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Events and Festivals

29/02/2016
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World Book Day – Ideas and Activities

When is World Book Day? This March, the annual World Book Day will be enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s a day to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and of course, the pleasure of reading! The event is so popular, that UNESCO has designated World Book Day as a worldwide celebration which is marked in over 100 different countries. On the day, children of all ages will get together to participate in events where they can talk about their favourite books, hear from others about the stories they enjoy, and... Read More

valentines day facts 10/02/2016
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Valentine’s Day Facts and Craft Activities

The origins of Valentine’s Day are rather hazy, but popular legend is that St Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. During that time, Emperor Claudius 2 decided that single men made better soldiers than married men and outlawed marriage for serving soldiers. St Valentine thought that this was very unfair so he married the young couples secretly. When Claudius found out, he had St Valentine imprisoned and later put to death. Legend has it, the couples who Valentine had married gave him letters and... Read More

29/01/2016
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Early Years Pancake Day Ideas & Activities

When is Shrove Tuesday? Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as it is sometimes known, is a traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting, and Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the fast, and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients. As well as eating pancakes it is traditional to have pancake races and toss pancakes! What is a... Read More

25/01/2016
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National Storytelling Week and How You Can Celebrate

30th January 2016 sees the start of National Storytelling Week, an annual festival that aims to bring people together to celebrate the tradition and magic of a great story. The event is now in its 135th year but since 2000, it has been promoted by the Society for Storytelling, a charity whose mission is to encourage “the oral tradition of storytelling”. During the weeklong festival (30th January to 6th February 2016), events will take place in theatres, schools, museums, hospitals, nurseries… in fact anywhere that people can get together to... Read More