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Whitchurch Voices: Exhibition
Jan
12
to Mar 24

Whitchurch Voices: Exhibition

A collection of stories telling of Whitchurchians past and present, and their connection to the Mill. We have been working with members of the local community to collect memories in the form of oral histories and to gather objects linked to the town’s past. Come and hear the voices and read the tales from yesteryear in this new exhibition. This exhibition has been created with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which is helping us gather stories to delight all our visitors and the local community. The exhibition is open Tuesday to Sunday 10:30am to 5pm. Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hampshire

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FEST WEST 2019
Jan
15
to Apr 1

FEST WEST 2019

FEST WEST 2019 INDUSTRY PASSES 
The Best of the South West
Wiltshire Creative in partnership with The Pound, Corsham and Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge 

Now in its eighth year, Fest West is our pan arts celebration and showcase of the best new dance, circus, theatre, music, film and visual art from across the South West, with performances and events at Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre, The Pound, Corsham and Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge. Over two weeks in February each venue will host  shows, workshops, exhibitions, films and next year's SOUTH WEST SYMPOSIUM on 28 February 2019 in partnership Pavillion Dance South West and the Surf the Wave project,Extraordinary Bodies and Diverse City, Circomedia, Activate Performing Arts, Theatre Bristol and Take Art which will explore pan arts practice. Symposium speakers and session leaders including Claire Teasdale (Executive Producer, Extraordinary Bodies), Nic Young (Artistic and Managing Director, Circomedia), Zannah Doan (Chief Executive, Pavillion Dance South West).

We have a number of companies in residence at each venue and we would like to invite you to a glimpse of what they are working on each week over the festival period. On the Thursday and Friday of each week we've put together a bespoke schedule for industry professionals which allows you to preview new shows in development followed by an evening programme of events.

https://www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk/artist-development/fest-west/

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Frome Roller Disco
Jan
16
to Oct 16

Frome Roller Disco

Frome Roller Disco at the Cheese & Grain is a once weekly event for children and young people in Frome: the perfect place to let your hair down, simply the most fun to be had in Frome!

Wednesday 4pm & 6pm

All 4pm sessions are aimed at under 14's.

Anyone is welcome to attend the 6pm session. Parents are welcome to skate at the 4pm session but only if accompanied by a responsible child.

Sessions last one and a half hours.

Like our facebook page: Frome Roller Disco to keep in touch on schedules and activities.

£4.00 per skater including skate hire.

Tickets and skates can be reserved beforehand by emailing fromerollerdisco@gmail.com or on our facebook page.

Skates can either be in line or 2 x 2. All hire skates are 2 x 2. 

http://www.fromeroller.com/

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ACT NOW: The Pound, Corsham
Jan
19
to Oct 26

ACT NOW: The Pound, Corsham

About

Groups from Ages 4 - 25

Primary
Saturdays 11am-12pm
£50 per term

Secondary
Saturdays 12.30pm-2pm
£60 per term

Young Company, 16+
Wednesdays 7.15pm-9.15pm
£60 per term

The Pound's very own Youth Theatre wants you to join their incredible ranks! Led by actors Sidney and Tristan from The Last Baguette...

https://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/whats-on/act-now-youth-theatre-p2609933

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Antarctica 2019 - Gilbert White House
Jan
24
to Apr 25

Antarctica 2019 - Gilbert White House

To coincide with our programme of Antarctic events January-April 2019 we will be displaying some of the museum’s antarctic treasures not usually on display.

Friday 18th January 2019 – Sunday 28th April 2019.

Free with Admission

Antarctica 2019 Events Programme:

24th January: Spuds, sledges and sovereignty: Preserving historic sites in the British Antarctic Territories with Sophie Rowe

16th February- 24th February: Penguin Trail 

18th & 20th February: Build an Antarctic World 

19th & 21st February: Penguin Crafts

21st February: The Tale of the Ratman of South Georgia with Dickie Hall

TBC: Talk with Antarctic wildlife photographer Sue Flood.

21st March: Pull of the Poles with Kim Crosbie

25th April: Polar Medicine with Iain Grant

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Carboot Sundays....
Feb
17
to Nov 17

Carboot Sundays....

