Spring is on its way and it is a good time to venture out of the house and enjoy some family days out. Read on for our list of what is on this weekend!
Friday 26th February
If you haven’t already, take a trip to Salisbury Cathedral to see the huge sculptures of the internationally renowned artist Sophie Ryder; including life size minotaurs, a gigantic lady hare, and a 20ft arch of clasped hands. Sure to make an impression on the kids and near to the excellent Refectory café to warm up after! Exhibiting until July, Sophie also has exhibitions in Salisbury Museum and Young Gallery.
Winchester City Mill give regular demonstrations of their fully restored working water mill. The mill produces stone ground wholemeal flower using the power of the River Itchen. The demonstrations are free and so is admission to National Trust Members.
Saturday 27th February
Taunton toy and Train Fair is on today, selling a terrific selection of diecast toys, model railways, books, games etc, all at great prices. A family friendly event with free parking at Richard Huish College Taunton.
Glastonbury Calling is a new one day festival created and run by local people, promotion companies and venues. Highlighting the variety of great new music coming out of the west and showcase it at some cracking venues in the town. Spread over 4 venues The Riflemans, The Hawthorns, The King Arthur and The Bocabar, £10 will buy you a wristband which covers entrance to all venues. Tickets are on sale from: Bristol Ticket Shop, Jaywalk Guitars (High street, Street) and the venues. Any profits will go to Glastonbury FM.
The Main House, New Theatre Royal is hosting ‘the most magnifical, tremendible and fantasticulous experience in town’! The caravan of curiosities and its crew of mysterious misfits have arrived to entertain, amuse and beguile you. From the makers of The Terrible Infants, The Trench and The Vaudevillains comes an outdoor spectacle like no other. Packed with Vaudeville, circus, puppets, dance, music and magic; professional charlatans will regale you with tales of wit, virtue and courage and rendered with a bizarre theatricality all of their own. For ticket prices and booking see http://www.newtheatreroyal.com/event/marvellous-imaginary-menagerie/
If you fancy some night time action on Saturday evenings during the Spring and Autumn months, the The Hawk Conservancy holds its ‘Owls by Moonlight’ evenings, when guests can see our owls really awake and at their best. The evening starts with a hot supper, followed by a hot drink and a chocolate brownie. During the evening, small groups are taken on a tour of the grounds, to see some of the owls living at the Trust. There are also be two flying demonstrations, featuring several species of owl, including a visit to their magical Woodland Owls Arena. You can hold a British owl at the end of the evening. Numbers are strictly limited, so book early: £33.50 Adults; Children £19.95 for booking see http://www.hawk-conservancy.org/About_the_Trust/EventCalendar.asp
Sunday 28th February
‘Not Now Bernard’ is on at the Theatre Royal Winchester. We remember being read this story as kids – now you can share the story with your children. Featuring masks, puppets and possibly the biggest teddy in the world! Recommended Age: 3 – 8 yrs booking is at http://www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk/not-now-bernard/
Fleet air museum are hosting a Wedding Exhibition from 11am-3pm admission is £2 or free if you email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whatever you chose to do with your family – have fun! And let us know if you find anything exciting!
The Country Child Team