.

From preschool to preteen scores of children and their parents were at Grove Sports & Social Club for the under 5s preschool 50m dash and lots of Santa Run heats of various distances for children aged four-12 years.

Santa Run added a further £1,000 to the charity kitty.

Friends and family of a four-year-old with muscular dystrophy are raising money to fund research into the condition.

Laura Bindon and her friends raised £1,558 with a disco at the Ring O’Bells in support of Luke’s Army.

The charity has been set up for Luke, aged four, of Wraxall, who has muscular dystrophy.

His mum Lisa Cramphorn said the diagnosis ‘rocked their world’ and the only thing which has kept them positive is the hope of medical advances.

Friends and family are hoping to raise £100,000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK and people can donate by clicking HERE.

Organisers would like to thank Simpsons Solicitors, the Ring O’ Bells, Transmission DJ and businesses which donated raffle prizes.

There are other fundraisers planned for next year including a Go Orange dates for schools - read more on the What's On page.

Lots more photos from Santa's run in Gallery 2017 - click HERE.

Nailsea children in charity Santa run

BEFORE: Nailsea Juniors are under starters orders for its first ever Santa Run in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK, midday on Sunday, December 3, at The Grove.

Here is the running order:

  • 11am under 5s preschool 50m dash;

  • 11.15am Santa Run 1 for children aged four to six. Distance approximately 1km;

  • 11.30am Santa Run 2 for children aged seven to nine. Distance approximately 1.5km;

  • 11.45am Santa Run 3 for children aged 10-12. Distance approximately 2km; and

  • 12.15pm The Grove Santa Long Run which is open to all children aged 12 and under and the course is approximately 3km.

Entry is £7 + booking fee and youngsters can register HERE.

All children racing can join the final race free of charge and do not need to book online.

The bib number they will receive for first race will be valid for both runs.

Following the races it is time for mince pies and coffee at the Grove Sports & Social Club where the bar will also be open.

All participants will receive a santa hat  and bespoke medal.

Advance booking is recommended but entries may be available on the day.

Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each age group except 50m dash will be presented following the last race.

The course is primarily grass and will be marshalled.

The organisers say: "Come and get involved, it promises to be a truly awesome event. Ho ho ho hope to see you there."

Other Christmas 2017 events are HERE

NCCF 2017 at 6t5 High Street

Youngsters at 6t5 the newly opened youth centre upstairs at 65 High Street enjoyed an exciting evening on the night of Nailsea Community Christmas Fair.
Youth leader Karen Pike said: “It was a big success for us as we had more than 40 new faces into club.”
During the fair 6t5 served free hot chocolate and a prize-winning draw with three of the girls winning a half hour session at the skate rink.
Karen added: “Our girls enjoyed the skating. 
“It was a wonderful evening and we heard many comments of best it’s been in ages and honestly never seen Nailsea so busy so well done to the organisers.”
Phoebe Vines won the Bristol Hippodrome Aladdin panto tickets, George Wood the teddy donated by The Factory Shop and Harry Petford the big bar of chocolate.

OPEN HOUSE: To access Area 6t5 use side door at 65 High Street and park your scooters inside the porch. Wall art is coming soon to make entrance more inviting. Photos from half term open day. Thank you boys for posing and voting pool room your favourtie place

Upstairs opening of Nailsea youth club called Area 6t5

A Nailsea youth club is re-opening during half term with a new home and a new name.

On Thursday, October 26, Area 6t5 will be welcoming youngsters and their families to pop upstairs from noon to 3pm at 65 High Street to check out its new accommodation.

Renamed by young people Area 6t5 they have been working for months converting the upstairs space at the former Youth House into a place they can all their own.

The club is sectioned into gaming, chill-out, craft and sporty zones with a kitchen and added tuck shop for juniors.

Every term the youth leaders and young people will decide on the programme of varied activities to suit different interests.

And from November there will be a new after school junior club for those aged eight to 11 years on Mondays from 3.30- 5.30pm.

Those in Year 6 are also welcome on Thursdays from 4pm for senior sessions which run Monday 6-8pm; Tuesdays afterschool 3.30- 5.30pm and Thursdays 4-6pm when doors are open to young people in school Year 7 upwards.

