Plenty to keep youngsters busy during half-term

Friday 15 February 2013 Updated: 20/02 00:40

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WITH half-term upon us, there are plenty of events and activities across Bromsgrove, Rubery and Droitwich to keep youngsters busy during their week off.

► HANBURY Hall will open six-days-a-week from tomorrow (Saturday) and there will be plenty of holiday activities this week.

There are two family activity days between 11am and 4.30pm on Tuesday (February 19) and Thursday (February 21).

Children can showcase their artistic skills with ‘make and take’ sessions and, as part of the ‘Wonderful Winter’ theme, follow a trail around the gardens to collect a prize.

The trail will also be available from the visitor reception on Monday (February 18) and Wednesday (February 20).

There is also a new ‘Hanbury Explorers’ map for youngsters to use as they navigate around the gardens and park - providing the perfect opportunity for a muddy walk.

Normal admission applies with some extra charges for some of the activities.

For more, call 01527 821214 or visit

► THE RISE of the Guardians will be shown on the big screen at Bromsgrove’s Artrix at 2pm everyday from Monday to Thursday (February 18 to 21).

The film tells the story of evil spirit Pitch who launches an assault on Earth, forcing the Immortal Guardians to team up and protect the innocence of children.

Admission is £5.50, £3 for under 16s and £4.50 for the over 60s.

For more, call 01527 577330 or visit

► THE STORY of Mrs Blossom’s Magic Cakes will be told at the Norbury Theatre tomorrow (Saturday).

The latest children’s theatre production, for youngsters aged between four and ten, is being performed by the Norbury Players starts at 2.30pm.

All tickets are £1.50 and pre-booking is highly recommended.

Call 01905 770154 or visit for more or to book tickets.

► ON MONDAY (February 18), there will be plenty of fun and frolics when the National Clown Theatre brings its circus funshow to Bromsgrove’s Spadesbourne Suite .

Children can enjoy the traditional slapstick, magic, quick change illusions, a human slinky acrobat, along with high flying diablos, balancing, prizes and surprises.

The show’s chief laughter-maker Charlie Cheesecake said: “We are bringing gallons of fun and bucketfuls of laughs with our special laughter show this half term school holiday.”

Tickets, which are £5, are available by calling 01384 423496.

► AT AVONCROFT Museum, from Tuesday to Thursday (February 19 to 21), youngsters will be able show off their creative sides.

Avoncroft’s Got Talent sessions, which are 45 minutes each, will take place throughout the day between 10.30am and 4pm.

Among the activities will be crafts, puppet-making and puppet shows, singing and drama workshops. Youngsters will also be able to try their hand at a number of different musical instruments,

Admission is £6 for children and £3 for adults and places need to be booked in advance by calling 01527 831363.

► YOUNGSTERS wanting to improve their skills in the beautiful game can go along to a football camp next Thursday and Friday (February 21 and 22).

The sessions are being taken by FA qualified and licensed coach Jon Newton from the Grass Roots Football Development School.

They are being held from 10am to 3pm at St John’s Middle School and are £12 per day.

For more, call 07810 542291.

The regular development schools take place at St John’s Middle School - for five to 12-year-old boys and girls - on Mondays between 6pm and 7.30pm and on Friday - for girls six and over - from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

► BROMSGROVE residents planning to go on days out during half-term can get discounted train travel across the London Midland rail network.

The annual ‘Great Escape’ promotion began on Saturday (February 9) and runs until next Sunday (February 24).

Voucher holders are entitled to a day’s unlimited travel costing £15 for adults and £5 for children, with further savings for railcard holders.

Visit for more and to print off a voucher.

► THE MAGICAL musical - The Elephant Bridesmaid by Steven Lee - will be performed at Artrix at 2pm next Saturday (February 23).

The show, suitable for those aged four and upwards and ideal for parents to watch with their children, is based on the best-selling book How The Koala Learnt To Hug and Other Australian Fairytales.

Children are invited to don their fancy clothes or fancy dress and will be able to join the actors on stage as part of a ‘fabulous fashion show’.

Tickets are £9 or £7 for over 60s and under 16s.

For more, or to book, call 01527 577330 or visit

► THE NATIONAL Trust has once again released its 50 things to do before you’re 11¾?

The list, which challenges youngsters to try out a variety of activities, from building dens to finding frogspawn, is available at

► A VARIETY of game ideas are available on our Let’s Get Bromsgrove Playing Facebook page, which was created last year when we launched our campaign to get more youngsters playing outdoors in the traditional way.

For more, including rules to games, such as Bulldog, Dodgeball, What’s the time Mr Wolf? and Tracking, visit

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