Young peeps

2020

Puppetry workshop for children aged 7+

Mumblecrust Theatre Puppetry have a workshop for children aged seven upwards on Wednesday, April 8, 10.30am-4.30pm.

The workshop is at the Theatre Shop Clevedon due to the Curzon cinema’s restricted availability during roof repairs.

Giving interested young performers and creatives an insight into the vast world of puppets, award-winning theatre company Mumblecrust will be letting kids explore and use self-made DIY puppets, sock puppets and more.

Participants will need to provide their own packed lunch. There are only 20 spaces available so book now to avoid disappointment.

Mumblecrust is an innovative theatre for families and young people.

Combining storytelling and live music; puppetry and object theatre; history and fiction, Mumblecrust invent and reinvent the weird and wonderful, drawing on well-known stories and legends.

To book £20 click HERE.

Breakfast bounce

Back by popular demand and probably because there’s nothing better on a cold morning than a warm breakfast roll.

Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club hosted a Breakfast Club fundraiser on Saturday, March 7, 8.45-11.15am at its Nailsea School base.

Bacon or sausage baps (or both), hash browns and tea/coffee will be available from the Juice Bar.

Great prices, great food, come along and start the day off with a good breakfast.

Everyone is welcome, bring family and friends along.

Unfortunately the second event planned for Saturday, March 14, given current situation has had to be cancelled.

Paddington Bear concert

'All the same ... it's a very important name. And I don't expect there are many bears in the world called Paddington!'

This wonderful quote from Paddington Bear in Michael Bond’s book A Bear called Paddington conjures up the logic and magic we associate with a unique bear from Peru.

First published in 1958, this special and endearing character has been entertaining children and adults throughout the world for more than 60 years.

Children’s music charity Music for Miniatures is bringing the magic of Paddington to Holy Trinity Church, Nailsea on Saturday, April 18, with a new touring show called Paddington’s First Concert.

With piano and narrator, they will be offering multi-sensory interaction, and of course Paddington himself.

They tell the story of his journey from Peru, via Paddington Station to Windsor Garden, Notting Hill; life with the Brown family and his first experience of a concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

With story by Michael Bond and music by Herbert Chappell, this magical show will run for 35 minutes and is suitable for children aged three to five years.

Paddington’s First Concert will be visiting several West Country towns including Nailsea and Midsomer Norton between Thursday and Saturday, April 16-18.

There will be two performances at each location.

The Nailsea times are 10am and 11.15am and tickets are £4 for adults and children.

​Music for Miniatures need to raise £3,000 to cover the cost of the tour and they are appealing to local businesses, community groups and individuals for support.

This contribution will help payment for professional musicians and performers, venue hire, performance and licensing rights, design and print of promotional material, local advertising and marketing.

Would you consider supporting Paddington’s First Concert?

Become a gold sponsor by donating £250 and your company or group would be listed on the charity website, tour promotional material and at the venue during performances.

For a £100 donation, become a silver sponsor and your support will be publicised at the venue and through Music for Miniatures social media.

Charity founder and musical director Julie Payne said: "Paddington Bear played a big part of my childhood and I still have a love for marmalade sandwiches.

"Bringing together wonderful music and the magical story of Paddington attending his first concert is the perfect match.

"Our concerts are fun and provide an opportunity for all the family to enjoy classical music together.

"We hope businesses and groups will dip their paws in their pockets and support us now.”

Music for Miniatures was created by Julie, a professional musician, who wanted her own children to be exposed to music at an early age in relaxed and family friendly surroundings wo added: "Enabling young children to listen to and appreciate different types of music is vital if we are to create the musicians of tomorrow.

"That is what Music for Miniatures does.

"Playing music has important health and social benefits.

"Learning to master an instrument stimulates the brain, improving functions like memory and abstract reasoning skills, essential for subjects such as science and mathematics.

"It helps with stress management, creativity, boosts confidence and self-esteem, and never to be forgotten, it is fun."

Call 0797 004 3026 or email info@musicforminiatures.co.uk if your would like to help or go online by clicking HERE to learn more about the charity.

Young readers

North Somerset libraries loves World Book Day!

The annual celebration of reading, books, authors, illustrators, and favourite characters runs from Monday to Sunday, March 2-8 and local libraries are inviting families to join in and share a story.

In the park, on the train, on the sofa, on a plane – reading can happen anywhere at any time; spending just 10 minutes a day sharing stories with children can make a real difference and it is fun for all involved.

Find stories to share in the library and collect a World Book Day book token while stocks last.

Library staff and volunteers will be sharing stories too.Story times is on Thursday, March 5, at 2pm at Nailsea library.

And schoolchildren will be welcomed into libraries across North Somerset

to enjoy stories in the library.

Children are invited to come dressed as their favourite book character.

For more information about what’s on in your local library click HERE and for World Book Day visit HERE.

  • A new booklist which recommends reading to help children aged seven to 11 years (Key Stage 2) and their families understand their feelings and worries and cope with tough times is now available in all North Somerset libraries.

SECRET GARDEN: Did you know there is a secret garden in the heart of Nailsea. It is at the Montessori Nursery behind the building on the High Street where children can play all day. It currently has full-time and part-time places available for youngsters aged 0-5 years olds. Call Paula Howes on 01275 851123 or email info@secret-garden for montessori.co.uk for more information

Woo @ zoo

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is hosting an animal couples fun trail and fete during February half term.

Come for a ‘date’ at Woo At The Zoo; from coconut shy to skittles, there will be something for all the family. 

Visit the zoo to learn all about the animals’ relationships with each other. Get to know more about their monogamous pair of Mara, Marius and Marilyn or visit the giraffe, zebra and lion families.