Free Event

Salisbury, Salisbury

Salisbury City Council are organising Car Boot sales on the 3rd Sunday of each month from February to November!

Just £5 per car on the day or £10 for vans or cars with trailers. No need to book.....just turn up on the day to be allocated the space...

17 Feb 2019

17 Mar 2019

14 Apr 2019

19 May 2019

16 June 2019

21 July 2019

18 Aug 2019

15 Sept 2019

13 Oct 2019

17 Nov 2019

http://www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk/c/car-boot-sundays


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Hillier Gardens: Family Archaeology Romans
Feb
19
to Mar 23

Hillier Gardens: Family Archaeology Romans

Join us at our purpose-built trench in the woods to get muddy and find hidden treasures from ages past. Be a detective and analyse your artefacts, find out what they are and what they were used for. Learn about Roman life in a carousel of activities around a campfire; use fire strikers to make sparks, write Roman numerals in clay, practice drills and commands of a Roman soldier, and cook an apple snack on the fire. Price: 12.75 (for 1 child and 1 adult) Booking is essential

  • Cost£12.75

  • ContactSir Harold Hillier Gardens

  • Phone01794 369318

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The Boy Who Wanted to Fly, The Lights Theatre Andover
Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

The Boy Who Wanted to Fly, The Lights Theatre Andover


http://www.thelights.org.uk/WhatsOn/3873/1318/the-boy-who-wanted-to-fly

Billy Baxter is feeling ill. It’s worse than measles and mumps. His heads so hot you could cook an egg. The hospital stay could be months! Join Billy, and family performance specialists Rhubarb Theatre, on their latest quest, as they discover the healing power of stories and try to prove that laughter is the best medicine! Performance at 11am. T: £7 all seats SM: £6

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The King and I, Bristol Hippodrome
Mar
24
to Apr 4

The King and I, Bristol Hippodrome

Following the critically acclaimed Broadway smash hit run of the THE KING AND I and its box office sold out record breaking season at the world famous London Palladium, comes the announcement that the multi Tony Award winning production will now embark on a major UK tour from Spring 2019.  

This unmissable, majestic production will open in Manchester in April 2019, and then visit Dublin, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Bristol, Woking and Southampton. Casting will be announced in early 2019.

The news of the tour comes hot off the heels of the cinema release of the live production of THE KING AND I: FROM THE LONDON PALLADIUM, which has become the biggest live event in cinemas of 2018 following last week’s first global screenings. The production in cinemas has taken in excess of  $2.5m at the box office already. In the UK the film reached the number one spot, with more than double the box office of the next film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.  More than 135,000 movie goers packed cinemas across the globe for the initial performance to watch THE KING AND I: FROM THE LONDON PALLADIUM - filmed on stage at the iconic London Palladium.  Such has been the demand for tickets, Trafalgar Releasing has scheduled encore screenings both in the UK and globally throughout December and into 2019. The film has already broken all equivalent

https://kingandimusical.co.uk/

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Sea Shanties on HMS Warrior at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Mar
29
3:30 PM15:30

Sea Shanties on HMS Warrior at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Enjoy a unique dining experience onboard HMS Warrior at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, eating at sailors' mess tables, surrounded by all the fixtures and fittings of Warrior's massive gun deck. However, you certainly won't be napping in the hammocks as an evening of singing and entertainment will have you 'reeling around the wheels'.

https://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/events-by-date/event/1609-sea-shanties-2019

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Mother's Day Weekend at Bowood House and Gardens
Mar
30
to Mar 31

Mother's Day Weekend at Bowood House and Gardens

oin us in the Gardener's Bothy on our opening weekend to create an extra special gift for your marvelous Mum!

Design a personalised card and plant a sunflower to take home to gift to your Mum on Mothers Day.

Book into the Stables Restaurant for a family lunch and enjoy a delicious two course buffet, served between 12:00 – 14:30 (Bookings available by calling 01249 810961)

Terms and Conditions:
All arts and crafts are aimed at children under 12 years of age.
Activities are included within the House & Gardens Day Ticket price and complimentary to 2019 Season Ticket holders.

