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Gong Hey Fat Choy! Here come the Dragons!

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People has joined with Gable Events to launch the 10th Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge!


The 2018 Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on Sunday 5th August as part of the annual Riverside Festival and is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated team events in the region. Up to 50 crews from all over the East Midlands are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course.


Dragon boat racing has an ancient Chinese history and according to the Chinese calendar, 2018 is the year of the Dog. People born in this year are believed to inherit some of the animal’s characteristics and possess the best traits in human nature such as honesty, loyalty, patience, reliability and intelligence. Their industrious nature, faithfulness and strong bond to others augurs well for the teamwork needed to be successful in August!

No previous experience is required to take part, just plenty of team spirit. The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races.

Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of one of the region’s largest family festivals with a bustling fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world, staged by Nottingham City Council.

The Challenge’s official charity, Rainbows, is the only children’s hospice in the East Midlands. By taking part in the Dragon Boat Challenge to raise money for Rainbows, you and your crew will have the chance to make a difference to over 380 children and their families from across the East Midlands counties.


Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, said, “The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event. With up to 50 companies competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however is what Rainbows is able to do with the fundraising support we receive from the crews taking part. With only a small amount of guaranteed funding, your support at events like this makes it possible for us to help and care for those families who need it most.”


The top fundraisers for Rainbows will win the charity trophy plus a special prize lunch kindly donated by Forty Four Bridgford, an independent cocktail bar and kitchen in Nottingham.


For more information and an entry form please call Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham


For information about the services of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People call Tom Stanyard on 01509 283919 or visit www.rainbows.co.uk

Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children returns this spring for nurseries and families

This Spring will see the return of the UK’s muddiest fundraising event for little ones – Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children. Last year saw 160,000 children across the UK take part, raising an incredible £243,000 for Save the Children’s vital work, and this year the charity hopes even more people will sign up, take part and donate.

Between 23 and 29 April 2018, nurseries, early years groups, families and children up and down the country are being encouraged to take part in a Muddy Puddle Walk to raise money for the international children’s charity.

Organising a Muddy Puddle Walk is a great way for your little ones to explore the world around them and jump in muddy puddles, like Entertainment One’s Peppa Pig, for a worthy cause.  Whether you splash in puddles along a trail at the park or get creative and make your own puddles indoors from paper and foil – your Muddy Puddle Walk will be a fun day to spend together that littles ones won’t forget. Raise funds in the way that suits you – help walkers get sponsored for their walk, ask for a donation to take part or even bake Muddy Puddle cupcakes to sell on the day! The money you raise will help Save the Children’s work to transform the lives of vulnerable children in the UK and around the world.

Sophie Pirouet, Fundraising Campaigns Manager at Save the Children, says: “We hope everyone will get outside this Spring, come rain or shine, and help raise much needed funds for Save the Children. It’s so easy to take part and it’s the perfect excuse to explore the outdoors with your little ones. By jumping in muddy puddles like Peppa Pig and raising money for Save the Children you can help give children a brighter future.”

By taking part in a Muddy Puddle Walk and raising money for Save the Children, you can help vulnerable children around the world have a safe place to play and learn.  Sign up now at MuddyPuddleWalk.org  for your free Muddy Puddle Walk Fundraising Pack full of fun Peppa Pig inspired activities to help you get started – with tips for great walks indoors and out, fundraising ideas, fun activities to get your walkers ready for the big day and at the end of the walk, there’s a free Peppa Pig sticker reward for every child. The fundraising pack will also explain what life is like for children in different countries, helping them see how they are making a difference through supporting Save the Children.

JoJo Maman Bébé From a Mother to Another

From a Mother to Another aims to help clothe the thousands of displaced children living in Lebanon, during the harsh winters, who have never known a world without war and families in need in the UK with clothing distribution via Trussell Trust food banks. All while aiming to reduce the shocking levels of clothing waste that end up in landfill, For full details of how to donate visit www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk/famta

JoJo will be collecting good quality outgrown or unwanted baby and children’s clothes in sizes 0-6 years as well as children’s shoes.  Customers are requested to put together complete outfits sorted by size, sex and season, with shoes in a separate bag and take them to one of their 87 stores across UK and Ireland.

Collection starts in stores from 18th February – 11th March. Last year we saved 65,000 pieces of clothing from ending up in landfill.

Your nearest stores are;

  • 20 Tudor Square

West Bridgford



  • 11 The Poultry



Welcome the Year of the Dog with Chinese New Year celebrations at Lakeside Arts

Nottingham Lakeside Arts welcomes the Year of the Dog, which officially begins on Friday 16 February, with a celebration of Chinese traditional and contemporary culture in which people of all ages can participate and enjoy. This year’s events include Chinese language film, activities for families, an exhibition, and a special Gala event.


