Keeping the kids entertained!
If, after just a few days into the school summer break, your ears have already been assaulted with cries of ‘I’m bored’, here are a few timely ideas that might keep the kids entertained in Herefordshire in the coming weeks.
Storytelling for Children
Pop going to St John’s Methodist Church for some interactive storytelling. Billed as ‘a magical oasis of fun’ this should keep them entertained and won’t break the bank either.
St John’s Methodist Church, St Owen’s Street, Hereford
Friday 27th July at 11 am
Cost: £1 at the door (free for accompanying parents).
The Small Breeds Farm Park & Owl Centre
The park is open to visitors all year round whatever the weather and there’s a picnic area that can be used whether the sun is out or not! The park is home to many animals including miniature horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, alpacas and sheep. The pet house contains rabbits, chipmunks, chinchillas, guinea pigs and mice and in the owl garden, the kids will delight in seeing a large selection of beautiful birds. A great day out!
Kington, Herefordshire HR5 3HF
Tel: 01544 231109
Cost: Adults £8.25, Children £5.25
Situated above the city’s library, a visit to the museum should be on everyone’s school break agenda. Amongst the exhibits on display sure to fascinate the kids are the two-headed calf, a hive of live bees and a 2-metre long fish. There are also all kinds of swords and a variety of costumes along with some hands-on exhibits.
Hereford Museum & Art Gallery, Broad Street, Hereford
Open: Tuesday to Saturday
Broomy Hill Miniature Railway
Take the kids to visit on one of the Running Days for a chance to ride on one of the tracks. Rides are offered on the second and last Sundays of the month. Broomy Hill also has a children’s hands-on railway, a museum and a picnic area.
Broomy Hill, Hereford
Open: 29th July, 12th, 26th and 27th August, 9th and 30th September
The Time Machine Dr Who Museum
Visit the exhibition that includes costumes and props used in TV series such as Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Star Wars, Star Trek, Thunderbirds, Stingray and Captain Scarlet. Young sci-fi fans will be thrilled to know that entrance to the exhibition is through a police box in the museum’s foyer. What’s not to like?
12 The Square, Bromyard, Herefordshire
Tel: 01885 488329
Open: All school holidays every day 10.30 am to 5.00 pm
The Wheels on the Bus
There is music and song for the little ones as they climb aboard Buster the bus. If your child loves to bop, this could be right up their street, with plenty of magical adventure and lots of great characters on stage.
The Courtyard Theatre
Tel: 01432 340555
Sunday 29th July at 11.00 am
Cost: £12, concessions £10
Sunday 29th July at 01.30 pm
Cost: £12, concessions £10
Another one for lovers of theatre, Sleeping Beauty will be performed by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company at Hampton Court Castle & Gardens. This wonderful open-air performance has been specially adapted and is set to be an occasion the youngsters – and the young at heart – will remember long after the final curtain comes down. To add to the whole experience, you are also invited to come dressed as your favourite fairytale character and to enter the parade during the show!
Hampton Court, Leominster, Herefordshire
Tel: 01568 797777
Tuesday 31st July at 6.30 pm
Cost: Adults £13.50, Students / Children £9, Families (2 adults & 2 children) £40