The activities will be held in the Gardeners Bothy from 11:00 – 16:00 on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March 2019, subject to availability.

Although not essential, the Stables Restaurant cannot guarantee seating for lunch unless reservations are made in advance.

https://www.bowood.org/

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Brickosaurs - Marwell Zoo
Apr
5
to Sep 1

Brickosaurs - Marwell Zoo

BRICKOSAURS! A world-first collection of giant LEGO® brick dinosaurs is coming to Marwell Zoo in 2019. Marwell Zoo will become the first attraction in the world to host a collection of giant LEGO® brick dinosaurs.

BRICKOSAURS, a prehistoric experience featuring a total of 50 life-sized sculptures built with LEGO bricks, is coming to the zoo in 2019. The interactive expedition created with more than two million bricks is sure to excite families, LEGO and dinosaur enthusiasts alike. 
 
A highlight includes the largest touring LEGO brick dinosaur model ever made – a whopping eight-metre T-Rex, plus be prepared for a few surprises!

BRICKOSAURS will be included with general admission and will be on display from 5 April until 1 September 2019.
  
Visitors will also be able to get hands on with a host of extra activities including trying their hand at making their own creations at BRICKOSAURS Basecamp, a free spotter’s guide and more. 


https://www.marwell.org.uk/

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Easter Activities at Fort Nelson
Apr
9
to Apr 18

Easter Activities at Fort Nelson

With a packed programme of family-centred Easter holiday activities the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson invites visitors to discoverwhat life was around the turn of the 19th century, when French emperor Napoleon’s ambitions threatened invasion and war in Europe.

Fort Nelson’s Napoleonic activities are designed to entertain and enlighten all ages. Children can pretend to be soldiers and practice drill formations under the command of our drill sergeant. Then the young recruits can test their skills firing flintlock muskets andcannons in a shooting range, and have-a-go at traditional games of the period.

For a real insight into the artillery on display at the museum visitors can join one of our fact-packed 30-minute guided tours. History is also brought to life in the Guard Room, where a Napoleonic battlefield surgeon will describe and demonstrate the implements he used to treat the wounded.

There will be also be insightful talks on the battle of Waterloo by costumed characters throughout the day and the opportunity to handle historical artefacts.

As well as all the Easter fun Fort Nelson is a great place to get some fresh air and have an adventure. This historic monument is set within 19 acres and features ramparts with stunning panoramic views, exciting tunnels to explore and plenty of space to run around. Indoors the restored barracks and museum galleries are full of treasures from the national collection of artillery with loads to discover.

Enjoy drinks, snacks and meals throughout the day in Cafe 1871 and or outside on the pleasant terrace.

Fort Nelson will be open from 10am to 5pm during the Easter holidays (6 April – 21 April) and museum admission is free. Parking is £3.   
 

Easter holiday activities
Monday 8 to Friday 12 April & Monday 15 to Friday 19 April

Napoleonic themed tours
Fact-packed 30 minute guided tours of the museum
Daily / 11.15am / 1.30pm

Talk: Weapons of Waterloo 
Battle-themed insight talk and object handling session. 
Daily / 12.30pm

Napoleonic drill sessions for children
Daily / 11am / 2pm / 3.30 pm
Parental supervision required at all times. Free

Traditional games
Drop in and play / Free

Battlefield Surgeon 
Dates: 9, 10 & 11 April and 16, 17 & 18 April
All day, drop in

Musket and cannon range
Supervised activity
Times: 10.30am – 4.30pm daily
£2 per person for 8 shots (suitable for children aged 3+ years).
No booking required, pay on arrival in the Visitor Centre

For more details about the Royal Armouries and the national collection housed at Fort Nelson, visit 

https://royalarmouries.org/venue/fort-nelson/

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Canoe Easter Egg Hunt with New Forest Activities, Beaulieu, SO247YF
Apr
13
to Apr 14

Canoe Easter Egg Hunt with New Forest Activities, Beaulieu, SO247YF

Looking for Easter Activities for the whole family? Enjoy a fun-filled guided paddle with New Forest Activities, along the Beaulieu River in stable 'Canadian style' canoes.