Many of the animals share their lives with a special someone!

Find out what the couples like and dislike, how long they’ve shared a home and fun facts about their personalities trail.

There is the opportunity for bug handling with giant African snails, stick insects and cockroaches!

And the café has some new Valentine’s inspired treats from Woo Waffles with a selection of yummy toppings to cream teas with homemade cakes.

Whistlestop

The miniature train at Ashton Court will be running on Sunday, March 29, noon-5pm.

There are two tracks, each approximately a third of a mile long and its summer Sunday timetable is extended to bank holidays too.

Bristol Society of Model and Experimental Engineers is in charge and owns seven locomotives used for driver training and passenger hauling on public open days.

The miniature train at Salthouse Fields, Clevedon operates all year round.

Toddler drive time

BACKWELL

Dinky Drivers isreturning to Backwell Parish Hall on Monday morning, March 9, for another early years stay and play session.
The junior drive-thru operatied 10am-12.45pm for children aged two to six years.
Sessions are run in 75 minute slots with limited numbers for maximum enjoyment.
To book click HERE.
The first session at 10am is already sold out but there are spaces at 11.30am.
It costs £6.50 per child.
As well as the full Dinky fleet there is a cafe available on site serving light refreshments and tea/coffee.
There is a matted play area for children aged under two years.
Backwell Parish Hall at Station Road has limited parking on site.


FAILAND

If you miss these dates then the Dinky Drivethrough moves to Failand Village Hall during the Easter school holidays.
Booked for Tuesday, April 7, as above two sessions 10am-11.15am and 11.30am-12.45pm.
This is the ultimate road trip experience! 

CHOO CHOO: Nailsea & District Model Railway Club next exhibition at Nailsea School is on Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29. It opens at the Mizzymead Road from 10am-5pm on the Saturday and 10am-4pm on the Sunday. Admission adult £6, child £2 or family ticket  (2+2) £14

BOOK WORMS: Free Lego Club is afterschool on Tuesdays at Nailsea library from 3.45-4.45pm. Children must be accompanied by responsible adult. For more information call 01934 426030

Big-hearted Lions collect for Nailsea Junior Football Club

Nailsea Junior Football Club u6s and u7s team would like to say a big thank you to Nailsea Lions for helping its fundraising efforts.

Spokesman Ben Watts said: "We just wanted to say a public thanks to the Nailsea Lions Club who allowed us to go out with them one night in December on their festive float.

"The evening raised more than £300."

On Tuesday evening, January 21, Lions Pam and Malcolm Hunt with Mike Horsfield went along to a trainng session to present a £255 cheque.

Ben added: "We raised £318 with 20 per cent going to the Lions charity fund.

"The Lions provided the float, driver and buckets for the evening and we provided six adult volunteers for two hours.
"We are raising money to buy a new line painting machine for when we have to mark the pitches out on Saturdays at Grove playing fields and also towards equipment for training like balls, bibs, cones and pop-up goals. 

"It was an absolutely amazing gesture and we wanted to say thank you and raise awareness on what an amazing job the Lions do for raising money

and supporting Nailsea community clubs."

The football club was formed in 1974 and is one of the largest in the south west with approximately 350 boys and girls aged six to 18 .

The u6 and u7 teams train 5-6pm on Tuesdays at Nailsea School and currently has 38 youngsters of mixed ability in that age group. 

MAYNEWS

Maynews Newsagents

Crown Glass Shopping Centre

 

Wanted boys and girls

to deliver newspapers.

Due to approaching GCSE season the shop is short of deliverers.

 

The rounds are all in the mornings:

  • Monday to Friday or

  • Monday to Saturday

 

Pay is £15-£25

Minimum age is13 no upper age limit

 

Contact Phil Morris at 8 Clevedom Walk, call 01275 856646 or email nailsea@jamesretail.co.uk

BUILDING BLOCKS: Tired of turkey? Fed up with Frozen? Escape the house and visit Nailsea library at Crown Glass Shopping Centre for a special new year Lego and Duplo club on Friday, January 3, 10.30am-noon. No need to book. All children must be supervised by a parent or carer. For more information call 01934 426030

2019

Science and slime junior workshops

Parents looking for ways to entertain their children during this month’s half-term holidays are being invited to bring them to a Halloween science and slime workshop on the Grand Pier, at Weston-super-Mare.

Morning and afternoon workshops are being hosted on Monday, October 28, which will help youngsters get into the Halloween spirit.

The 90-minute event starts with a team of scientists staging a Halloween-themed science show packed with awesome experiments, fizzing potions, bubbling concoctions, giant smoke rings and spooky science tricks.

When the smoke has settled, guests can then visit the slime creation station for a 30-minute slime-making workshop.

The sessions run 11am-12.30pm and 2–3.30pm.

Tickets £6 per child, and £3 per adult, and include general admission to the Grand Pier.

The workshops are most suited for children aged four to 12 years.

Infants under 80cm tall go free, and under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Grand Pier events manager Hollie Otley said: “Our Halloween Unfairground events provide plenty of topical entertainment for older guests, so it’s only right that we provide something to enable younger guests to get into the right spirit at this time of year.

“We hosted some science and slime workshops during the summer holidays, which proved popular.

"They are staged by a company which won backing on TV’s Dragon’s Den, and we’re delighted to welcome them back for some spooky science.

“The workshops are in the Regency Suite on the Grand Pier, so even if the weather is not very nice, it will provide something to occupy youngsters on the first day of their half-term school holidays.”

As part of the build up to Halloween, the Grand Pier is also running a pumpkin hunt throughout this month.

Children are invited to find eight playful pumpkin characters hidden around the Pier, each of which features a letter.

