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Holes stage show at Malvern Theatres: Review

Stanley Yelnats. Spelt the same backwards as forwards, and that’s not the only unusual thing about Stanley. He was born into a family cursed with bad luck. That bad luck manifests itself when he’s accused of stealing a pair of trainers. Before long, Stanley finds himself in a labour camp, digging a hole a day in the blazing sun. The question is, why is he digging? Stanley doesn’t believe it’s just because it’s character building. Holes: The story When I first read about the concept of Holes, I wondered how digging holes could be made interesting and exciting for the…

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Things to do in Bristol city centre with children

Bristol is a city that truly has it all. Shopping, restaurants, nightlife and plenty of attractions to keep children entertained. Better still, much of it is accessible on foot. We headed to Bristol for the morning on a National Express coach. It’s just an hour from Cheltenham, ideal for popping into the city for brunch and a spot of shopping. If you’ve got a bit longer to spend there, here are a few ideas for things to do with the kids. All of these are accessible on foot from the bus station. SS Great Britain The iconic SS Great Britain…

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Thursday photo #303

Sending the children back to school at the end of the holidays feels a bit like doing the long jump. After spending ages milling around, Monday mornings are the run up before take off. We always end up sprinting up the runway, combining our long jump with a trolley dash. Grabbing things from cupboards, finding lost water bottles or books and shoving things in bags as we sprint off ready for take off. I drop the girls off by pulling up outside the school. They leap out and run in, inevitably just before the gates close. And we’re back into…

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Win a Hogwarts Express 500 piece 3D jigsaw puzzle

Isn’t it wonderful how the Harry Potter series appeals to both children and their parents? Many parents read the books when they were children. Then came the films and now, we’re introducing the characters to the next generation. That’s why toys and games with a Harry Potter theme are ideal for the whole family. This Hogwarts Express 500 piece 3D jigsaw puzzle is a great example. It is aimed at children aged six years old and over, but in reality the whole family will enjoy getting stuck in. It is available to buy here. About the Hogwarts Express 3D jigsaw…

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Thursday photo #302

As usual, half term is flying by. This time though, we’re taking things easy. We normally go away during the school holidays but for various reasons, we didn’t end up booking anything this week. As it turned out, that was absolutely the right decision. Since the weekend, the river level has risen dramatically around here. Residents of local towns have been evacuated. We are incredibly lucky here to be high up, so we have been fine. That said, we’ve been unable to get anywhere so going on holiday probably wouldn’t have happened. Reading for fun Both girls are relatively good…

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