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Torch Lit summer evenings at the Royal Baths
Jun
16
to Aug 31

Torch Lit summer evenings at the Royal Baths

Torchlit summer evenings

The site is open until 10.00pm every evening from 16 June to 31 August (last entry 9.00pm). As darkness falls, the ruins of this vast Roman building are an awesome sight. By the light of flickering torches, you can walk on 2000 year old pavements, providing a truly magical atmosphere. With its steaming waters and Roman artefacts this is an unforgettable and unique experience.

https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/

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Rena Gardiner – A Dorset Artist
Jun
20
to Aug 18

Rena Gardiner – A Dorset Artist

A new exhibition of prints and books by Rena Gardiner has opened at the Priest's House Museum and Garden in Wimborne. It will run until the 18 August 2018.

Rena lived in Dorset for much of her life and was an artist, printer and publisher. She hand crafted and produced an eye catching range of beautifully illustrated and colourful guides to towns and villages, religious buildings and historic houses. Her distinctive style was a result of the printing techniques she used and her artistic skill. As a result every copy of her books is unique. At the height of her career she received commissions from the National Trust, abbeys and cathedrals.

This exhibition of 15 of Rena’s prints and paintings is drawn from two private collections. They are displayed alongside a selection of her self published guide books and examples of two of her sketchbooks from her travels.

For further information please visit www.priest-house.co.uk.

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LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort - 'Summer of Fun'
Jul
7
to Sep 2

LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort - 'Summer of Fun'

LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort will be hosting its first-ever ‘Summer of Fun’ event, set to thrill families throughout the school holidays. The two-month long event will invite guests to join an awesome Beach Party built just for kids, hosted at the resorts’s all-new 10m long sandy beach, with a host of beach activities for all the family to enjoy.

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The Flower Fairies Trail, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens,
Jul
19
to Sep 3

The Flower Fairies Trail, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens,

There are some new visitors making Sir Harold Hillier Gardens their home this summer, they can't wait for you to come and see them!

From July to September, head to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and take part in their interactive Flower Fairies trail for just £5 (exc admission to the gardens). If you look very hard, you might even find the magical fairy grotto.

Just visit this summer to buy your special fairy finding passport. Every trail pass purchased comes with your very own pair of fairy wings!

Inspired by Cicely Mary Barker's classic illustrations, the trail is a must visit for fairy lovers of all ages.

The Gardens are open from 10am to 6pm, last entry is at 5pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Garden admission and trail fees apply.

https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/hilliergardens

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Explorer:Space
Jul
20
to Sep 3

Explorer:Space

Explorer:Space is an immersive space experience that will take families on an epic adventure through the universe. This new dramatic staff-led zone includes amazing hands-on exhibits, covering everything from meteorites to stardust, robots to coding and atmospheric pressure to human space flight.

To find out more and book tickets, visit winchestersciencecentre.org

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Summer Living History at Beaulieu, National Motor Museum
Jul
21
to Aug 31

Summer Living History at Beaulieu, National Motor Museum

Join Beaulieu, National Motor Museum for a fun-filled family day out this summer, as a fascinating programme of living history brings Beaulieu to life with the sights and sounds of the past this Summer from 21 July – 31 August.

It's a great opportunity to witness amazing historic traditions with falconry displays. Discover what life was like in the 1800s and enjoy Victorian music. See veteran and vintage cars driving around the grounds with their occupants dressed in period costumes.

https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/events

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MAKE YOUR OWN STOOL WITH HATTIE SPEED (AKA THIS GIRL MAKES)
Aug
16
to Aug 17

MAKE YOUR OWN STOOL WITH HATTIE SPEED (AKA THIS GIRL MAKES)

In an age when young hands often seem to be more on screens and key boards than making and materials, sign up to one of our courses designed and run by leading furniture maker and designer Hattie Speed.
Watch or help with assembling and creating their own stool that has been designed to fit and become one object with all the others at the end of the class before going home with its proud maker. NOTE: Suitable for children 7-16 years old.
Book Here: https://messumswiltshire.com/childrens-workshop-hattie-speed/

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Ragged Victorians Re-enactment Weekend, Weymouth
Aug
18
9:30 PM21:30

