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Nailsea school holiday Wacky Wednesdays

Throughout the school summer holidays Crown Glass Shopping Centre has a programme of children’s entertainment on Wednesdays.

The free Wacky Wednesdays has everything from magic to juggling, arts and crafts to invention and gadgetry.

  • On Wednesday, August 2, the children will be all at sea when the Puppetree Theatre Company entertain young buccaneers with their Yo Ho Ho pirate puppet show at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm;

  • On Wednesday, August 9, youngsters will be transported to the Far East with Jaardu, the Magic of India. Jaardu presents a combination of traditional Indian magic with the comedy and interaction of contemporary street performance;

  • On Wednesday, August 16, at noon and 2pm Thingamabob is presented by Matt Pang who uses circus, invention and comedy to bring gadgetry to life;

  • On Wednesday, August 23, it is the turn of The Crockery Juggling Show with Ian Marchant. Vintage crockery, tea trays and spoons are put to their paces in this feast of comedy showmanship at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm; and

  • On Wednesday, August 30, from 11am-3pm Under the Sea Crafts get creative aquatic artworks.​

Shopping centre manager Rob Stokell said: "Wacky Wednesdays are now an established fixture in the shopping centre’s calendar and the children automatically turn up on holiday Wednesdays, knowing that they can enjoy some excellent entertainment.

“We have a full and exciting programme of children’s entertainment this summer and hope that local families will come and join in the fun.

“As well as the entertainment, our Bumble Bee mascot – Honeysuckle, will be buzzing around, getting involved with the entertainment and meeting her young fans."

Please note the children’s entertainments are not supervised playschemes and parents and guardians are invited to stay with their children and join in the fun.


PHOTO: Top © Luka Dakskobler

Victorian 'play away' through gothic window

Families are encouraged to ‘play like Victorians’ this August by the National Trust team at Tyntesfield, near Bristol, with a series of outdoor and indoor activities taking place across the Victorian estate.

The activities have been inspired by the lives of the Gibbs family who lived at Tyntesfield for four generations; beginning with William Gibbs who moved his family to the estate in the 1860s after making his fortune in the guano business.

National Trust Bristol portfolio learning and engagement officer Rachel Greeves said: "It’s great to be able to have fun exploring the history of Tyntesfield and its Victorian routes with families, tthere’s a real legacy of exploration and adventure through the Gibbs family’s travels across the world and we’re looking forward to sharing this with Tyntesfield’s visitors."

For budding Victorian explorers there are bookable outdoor activities in the woodland of the estate, with both full day ‘summer training camp’ sessions for children aged seven to 12-years and two hour ‘summer woodland adventure’ sessions for under sevens and their families.

Attendees can expect to get outdoors and explore the natural environment, as well as trying their hands at natural crafts. Inspired by the Gibbs family’s nautical connections, the activities will include creating and printing flags, designing and racing boats and practicing wayfinding with orienteering through the trees.

In the boudoir of Tyntesfield’s Victorian Gothic Grade 1 listed house, visitors are encouraged to have a go at Victorian pastimes and games.

With the option of dressing in Victorian costume visitors can play a range of classic games including dominoes, zoetrope and bagatelle - the historic inspiration for the modern pinball game.

The launch of all of the activities at Tyntesfield is on Wednesday, August 2 in celebration of Playday, the national day for play in the UK which celebrates its thirtieth birthday this year. The activities will run through the month of August.

Spaces on outdoor activity days are limited, so booking is essential.

For more information click HERE.

Children in North Somerset are being encouraged to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

Animal Agents launches in libraries across North Somerset until Saturday, September 9.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks four to 11-year-olds to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays, a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip.

This year’s theme Animal Agents is based on a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – who are out to crack a case at the library with a little help from their friends.

Tony Ross, the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator, has created this year’s exclusive artwork.

To take part in Animal Agents, all children need to do is to head to their local library where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their reading journey.

If you’re not already a member of your library, joining is easy and free – just ask your parent or carer to take you along.

As children read at least six library books over the summer, they collect stickers which will help them crack the clues and help the Animal Agents find out what’s really been going on behind the scenes!

Every child who reads six books and completes the challenge receives a certificate and medal and will be entered into a prize draw to win tickets for selected films at the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon.

Libraries will have staff and volunteers on hand to help children choose books they will really enjoy.

Research shows that children who take part in the challenge return to school after the summer break as more fluent, confident and happy readers.

North Somerset Council executive member responsible for the library service Felicity Baker said: "Parents and carers love the annual challenge organised by The Reading Agency charity and public libraries.

“Not only is it fun and free, it helps children maintain their reading skills over the summer.

"Nearly 4,000 children joined the challenge in North Somerset libraries last year and we’re hoping even more will take part this year.”

At the launch on Saturday children at Clevedon Library are invited to join in a pavement graffiti session in the staff car park in front of the library from 10am to noon.