When all the letters have been found, they can be rearranged to form a topical word.

Children who complete the trail and work out the word can claim a Halloween treat from the Pier’s main gift shop.

Hollie added: “The pumpkin characters will be on large stickers on windows and walls on the pier.

“This is just another way in which families can get into the Halloween spirit throughout the month, in the run up to October 31, and helps build up some excitement for Halloween itself.”

For details of all the other special events that take place on the Grand Pier all year round, visit www.grandpier.co.uk.

Half term Halloween

  • Pumpkin patch farmers at Noah’s Ark zoo farm have harvested vegetables grown in elephant dung for their autumn display which is on show until Saturday, November 2. Read more on Noah's Ark page HERE

  • The Star Inn at Tickenham is hosting a children’s Halloween party on Saturday afternoon, October 26. From 3-6pm there will be apple bobbing, cake and biscuit decorating, best carved pumpkin competition and prize for best dressed costume. Pumpkins need to be carved at home and bought along for judging. Entry is £2.50 per child with accompanying adults free. More info on What's On page HERE

  • There is Halloween fun for adults and kids with Mark'd With Ink Ltd the Nailsea tattoo and piercing parlour. On Thursday, October 31, noon-6pm they are hosting a fun-filled day for everyone at Unit 4 The Arcade. This year they are doing a temporary Halloween tattoos for children, face-painting and goodie bags all for just £5. More info on What's On page HERE

  • The Old Farmhouse pub is hosting a 'spooky' Halloween disco on Friday, November 1, 6-9.30pm. Tickets £3 from the Trendlewood bar. There will be prizes to win, free buffet and great entertainment from Action Pussy Cat with interactive discos, party games, magic and more. Dress to impress in your best scary costumes for this fun family evening. More info on What's On page HERE

  • It’s going to be a spine-tingling Halloween at Bristol Zoo Gardens with bones, cobwebs and spookiness. All through half-term, from Saturday to Sunday, October 26-November 3, the zoo is staging Skeloween to give everyone who visits a thrill. Skeloween is a week-long celebration of Halloween, centred on creepy bones and skeletons. More info on What's On page HERE

  • The Great Pier Pumpkin Hunt is on at Clevedon Pier bigger and better than ever as this year they are taking part in the world’s biggest drawing festival and there will be things to make and do in the Porthole Room including creative pumpkin carving competition. Normal pier entry applies and ends Sunday, November 3. More info on What's On page HERE

  • Things are about to get spooky at Tyntesfield, as visitors to the gothic mansion can pick up a Halloween trail £3 from ticket office. Follow the trail of clues left by naughty spiders across the estate to unscramble the code. For those that fancy a spot of pumpkin carving, craft and storytelling, families can book a place on the Halloween hunky punk adventure. The activities are on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 29-30, More information HERE or on the Nailsea People Tyntesfield page

  • Budgen supermarket is sharing two spooktastic recipes for Halloween for bat cakes and scary spider cookies with its customers while selling pumpkins for carving at £1.50

JUNIOR STARS: Priority Football Camps are all about getting to know your team mates while feeling part of something really big and special. It regularly has more than children daily at its camps, but this is divided into smaller, age appropriate groups, so that children have the chance to make friends with like-minded boys and girls while working with coaches they know and trust. A few times a day they come together for team photos and end of day awards to create an atmosphere that other camps just can't match! A limited number of spaces are still available for all five of next week's camp days at Nailsea School during half term. To book click HERE

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Volunteers needed by 1st Nailsea Scout Group

1st Nailsea Scout Group based at its Clevedon Road HQ is recruiting leaders across all three sections:

  • Beavers (aged 6-8);

  • Cubs aged (aged 8-10.5); and

  • Scouts (aged 10.5-14).

They are looking for people with a love of the great outdoors who enjoy working with children and in small teams.

While previous scouting experience is a bonus, it really isn’t necessary, NSG has a number of very experienced leaders who can help guide people who are new to the scouting organisation.

The aim of the Scout Movement is to equip young people with skills for life.

Its goal is to help them develop their full potential to become leaders, team workers and problem solvers, and to develop characteristics such as resilience, tenacity and initiative.

This is all delivered through a structured programme of adventure, learning and fun.

For those who prefer not to work directly with the children, NBSG also has administrative roles including looking after equipment, or managing scout hut bookings.

If you would like to find out more email Bridget.wyatt@1stnailseascouts.org.uk, who would love to hear from you.

STREET SCENE: Little City to Bristol is coming to Backwell. Does your small person love to role play?  Come along to our toddler sized street where they can be a shopkeeper, firefighter, doctor, hairdresser or superhero all in one place! Play is restricted children aged under five years. Little City is at Backwell Parish Hall on Monday, October 21. It only has two spaces left for 9.30am but the 11am session still some space available to play. Click HERE to pre-book which is essential as spaces are limited. Book for three children or more and receive a 10 per cent discount! More details on the Little City Bristol Facebook page.

LEGO CLUB: Nailsea library at Somerset Square has a free after school club on Tuesdays for children who like building with Lego bricks. It began this term and runs from 3.45-4.45pm. Ask at counter for more details or just turn up.

First Aid for parents

Are you an expectant parent, parent or grandparent?

Do you worry about choking or what you would do in an emergency?

A baby and child first aid class is running at St Francis Parish Hall, Nailsea.

The class covers everything from CPR to recognising meningitis.

It is designed to gently build your knowledge and confidence, even if you’ve never done first aid before:

🌼 Saturday,October 5, 10am-12.30pm
🌼 Taught by a qualified teacher and paediatric first aid specialist
🌼 Fee £25 per person
🌼 Small babies aged under one year welcome to come with you
🌼 Booking essential, email frances@daisyfirstaid.com

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

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

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

But the theme for 2019 is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Space Chase will take young readers on an out-of-this-world adventure with our super space family, The Rockets.