On Thursday 25 January the Djanogly Theatre will host a screening of Jia Zhang-Ke’s film, Still Life (15). Set against the spectacular landscape of the Three Gorges Region, this humane and moving film tells two contemplative and compassionate stories of a man and a woman searching for absent spouses in Fengjie. A BFI top ten Chinese language film (with English subtitles) the film will be presented with an introduction from a student from the University of Nottingham’s Department for Culture, Film and Media.


This remarkable film will be followed by a free panel discussion considering the current state of the documentary in China, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing the country’s young film-makers today. The panel is made up of: Dr Xiaopei He, filmmaker and research associate, University of Sussex; Dr Hongwei Bao, chair of the Institute for Screen Industries Research (ISIR) at the University of Nottingham; Dr Leora Hadas, ISIR; and Dr Sabrina Qiong Yu, senior lecturer in Chinese and Film Studies, Newcastle University.


On Saturday 17 February families visiting Lakeside Arts will be able to take part in the free drop-in Chinese Arts and Crafts workshops where participants will learn how to create attractive Chinese lanterns and window flowers. Later in the afternoon, the Djanogly Theatre will host the Nottingham Confucius Institute’s Chinese New Year Gala where audiences will experience a kaleidoscope of fresh and fascinating performances by performers including Sichuan Opera face-changing and Kung Fu of the highest standard. All proceeds from this performance will be donated to the Children’s Brain Tumour Research.


Until Sunday 18 February visitors to Lakeside’s Wallner Gallery can enjoy Jiang Hongsheng’s stunning exhibition of Chinese brush paintings where all scrolls on display are available for sale. Hongsheng is the winner of a National Golden Prize for Chinese painting and is also founder of the Red Peony Academy, Ningbo.


Join Lakeside Arts audiences on a richly imaginative journey led by two dancers on Friday 23 February at the end of half-term week, in Panda’s Home. This performance, suitable for ages 4+, will teach children about the Chinese Five Elements through encounters in bamboo forests, and with fireworks, kites, and monsters. This brand new visual, digital, and dance performance is a collaboration between TPO and Chinese artists.


Concluding the programme of events is the 6th Si Yuan Cup Table Tennis Tournament at the David Ross Sports Village on Saturday 3 March. Table tennis players of all ages, ethnicities and abilities are welcome to enter the tournament. Free taster sessions will also be on offer.


For more details on these, and other Chinese New Year events taking place across Nottingham, please visit Lakeside’s website at www.lakesidearts.org.uk/CNY or call the Box Office on 0115 846 7777 #CNY18 @lakesidearts

New website providing help for young people

Young people have helped in the design and content of a new website which promotes safer sexual relationships and health.

The C-Card scheme is a free and confidential advice and condom service that is aimed at young people aged up to 25 across Nottinghamshire.

The C-Card scheme allows young people to get access to free condoms and ask any questions they have about sex, relationships and sexually transmitted infections.

The advice is free and confidential and is aimed at helping young people make the right choice about their sexual health.

The C-Card scheme is available from a range of places including health centres, GP practices, youth centres, colleges and schools and pharmacies.

There is also an interactive map on the website which shows C-Card registration and collection points across the county.

The website is being promoted as part of a wider campaign which will see posters at bus stops and bus shelters, supermarkets and information cards. The campaign is funded by Public Health and is being managed by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Youth Service.

Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chairman of the Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “This campaign will further raise the profile of the C-Card scheme to young people, offer them vital support and signpost them to relevant public health services.”

Councillor Tracey Taylor, Vice-Chair of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are very pleased that young people, through the Young People’s Board, have been involved in this initiative to ensure the right information and advice that young people want is included on the new website.”

The website is: www.ccardnottinghamshire.co.uk

Free tours at Newark Castle

Free tours of Newark Castle are being offered to National Lottery Players as a ‘thank you’ for the Gatehouse Project’s Heritage Lottery Funding.

The tours are being offered to thank National Lottery Players whose money has helped fund the Gatehouse Project, which has recently been awarded a stage 1 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant.

The tours will take place on Sunday 17 December at 11am, 12pm and 1pm. The tower tour will be available at 11am and 12pm and the dungeon tour will be available on all three times. Tours will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

To claim a free tour, email newark.castle@nsdc.info and state which time and which tour you would like to attend. Please also state how many of you are coming. You must bring a confirmation email and national lottery ticket with you to the tour. One lottery ticket provides one free tour for up to a family of four. Only one tour is permitted. National Lottery tickets for all National Lottery games can be used to qualify for the free tour.

Please see www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/newarkcastle/lotterythankyou for full terms and conditions.