Other events and activities are planned at libraries over the school holidays to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge.

Just contact your local library or go to to find out how to take part.

Badge building

2nd Nailsea Scouts Sioux Troop assembled bird tables and sold them to friends, family and at the May fair where they also ran a plant sale and chocolate game all in aid of Royal Mencap Society.

This was part of their community challenge badge. 

A marvellous £246.86 profit has been donated to Mencap.

2nd Nailsea Scouts has places for boys and girls in beavers aged 6-8, cubs aged 8-10 scouts aged 10-14 and Explorer Scouts aged 14-18.

Anyone interested in joining the Scouting adventure and making new friends contact Group Scout Leader (GSL) Ann Parker by emailing

Taster sessions are available.

WOODLAND PLAY: A summer forest school runs from 9.15am-3.30pm at a wood near Nailsea with pick-ups from Tickenham Village Hall.

The dates are:

Mondays and Tuesdays July 24-25; July 31-August 1; August 7-8 and August 14-15.
Children should bring a packed lunch.
Activities include fire building, den-making, woodland craft, archery, rope walking, foraging, pizza cooking, natural sculpture and many wondrous games!
For further information consult the Facebook page for Forest School of Nailsea or call 0744 999 6762.

Tuesday morning time for free play

A programme of free activities for children is at The Meeting Point at Backwell Parish Hall every Tuesday during the summer from 10am-noon.

The first session is on Tuesday, July 25, with story and singing with Kirsty.

The Meeting Point is a community initiative, started by a group of Christians in Backwell.

For more information contact click HERE, email or call Vicky on 01275 462510.

Bristol Zoo summer courses

Fancy finding out what goes on behind the scenes at Bristol Zoo? 

Well now is your chance.

During the school summer holidays Bristol Zoo is holding special two day courses for youngsters aged eight to 12 who want to know more about what it takes to run a Zoo.

The courses are in July and August at the conservation and education centre and are called zoo conservation academies.

They will give children the opportunity to find out about working with animals and protecting wildlife.

Youngsters will discover how the zoo manages the health of animals, how to design an enclosure and what it takes to be an animal keeper.

They will also learn how the animals are kept busy, why the zoo studies animals in the wild and how they can get involved and help endangered species.

Bristol Zoo education manager Dave Naish said: ”These courses are for children who love animals and would like to find out more about working with, and protecting, wildlife.

“They are a great opportunity for children to see what goes on behind the scenes and talk to zoo experts.”

Parents of children who have been on courses like these before say their youngsters have been truly inspired by them.

One said: “My daughter has not stopped talking about her two most amazing days ever!”

Another wrote: “My son just can’t wait to get back to school to tell everyone about it.”

The courses are between 10am and 4.30pm each day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, July 25-26 and August 22-23.

They cost £100 for the two days.

Places can be booked by calling 0117 428 5441 or email for more information.

For more details click HERE.

AliCaT summer schools

AliCaT summer schools teach practical theatre skills such as designing and making sets, lighting, sound, make up and creating costumes. 

The daily sessions at Backwell Playhouse work towards a unique performance devised by the children during the week.

There is a maximum of 25 places for each week and places are on a first come first serve basis so reserve your space ASAP if you are interested.

AliCaT summer school details:

  • Monday to Friday, July 31-August 4 for children aged 7+

  • Monday to Friday, August 7-11 aged 11+

The sessions run from 10am-4pm daily with the final performance for parents and friends on the Friday at 4pm. 

Its breakfast club is between 9-10am at an additional cost.

It costs £120 for the week or £24 per day.

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

For more details email or call 01275 791275.

Kingshill summer school

As Nailsea schools close for summer 2017 the annual holiday playschemes begins.
This year Nailsea Summer Playscheme runs from Monday to Friday, July 24-August 4 at Kingshill Church School, Pound Lane.

Its doors are open from 8.30am-4pm weekdays and children aged five to 11-years are welcome. 
Along with the arts and crafts in the classrooms the outside activities include bouncy castle, Vertical Extreme climbing wall and for would-be detectives a whodunnit session.
Parents and carers should registered their children now as places are already filling up fast.
The Nailsea playscheme has been operating successfully for more than 30 years thanks to the support of NailseaTown Council and a band of volunteers made up of parents and childcare professionals.
It is always run during the first two weeks of the summer holidays.
To download a booking form click HERE.

Girl power

1st Nailsea Girls' Brigade has been working hard to raise money Children's Hospice South West.

The group chose this charity because in 2016 both the Girls' Brigade Company and CHSW at Charlton Farm in Wraxall celebrated their 25th anniversaries.

Girls between the ages of four and 18, as well as leaders and helpers, prepared a huge range of handmade items to sell at various events including Nailsea Methodist craft fair and Nailsea Community Christmas Fair.

Officer 1st Nailsea GB officer Jane Powell said: “We were thrilled to collect £300.”