Once signed up children are challenged to read six books over 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.  

Look out for more details at your school or in your library.

Children under five will receive a free book if they join their local library in North Somerset this summer.

The offer, which runs until the end of August, will see under-fives receive a free book as a gift from North Somerset Bookstart when they join any North Somerset library.

Joining is free and easy – just pop along to your local library.

Skatepark sessions

The second skateschool session was postponed due to bad weather.

This was set for Tuesday, July 30, from 10-11am and was to be a 'girls only' session. 

A new date has yet to be announced but will be at the end of August.

Book by direct message via the Facebook Nailsea Skatepark Project.

The sessions can safely accommodate 30 children and it is first come first served.

Young people need helmet, skateboard/scooter and a drink. 
Tea and coffee will be provided for parents.

Wacky Wednesday

Every Wednesday during August, the popular Wacky Wednesdays makes a welcome return to the Crown Glass Shopping Centre with a programme of free entertainment for the children of Nailsea.

The fun begins on Wednesday, August 7, when Bubbly Heaven comes to the centre.  At shows at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm, children can enjoy some breath-taking displays in the art of bubble making! 

Giant bubble, cloud bubbles and even magic smoke bubbles and one child may even be the ‘inside the bubble!’

It’s Pedal Power on Wednesday, August 14, when Isabella’s Story Cycle comes to town. 

Storyteller Isabella is a bicycling botanist who loves to share stories from her incredible journeys around the world with the people she meets along the way.

Isabella has flown with the blue butterflies of Brazil, outwitted trolls in the fjords of Norway, learnt Kung-Fu on the mountain of Kunyu and rested in a robin’s nest on Dartmoor. 

With delightful storytelling, gorgeous illustrations, unexpected wonders and a handsome Story Bicycle called Dilys, Isabella will whisk the children away to another world.

Wildlife is the order of the day on Wednesday, August 21, when the Crown Glass Shopping Centre will be visited by meerkats, snakes, pygmy hedgehogs as Bryan Paterson brings his menagerie of animals to Nailsea between 11am-4pm – giving youngsters the opportunity to see and learn more about these creatures.

Finally, on Wednesday, August 28, The Knights’ Fun Circus Skills Workshops will get the children both watching and taking 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.

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

Crown Glass Shopping Centre manager Martin Nelmes 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.

“We hope children visiting the centre this August will enjoy the entertainment we have planned for them and they will certainly love seeing Honeysuckle the Bee – our mascot - in the Centre. 

"Knowing what she is like, suspect that she too will be trying to hula hoop and spin plates.”

Wildlife Displays.

Pre-school gym

Gemini Gymnastic Club, at Blackfriars Road, Nailsea is offering lots of junior gym sessions.
  • On Tuesdays at 9.30am it is a 40 minute Fun 4 Baby class;
  • On Tuesdays (at 10.30am), Thursdays (at 11.30am) and Fridays (at 10.30am) it is the Seal 45 minutes class for parents and their pre-school tots aged 18 months to two-and-a-half years;
  • On Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.30am it is 45 minutes for the Shark class; and
  • Pre-schoolers aged three and a years to reception class there is a 45 minute session on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays starting at 12.30pm.
Email Abi Hooley at abihooley@hotmail.com for more details.​

Children aged four to eight years are invited to a free cricket taster session at Millennium Park, Nailsea.

With such a huge summer of cricket underway, we want as many youngsters as possible to get out there and give cricket a go.

To help make this happen there is All Stars Have-A-Go free taster sessions organised as part of the popular All Stars programme.

It is on Wednesday, July 31, 6-7.30pm.

The ‘have-a-go’ session features:

  • For all boys and girls aged four to eight

  • One free-of-charge 90 minute session

  • Emphasis on fun and being active 

  • Focus on developing your child’s movement skills

  • Safe and fully accredited

  • Valuable time with your children – mums and dads are encouraged to take part too

  • Easy online registration

  • Includes a free bat and ball for all new participants

To register click HERE.

Junior sporting lives

Summer Holiday Camps:19 days of football durting the summer holidays including our first ever tournament and Ultimate Team days run by Priority Football at Nailsea School. For further information and to book click go to HERE. Priority Football is a growing football coaching company offering professional football coaching for pre-school to 11 years old. Priority Football has more than 100 members. It runs multiple programmes, aimed from children aged two and a half. It is also offer an advanced session, tailored for aspiring footballing stars aged between 11–13.

Slime of their lives at Grand Pier

Children are being promised the slime of their lives at Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier during this year’s school summer holidays.

The iconic seafront attraction is staging some spectacular science and slime workshops on Saturday,August 17, and bank holiday Monday, August 26, with morning and afternoon sessions on both dates.

The first part of the experience is a one-hour interactive science show which will be packed with awesome experiments including fizzing potions, bubbling concoctions, astonishing giant smoke rings and a whole array of magical, weird and wacky science tricks.

After being inspired, youngsters will be able to visit the slime creation station for a 30-minute slime-making workshop, at the end of which they will receive a Professional Slime Maker certificate to take home – as well as their own goo!

Parents will also be given a link that will enable them to download a PDF containing details of 10 fun-filled science experiments which can be done at home.

While the event is open to children of all ages, it is most suited to those aged between four and 12, and it all takes place in the pier’s Regency Suite.

The morning science show and workshop runs 11am-12.30pm, and the afternoon event runs 2-3.30pm.

Tickets £6 for children and £3 adults; children who are under 80cm tall will be admitted free.

