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Parlez-vous français?

French classes for children in Year 1-6 start at Holy Trinity church on Monday, September 13. T

hat's primary aged children from five to 11 years.

The timetable is:

  • Years 5 and 6 4-4.45pm

  • Years 1 and 2 4.45-5.15pm

  • Years 3 and 4 5.15-6pm 

Get in touch to enrol your child for a free taster session.

Email ns.languageacademy@gmail.com for more information.

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Toy train timetable

Trainmaster pulls into Christ Church vestry hall, Nailsea, with a new timetable.

To book go to www.somersetnorth.trainmaster.co.uk to find out more.

The cost is first child is £7 and one free adult .

Extra children are £6.

The train themed events and private parties are run nationwide.

A company spokesman said: "North Somerset is a brand new area for us with Sophie just starting.

"The tickets sold out for the first event but we have now added extra sessions and further dates. 

"We usually run every four weeks at each location and plan to do the same in Nailsea.

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FURTHER INFO: Click on images to learn more about football holiday camps and free school meal grocery collection

PLAY TIME: The soft play area at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, Nailsea has re-opened from Monday to Friday, noon-5pm and weekends 10am-4pm. To book one hour sessions call 01275 856965. Parents must supervise children. Teas, coffee, soft drinks and light snacks will be available from the cafe

Help in summer holidays

Enriching free activities and food projects are being provided during the school holidays for children and young people in North Somerset who are entitled to benefits-related free school meals.

North Somerset Council was awarded £500,000 from the Department for Education through the Holiday, Activities and Food Programme (HAF) to fund sessions during the summer and Christmas holidays.

In North Somerset there are more than 4,300 school-aged children who receive benefits-related free school meals.

The HAF programme aims to ensure children and young people are more active, eat more healthily, learn more about nutrition and can access fun and enjoyable activities by enabling them to attend holiday clubs for free.

The funding allows children to access clubs for four hours per day, for four days a week, for four weeks in the summer holidays and one week in the Christmas holidays.

North Somerset Council executive member for children's services Catherine Gibbons is the Labour Party ward councillor for Weston-super-Mare Milton.

She said: “School holidays can be particular pressure points for some families because of increased costs such as food, childcare and reduced incomes.

“For many it means their children are less likely to be able to take part in activities and more likely to experience isolation.

“This scheme offers valuable support to these families facing financial challenges.”

If you and your child know of holidays activities that are happening and would like to attend if you had some support, contact North Somerset Council and tell them who the provider is.

"The council will then see if it can support the provider to meet the HAF criteria and enable your child to attend."

For more information email HAF@n-somerset.gov.uk.

North Somerset Council has supported low-income families throughout the

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pandemic, working with local communities, voluntary groups and

businesses to help families access support during lockdown restrictions.

North Somerset Council and schools have been distributing vouchers to families during school holidays, funded through the temporary Winter Covid Grant and the subsequent temporary Local Covid Support Grant.

Cllr Gibbons added: “Many families are struggling with the economic impact of coronavirus and will continue to do so while the pandemic is still with us.”

Any family which needs support during the coronavirus pandemic can visit:

www.n-somerset.gov.uk/together for more information.

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Summer reading for Wild World Heroes

Children in North Somerset are being invited to help save the planet in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The annual challenge is back in North Somerset libraries to encourage four to 11-year-olds to keep reading books over the summer and help them boost their literacy skills.

This year’s theme is Wild World Heroes – a special nature-themed challenge that will inspire children to stand up for the planet. It’s free to take part and children can sign up at any North Somerset library from Saturday, July 10. 

When they sign up, they will receive a special Wild World Heroes collector’s poster asking them to help solve the environmental issues of Wilderville.

They can read any six library books of their choice, collecting special stickers to complete the poster and solve the environmental challenges.

Children completing the challenge by Saturday, September 11, will receive a certificate and medal.

North Somerset Council executive member for children's services and lifelong learning is Catherine Gibbons who is the Labour Party ward councillors Milton and a Weston Town.

She said: “There is a tendency for children's reading levels to dip over the summer holidays, taking part in the challenge is fun and helps children to maintain their reading skills and improve their reading confidence and emotional wellbeing.

“This is particularly important this year following the disruption to schooling experienced by children as a result of the Covid pandemic." 

North Somerset Council executive member for neighbourhoods and

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community services is the Hutton and Locking independent ward councillor.

He said: "Wild World Heroes will feature amazing books, great rewards and plenty of ideas for taking care of our environment, so get ready to join in this summer.

"Your local library is looking forward to welcoming you!

“All our libraries have measures in place to keep you safe and volunteers and staff will be available to help children complete the challenge following the necessary guidelines."  

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DINKY DRIVERS: Back in Backwell at the parish hall on Saturday, June 26 with two sessions at 9.30am and 11.20am. There will be vintage cars, ride on toys and lots of other road related role play equipment for your child to immerse themselves in. Suitable for ages 2-5. Each session runs for 70 mins.  There will be a cafe on site for everyone to refuel the tanks during the session. Cards will be accepted on the day for the cafe facility if you wish to use this. Come and join us on this exciting journey! To book click HERE

Year 6 High Street meet

Something new for Year 6s is happening in Nailsea.