Spend time taking in the stunning scenery of the river before disembarking for an Easter egg hunt with a twist! Leave no leaf unturned as your little ones hunt for those hidden chocolate eggs along the riverside. Then, depending on tides you'll either paddle or enjoy a beautiful scenic riverside walk back to base.

All participants will receive a delicious chocolate egg (even the grown-ups too!) Great for all ages, all equipment provided.

20 Apr 2019 - 22 Apr 2019Saturday10:00 - 12:00Sunday10:00 - 12:0013:00 - 15:00Monday10:00 - 12:00

https://www.newforestactivities.co.uk/activities/canoeing-easter-egg-hunt/


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Easter Extravaganza, Larmer Tree Gardens
Apr
22
to Apr 23

Easter Extravaganza, Larmer Tree Gardens

A Family Event celebrating Easter Monday with an Alice in Wonderland Theme. The Easter Extravaganza at Larmer Tree offers family fun on Easter Monday 22nd April. Track the Queen of Hearts, The Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat and Alice through the garden. Decorate biscuits with the Queen of Hearts and follow the White Rabbit to the magic show. There are 3 magic shows that require booking, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm. We can offer a family ticket at £18 which includes 2 adults and 2 children or children are charged at £5 each and Adults at £4. Price includes chocolate treats for children. Garden and Coffee Grove Cafe open 11am to 4.30pm. Additional food vendors will serve delicious hot and cold refreshments, but please be aware they may not be able to accept card payments. Cash is advised. Book tickets online or call 01725 516971 Tickets must be booked in advance as numbers are capped for each session.


https://www.larmertree.co.uk/garden-events/2019/4/22/easter-trail

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Hoppy Easter at Paulton's Park
Apr
23
4:00 PM16:00

Hoppy Easter at Paulton's Park

The Hoppy Easter event is on daily at Paultons from Friday 6th April until Sunday 21st April. Guests will be able to meet cute new characters at the main entrance plaza. Come and say hello Bobtail Bunny and his forest friends, Betty Bunny, Hennie the Hedgehog and Red the Deer.

Watch out for mischievous Fenton Fox though, as he will surely be eyeing up any tasty Easter treats you may have! Guaranteed to put a spring in your step the Park entrance will also be festooned for Easter with colourful giant Easter Eggs and Bunnies at every turn!

Remember, Paultons has over 70 terrific rides and attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

https://paultonspark.co.uk/

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Painting 101, Over Wallop, Hampshire
Apr
25
10:00 PM22:00

Painting 101, Over Wallop, Hampshire

Our drawing and painting courses are something a bit different to the usual offering for beginners/intermediates: bespoke classes, tailored as far as possible to the participants interests and abilities, in small groups of 4-6 people, with a holistic approach led by our Director & Lead Tutor, professional fine artist Daisy Rogers. Prior to the start of the course, we will gauge individual skill level, expectations and personal ambitions for the course, for example, what kind of art do you personally envisage producing? How do you like to learn? What is your previous experience and what artists do you like? Painting 101 in either landscapes or portraiture blends painting skills tailored to your level and speed of learning, art history tailored to your personal interests, providing inspiration and relevant technique discussions, incorporating colour mixing and theory, brush techniques and mediums, application of paint and studio versus en plein air / live sittings from your model vs photographs.

https://www.westhampshireschoolofart.co.uk/adults-art-courses-workshops-1#lifedrawing

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Frome Sports Festival
Apr
28
to May 4

Frome Sports Festival

The Sports Festival is held around Easter. It aims to let families try out some of the great sports that are available in Frome. Lots of local clubs and groups get together to offer FREE tasters and throw in a bit of extra fun – like a climbing wall or zip wire! Usually held in Victoria Park with hot drinks on offer to keep you warm!

Provisional date for 2019 – Sunday 28th April. TBC

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Hatherden School & Village Fete
May
18
11:00 AM11:00

Hatherden School & Village Fete

Come and join the fun filled day, hopefully in the sunshine!