A cheque was handed to CHSW community fundraiser Kyle Gallagher at a session dedicated to the work of the hospice.

1st Nailsea GB meets at Nailsea Methodist church on Tuesday evenings at 6pm.

It welcomes new members, for further details see its Facebook pages or email

Where the wild ones go

Did you know there is a forest school near Nailsea run in a private woodland at Tickenham.
Father-of-four Tom Baxter is the forest school leader and he works with the Secret Garden Montessori at Nailsea to bring encourage young people to appreciate the big outdoors.

Activities are age based and range from making craft from natural materials to archery, firelighting, plant identification, camp building, poetry, team games, rope slides, tree walking (with ropes) and many many others.

Tom and his staff also feed and engage with a coterie of different animals that are also on the site.

It costs £30 for a day long session..

An earlier drop off is available at Nailsea Montessori school and a later pick up 8am-6pm costs an extra £5 an hour.

Parents can use childcare vouchers.

A holiday club runs from 10am-4pm for five to 11-year-olds on Tuesday, May 30.

For further information call 0744 999 6762, email or click HERE.

Free food for thought

Children eat free before 7pm at the Marco Pierre White restaurant at  DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House during half term.

But there are conditions.

The offer is only available to under 12 year olds having a two-course meal from  the children's menu with every full paying adult.

It is limited to three children for every two adults and is subject to availability.

Additional courses are charged at full price.

Beverage is not included and advance booking is advised.

It also excludes Sunday lunch and Saturday dinner and you should mention offer when booking.

To book click HERE.

Courtney’s Petting Farm


Come into Weston town centre on Monday, May 29, and visit the petting farm for hands-on, interactive fun that will bring smiles to the faces of young and old.  

Helping children to develop a caring attitude towards animals and encourage their confidence and awareness, meet animals including miniature Shetland ponies, miniature donkey, chickens, micro pigs and pygmy goats.
The Petting Farm will be on the seafront by Bistort Pierre at Princess Royal Square between noon and 4pm.

At Bristol

Thursday, June 1

What’s The Matter

Direct from the British Science Festival, fast-paced theatre company The Last Baguette bring their sci-fi adventure show to the At-Bristol Studio.

Exploring the strange world of quantum physics and featuring physical comedy, scientific slapstick and Schrodinger's cat, this is a very silly show about a very intelligent subject.

At 2.30pm it is a family show, ages 7+ then at 7.30pm it is for ages 16+. 

The Jungle Book

At-Bristol and Big Screen Bristol bring you a FREE outdoor screening of' The Jungle Book (1967) for the whole family to enjoy, this half-term.

Show starts at noon and runs until1.30pm.

Pack a picnic or grab a sandwich and hot drink from the At-Bristol cafe and head over to Big Screen Bristol on At-Bristol's Millennium Square.

Deckchair seating will be provided on a first come first served basis.

More At Bristol listings on the What's On page by clicking HERE

The Blue Room arts and crafts

On Thursday, June 1, The Blue Room is hosting a drop-in pottery painting session from 10.30am-12.30pm.

Choose from mugs, plates, bowls, coasters, and figurines.

Just pay for what you paint, £8 per item.

Potters Rene and John will take your masterpiece home, fire it, and return it to The Blue Room for collection within a week or two.

Suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

At busy times you may need to wait for a space to become available, which gives you the opportunity to enjoy our tea room.

Not the old school tie!

Young people are invited to Stick Their Necks Out at Crown Glass shopping centre, Nailsea during half term.

On Wednesday, May 31, children visiting the shopping centre between 11am-4p can take part in special workshops where they can colour and decorate a tie using any medium they like - pencils, felt tips, collage or crayons.

Once they have created their masterpiece, they will be invited to pose with their tie for a photo and all photos will be put into a special Stick Your Neck Out social media album.

Crown Glass manager Rob Stokell said: "We have some very creative children in Nailsea as witnessed recently with our Easter craft workshops.

“I anticipate that, once again, our young craftworkers will amaze us with their design skills and look forward to seeing a wide section of tie designs in our album on the Facebook page.”

The picture with the most ‘likes’, as displayed will win a craft hamper.

Centre mascot  Honeysuckle the Bee  will also be making a special appearance to see her young fans.

SKATE SCHOOL: A successful junior scooter and skate school at Nailsea during half term. Open to all primary aged school children and completely free. Tea and coffee served for waiting for parents. Email for more details - a few vacancies this Friday. Children need a helmet and a drink. It was scooters on Thursday and skateboards on Friday. Both two hour sessions run 10am-noon. Nailsea skatepark is next door to the Millennium Park and Tesco car park in the town centre.

Ho, ho, ho

Bristol is where Squire Trelawney fitted out the good ship Hispaniola, where Long John Silver ran The Spylass Inn, and where Jim Hawkins stepped off the coach from Devon for the biggest adventure of his life – the search for Captain Flint’s buried treasure.