This is the top year in primary school for those aged 10-11.

On Mondays from 6-8pm, Area 6t5at 65 High Streetwill be opening its doors to all Yr 6s, offering the chance to hang out with friends and make some new ones ahead of starting your new Yr 7 schools in September.

Based upstairs at 65 High Street, Area 6t5 is a space specifically designed for young people, sessions are led by trained and DBS checked youth workers.

Area 6t5 is a safe space to chill with friends, game, do homework, cook, craft, surf the web, and meet others.

If you would like more information head over to Area 6t5 Facebook page and message with any questions.

  • Nailsea Town Council environment and leisure committee discussed in May putting outdoor gym equipment at Millennium Park to add to the skatepark, playgroup, zipwire, youth shelter and ping-pong table. The PCSOs have also put forward an idea to run a youth club at Scotch Horn Centre. Watch this space...

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Toy train timetable

Trainmaster pulls into Christ Church vestry hall, Nailsea, on Wednesday morning, June 9.

To book go to www.somersetnorth.trainmaster.co.uk.

The cost is first child is £7 and one free adult .

Extra children are £6.

The train themed events and private parties are run nationwide.

A company spokesman said: "North Somerset is a brand new area for us with Sophie just starting.

" The tickets have all sold out for the first event but we are looking into adding an extra session and further dates. 

"We usually run every four weeks at each location and hope to do the same. 

School half term bounce

UK's largest travelling theme park will be open at Gatcombe Farm, Weston Road, Long Ashton, this month.

The park which opened for two May weekends continues from Saturday to Sunday, May 29-June 6 which is half term.

Open 10am to 5pm daily is costs £8 for all day unlimited use with wristbands which excludes bungees, zorbs, cars and wipeout.

Age restrictions are two to 14-years.

Free entry for accompanying adults.

Hot food and drink on site.

This event will be operating in line with government guidelines and has full Covid secure measures in place to keep everyone safe.

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Storytime in woods

Primary aged children are invited to go on a Story Adventure at Towerhouse Woods during May weekends.

Turning the pages for four to nine-year-olds on Saturdays, May 1 and May 22; Sundays, May 9 and May 16 from 10am-noon it costs £6 per person.

The events are Covid compliant with a maximum of 15 people and with permission from the Woodland Trust.
Contact Michael Loader at foolworks@yahoo.co.uk to book your place.

Please don’t park in Jacklands Fishing Lakes as they don't have enough room for their visitors.

The is on-street parking at Greenfield Crescent then walk down through the fields on the public footpath.

The walks follow the Ty Sculpture Trail which is a collection of 14 stone carvings of animals that live in and around this ancient woodland and 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 the late Phil Carter, who’s son was a close friend.

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MISSION QR:POSSIBLE: 1st Nailsea Scouts is fundraising to build a permanent climbing wall at its Clevedon Road HQ. To launch its fundraising the troop have organised a special event scavenger hunt around Nailsea. It is open to everyone and is a fun half-term activity. On tour teams need to search for QR codes and answer the clues. There are different categories of challenges. Head to the website for more details and how to sign up at but clicking HERE

Jack Frost

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Amanda's Childminding Services is one of the many independent, self-employed businesses providing early years care and education in Nailsea.

Lockdown has reduced the opportunities for the little ones to socialise at the volunteer groups run locally around Nailsea but winter still offers the chance for some creativity and outdoors fun.

But here is a creative Jack Frost activity many toddlers will enjoy.

Amanda Burgess said: “Normally don't like the cold but we made these lovely frozen decorations and we're really pleased with how they turned out.

“We collected various leaves, twigs and berries (and the odd stone) on one of our walks out.

“The children arranged them in bowls and plates and poured water on them and left them outside overnight.

“We were so excited to see them this morning.

“We had a play with them and talked about how the water turned to ice and how they felt to touch.

“We hung them outside to see how long they'll last.

“They looked beautiful this afternoon with the sun shining through them.”

Learn more about Amanda's Childminding Services on her Facebook page.

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PUMPKIN PEOPLE:Nailsea Active is inviting everyone to join them for a Nailsea Pumpkin Trail during October half term. This is from Saturday to Saturday, October 24-31. The theme for the Nailsea pumpkins will be the movies and people can win prizes for the best decorated winter squash. Decorate your window with pumpkin decorations or carve your vegetable - the choice is yours. Organiser Helen Morgan said: "We can't wait to see them." There will be a vote for the favourites and everyone can try to guess all the movies.Trail maps will go live on Facebook in time for the launch on Saturday, October 24. All entries must be submitted electronically by Friday, October 16. Votes for your favourite pumpkin to be submitted to the Nailsea Community Group by Monday, November 2. For an entry form click HERE. Inspiration and stencils can be found online for those back at work/school and with less time. Helen is hoping this will be as successful as the summer scarecrow trail so be a fairygodmother and help her.

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FUTURE STARS COACHING: October half term holiday club at Kingshill Church School, Pound Lane. The club for primary schoolchildren promise more of the same fun they had in the summer with a bit of Halloween fun thrown in. For more information click HERE

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Toddler drive time

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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.


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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! 

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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

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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

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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. 

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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

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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

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Science and slime junior workshops

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.​
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.