1-4pm: Grand draw, BBQ & hog roast, dog show, beer tent / Pimms & Prosecco stall, days out game, kids games & races, sweets & treats, exciting arena events, inflatable fun, cakes / plants / books / toys, external stalls, and much more…

4-6pm: Stay on with us for an array of local live music accompanied by our various food & drink stalls

The Hatherden school & village fete is on Saturday 18th May 1 – 6pm with live music & food from 4-6pm.

Go along and support your local community.

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2019 Salisbury International Arts Festival
May
24
to Jun 9

2019 Salisbury International Arts Festival

The 2019 Salisbury International Arts Festival (24 May to 9 June) will mark two global anniversaries - the 1969 moon landings and the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall - with an ambitious mix of music, spoken word, film, dance, circus, theatre, comedy and family events.

Find out more on the family events being performed here:

https://www.countrychild.co.uk/blog/2019/3/18/2019-salisbury-featival

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Sherborne Castle Country Fair
May
27
1:00 PM13:00

Sherborne Castle Country Fair

Each year, for one day only in early summer, one of the country's finest settings is transformed into a fun- filled day out for all ages - including spectacular lakeside Dragon Boat Racing, Circus, Gundog Retriever Trials in the Deer Park, Dog Shows, Scurries and Main Ring Events. This year in the main ring the show will have a wonderful display of Cossack Riding from Guido Louis and an exciting program of BMX trick jumps and much more! The fair is organised by volunteers and will be raising funds for children’s charities, so go and have some fun and help give deserving children and youth charities some well needed funds.. www.sherbornecountryfair.com 

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Mendip Challenge
Jun
2
9:00 PM21:00

Mendip Challenge

Challenge yourself by taking on an exciting 10, 20 or 30 mile walk following the stunning West Mendip Way. In 2019, the hospice’s 30th year of caring, the Mendip Challenge will take place on Sunday 2nd June, so get your boots at the ready and prepare to walk (or run) and raise money for Weston Hospicecare.

Embrace the great countryside that awaits you, as our routes will leave you smiling for days. Pack your backpack, pull up your boot straps and get ready to take on the hills! 

Tickets Adult £15, Child £10, register:

https://www.westonhospicecare.org.uk/mendip/

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The Grange Festival 2019
Jun
6
to Jul 5

The Grange Festival 2019

If you have never been to The Grange Festival you may well have missed one of the highlights of the Hampshire summer.  The stunning neoclassical buildings, resembling Grecian temples, come to life in June and July and conceal the award winning 600 seat theatre as well as the Festival restaurant, shop and art gallery.

Ticket prices start from £10 to £190 are are NOW ON SALE via: https://thegrangefestival.co.uk/book-now/  

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Frome Children's Festival
Jun
23
2:30 PM14:30

Frome Children's Festival

One of Frome’s best events of the year and quite possibly the biggest! Usually held in summer during the week of the Frome Festival, the event is FREE to attend and includes over 40 different activities for kids to get stuck into.

Provisional date for 2019 – Sunday June 23rd at the Cheese and Grain through to Welshmill Park. TBC

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Finkley Down Farm - Magical Christmas
Nov
29
to Dec 24

Finkley Down Farm - Magical Christmas

Magical Christmas 29th November – 24th December Decorate a biscuit With Mother Christmas, Father Christmas’s Intergalactic post box, Make magical reindeer food with the Elves, Find the missing Reindeer, Snowball Shootout, Meet Father Christmas and choose your present, Free hot chocolate for every child.

https://www.finkleydownfarm.co.uk/upcoming-events/

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	Shake It up! Long Overdue Theatre Company,  The Lights Theatre, Andover
Mar
20
to Mar 21

Shake It up! Long Overdue Theatre Company, The Lights Theatre, Andover

The Long Overdue Theatre School proudly presents ‘Shake it Up!’ A mixture of Dance, Drama and Singing, a variety show with a difference. Packed full of fun and energy, this is a show not to be missed. The Long Overdue Theatre School has been running in Andover for over 12 years, every March all the children from the school come together to put on a full scale production at the Lights Theatre, celebrating their talents and hardwork. Join us for a night to remember! For more information on the Theatre School and the classes we offer children aged 4-16 years please visit www.tlots.co.uk

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A NIGHT OF JUST TAKE THAT
Mar
18
11:00 AM11:00

A NIGHT OF JUST TAKE THAT

The Hidden Needs Trust CHARITY Concert present a night of Just Take That tribute band on Monday MARCH 18th 2019 at 7:30 pm atOCTAGON THEATRE, YEOVIL

Take That Tribute Band, who have featured on BBC with Graham Norton, will take you on a journey of Take That's, Gary Barlow's and Robbie Williams' biggest hits spanning 30 years. A must for any Take That fan.