Led by a professional actor in period costume and full of pirates and buccaneers; hidden spy holes; dark secrets, dirty deeds and lashings of doubloons this one hor story walk is suitable for families with children aged 8+.

Hear the story where it began 250 years ago at Bristol docks.

Organised by the Show of Strength theatre company tickets cost £8 adults, u16s £5 and family tickets (2+2) £20. 

Sorry no card facilities so cash only. 

No booking required, meet at the start: Merchant Venturers Almshouses, junction King Street and Prince Street postcode BS1 4DT.

Treasure Island story walk is a partnership with Bristol’s Teeasure Island Traind and part of Bristol Walking Festival.

Travel like a pirate! 
Bristol Insight Bus Tours and Bristol Ferry both stop close by.


PHOTO: Gerard Cooke and Nadia Williams by Zuleika Henry

Tots seaside treats with tea on Grand Pier

A special series of events especially for children has been planned at The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare.

Children across the region are being invited to experience the magic of a Tiny Tea Party at the seaside venue, with several dates and themes available.

The events will all feature a disco, party games and party food in the Regency Suite as well as a one-hour session in the Adventure Cove soft play area, and a special gift.

Events coordinator Charlotte Gaylard said: “We have planned a series of special tea party events aimed at children for 2017.

"Each date has a different theme from a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to a Pirate Takeover, so we’re sure there will be something to capture the imagination of your little one.

“Coming to the seaside, and to the Grand Pier especially, is always a special occasion for children so we wanted to come up with something to make the day even more memorable.

“These events will be a great addition to your family day out to Weston-super-Mare, or could be an exciting idea for a birthday party or special occasion.

“The first in the series is the Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Sunday, May 28

"Children will enjoy a disco and party games before setting out their picnic blankets ready for a delicious picnic lunch and a special treat.

"After that the fun continues with the chance to meet and dance with Ted the Bear!”

Further dates and themes include:

  • Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – Sunday, July 16;

  • Halloween Pirate Take Over – Sunday, October 29, and

  • Supper with Santa – Sunday, December 17.

There will be two sessions available on each date with the lunch sesson noon-2pm  with one hour in the Adventure Cove from  2-3pm or the supper session from 4-6pm, with one hour in the Adventure Cove from 3-4pm.

Tickets for this event are £15 per child and must be purchased in advance online or through the Retail Shop.

Adults go free with a maximum of two adults per child.

For further information click HERE.

Glowing in disco dark 

Alchemy Trampoline and DMT Club is throwing a disco.

The fundraising fit and fun event is on Sunday afternoon, June 4.

Open from 2-4pm at The Link, Nailsea School, this is basically a disco and fitness event in the dark with everyone flashing glow bands, neon face paint and rave sticks – all amazing fun!

Tickets £5.

The sports club is raising funds which will be split between Alchemy and Children’s Hospice South West.

The CHSW monies will be donated in the name of Jane Falkinder, one of its parents who died recently and whose daughters are members.

Eleveon young gymnasts have qualified to be part of the south west team at the regional finals in Birmingham in June 2017.

Glenny Wood May 2017
Glenny Wood May 2017
Glenny Wood May 2017
Glenny Wood May 2017
Glenny Wood May 2017
Glenny Wood May 2017

Scouting for boys + girls


It was a fun May evening when 2nd Nailsea cubs and scouts enjoyed time at Glenny Wood. 

Outdoor activities were enjoyed by all and everyone had a lot of fun completing the adventure challenge course

Glenny Wood is the Gordano District Scouts camp site near Nailsea.

It has many exciting activities for young people to try from assault courses, nature trails, pedal go-cart track, grass sledging and more.

It is also a first rate camping facility.

Parents and carers of young people interesting in a scouting adventure would be welcomed by 2nd Nailsea which has its HQ at Hannah More Road.

Contact chairman Richard Simmons on 01275 857784 or group scout leader Ann Parker on 851291.

Ten Tors 2017
Ten Tors 2017
Ten Tors 2017
Ten Tors 2017

When the tough get going...Backwell scouts

Scouts from one of the south west’s most active troops took part and completed the infamous Ten Tor challenge.

Taking place on the first weekend in May when the 18-strong troop from 1st Backwell Scouts and Explorers completed an assortment of 35, 45 or 55-mile hikes over the rough terrain of Dartmoor.

Visiting 10 nominated tors or check points in under two days, the teams were self-sufficient, carrying all that they needed to complete their route and stay out overnight safely.

Organised by the Army, specifically Headquarters 1st Artillery Brigade & South West, from its Moor Group Headquarters at Okehampton Camp it is assisted by the Royal Navy including helicopters, Royal Air Force and Dartmoor Rescue Group.

Doing the 35 mile challenge were Oliver Baughan, Stella Rhodes, Tim Watkins, George Budd, Eleanor Hobbs, Rhys Mountjoy, Matthew Nott, Michael Harrison, Harrison Lawrence, Finnian Malone, Billy Waghorn and Dylan Pope.