The ticket price includes admission to the Grand Pier itself.

The fun-filled events are being delivered by successful children’s entertainment specialists Sublime Science, who secured Prince’s Trust funding and also backing from BBC Dragon’s Den - after founder Mad Marc famously fired smoke rings at the ‘dragons’.

Two of the dragons, Nick Jenkins and Sarah Willingham then invested in Sublime Science, whose basic aim is to help children discover how awesome science can be, in a fun, engaging and entertaining way.

Grand Pier group marketing manager Lucy Graham said: “We all know that children love to get their hands messy, so I am sure that the slime workshops will prove very popular.

“And as the Sublime Science team says, the event is all about children having real fun doing science, being inspired and entertained and sneaking in the learning when they’re having too much fun to notice!.

“Sublime Science have brought their critically acclaimed brand of entertainment to more than one million children during the past ten years, so we’re delighted to have them join us for some slimetastic fun on the pier in August.

“And, of course, those who attended these special events, can entertain themselves before and after the workshops by enjoying the wide range of rides and attractions that the Grand Pier has to offer.

“It can always be a challenge for parents finding different ways to keep their children entertained during the long summer holidays, but the Grand Pier has enough to keep the whole family occupied for many hours and is the ideal location for some summer holiday fun.

“Whether you are visiting town for a day – it’s easy to get to by road or rail – or coming from further afield for a longer stay, if you come to Weston-super-Mare then a visit to the Grand Pier is a must-do activity.

“We are looking forward to welcoming lots of happy youngsters – and therefore happy parents too – during the summer holidays.”

For more information and to book tickets in advance, as well as details of the wide range of other events, activities and attractions available at the Grand Pier all year round click HERE.

Bristol Zoo Gardens summer dates

Fridays, July 5, 19 and 26

Friday Twilights

Explore Bristol Zoo after hours with amazing animals, special talks, and great live music! Tickets £7.50, this is the perfect addition to your summer. Food, drinks and face-painting also available at additional cost. From 6.30-10pm, last entry 8pm. For more information and to book your tickets click HERE.

Saturday to Sunday, July 20 to October 13

Trainee zookeeper trail

Be a ‘trainee zookeeper’ with Wallace & Gromit children’s activity trail and workshops. This summer, loveable pals Wallace and Gromit are coming to Bristol Zoo for A Grand Day Out and you’re invited! Take on our cracking ‘trainee zookeeper’ trail starring Aardman’s beloved duo, and join a model-making workshop and more! Trail open daily 9am-4.30pm, included in admission. Gromit, Feathers and Shaun the Sheep model-making workshops: July 29, August 5, 16, 27, September 28 and October 13. Additional charges apply – advance booking is highly recommended. Visit www.bristolzoo.org.uk for more information and to book model-making.

Thursday, July 25

Mammal detectives for 8-12 year olds

A quest to discover which furry animals live on the Downs by following the clues they leave behind. In the afternoon print your own awesome animal footprint t-shirt. Drop off children at 10am and pick them up at 3.30pm. £17.50 per child At Bristol Zoo Gardens and on the Downs. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 903 0609 or email mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

Thursday, August 1

Gorge-ous goats for 8-12 year olds

Visit the Avon Gorge’s hairiest residents and have fun playing our gobbling goats game. Later, make a fabulous felt goat mask. Booking details as above.

More detals on the What's On page by clkicking HERE.

STAGE CRAFT: Two summer workshops are being offered by Tillie's School of Performing Arts. The first is a full week, Monday-Friday, August 12-16, for children aged five plus. They will learn from  professional actors and guest tutors in a range of disciplines including drama, dance, singing, pupperty, improvisation, screen acting, circus skills, SFX makeup and so much more. The second is for three days from Monday to -Wednesday, August 19-21 and is for childred aged three to five years who are invited to join an adventure under the sea using drama, singing, dance and crafts with a performance for friends and family on the final day. Children need to bring a packed lunch. To book click HERE.

AliCaT workshops combine all the things that children love about AliCaT and include practical theatre skills such as designing and making sets and creating costumes. 

The daily sessions work towards a unique performance, which is devised (by the children!) and worked upon during the week.

The workshops are for children aged of seven plus years and there is a maximum of 25 places.

The places are on a first come first serve basis.

The summer workshop runs from Monday to Friday, July 29-August 2.

The sessions at Backwell Playhouse, 23 Mariners Drive, run from 10am-4pm daily with the final performance for parents and friends on the Friday at 4pm.

There is a ‘breakfast club’ 9-10am at an additional cost.

AliCaT workshops cost £125 for the week or £25.00 per day.

This is a one off fee that includes the final production cost and resources.

Children need to come in comfortable clothing, with a packed lunch and bags of energy and imagination!

For further details and/or to book click HERE and go to the holiday workshops page.

Nailsea Reward Scheme support

Nailsea Neighbourhood Beat Team is about to kick off its 2019 summer Initiative at Millennium Park.

The group is hoping to build on last years success when they saw a 24 per cent drop in anti-social behaviour in Nailsea.

This year will see some old events coming back and a few new ones including a cheerleading demo, free running and strong man displays.

Nailsea Freemasons presented a sponsorship cheque to the police team towards funding the initiative.

Paul Rabbits, of Nailsea Mark Lodge, said: "We are pleased to be able to support and sponsor the community of Nailsea especially the youth of the town.

"Nailsea Reward Scheme is a great initiative and will help people stay active and bring the community together."

PCSO Kate Turner said " We would like to thank everyone who is again supporting this initiative and we are still looking for more volunteers.

"We will be running the Reward Scheme again this year where the youth of Nailsea can obtain stamps for a reward card by getting involved in events or completing a good deed, once a card is complete they could win vouchers at the end of the summer."