The concert will raise money for Special Educational Needs Children in DORSET and SOMERSET.

https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/news/hidden-needs-trust-charity-concert

TICKETS are only £20! PURCHASED from the Octagon Theatre Box Office. Why not purchase some tickets for friends, family and colleagues?

 

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DIY Slime, Winchester Science Museum
Mar
16
to Mar 17

DIY Slime, Winchester Science Museum

Discover super exciting science that you can do at home as a family at Winchester Science Centre!

Weekend activities:
•Experience a fantastic live science show packed full of tips and tricks for DIY science. These will be running at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:30 and 15:30.
•Get hands-on with fun activities and challenges in the Invention Studio
•Inspirers will be roaming the exhibition floors with themed science busking

Planetarium Shows: Make your visit extra special with a visit to the planetarium - savings are available for those who book General Admission and planetarium tickets in the same transaction.

Tickets: Book tickets on the Winchester Science Centre website. Book at least 3 days in advance and save 25% on admission to the Centre! You will also have the option to reserve a free live science show, which is recommended to guarantee your place.

https://www.winchestersciencecentre.org/your-visit/whats-on/diy-science-slime/#.XFW3X8_7Q_N

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Fundraising Family Bingo Night
Mar
15
2:00 PM14:00

Fundraising Family Bingo Night

Frome Children's Festival are running a family bingo evening on 15th March at Frome Football Club to raise funds for the town’s Sports Festival.  The Sports Festival, which offers a warm and open invitation to all Frome and area families, brings a fun-packed week of free sports tasters in April for everyone to enjoy and get active.

The Family Bingo Night starts at 7.30pm on 15th March, at Frome Football Club, Badgers Hill, and full details will be shared on social media and can also be found on the organisers’ website www.fromechildrensfestival.org      

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Wilton House Antiques Fair, Wilton
Mar
8
to Mar 10

Wilton House Antiques Fair, Wilton

Held at the beautiful Palladian home of the Earl & Countess of Pembroke, the Wilton House Antiques Fair, now in its 42nd year, is an independent, three-day event hosting over 40 exhibitors.
On offer will be a wide choice of art, antiques and decorative arts including jewellery, furniture, carpets, textiles, antiquities, clocks ceramics, silver and fine art. Authenticity is assure by a specialist committee pre-vetting everything on sale so that items may be bought with confidence.
With prices ranging from £50 - £50,000, pieces will appeal to both the established collector and the first-time buyer alike.
So with something for everyone, the Wilton House Antiques Fair offers the visitor lots of temptation and an insight to an intriguing world.

http://www.wiltonhouse.co.uk/

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Spring Steam Gala at the Watercress Line
Mar
8
to Mar 10

Spring Steam Gala at the Watercress Line

This 'steam' packed three day event at The Watercress Line is a chance to see and ride behind guest engines and the home-fleet locomotives. Come and enjoy behind the scene tours throughout Ropley workshop & yard and get up close and explore The Watercress Line's locomotives under restoration.

The Real Ale bar will be available on one of the trains each day and the 'Queen Mary' brake van will be available for rides on the freight train.