Completing the 45 mile challenge were Will Sullivan, Annabelle Reid-Smith, Alex Stevens, Charlotte Hobbs and Richard Kirkbride while Travis Rhodes completed the 55 mile event.

Iain Rhodes, leader of 1st Backwell Scouts said: “I’d like to congratulate all of those who took part.

"It’s an amazing challenge and is something they will remember for the remainder of their lives.

"For some it is a life-changing experience and they all did fantastically well.

“The weather can be very changeable and at times quite extreme, and success or failure can depend very much on the extent to which a team has been trained for all eventualities.

“Luckily we were blessed this year with dry conditions but it doesn’t detract from the effort and achievement of the teams.”


Get Creative with BBC mircro:bit
Aged 8+

Tuesday, May 30 at 10.30am

The BBC micro:bit aims to inspire young people to get creative with digital and develop core skills in science, technology and engineering. And now this amazing pocket-sized computer is coming to the Curzon!

BBC micro:bits can be hooked up to a laptop and programmed with visual programming blocks to create anything from robots to musical instruments.

Micro:bits have LED lights that can flash messages and programmable buttons that can be used to control games. It can also detect motion and tell you which direction you•'re heading in, and interact with other devices and the internet via Bluetooth.

Children should bring along a fully-charged laptop.

Micro:bits will be provided.

No coding experience necessary.

Workshop delivered by Codingbug at the Curzon cinema at Clevedon.

To book a two hour session at £20 click HERE.

The Apprentice winners

A North Somerset hotel has been shortlisted for a prestigious award thanks to its apprenticeship programme which helps students kick-start their careers in the hospitality industry.
 DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury has been shortlisted for the large employer of the year award at the Weston College Business Awards, due to take place on Thursday, May 25.
 The awards recognise the hard work and commitment from apprentice employers and celebrate students’ progress, dedication to training and the outstanding impact they have made on the businesses they work.
Mehmet Kandemir, general manager of the four-star hotel, said: “We currently have eight apprentices working in several departments of the business, from the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse to customer services and the maintenance team.
“Over the years we have had many, many success stories with our apprentices and there is nothing that makes us more proud than developing an apprentice or trainee into a fully-fledged member of the team with a permanent position.
“Recently we promoted Sam Fowler, who started as a maintenance apprentice in December 2012, to maintenance manager and Natasha Leckie is the latest in a long line of kitchen apprentices to complete her course and be offered a role as a commis chef in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse kitchen. 
“We’re also proud to say our business hospitality trainee Harry has also been shortlisted for an award.
“We’re delighted that our efforts to develop young hospitality talent has been recognised and we are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of both students and employers at the ceremony.”
Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House is a four-star boutique hotel renowned in the region as a luxury wedding, conference and leisure venue with two onsite restaurants by Marco Pierre White, award-winning health club and spa and 132 bedrooms.
For more information click HERE.

  • More information on the Performing Peeps page. Click HERE 

  • Tales From The Trees is a terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, with a theme that embraces natural history, folklore and ecology at the Theatre Shop, Clevedon on Saturday, May 27, at 2pm. Tickets £11. Click HERE for more information on previews and reviews page

Bath, book, bed

Bath, book, bed is the answer all parents/carers of young children have been looking for – Booktrust’s campaign puts stories firmly at the centre of a good night’s sleep

Libraries, children’s centres and health visitors in North Somerset are supporting the UK’s largest children’s reading charity BookTrust as they launch a free new booklet.

Featuring top tips and advice of TV parenting expert Jo Frost, the Bath, Book, Bed campaign is an initiative encouraging families to make stories part of every child’s bedtime routine.

All parents/carers worry about getting young children to sleep at night – and of course getting enough sleep themselves!

But it doesn’t have to be a bedtime battle.

Reading a book before bed as part of a regular nightly routine is the perfect way to get your little one ready to visit the land of nod.

Bath, book, bed is all you need to remember.

From Monday, April  24 the booklet will be available at library story time and rhymetime sessions and from children’s centres and health visitors (while stocks last!).

Research has shown that bedtime routines are associated with improved sleep in young children. Benefits include earlier bedtimes, shorter amount of time in bed before falling asleep, less night-wakings and longer sleep duration.

And regular language-based bedtime routines such as singing, reading, or storytelling are associated with children’s increased sleep duration and improved cognitive skills.
But it doesn’t stop there.

The same routine every night involving a story and shared reading won’t just help them fall asleep – it will also feed their imagination, creativity and confidence.

Children who are read to every night start school ahead of those who aren’t – and the gap only widens as they get older.

The booklet can also be downloaded from the BookTrust website which features a Best Bedtime Books list and has lots more ideas, guidance and practical tips on ensuring stories are part of every child’s bedtime routine.

Click HERE to learn more. 