Each session is just £1 with snacks and soft drinks on sale.

Youth workers Karen Steve, Caryn and Glen are looking forward to welcoming new faces to ‘join us, join in or just hang out and make it your space’.

Nailsea Town Council bought the premises this year to act as a new community hub.

Originally 65 High Street was a butcher’s shop built in Victorian times but for nearly four decades it has been used as a base for young people.

Thanks to visionary area youth worker Maurice Thornton it was set up as a youth centre with café and pool room at a time when Nailsea saw rapid house building and had more teenagers than it knew what to do with!

Following local government reorganisation in 1996 ownership passed from Avon County Council to North Somerset Council and ever since the pioneering youth club has been under threat of closure especially when the district council stopped funding youth services in 2012.

When the Mycon (Methodist Youth Club of Nailsea) closed in 2008 it became the only youth club in town although other sport, Scout, cadet and performing art clubs were thriving.

Nailsea Town Council picked up were the district council left off to fund and plan for a more permanent future which added to the cost of the building is likely to exceed more than half a million pounds.

Town council chairman David Packham told the audience at the annual town meeting in April: “65 High Street will be developed as a hub for a network of activities…now that we have certainty over the ownership of the building, dedicated space will be given to the youth services team to customise it for their needs and for them to create a real home for themselves.”

The idea also includes using other parts of the building as an advice and information centre for people of all ages.  

YOUTH HOUSE: The way we were - at 65 High Street

Special story time to celebrate Libraries Week

 

A special Hairy Maclary story time will take place in every North Somerset library at 11am on Saturday, October 14.
The simultaneous story time will also include a Hairy Maclary themed treasure hunt and other activities.
Author Lynley Stuart Dodd is from from New Zealand and her Hairy Maclary series all of which feature animals with rhyming names is her best known.
Her first book was My Cat Likes To Hide In Boxes which she wrote along with Eve Sutton. 
Her first book written solo was The Nickle Nackle Tree. 
​More than 150 libraries across seven local authorities in the LibrariesWest area will be reading the story at the same time as part of Libraries Week – a national celebration of all that libraries offer.
The free event is for children aged up to six and their parents and carers. There’s no need to book – just go along to your local library and have fun!

2nd Nailsea Scouts
2nd Nailsea Scouts
2nd Nailsea Scouts
2nd Nailsea Scouts
FIRST CLASS: Children belonging to 2nd Nailsea Scouts are pictured being awarded well-earned badges at its Hannah More Road HQ. Also awarded were first aid certificates. Scout Group chairman Richard Simmons said: "Although our numbers have been steadily growing during the past few months we have places for boys and girls in Beavers, aged six to eight; Cubs aged eight to 10; Scouts 10-14 and Explorer Scout 14–18."  If interested in joining the Scouting adventure and making new friends email Group Scout Leader (GSL) Ann Parker at ann.parker@avonscouts.org.uk.
Taster sessions are available.

Anyone prepared to lend Nailsea Girlguiding a hand

  • Do you have a sense of humour?

  • Do you enjoy working with young people?

  • Are you enthusiastic?

  • Would you like the opportunity to try something new or share skills you already have?

  • Would you like to give something back to your community?

 

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK.

Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. Girlguiding welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, faiths and abilities.

We are flexible,and volunteering can be arranged to fit around a busy lifestyle.

In Nailsea the demand for Girlguiding for our girls has never been greater - we are looking for volunteers for all levels Rainbows (5-7), Brownies (7-10) and Guides (10-14) - particularly Rainbows at the moment.

If you are interested in finding out more clIck HERE.

GLOW FOR PUDSEY 2017



Clubbercise at Nailsea is combining its U13, U18 and family classes with a fundraising event for Children In Need on Sunday, September 24, 10am-noon.

Tickets include neon face paint, glow band, games and prizes.

There will also be some small refreshments on sale.
Tickets £5 adult, £4 child and £15 family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children.

The event is open to everyone – children age 7+, friends and family.

Tickets from Clubbercise Friday class, Alchemy Trampoline and DMT Club or book by calling Charlie on 0775 962 2615.