Ragged Victorians Re-enactment Weekend, Weymouth

The 'Ragged Victorians – 'The Great Unwashed' are an award winning living history group, re-enacting the lower classes of Victorian England, c1851. 
They will be taking up residence over the weekend of 18th & 19th August at the Nothe, where they will be 'living' in the tunnels and cellars under the Fort.
The Nothe Fort Victorian Artillery will be in attendance, firing their Victorian Cannons, following their inspection by Queen Victoria, at the start of the day!
Enjoy some Music Hall entertainment in the company of Marie Lloyd and other performers from the era, visit the Victorian School Room, the Victorian pub and take part in some traditional games and activities. Watch local artists recreating traditional crafts, and relax in the Nothe Café – hopefully in the sunshine! There will be activities around the fort for the children, and the exhibition of Matchstick Fleet will still be in residence.

http://www.raggedvictorians.co.uk/events

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Victorious
Aug
24
to Aug 26

Victorious

One of the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival - continues to be one of the best value, family friendly music festivals in the UK with particularly low ticket prices for children. 5-12 year old tickets cost just £8 a day and under 5 years are able to join in the fun for just £1 with all activities in the Kids Arena absolutely FREE!

www.victoriousfestival.co.uk

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Picnic in the Park
Aug
29
2:30 PM14:30

Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the Park will take place on Wednesday 29 August in Victoria Park from 12pm until 4pm. This event is FREE to attend and offers an opportunity for you to meet family and friends and enjoy a picnic in the beautiful setting of Victoria Park. There will be lots of entertainment and activities including workshops, fair rides and street food.

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Scarecrow Trail
Sep
22
to Sep 23

Scarecrow Trail

Dauntsey Academy Primary School in West Lavington will be hosting their first Scarecrow Trail on the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd September 2018 from 10am – 4pm on both days.

With both a Main Trail and Children’s Trail the whole family can be involved. Please come along and share in this fun filled family weekend!

Stalls include a BBQ, Bar, Tea & Cakes, Grand Raffle, Tombolas, Games and much, much, more!

For further information please check out our Facebook page: DAPS Scarecrow Trail

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Marlborough Lit Fest
Sep
27
to Sep 30

Marlborough Lit Fest

Actor, star of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, as well as successful children’s author, David Walliams, has been announced as Marlborough LitFest’s children’s author for 2018. He’ll be appearing on Sunday, 30 September at 3pm at the Memorial Hall in Marlborough College. LitFest aims to bring the best of good writing to the historic market town of Marlborough, with nearly 40 events during the festival weekend. The children’s programme for 2018 includes a variety of events for all ages, to help stimulate a passion for reading amongst local younger readers. www.marlboroughlitfest.org

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The Rare Brand Market
Nov
14
to Nov 15

The Rare Brand Market

The Rare Brand Market curates a wide range of rare brands across clothing, food, drink, jewellery, beauty, toys and gadgets, lifestyle and homeware. The Rare Brand Market focuses on emerging brands, brands that are likely to have been created in the last 1 to 3 years. Over 85 brands will be on offer over just 2 days at Winchester’s Guildhall; come and meet the founders and hear first-hand the passion for their work.

www.therarebrandmarket.co.uk

 

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Little Explorers - Barry the Fish
Aug
14
4:00 PM16:00

Little Explorers - Barry the Fish

Come and join in the fun with the ‘Little Explorers’ activity mornings at the Priest’s House Museum and Garden in Wimborne

The museum has teamed up with Action for Children and Wimborne Library to provide fun filled mornings for little ones (children aged 2 years and over). The action packed summer programme will feature crafts and activities based on the subject of ‘Mischief Makers’.

Admission is £1.50 per person each week (annual ticket not valid), which includes entrance to the museum and garden. All children must be accompanied.

For further information please contact the museum on 01202 882533 or visit www.priest-house.co.uk.

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MAKING WOODEN PROPELLER FLYERS
Aug
11
to Aug 12

MAKING WOODEN PROPELLER FLYERS

Make a hand powered vintage propeller toy with their inventor, Wiltshire woodsman Dom Parish.  Modelled after the natural flying capacities of sycamore seeds, the propeller or ‘spinstar’ appeals in a tangible way to the child in all of us. Learn how to steam bend wooden components into a blade, assemble them to a wooden shaft, colour them with lacquer and brand them with your own design. NOTE: Spaces are limited to 8 people, suitable for +8 years.