And remember – North Somerset libraries have lots of books suitable for sharing as a bedtime story – it’s free to join your local library, and parents can join their children from birth onwards.

Storytime for pre-school children at at Nailsea library is on Thursdays 2-2.30pm   

Ty Sculpture Trail

If you go down in the woods today you are bound to find a lovely surprise.

This is if you go walking in Towerhouse Woods near Nailsea.

The woodland sculpture trail opened last April and is a magical walk in the woods which brings to life of the creatures who live there.
The trail at Towerhouse Wood is in the 16-acres owned by the Woodland Trust.
The Ty Sculpture Trail 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.
The idea behind the trail is to offer children and the young at heart, an opportunity to get to know animals that live in the wood but can’t always be seen.
The sculptures, including a dormouse, badger, fox, buzzard, hedgehog and robin are not obvious, but then neither is nature.
To learn more go to the Flower Peeps page by click HERE.

Butterfly buzz

Young craftworkers visiting Crown Glass Shopping on Wednesday, April 19l0 were able to let their imaginations go on a flight of fancy as they helped to create a sculpture that had the ‘Butterfly Effect’.

From 11am, craft specialists  - Children’s Workshops – invited children to help them create a giant butterfly sculpture to be displayed at Somerset Square.

On hand to help was fellow flying insect – the popular Crown Glass bumble bee mascot – Honeysuckle.

As well as helping to make the sculpture. the children also busied themselves making smaller butterflies to take home with them.

Manager Rob Stokell said: "At Crown Glass Shopping Centre, we focused our Easter family activities around literature and art with storytelling sessions last week and art workshops today.

"Once again, our young visitors are proving how imaginative they can be and am very impressed with the final butterfly sculpture.”

Eggstravaganza Easter


Nailsea shoppers are set for some big fun as butterflies and a huge chocolate scented egg take pride of place at Crown Glass shopping centre for two days of family fun this Easter.

On Wednesday, April 12, shoppers will be astonished to find that a giant five metre high Easter egg has been laid in the centre.

This giant inflatable egg is scented with chocolate and children will be invited inside for storytime sessions at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm.  

Storytellers from the Ting Tang Children’s Theatre Company will be captivating youngsters with traditional tales, including the Beatrix Potter’s Tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck.

As well as enjoying story-time sessions children will also be invited to pose for a Facebook social media album where their image will be enhanced with bunny ears and whiskers.

The art activity on Wednesday, April  19 is curated by artists from Big Art and young people will decorate a giant butterfly sculpture, which will be displayed at the centre as well as making little butterflies to take home.

Crown Glass manager Rob Stokell said: "We plan to focus our Easter family activities around literature and art in 2017 and hope our ‘Easter goes Large’ sessions will see the creative talents of our young visitors unleashed.

“We know how imaginative our youngsters can be and this year we have a unique location for storytelling and an original opportunity for families to create and display their inspired endeavours.”

Centre Mascot – Honeysuckle the Bee –will be buzzing around – meeting all her fans on both Wednesdays.

The events are all free but parents and carers are invited to stay with their children and join in the fun.

Scouts sleeping rough at Backwell

Thirty seven youngsters from 1st Backwell Scout Group spent a night sleeping outdoors to raise awareness of homelessness.

The young Scouts and Explorers put together an assortment of shelters which they hoped would keep them dry and warm during the one-night sleep out. 

Luckly it was a clear dry night.

Their efforts rasied £2,000 for 1625 Independent People, a charity that helps 16 to 25 year olds get back on their feet and ‘reboot their lives’.

The charity also undertakes a number of other vital services such as providing support to young people who are resettling in the community after leaving custody or care or providing in-house training so they can learn new and transferable skills.

Organised by troop leader Iain Rhodes, the Scouts and Explorers hope their efforts will make people stop and think about the issues surrounding homelessness and maybe contribute either time or money to help people who, more often than not, through no fault of their own find themselves living on the street or 'sofa surfing'.

Iain said: “It’s all too easy for us to turn a blind eye to the issues of homelessness while tucked up in our comfortable homes, so it’s great that the troop want to raise the issue further.

“Come rain or shine, the troop decided to sleep out and we hope more people will take on board and think again about the reasons young people can find themselves on the street and consider doing something more about it.”

Charity spokesman Dom Wood said: “On behalf of 1625 Independent People I’d like to thank Backwell Scout Group for doing this sleep out while raising awareness of homelessness.

"Unfortunately those we try to help are out there day in day out putting up with unimaginable hardship.

“The funds that this event will raise come at a crucial time when so much vital funding and public services have been cut that aim to help young people get out of the trap of homelessness.”

For more information about the charity click HERE.