NB Steam trains will not be operating from Alton station until the end of July 2019.

https://www.watercressline.co.uk/product.php/126/spring-steam-gala

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Sketch Your Child, Over Wallop, Hampshire
Mar
7
10:00 PM22:00

Sketch Your Child, Over Wallop, Hampshire

Would you like to learn how to sketch your child? A perfect memory of their younger years, or perhaps as a present for a grandparent, there is something magical about a sketch portrait. This will be a 2 hour hands-on workshop led by Director Daisy Rogers in a small group of 4-6 students, with lunch afterwards, offering a lovely chance to meet like-minded people. You will need some photographs of your child where the light is good and ideally they are on their own. Workshop dates: the next workshop will be Thursday 7th March. Further spring term dates available on demand, and summer term dates to follow.
https://www.westhampshireschoolofart.co.uk/adults-art-courses-workshops-1#drawing101

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Wildlife Photography Exhibition, Taunton
Mar
4
to Mar 9

Wildlife Photography Exhibition, Taunton

The Somerset Levels are renowned for the diversity and beauty of their wildlife. There are numerous nature reserves in the Levels which have protected and attracted scarce species of birds such as the Cranes, Bitterns and Great White Egrets. One such reserve, RSPB Swell Wood, is right on the doorstep of the church, and is well-known for its large heronry where many Grey Herons nest in early March.

To celebrate the wonders of our local wildlife we are planning to hold an Exhibition of Photographs by local photographers in the Stable Cafe and Church Hall in the first week of March 2019. The exhibition will open at on Monday 4th March until Saturday 9th March. Each day from 10.00am to 5.00pm The Stable Community Coffee Shop will serve real coffee, delicious cakes and paninis.

Local photographers are invited to submit up to three prints (max. size 12″ x 8″ or 30cm x 20cm) by Saturday 23rd February. Photos must be of wildlife in Somerset, taken by photographers who live in Somerset. Prints can be mounted on card/foamboard or unmounted. We will supply Velcro dots. Post prints to Fivehead Baptist Church, Butchers Hill, Fivehead, TAUNTON, TA3 6PD

https://fiveheadbaptist.co.uk/wildlife/

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Snakes - A slither into a secret world
Feb
28
4:00 PM16:00

Snakes - A slither into a secret world

This exhibition delves into the captivating life of snakes, bringing to light their beauty, mystery and amazing natural history.  Using taxidermy, skeletal mounts and award winning photography this exhibition demonstrates the distinctive features and behaviours of these extraordinary creatures, including King Cobras, Pythons and Puff Adders.  Since appearing around 100 million years ago snakes have spread across the globe adapting to life on land and at sea.  They have always fascinated people and are part of the culture of every society.

This exhibition is family friendly and also supports the science national curriculum for schools.  Visitors will find out about snake anatomy, venom, senses, growth, and habitat, whilst having fun with some amazing interactives.

In addition to the interactives in the exhibition, family events are being organised, particularly over the Easter holidays.  These include Jonathan’s Jungle Roadshow, a snake interactive and craft activities.  More details will be available on the website soon.

Heather Ault, Exhibitions Officer, at Wiltshire Museum said ‘snake based events and craft activities will run alongside the exhibition and over the Easter holidays.  We look forward to children bringing their parents and grandparents to learn all there is to know about these amazing reptiles’.

http://www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk/

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Dylan’s Invisible Friend with Wild Words and Michael Loader, Wells
Feb
23
9:00 PM21:00

Dylan’s Invisible Friend with Wild Words and Michael Loader, Wells

Dylan didn’t have any friends so he listened to the sea and suddenly his world was transformed. This new family show fuses the artistry of Dylan Thomas and Igor Stravinsky (with the help of saxophones, strings and a musical saw) with storyteller Michael Loader. Spontaneous mayhem, crazy characters and melodies with Hoover overtones, all bound into a profound message about finding who you really are.

Fun playshop aimed at children starts at 10.30am. The main show starts at 11.30am.

Tickets: £10
£5 for 12s and under
http://cedarshall.events

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Family Festival Weekend: Space Explorers!
Feb
23
to Feb 24

Family Festival Weekend: Space Explorers!

Join The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre for a cosmic-inspired Family Festival Weekend on 23-24 February. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, The Spring is inviting budding astronauts and space explorers to take part in a series of celestial workshops and performances, as well as a starlit show for babies. The Spring will also be touring local community venues, to offer free “astronaut training” for children as part of its space festival – expect an out of this world experience. Visit www.thespring.co.uk for more information and to book tickets. 