Anyone interested in helping or putting on an event can contact the team at Nailsea Police Station by calling 101 or email via the force website.

PHOTO;  PCSOs Kate Turner and Julie Berchall, of Nailsea Neighbourhood Beat Team with Provisional Grandmaster Philip Voisey and Paul Rabbits , Master for Nailsea Mark Lodge 

Nailsea Summer Playscheme 2019

Nailsea summer playscheme was begun by Nailsea Town Council way back in 1985.

Now some 30 plus years later it is still going strong having cared for and amused thousands of children for the first fortnight of the school summer holidays.

This year it is running for 11 days with doors opening at 8.30am-4pm.

The scheme which began at Grove Sports & Social Centre, then Grove Junior School, onto Golden Valley Primary School has been at Kingshill Church School at Pound Lane for the past decade.

This not-for-profit summer school which is organised by a small committee of volunteers caters more more than 100 primary aged children on a daily basis.

It has proved a godsend for working parents to know there children are in safe hands while enjoying fun and stimulating activities.

Its timetabled programme includes drama, art, craft, music, dance, field sports and much more plus specialist workshops run by outside professionals are par for the course.

This year it is running weekdays from Wednesday to Wednesday, July 24-August 7.

To download a booking form click HERE.

Costs vary but it is approximately £16 a day with reductions for siblings.

Last but not least a big thank you goes to sponsors Brabrantia, Nailsea Town Council and Tesco as well as those who come along to take specialist classes.

Just a few places left for Friday , August 2

We The Curious

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

Get inspired by fun workshops, explosive shows and space adventures in the Planetarium, and get the chance to meet artists and researchers as they work at We The Curious.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, anew music show will be launching in the Planetarium - In The Steps of Apollo 3D.

A collaboration between music and education charity Sound World, and the Planetarium team at We The Curious, In The Steps of Apollo 3D charts our relationship with the moon and explores the legacy of the lunar landing in five musical journeys.

The show features specially commissioned music from five leading composers; each journey features contemporary classical works in glorious surround sound, accompanied by stunning astronomical visuals across the Planetarium dome.

The show launches on Saturday, July 20, the actual 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing – the evening will include a special 45 minute talk A Photographic Story Of The Moon Landings by Royal Photographic Society exhibition Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond curator Debbie Ireland.

All of the details can be found on www.wethecurious.org

We The Curious is focussing on inventing, creating and making discoveries.

For summer 2019 it will focus on:

  • Our ‘climate action’ activities are about positive actions for a better world at We The Curious, they will  explore the air we breathe, the food we eat and the people who can make a difference. These will run through May half term and up to the summer holidays.

  • A brand new Planetarium show In The Steps of Apollo 3D – celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, this show combines new, specially commissioned works by leading composers from Sound World with stunning 3D visuals across the Planetarium dome. Launching on Saturday, July 20.

  • REWILD Our Planet – running daily on weekends and schools - A new ground-breaking social augmented reality experience WWF, Google, Netflix, and PHORIA.

For more information click HERE to go to the We The Curious website or call 0117 915 1000 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Bookish peeps at Nailsea Library

STORYTIME: Every Thursday 2-2.30pm (term time only)

 

​​RHYMETIME: Every Friday 9.45-10.15am and 11-11.30am (term time only)

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: Thursday, July 4, 11am-noon with Richard Green, of Wards Solicitior is on hand for free advice

AGE UK SCAM AWARENESS: On Tuesdays, July 9 and 23 from 11.45am with Lin Griffin 

NAT WEST BANKER: Tuesdays, July 23 and 30 with Karen Wood who will be at the library to answer banking queries

COUNCILLORS SURGERIES: Surgeries in library on the first four Saturdays of every month 10am-noon on a rota basis

HEALTHWATCH: Thursday, July 25, 10am-noon opportunity to talk about health and social care services

COMPUTER BUDDIES: Every Wednesday 2-4pm and Thursday 10am-noon. Ask at the counter for details.

FAMILY HISTORY ADVICE: Fridays 10am-noon

 

BEGINNERS ALTERED BOOK GROUP: Discover how to repurpose an old book. Materials for your first session with be provided. Use your creativity and meet new people. Tuesdays 2-4pm

FAMILY BOARD GAMES CLUB: Will be back in September - news of a new Lego club coming soon

 

LIBRARY READING GROUP: Second Tuesday of every month at 10am.

For more information call the library on 01934 426030, email nailsea.library@n-somerset.gov.uk or alternatively pop in and see for yourself.

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

Sign up for free at your library during the summer holidays from Saturday, July 13.

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

But the theme for 2019 is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Space Chase will take young readers on an out-of-this-world adventure with our super space family, The Rockets.

Once signed up children are challenged to read six books over 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.  

Look out for more details at your school or in your library.

Putting our park in order

Nailsea Skatepark Project is hosting a second open meeting with police, town councillors, residents and young people to talk about making the park an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Skatepark spokesman Phil Williams said: "It has been nearly three years since the fabulous new Nailsea skate park has been open at Millennium Park next to the Scotch Horn Centre.

"It has been used extensively not only by members of our community but also by 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 approximately £116,000 to build the park, it continues to be a really popular community space.

"The meeting will be discussing some of the more negative behaviour that unfortunately has been seen in the park on occasions but mostly it the focus will be on the positive aspects of providing a place of their own for skateboarders and scooter enthusiasts of all ages."

The meeting is at 7.30pm on Thursday, March 28, at Number 65 High Street.

Refreshments will be served.

The annual spring clean is during the school Easter holidays on Wednesday, April 10, starting at 10am - imagesof the 2018 spring clean below.

