It’s that time again when we are entertaining the children at various parks and events around the counties, here’s our pick of some suggestions to get out and about with your family this Easter and over the Half Term May Break…
The Gruffalo Reality App – Moors Valley Country Park, Hampshire/Dorset
In the first development of its kind, Forestry Commission England and Magic Light Pictures are bringing The Gruffalo characters to life in the Moors Valley forest through a new, free, augmented reality app. Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, near Ringwood is one of only 26 locations across England where visitors can join the Gruffalo Spotter adventure through the deep dark wood. Families can follow clues on an interactive trail and track signs of their favourite characters based on The Gruffalo, the best-selling picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The self-led trail is packed with fun facts about forest animals with fantastic activities along the way. Once families have spotted the characters, they can use the app to bring the 3D character animation to life and take photos alongside them. These photos are automatically added to the device’s gallery, where they can be shared via social media using the hashtag #GruffaloSpotters. Taking family forest walks to new heights, the app mixes technology with the real world, encouraging children to get exploring, firing their imaginations and enabling them to have an all-new forest experience at Moors Valley. The Gruffalo Spotter’s app has been developed and animated by Nexus Studios and is available for free with no in-app purchases from the App Store and Google Play. A Gruffalo Spotters kit will be available to buy on site and includes animal facts, tips for tracking wildlife, an evidence collection bag, a magnifying glass and a pencil to make a note of your forest finds! Tracey Churcher, Recreation Manager Dorset, Forestry Commission said, “This is such an exciting development and will deliver a completely different forest experience for our visitors. The Gruffalo is a world renowned story and to be able to bring the characters to life in their natural setting is fantastic. It’s great we’ve had the opportunity to join the two worlds of technology and nature together in a sensitive way!” The Gruffalo Spotters trail and The Gruffalo Spotter app launch at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest on from Spring and run until the end of December 2017. The Gruffalo Spotters app is free from the App Store, Google Play and Amazon and requires downloading before your visit. A preview of the app is available here.
WhereWestBegins – Somerset
Community Interest Company WhereWestBegins has been given a National Lottery grant by BFI to create 35 film events across three venues in South Somerset, giving audiences new opportunities to enjoy films. The participating venues for 2017/18 are Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Westlands Yeovil, and Wincanton Town Hall, and there is a great range of film events programmed already.
WhereWestBegins Film Event Calendar Schedule:
Withnail & I – Scott Handy (Actor/Head of Drama at “The Other Place”) – Wincanton Town Hall Sat 8 April 18.30 21.00 – Ages 15+
Let the Right One In – Youth Cinema Foundation + Sound Designer “Make the Best Vampire Bite Sound on Ur Phone” – Wincanton Town Hall 17-Apr 18.30 21.00
– Perfect for Young person
The Wave – Rashan Stone (Actor/Writer Black Mirror, Agatha Raisin, Sky) – Wincanton Town Hall 6-May 18.30 21.00 – Perfect for Young person
Circus – Frome Circus Stars Workshop for aged 3-13 – Hauser & Wirth Somerset 13-May 14.00 16.00 – Ideal for Families
Singing in the Rain – Prof Millie Taylor talks the essentials of Musical Theatre – Hauser & Wirth Somerset 14-May 11.00 13.00 – Ideal for Families
Bugsy Malone – Youth Cinema Foundation + Castaways Theatre Group workshop how to make a film – Hauser & Wirth Somerset 14-May 14.00 17.00 – Ideal for Families
The Producers – Anil Gupta (Producer/Writer The Office, Goodness Gracious Me, Citizen Khan) – Westlands Yeovil 21-May 14.30 17.00 – Cert 12+
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Quiz – to celebrate International Towel Day with Discworld – Wincanton Town Hall May-25 18.00 20.30 – Cert PG
Bugsy Malone – Youth Cinema Foundation + Yeovil’s Castaways Theatre Group workshop how to make a film – Wincanton Town Hall 3-Jun 14.30 17.15 – Ideal for Families
To Kill a Mockingbird – Olivia Williams (Sixth Sense, The Halcyon, Rushmore) – Westlands Yeovil 4-Jun 14.30 17.30 – Cert PG
Yamato Drummers – Thursday 13 April, Lighthouse Poole at 7.30pm (Concert Hall)
In a brand new show on 13 April, the Yamato Drummers challenge and push themselves to their absolute limits, leaving audiences exhilarated by this visually spectacular, high-energy and explosive production.
Dorset Arty Kids Holiday Workshops – Easter 2017
Still Life Painting, Drawing Techniques, Crafts, Parent and child – April 4th, 5th 6th and 7th
Cost for 1 Parent and 1 child £50. Materials provided
Just children – April 19th,20th, 21st – 20% discount for siblings
The cost per day is £35 per child and £28 for a sibling. Refreshments, lunch and materials are included in the price.
Game Set and Match Tennis Camps – 10,11,12 and 13 April
Fun and healthy, get the kids exercising for Easter to burn off all the chocolate!
A Strange New Space -Monday 10 April, The Salberg, Salisbury Playhouse.
Audiences on an imagined voyage into outer space. Did you know that Astronauts get taller in space? That our solar system is around 4.6 billion years old? Or that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all of the beaches on Earth? Amira knows all of these things. She is completely obsessed with space and dreams of becoming an Astronaut. One night, her mother tells her they must leave their hometown to go on an adventure. Ideal for ages 3 and over.
Alice in Wonderland – 11th April, The Lights, Andover, 2pm
Imagination runs wild and logic is abandoned in this fantastical, larger-than-life musical brimming with nonsensical fun and excitement for the entire family. Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure like no other and meet a host of outlandish characters including the troublesome twins, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the notorious Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire cat and of course, the Mad-as a bat-Hatter! Immersion Theatre proudly bring their trademark energy to their most spectacularly bonkers show to date, as children and adults alike are invited to join in the hilarity of seeing this classic story brought vividly to life before having the opportunity to meet the characters after the show…why not come dressed up as your favourite? A perfect day out for the entire family, you’d be mad to miss it!
Coal – Wednesday 31 May, Lighthouse Poole Theatre, 7.45pm
Created to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/5 British miners’ strike, award winning choreographer Gary Clarke proudly presents COAL, a riveting dance theatre show which takes an nostalgic look at the hard hitting realities of life at the coal face. Bringing together Clarke’s striking physical language performed by a company of 7 stunning professional dancers, a local community cast of women and a live brass band, COAL is an emotional, moving and ever-relevant exploration of community, solidarity and survival. For older teenagers.
Trevornick Camping – Cornwall – May Half Term
Trevornick, the five star luxury camping haven at Holywell Bay, Cornwall, offers an awesomely affordable family getaway that will guarantee fun for all, whatever the weather this May Half Term. With a colourful schedule of activities from Sunday to Friday, top facilities and a focus on experiencing the extraordinary in everyday and amazing outdoor fun, there is something for all ages. Think surfing – coastal stomping – rock pooling – den building –fishing- swimming – golfing – dancing – go-karting amongst so much more. A week’s stay is just £289 for a family of four.