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Star Fest
Feb
22
to Feb 24

Star Fest

Calling all stargazers or anyone with a fascination with stars, planets or astronomy. Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which is seeking International Dark Sky Reserve status, is hosting ‘Star Fest’, a weekend of family-friendly, space-themed events and activities from 22-24 February in Sixpenny Handley.

For anyone space-obsessed or for those looking to learn more about the sky at night, look no further. 

Events on offer include: 

-       Space Detectives: interactive space workshops with Jo Richardson, UK Space Ambassador, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society

-       Planetarium: a family-friendly show for all ages 

-       Face painting

-       Storytelling

-       Stargazing with the Wessex Astronomical Society

-       Astrophotography presentations

Star Fest takes place at Church Farm Caravanning & Camping Park, High Street, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset SP5 5ND. Events and activities start at 18.00 on Friday 22 February and again at 10.00 on Saturday 23 February and Sunday 24 February. For an up to date event timetable, more information and how to book an event visit www.chasingstars.org.uk, look on Twitter @cranbornechase, email: info@cranbornechase.org.uk or call 01725 517417.

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Frome Twinning Association: Free Children's Event
Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

Frome Twinning Association: Free Children's Event

'The Association would like to invite Frome children and families to their next free children’s event during the half-term holiday. This will start with a German Carnival mask-making workshop organised by the Children’s Festival from 1.45 to 2.30 pm on Thursday 21st February in Vallis First School. At the same time children will have the opportunity to develop questions or suggestions for the Mayor of Frome. At 2.45pm children and families will form a carnival procession to the Town Hall. Children are invited to come in fancy-dress for this and will wear their masks. On arrival, we will storm the Town Hall and demand the attendance of the Mayor. After he has agreed to answer the children’s questions, we will go into the Council Chamber for questions. Refreshments will be available for adults and children will all receive a free doughnut (a tradition in our German twin town of Murrhardt). The event will finish no later than 4pm and all children must be accompanied by an adult throughout. This event is being targeted at 6-12 years old, but younger or older members of the family are also invited to come along. Numbers are limited so booking is essential. Call Sue Worringham on 01373 462431 to book a place.'

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Be Happy, Harry Hippo
Feb
21
4:30 PM16:30

Be Happy, Harry Hippo

Harry Hippo has lost his smile and can’t seem to get it back. No matter what he tries or where he looks, Harry can’t find his smile anywhere. What will he do? Join Hodgepodge Theatre on their quest to deliver the ultimate pick-me-up to one of the world’s most massive mammals. We’ll need all the help we can get as we take Harry on a journey to remember all of the things that make him smile and what makes him truly happy. Performance at 11am T: ££7 all seats or SM: £6 For ages 3+


http://www.thelights.org.uk/WhatsOn/3717/1262/be-happy-harry-hippo

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FROME'S FREE CHILDRENS EVENT
Feb
21
1:45 PM13:45

FROME'S FREE CHILDRENS EVENT

'The Association would like to invite Frome children and families to their next free children’s event during the half-term holiday. This will start with a German Carnival mask-making workshop organised by the Children’s Festival from 1.45 to 2.30 pm on Thursday 21st February in Vallis First School. At the same time children will have the opportunity to develop questions or suggestions for the Mayor of Frome. At 2.45pm children and families will form a carnival procession to the Town Hall. Children are invited to come in fancy-dress for this and will wear their masks. On arrival, we will storm the Town Hall and demand the attendance of the Mayor. After he has agreed to answer the children’s questions, we will go into the Council Chamber for questions. Refreshments will be available for adults and children will all receive a free doughnut (a tradition in our German twin town of Murrhardt). The event will finish no later than 4pm and all children must be accompanied by an adult throughout. This event is being targeted at 6-12 years old, but younger or older members of the family are also invited to come along. Numbers are limited so booking is essential. Call Sue Worringham on 01373 462431 to book a place.'

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Pipes and Ladders, The Close Salisbury
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Pipes and Ladders, The Close Salisbury

After admiring our Illuminated Ladders exhibition come and create your very own board game. Our organ pipes will also be your inspiration for a new take on the traditional 'snakes and ladders'. All activities are child friendly and suitable for ages 3-10 years and are free drop-in sessions. Parents stay. All materials are provided.

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https://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/

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