The police community beat team will be providing a free barbecue for those doing the sweeping, painting and a big litter pick.

Phil added: "This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved - more hands make light work!"

Volunteers from community groups and businesses are welcomed.

For details of the 17th anniversary Nailsea Community Skatepark Festival 2019 on Saturday June 8, see the What's On pages by clicking HERE.

Any questions about the meeting, or spring clean can be emailed in advance to phil@christiansurfers.co.uk.

Pier theme park fun at seaside

Nailsea's nearest 'theme park' is on the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare.

The latest games to be installed are two new Comi-X air hockey tables with action-packed comic-style graphics and eye-catching LED lighting.

Grand Pier Tim Moyle general manager Tim Moyle said: “We are always looking to bring new attractions to the Pier and also to refresh and replenish existing ones. 

"I’m sure visitors to the Pier will love these new air hockey tables, which look amazing. We find that the more traditional games like air hockey remain consistently popular because of the interaction they offer to families, as well as the competitive nature of the game.” 

The air hockey tables won’t be the only new features people will find appearing at the pier during the coming weeks, as the attraction gets itself fully ready for the new season-proper, which traditionally starts at Easter. 

A brand-new, eight-player, digital Pac-Man pusher is also due to arrive soon.

A number of other new games will be appearing in the Pier’s Pavilion over the coming weeks on a trial basis; if they prove popular enough, the Pier will consider making a permanent purchase.

These include:

  • Tomb Raider video game

  • House of the Scarlet Dawn, the latest video game in the House of the Dead series

  • Several ticket-redemption machines, including:

    • Robot Storm, a ball-shooting game

    • Hero of Steel, a water-shooting game

    • Robot Battle, another ball-shooting game.

Mr Moyle said: “These should all be coming on line over the next few weeks, and those that become most popular with our visitors will be permanently added to our wide-ranging offer which provides something for the whole family.”

To find out about the wide range of other attractions, events and entertainments at the Grand Pier all year round, visit www.grandpier.co.uk

Power up Skatefest 2019

The 17th annual Nailsea Skatepark Festival is on Saturday afternoon, June 8, at Millennium Park.

The original date clashed with the annual Nailsea Junior Football Club weekend six-a-side which is booked for one week later.

In the past bad weather has forced organisers to postpone but as the junior soccer community competition was first on the fixtures list the skateboard festival swapped for an early date.

This is so many of the youngsters and their families can attend both events.

The skatefest competition runs from 1–5pm and will include challenges for skateboard, scooter and BMX competitors.

The park will be full of fun stalls and activities with lots to eat and drink.

Big thanks go to those already helping behind the scenes with planning and/or funding.

But if you would like to help power up the event a sponsor is needed to hire a generator for 2019.

To book a stall email nailseaskatefest@gmail.com.

Booking forms for previous stallholders will be sent out in the next few weeks.

For any other information contact festival director Phil Williams on phil@christiansurfers.co.uk.

Phil said: “A huge thanks go to those already involved including Holy Trinity and Trendlewood churches, Nailsea Town Council, Nailsea Community Trust, Christians Together in Nailsea, businesses who support and all the other individuals who will be giving up their time to act as volunteers.”

Nailsea People will be publishing festival updates and you can also get the latest news via the Facebook pages Nailsea Skatepark Project, Nailsea Skate Fest and Activities Showcase.

Nailsea Summer School has been running for more than 30 years at various primary schools throughout the town.

It has been a permanent fixture at Kingshill Church School for nearly a decade now.

It always runs the first few weeks of the summer school holidays and this year dates are Wednesday to Wednesday, July 24-August 7.

Booking forms will be available from Easter with new payment options for the 11 days of art, craft, dance, disco, sport and more.

But most importantly Nailsea Summer School is lots and lots of fun at the Pound Lane campus and has a breakfast club allowing working parents the chance to drop-off earlier.

Further details soon with link to booking form.

Our school holiday theatre workshops

AliCaT workshops combine all the things that children love about AliCaT and include practical theatre skills such as designing and making sets and creating costumes. 

The daily sessions work towards a unique performance, which is devised (by the children!) and worked upon during the week.

Its workshops are for children aged seven plus and there is a maximum of 25 places.

The places are on a first come first serve basis so reserve your space ASAP if you are interested.

AliCaT workshop details:

  • Easter workshop is Monday to Friday, April 8-12

  • Summer workshop: Monday to Friday, July 29-August 2

The sessions run from 10am-4pm daily with the final performance for parents and friends on the Friday at 4pm. The groups based at Backwell Playhouse also offer a ‘breakfast club’ between 9-10am at an additional cost.

AliCaT workshops cost £125 for the week or £25 per day.

The fee includes the final production cost and resources.

Children need to come in comfortable clothing, with a packed lunch and bags of energy and imagination.

Email assistant manager Susie Pain on susie@alicat.me or call 01275 791275 for more details or to book.

FOOTIE FUN: Priority Football is running a half term football camp at Nailsea School on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 18-20. Three days of fun and professional coaching for youngsters aged four to 12-years it costs from £15 per day. For older childlre aged seven to 12-years there is a one day goalkeeping camp from 9am-3.30pm on Thursday, February 21 also at the Mizzymead Road comprehensive. This is £20. There is an additional cost for early drop-offs. For more details and to book and pay click HERE.

Woo At Zoo

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm near Nailsea  is celebrating its love for the planet with the Woo At The Zoo event this half term.

From Thursday to Saturday, February 14-March 2, you can follow the heart trail around the zoo, to see all the amazing animal couples, including Arusha and Masai its lion couple and find out how they help with global conservation efforts and what you can do to help. 