Book Here: https://messumswiltshire.com/childrens-workshop-making-wooden-flyers/

 

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An evening with authors Claire Fuller and Ane Riel
Aug
8
10:30 AM10:30

An evening with authors Claire Fuller and Ane Riel

Winchester's own Claire Fuller and Danish author Ane Riel in conversation. Claire, author of Our Endless Numbered Days and Swimming Lessons, will be discussing her new novel, Bitter Orange and Ane her award winning and first in English, novel Resin. Resin has a theme that resonates with Claire's first novel Our Endless Numbered Days, also award winning, and will make for an interesting and illuminating discussion. The authors will be reading from their books and taking questions from the audience. Refreshments will be served.

https://www.waterstones.com/events/an-evening-with-clare-fuller-and-ane-riel/winchester-high-street

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Little Explorers - Pirates Love Underpants
Aug
7
3:30 PM15:30

Little Explorers - Pirates Love Underpants

Come and join in the fun with the ‘Little Explorers’ activity mornings at the Priest’s House Museum and Garden in Wimborne

The museum has teamed up with Action for Children and Wimborne Library to provide fun filled mornings for little ones (children aged 2 years and over). The action packed summer programme will feature crafts and activities based on the subject of ‘Mischief Makers’.

Admission is £1.50 per person each week (annual ticket not valid), which includes entrance to the museum and garden. All children must be accompanied.

For further information please contact the museum on 01202 882533 or visit www.priest-house.co.uk.

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Trout n About Festival, Stockbridge
Aug
5
1:00 PM13:00

Trout n About Festival, Stockbridge

Trout ‘n About is a thriving local food festival which takes place in the market town of Stockbridge on the first Sunday of August every year. With over 100 stalls showcasing the very best of local food, produce and crafts, it is a family friendly event attracting thousands of visitors from all around.

The beautiful, historic high street of Stockbridge becomes abuzz with activity, with live music filling the air, Juggling Jake entertaining the children with his circus skills and the countryside coming to the high street in the form of farm animals, vintage agricultural equipment, craft demonstrations, face painting and the many stalls promoting and selling local fare.

Many of the High Street shops will be open too – they all contribute to making Stockbridge a thriving and unique experience on a daily basis; so together with them Trout 'n About hope to give visitors many reasons to come back again and again.

Trout 'n About is set on the beautiful, historic High Street of the market town of Stockbridge, Hampshire. With the river Test flowing under the High Street our festival is named after one of the things the Test Valley is renowned for – Trout!

Parking will be provided in fields at either end of the High Street, from which a FREE King Alfred's bus shuttle service will run you to the centre of the action.

https://tnastockbridge.co.uk/

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Lego Engineering Family Workshop, REME Museum, Chippenham
Aug
1
10:00 PM22:00

Lego Engineering Family Workshop, REME Museum, Chippenham

Make working bomb disposal vehicles or Recovery Trucks in this family fun 2 hour session.
Using our LEGO education sets, families make working vehicles with motors, pulleys and cogs. This workshop is delivered by our Education Officer and is a great chance for the whole family to get involved. There is a small prize for the wining team

Additional Information
Pre-booking required and there are two workshops available starting at 10:30 and 13:30, each workshop takes 2 hours to complete. £1 per child (in addition to the standard museum admission for the child and adult). Adult supervision needed at all times, the REME Museum will not take responsibility for any child.
Limited spaces available so please book soon by either buying a workshop upgrade ticket online with Eventbrite (with booking fee); contacting us directly at enquiries@rememuseum.org.uk or call 01249 894 869. We hope to see you here!

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Salisbury Playday
Aug
1
2:30 PM14:30

Salisbury Playday

Salisbury Playday is held annually at Churchill Gardens and this year’s event will take place on Wednesday 1 August from Midday until 4pm. The event is FREE to attend and is held as part of the National Playday Scheme which highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. The popular event is great for children of all ages and will consist of a range of activities, workshops, fair rides and lots more.

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Little Explorers - Hairy Maclary
Jul
31
3:30 PM15:30

Little Explorers - Hairy Maclary

Come and join in the fun with the ‘Little Explorers’ activity mornings at the Priest’s House Museum and Garden in Wimborne

The museum has teamed up with Action for Children and Wimborne Library to provide fun filled mornings for little ones (children aged 2 years and over). The action packed summer programme will feature crafts and activities based on the subject of ‘Mischief Makers’.