Great big tree climbing at Leigh Woods 

As a family, tick off tree climbing from your '50 things' list in style with the Great Big Tree Climbing Company at Leigh Woods
Cost £20 - booking essential online HERE or call 0800 0556760.
All bookings to be made directly through the Great Big Tree Climbing Company.
Thursday, April 20 10am-3.45pm
Two highly skilled and friendly instructors will teach you how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and carabiners, while being securely attached in a harness at all times. 
Enjoy the amazing experience of life in the tree tops before bravely abseiling to the ground. 
Each one hour session contains a maximum of eight people to ensure a unique and intimate experience for everyone. 
Suitable for ages six years and above.
Dogs not allowed at this event.
Meeting point is park on North Road (BS8 3PL) and follow the event signs from the North Road entrance to the National Trust Reserve Office on Valley Road
Wear clothes and shoes suitable for walking and playing in a woodland – no sandals, closed shoes please.
For more details about holiday clubs at Leigh Woods just a short way from Nailsea and Easter trails click HERE.

Volunteers needed for library reading challenge

Are you aged 14 and over and looking for something fun to do this summer?
Then why not get involved in the Summer Reading Challenge at your library?
Libraries across North Somerset are looking for volunteers to help with the challenge which is run in partnership with The Reading Agency.
Aiming to give children from four to 11 an enjoyable activity to complete during their summer holiday, the challenge helps prevent any dip in literacy that may occur during the long break from school.
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is Animal Agents.

Volunteers will talk to children about the books they have read, help children choose books and hand out rewards of stickers, posters and medals.
This is a short-term volunteering opportunity starting on Saturday, July 15 and ending on Saturday, September 9.

It is open to adults and young people aged 14 and over.

Flexible volunteering sessions are available at libraries across North Somerset and full training will be provided.
If you have a few hours to spare and are enthusiastic about encouraging children to enjoy reading, we would love to hear from you.

You do not need any previous experience of volunteering or working in a library.
For more information click HERE, email or call 01934 426657.
The closing date for volunteering applications is Friday, June 9.

Keeping children safe

A two-day training course for people caring for children is being run at the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, Nailsea, on Friday and Monday, March 31-Apirl 1, from 9.30am-4.30pm.

The Paediatric First Aid Course is suitable for parents, carers, nursery and early years staff, childminders or those charged with keeping small people safe.

Call 01275 856965 for more details.

Forest fun playing at Nailsea school

Secret Garden Montessori Nailsea runs a school holiday club for children between the ages of four and eight years to give children the opportunity to experience Montessori and lots more too!

With activities that range from den building, outdoor Forest School adventures, mural painting, obstacle courses, cooking, baking, model making, painting, singing, storytelling, the list is endless and the fun without a doubt.

Drop your children off from 9am and pick them up again 3.30pm.

You may well want to book them in even if you don’t have work commitments, just so they can have a great day making new friends.

Prices range from £25 with lunch and snacks included or £20 if your child prefers to bring a packed lunch.

Extra hours are available on request.  

Contact Paula Howes on 01275 851123 or

Nailsea Easter football club

Priority Football, based in Nailsea, is running its first school holiday football camps this Easter for children aged six to 12-years.
Lead coach Rob Prior, of Bristol Rovers, said: “Whether your child is trying football for the first time or has been playing for years, they will find our exciting activities fun and rewarding.”
Each day is planned and led by Rob Prior and fellow Bristol Rovers coach Tim Jones who will be supported by other experienced, FA qualified coaches.
There are two camps of three day blocks starting on:

  • Monday, April 10; and

  • Tuesday, April 18.

It costs £16 per day or £40 for per three days. 
Each day runs from 9am-3pm at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, Nailsea, with early drop-offs available (please ask).
To sign up parents should visit or call 0778 742 6353.


Computer workshops

The Curzon cinema at Clevedon is runing computer and animation workshops for children during the Easter and summer school breaks. More details about this two hour £20 workshops click HERE.


  • Codingbug Workshop: Make a Game Using Scratch Programming

Aged 8+
Scratch is a block programming language that children love.

Children will use basic computer principles and computational thinking as they animate their favourite characters and create a game.
Just bring a fully-charged laptop with Scratch 2 installed.

The installation can be found at:
No coding experience necessary.

Workshop delivered by Codingbug: 

Saturday, AprIl 1 at 10.30am



  • Codingbug Workshop: Get Creative with BBC mircro:bit

Aged 8+
The BBC micro:bit is a small electronic device that can be hooked up to a laptop and programmed with visual programming blocks to create anything from robots to musical instruments.
Micro:bits have LED lights that can flash messages, programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist.

It can also detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading in, and interact with other devices and the internet via Bluetooth.
Children should bring along a fully-charged laptop.

Micro:bits will be provided.
No coding experience necessary.

Workshop delivered by Codingbug:  

Tuesday, May 30 at 10.30am.


Easter animation workshops details coming soon!

Walking in Towerhouse Woods

A free Easter quiz for young children following nature themed clues around the Sculpture Trail is a must for anyones activitiy list during the next school holidays.