When You Wish Upon A Star: Laps for Lapland

Sign up to take part in our Laps for Lapland challenge and raise money

Please help to send children living with a life threatening illnesses to Lapland to meet Father Christmas.

Laps for Lapland is a fun fundraising challenge.

LFL A4 Poster

Anyone can complete a lap and raise money to send children living with life threatening illness to Lapland to have a magical day with Father Christmas





Families and dinosaur enthusiasts across Nottingham are certain of ‘dino-mite’ thrills this half term.

Dinosaurs of China has welcomed over one hundred thousand visitors since the beginning of July, with hundreds of families and children expected to descend on Wollaton Hall and Lakeside Arts for a week of fun activities and special events before the exhibition closes its doors for the final time.

From getting creative in the children’s Dino Explorer Zone at Wollaton Hall, to free Paleo talks at Lakeside Arts, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

A Dino Club Day on 29th October will allow visitors to partake in a free fun day presenting a range of children’s activities – 11pm and 3pm – including fossil making, face painting, Chinese dancing, dino-photo booth and constructing miniature dinosaur worlds. ‘Hawks of Steele’ will showcase birds of prey.

The ground shakers to feathered flyers exhibition has wowed visitors with dinosaurs and fossils never before seen outside of Asia. Wollaton Hall hosts the main exhibition with Nottingham University’s, Lakeside Arts offering free accompanying workshops and events.

Dr Adam Smith, Curator at Nottingham’s Natural History Museum, Wollaton Hall said: “The Dinosaurs of China exhibition has been a once in a lifetime experience for everyone in Nottingham and it’s great to see so many visitors in awe of the dinosaur collection.

We have been proud to part of such a historical exhibit and we urge anyone who has not yet been to celebrate the last week in October half term. We will be saying goodbye with a bang, so it is the perfect time to celebrate our dino-success with interactive displays and ‘roar-some’ activities.”

Prices for the Dinosaurs of China exhibition at Wollaton Hall are £7.00 for an adult and £5.00 for a child. Family tickets are £20.00 for two adults and two children. All tickets are subject to a 10% booking fee if pre-purchased online. Carers and children under five go free. Tickets for the Dino Club Day are £9.90 for an adult and £7.70 for children.

For more information, please visit www.dinosaursofchina.co.uk

Let’s Talk with under 5’s Course

Is your child under 5 years old? Are you interested in developing your child’s language skills and gaining a Level 1 qualification? (To find out more about Elklan visit www.elklan.co.uk)

Aims of the course: · Share information about speech and language development · Help your child to learn to listen, understand and talk · Meet other parents and carers On completion you will receive a Level 1 qualification. This course is being run by Elklan in conjunction with the Speech and Language Therapist from your local Children’s Centre

Please contact the Children’s Centre to book a place on the course: 01949 863 840 To find out more: Please ring Lara Meredith (course tutor) on 07831 505228 or email lara.meredith@nottshc.nhs.uk to find out more.

Crèche places are available in the Children’s Centre. Please ask us about spaces.

Course Venue, dates & time: 9:30 – 11:30 am

Tuesday 31st October

Tuesday 7th November

Tuesday 14th November

Tuesday 21st November

Tuesday 28th November

Tuesday 5th December

Tuesday 12th December

Methodist Centre Union Street, Bingham, NG13 8AD (Opposite the Children’s Centre)

PLAYMOBIL is coming to save the world this summer

If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood this summer don’t panic – it’s just the arrival of the PLAYMOBIL Ghostbusters™ roadshow.

Coming to save the world this summer is the beloved toy brand PLAYMOBIL, which will be heading to shopping centre Intu Victoria and Intu Broadmarsh in Nottingham and bringing a whole host of fun and play with them. The first venture into licensed products has already been a massive hit with fans across the country and the excitement is expected to continue at the roadshow events.

Beginning on July 31st and running until August 4th before returning on August 7th until the 11th the roadshow is a chance for families to head down to intu Victoria Centre and

August 2nd and running until August 4th and then returning on August 9th until the 11th the roadshow is a chance for families to head down to intu Broadmarsh.

Enjoy a range of playtime activities; PLAYMOBIL’s main principal is encouraging young people to use their imagination to learn through free play. Children will leave feeling inspired and engaged after spending time at the roadshow.

Jamie Dickinson, Marketing Manager from PLAYMOBIL, said: “When we last visited intu shopping centres it was for the wonderful PLAYMOBIL Christmas Grotto activity, which was a great success. We’re looking forward to being back in the summer months showcasing our exciting ranges, both new for 2017 and some of the old favourites.”

For more information about PLAYMOBIL visit playmobil.co.uk