Admission is £1.50 per person each week (annual ticket not valid), which includes entrance to the museum and garden. All children must be accompanied.

For further information please contact the museum on 01202 882533 or visit www.priest-house.co.uk.

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The Creepy Crawly Show, Dorchester
Jul
28
9:30 PM21:30

The Creepy Crawly Show, Dorchester

Join the team from The Creepy Crawly Show and find out more about natures wonders! From insects to animals, this team really know their stuff and have a great range of knowledge!Families can meet, hold, and find out more about the animals during...

 12:00 - 15:00

http://www.thecreepycrawlyshow.co.uk

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Archaeological Family Fun
Jul
28
1:00 PM13:00

Archaeological Family Fun

Calling all budding archaeologists. The Priest’s House Museum and Garden in Wimborne is the place to be for some archaeological family fun on Saturday 28 July 2018, 10am to 4pm, to celebrate the Festival of British Archaeology.

Peel back the layers of time to discover an Iron Age roundhouse in the indoor archaeological dig. What artefacts will you discover along the way and what can they tell you about our past? Taste what the Romans actually ate…it might surprise you! Get hands on making wattle and daub. There will be craft activities including helmet making and dressing a Roman soldier. Have a go at our Roman ‘Play Your Cards Right’. There will be something for everyone with quizzes, trails and much more. Visitors will be able to meet a Roman soldier. The soldier will be kitted out in Roman legionary uniform and displaying equipment as used at a large Roman fort. Visitors will discover what it is like to wear and maintain a full military kit.

Admission is £1.75 (FREE entry with a valid Young Archaeologists’ Club membership card). The Festival of British Archaeology is organised by the Council for British Archaeology.

www.priest-house.co.uk.

 

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Go Mad4Animals at Brewery Square
Jul
28
12:00 PM12:00

Go Mad4Animals at Brewery Square

Brewery Square, Dorchester, will be hosting the team behind Mad4Animals in an afternoon of free entertainment on Saturday, July 28 from 12pm until 3pm. Mad4Animals delivers fun and educational shows all about animals, their habitats and features hands-on sections as a part of the interactive show.
Charlotte Spracklen, centre manager at Brewery Square, said: “We are really looking forward to having the Mad4Animals team at Brewery Square, we’re sure everyone will love the interactive parts of the show as well as learning about lots of different animals.”
 

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Poole Harbour Festival
Jul
27
to Jul 29

Poole Harbour Festival

With over 30 live acts across THREE stages we bring the best local and tribute bands as well as our Sunday headliner & local legend Mungo Jerry. The main stage will be in a circus big top for 2018 to make sure the party goes on, come rain or shine. The FREE kids entertainment on Sat & Sun includes Mr Merlin, Krazy Kev, the Mad For Animals Show, Circus Workshops & Family Fire Show.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poole-harbour-festival-2018-tickets-46903374255

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Jul
27
11:00 AM11:00

Hotpoint Fresh Thinking Roadshow, Camp Bestival

The Fresh Thinking Roadshow, a nationwide initiative launched by Hotpoint, is touring the country and will visit Camp Bestival on Friday 27th– Sunday 29th July before heading to four other UK locations. During its three-day residency at the festival, the truck will offer free, hands-on cooking classes to families, who will be taught a selection of delicious recipes based on the top 10 most wasted foods in the UK. Visitors will be taught tips and tricks to reduce food waste and have the chance to win Hotpoint appliances for their home.

https://freshthinking.hotpoint.co.uk/

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MESSUMS WILTSHIRE   presents  NOUMENA / ULYSSES AWAKES &  the world première of  BETWEEN TWO FIRES
Jul
27
to Jul 28

MESSUMS WILTSHIRE presents NOUMENA / ULYSSES AWAKES & the world première of BETWEEN TWO FIRES

Internationally acclaimed choreographer, Alexander Whitley and Messums Wiltshire join forces this summer for a unique, triple bill programme to be performed in the gallery’s magnificent 13th-Century Monastic Barn in Tisbury on 27th and 28th July 2018. The three contemporary dance works include the Royal Opera House commissioned, Noumena; the world première of Between Two Fires and Ulysses Awakes, originally commissioned by the 12 Ensemble. This one-off summer experience brings together the worlds of visual art and contemporary dance to create a truly unmissable weekend of performances in the breathtaking surroundings of the historic Messums Wiltshire barn.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Jul
26
to Jul 28

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

It is 1482 in Paris. The church bells of the Notre Dame ring out over the city to celebrate The Feast of the Fools. A dark shroud engulfs the streets and a haunting shadow of a disfigured creature haunts the Cathedral.