Look out for the playful lion cubs, Kojo and Tau who are growing up really fast.

There will be a promise tree for people to make a promise to conservation as well as a competition to win a family day ticket, valid for a year.

If you get peckish, the café is open as usual, but for those who fancy something a bit special, why not book afternoon tea in the café from 2-4pm to enjoy delicious homemade sandwiches, cakes and scones with tea or coffee.

Please note afternoon tea must be pre-booked.

Tickets for day entry for Woo At The Zoo can also be pre booked online.

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is open Monday-Saturday 10:30am -5pm.

Drama, singing, dance and lots of fun.

Our half term workshops are filling up, so book soon online or at the studio to secure your space.

9.30am-4.30pm
Age 5+
TSPA Studios, Britannia Way, Clevedon, BS21 6QH
£15 a day

Running week days during half term, come along to have a great time and learn something new. Drama games, creating plays, costumes, singing, dancing and perhaps a bit of karaoke with our microphones! 
You provide a packed lunch and we provide the rest.

To book click HERE.

Grand Pier’s monster plan for half-term

Parents looking for ideas on how to entertain their children during the February half-term holidays need look no further than Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier.

The seafront attraction plans to occupy lots of ‘little monsters’ with a few very special monsters of its own – of the dinosaur variety.

Titch is a 14-foot-long animatronic dinosaur, modelled on a Tyrannosaurus Rex, complete with snapping jaws, blinking eyes and, of course, a very loud roar.

He visited the Pier a few times last year and proved to be a monster hit.

Titch is returning, by popular demand, on Saturday, February 16 – but he is not coming alone, he is bringing some fearsome (yet friendly) other creatures with him in what is being billed as a Dinosaur Takeover.

Tickets cost £1 per person, which includes all-day entry to the Grand Pier, plus a meet and greet and photo opportunities with Titch and the other dinosaurs, against the setting of a Jurassic Park-style Electric Fence display and Jurassic-themed-backdrop.

The meet and greet is for ticket holders holder; tickets can be obtained by clicking HERE.

In addition to Titch there will be a sit-on animatronic Triceratops, which will offer ideal photo opportunities for those aged under seven, a ‘baby’ hand-held animatronic dinosaur and an ‘over the shoulder’ animatronic beast.

There will be plenty of props for people to hold onto and pose with, including a giant dinosaur egg, leg bone and a baby Triceratops which can be held.

Meanwhile the pier will be hosting a 'dino hunt' every day during the February half-term holiday.

Visitors, and brave young explorers, will be urged to grab their maps and venture across uncharted territories throughout the pier on a quest to find long-lost dinosaur eggs, each of which has a letter on.

Find them all, unscramble the letters, and you’ll win a special treat.

To take part, visit the retail shop on the first floor of the Pavilion during half-term and staff will provide you with all the information you need for your roarsome adventure.

If you’re off exploring elsewhere during the February half-term, don’t worry, because Titch and his friends will be returning to the pier on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31, on Wednesdays April 10 and 17.

Grand Pier general manager Tim Moyle said: “Titch proved very popular when he visited the Pier last year, so we’re delighted to be bringing him back for some return visits in 2019.

“And since he is not coming alone, we hope that anyone who wants to see him will bring their friends and family members along too!”

For more information about the wide range of attractions, activities and events at the Grand Pier, visit www.grandpier.co.uk

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WALK IN WOODS: Go on a half term walk in Towerhouse Woods and discovered the magical Ty Sculpture Walk. This was created in 2016 on 16-acres of land owned by the Woodland Trust on the borders of Nailsea, Tickenham and Wraxall. It is accessed via Jacklands Lake and built to celebrates the life of Ty Partridge who grew up in a  house on the corner of the wood. Ty, who spent much of his free time playing, exploring and making dens here died from leukemia, aged 21 and the trail is the inspiration of his dad Piers, helped by Phil Carter, whose son was a close friend. The 14 sculptures, including a dormouse, badger, fox, buzzard, hedgehog and robin are not obvious, but then neither is nature.
Look in Gallery 2019 to see more beautiful photographs take by Agnieszka Kubiszewska-Krawczyk.

Half term films

From Friday, February 15
  • How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World (U)
  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (U)
For time and to book click HERE.
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Tyntesfield, near Nailsea

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FUN FOR THE YOUNG: Click images to learn more about the Wild Place, Bristol Zoo, We Are Curious,Puxton Park and Tyntesfield

The Wiz auditions

The Wiz is a joyous explosion of music, dance, magic, and heart to delight audience members of all ages.

Nailsea Musicals is performing the show in May after a launch date in January.

If you want to be a part of its next show on stage or off come along on Wednesday, January 9 at Mizzymead recreation centre to find out how you can be a part of this fun twist on a classic story.

 

  • Junior section launch is 6-7pm 

  • Adult section launch 7.30-9.30pm

The Wiz is a modern retelling of L Frank Baum’s classic children’s story reflecting contemporary African-American culture.

After Dorothy gets swept up in a tornado, she finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz. There, she makes new friends, battles evil witches, and seeks the aid of the all-powerful and mysterious Wiz.

Ultimately, Dorothy finds that, if you believe with all your heart, you can always find your way home. With an infectious soul score, dynamic numbers, and endearing cast of characters, 

Nailsea Musicals began life as Nailsea Comedy Club in 1977 and the first show I saw was The Sound Of Music in the early 1980s.

It has an 80-strong membership in two junior and adult sections which perform at least one main production and a small concert annually. Both sections rehearse on at the Mizzymead RecreatIon Centre on Wednesday evenings.

For more information about the thespians click HERE or email  secretary@nailseamusicals.org.uk.

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.

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?

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.

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