On Saturday, April 8, from 10am-6pm starting at Jacklands Fishing Lakes accompanied children can set off on this adventure.

Children can bring along their favourite cuddly toy and everyone can stop to buy for tea and homemade cakes at the tea rooms.

The woodland sculpture trail to opened last April and is a magical walk in the woods which brings to life of the creatures who live there.

The trail at Towerhouse Wood is in the 16-acres owned by the Woodland Trust.

The Ty Sculpture Trail 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 Phil Carter, who’s son was a close friend.

The idea behind the trail is to offer children and the young at heart, an opportunity to get to know animals that live in the wood but can’t always be seen.

The sculptures, including a dormouse, badger, fox, buzzard, hedgehog and robin are not obvious, but then neither is nature.

World Book Day 2017


Libraries in North Somerset are gearing up to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday, March 2.
Young reading enthusiasts are invited to join in the celebrations at events taking place in libraries across the district.
Children from local schools and pre-schools will be welcomed into libraries to enjoy stories.

Free Bookstart rhymetimes and story times, suitable for children aged up to four, will also be taking place on the day.
Rhymetimes is at Long Ashton library at 9.30am and Story times is at Nailsea llibrary at 2pm.

North Somerset Council executive member with responsibility for libraries Felicity Baker the Portishead West ward councillor said: “We’re proud to be part of the thousands of activities taking place across the UK and Ireland to mark World Book Day.

"It’s great to see children from local schools and nurseries discovering what’s available at their library.”
For more information about what’s on at Nailsea click HERE.

For more about World Book Day CLICK here.

  • North Somerset Council is currently carrying out a Community Access Review iof its buildings and services with particular focus on its14 children’s centres and 12 libraries. This review to make sure these buildings and services are fit for purpose and in the right place; are cost effective and equipped to deal with the demands of new technology; and are able to meet the current and future needs of residents. The first phase has been completed and second phase of the review will look at services in Portishead, Clevedon, Nailsea and Weston Central will take place later this year with any changes implemented this year and next. Bets are on Nailsea will move to Scotch Horn and the original library demolished.

Kids Kung Fu

A new Kids Kung Fu class opened at Nailsea this month.
Learning Kung Fu is an excellent way for children to develop self-confidence, discipline and respect for others. 
It also improves fitness, coordination and mental focus. 
Classes are inclusive and specifically geared to children and run in a safe environment by a fully qualified martial arts instructor and primary school teacher. 
Typical sessions include warm ups, skills activities, games and forms. 
There is also a strong focus on the Kung Fu code of conduct to develop character. 
To book a free taster session for your child at the Scotch Horn leisure centre please contact Sifu Kee on 0796 942 6514 or email

The Nailsea class currently has children aged four to eight years.
Successful clubs are also already operating in Bristol and Long Ashton. 

Toddlers join new Nailsea football coaching classes

A 22-year -old Nailsea football coach from Nailsea has found early success with new technical football sessions aimed at young people.

Priority Football, based at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, which started in September 2016 has signed-up 40 children in its first season.

Rob Prior, who is a Level 3 coach working with Bristol Rovers’ Academy, started the sessions to givechildren a chance to develop skills and express themselves in a pressure free environment. 

He said: “We appreciate the importance of children growing at their own pace and our focus is on the development of ‘the player.

“Each player has their own ball for the majority of sessions which is perfect whether they have playing for years or are trying football for the first time.”
Originally offering coaching to five to eight and nine-11 year olds on Monday nights 5-7pm, Priority Football has now expanded to a pre-school programme focussing on two to four year olds on Saturday mornings 10-11am.

Rob is supported by experienced coach, Ricky Paul, who is FA Level 2 qualified and well known in the North Somerset footballing community.

All new players are invited to their first session at Priority Football for free.

To find out more click HERE or call Rob on 0778 742 6353.

Way Out in space for next Nailsea Wacky Wednesday

Children visiting the Crown Glass shopping centre during the February school half term can be transported into out of space!

Between 11am-3pm on Wednesday, February 15, young astronauts and cosmonauts can go up, up and away and out of this world during a day devoted to space age craft workshops.

Paul Goddard, aka children’s entertainer Professor Crump, will be getting the children to make rockets and flying saucers, aliens and men from Mars.

Centre manager Rob Stokell said: "Our Wacky Wednesday programme of free holiday fun is very popular with the children of Nailsea.

“Last year, we put together a fantastic and varied programme of entertainment and are in the process of putting together another exciting schedule for this year.  

“We have organised craft workshops in the centre before and the children quite clearly love to get creative and let their imaginations run riot.

“We hope that they will enjoy our space age themed workshop this half term.”

During the day, the centre’s popular mascot – Honeysuckle the Bee – will be helping the children with their ‘space crafts’.

Wacky Wednesday is a programme of free children’s entertainment every Half Term and Holiday.

The children’s entertainments are not supervised playschemes and parents are requested to stay with their children and join in the fun.