This unique adaptation of Victor Hugo’s famous novel features an ensemble cast of creative young people from the borough. A story of betrayal and black magic, it’s perfect for older children with a thirst for mystery and adventure.

www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk

 

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Jul
26
11:00 AM11:00

Ignite Youth Theatre taster workshop - ages 8-12, Andover

Come along and get creative with a free session at Ignite Youth Theatre, the resident young company at The Lights! With tutor Alex, Ignite Youth Theatre is a great starting block for those interested in the performing arts. It will give you the opportunity to learn theatre skills and techniques, devise and perform your very own work with other group members, and most importantly, have fun! Join this free one hour session to find out more - your place must be pre-booked at the Box Office: 01264 368368

http://www.thelights.org.uk/WhatsOn/3395/1098/ignite-youth-theatre-taster-workshop-ages-8-12

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David William's Awful Auntie, The Mayflower, Southampton
Jul
25
to Jul 28

David William's Awful Auntie, The Mayflower, Southampton

When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie!

https://www.mayflower.org.uk

 

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Children in the Moon
Jul
25
11:00 AM11:00

Children in the Moon

Join the Makeshift Ensemble as they invite children on a magical celebration of discovery, courage and diversity with the story of The Children in the Moon.

A truly lovely way to spend an afternoon in the summer holidays … bring your children to see Children in the Moon at The Lights on Wednesday, 25 July at 1.30pm.

From the makers of celebrated ‘Fox and Rabbit’s idiot’s guide to The Owl and the Pussycat’ comes a new tale for all ages.

They had no idea where they came from. All they knew was that they lived on the hill, and that the old man of the hill called them Zack and Lil. They could have had a most wonderful time playing all day if it had not been for carrying all that water.

 Join The Makeshift Ensemble and their travelling teapot of tales on a magical celebration of discovery, courage and diversity. The Children in the Moon is a wonderfully visual and original take on centuries old children’s verse, packed with puppetry and live music this is an ideal show for all the family.

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New Forest and Hampshire County Show
Jul
24
to Jul 26

New Forest and Hampshire County Show

The New Forest and Hampshire County Show has introduced a Kids Go Free promotion for the 2018 event which is taking place on 24th, 25th and 26th July at New Park, Brockenhurst. All children aged 0-15yrs will enter for free when accompanied by an adult or senior. A 10% discount will be applied to all adult and senior tickets purchased online before 17th July 2018 at www.newforestshow.co.uk. The Show is open between 8am and 6.30pm each day.

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Ballet Under the Stars at Hatch House - The Covent Garden Dance Company
Jul
20
to Jul 22

Ballet Under the Stars at Hatch House - The Covent Garden Dance Company

SPECIAL OFFER

from Covent Garden Dance Company for Sunday the 22nd of July at the glorious Hatch House in Wiltshire, exclusively for Country Child readers!

All-inclusive dinner ticket for just £95 per person (normally £130). The ticket includes welcome fizz, three course gourmet dinner with wines and 12 world class performances. To apply for this EXCLUSIVE offer email

events@coventgardendance.com quoting “Country Child Sunday”

Hatch House 2018 ‘Ballet Under the Stars’ Best of British
Presented by the Covent Garden Dance Company

One of the South West’s most unmissable events

http://www.coventgardendance.com/

Photo Credit: Signe Roderik

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Curious Arts Festival
Jul
20
to Jul 22

Curious Arts Festival

Line-up boasts literary heavyweight Misha Glenny (think McMafia), bestselling writers Kate Mosse, Matt Haig and Adam Kay, the people’s poet Lemn Sissay and the immensely talented New River Poets. You can also hear from Oscar-nominated film director Stephen Frears whose credits include The Queen, Philomena, My Beautiful Laundrette and the recently acclaimed BBC TV drama A Very English Scandal starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw. 

http://curiousartsfestival.com/

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