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Parents looking for innovative ways to entertain the children in the half term are invited along to Explore Learning centres across the UK* where there will be FREE, fun and interactive workshops for children aged four to 14 on Thursday 27th October from 12pm until 5pm.

In honour of the return of The National Young Mathematicians’ Awards, an annual competition for primary schools across the UK, the FREE workshops will be stretching young mathematical minds.  Explore Learning and the NRICH Project at the University of Cambridge have teamed up once again to provide the opportunity for primary pupils to explore and investigate never before seen mathematical problems.

Everyone from numeracy novices to equation enthusiasts will enjoy the workshop content that will task them with telling the time, shapes and word problems.

The schedule for Thursday 27th October:

  • Shapes: 12pm – 1pm | ages 4 – 6

Investigate 2D and 3D shapes, children will explore which shapes appear around your house and in the wider world.

  • Telling the time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm | ages 7 – 8

Become terrific at telling the time! Looking at reading the time so children can tell their quarter to’s from their quarter past’s.

  • Word problems: 3pm – 4pm | ages 9 – 11

Tackling tricky word problems and learning how maths can help solve real-life mathematical problems.

  • Trial Session: 12pm – 5pm | ages 4 – 14

Your family can spend an hour with one of our fantastic tutors at any point during the day. A chance to see how we can help your child fall in love with learning.

Charlotte Gater, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning says: “It can be so tough to find ways to entertain the children over the half term break, especially activities that are fun, affordable and educational so we hope our workshops tick all those boxes!  We are really looking forward to welcoming our current – and potential members – along to see the fun that maths can bring.”

Children from all over the UK are welcome to come along to their nearest centre but places are limited so to secure your slot please call your local Explore Learning.


For a full list of centres and their opening times visit

Following a fantastic weekend of DogFest North in Cheshire, the UK’S ultimate festival for dogs heads South to Windsor Great Park this weekend (25-26 June), presented once again by Channel 4’s Supervet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick.

If you’ve got your tickets, it’s time for tails to start wagging in excitement… and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for! Treat your pooch to THE dog event of the summer.


See Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick on the Superstage

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the Supervet himself! Noel will take to the Superstage for the Eukanuba Supervet Live Tour at 11.45am or 3.45pm each day. This brilliant live show was hugely popular in Cheshire and Noel will give a unique insight into a day in the life of the Supervet and share some heart-warming success stories.

Raise Money for The Humanimal Trust and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on the Vets4Pets Great Dog Walk

Twice a day, Noel will also start The Vets4Pets Great Dog Walk – the perfect opportunity for your dog to have a sniff around the beautiful grounds of Windsor Great Park. This year, we have teamed up with The Humanimal Trust, the UK’s first charity set up to advance the conversation about uniting and moving animal and human healthcare forward. We’re also supporting Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, so get your friends and family to sponsor your walk and raise some money for the less fortunate dogs across the country. Go on, do your bit and get involved!

Trip Hazard Are Back!

Catch Britain’s Got Talent Finalist, Lucy Heath and her furry friends Indie and Trip, better known as Trip Hazard, who will be instructing owners on dog training and inviting some into the ring to have-a-go themselves! They will also be performing the routines which captured the hearts of the nation on the Superstage – not to be missed!


Get Stuck In & Have-A-Go!

Your dog will be spoilt for choice with all of the ‘Have-A-Go’ activities on offer. From Dog Diving to Flyball and new activities including the Hay Bale Race and Temptation Alley – will your dog be able to resist the treats and toys on offer?!

The Natural Instinct Agility Ring will be equipped with jumps, tunnels, hurdles and fun frames for your dog to tackle too!

Over in the Hill’s School 4 Dogs, the fun will continue, where even the most disobedient of dogs can become top pupil! From the basics in puppy training to breaking naughty habits of golden oldies, everyone is welcome.

If spectating is more your thing, head over to the Drontal Advantage Main Activity Ring where you can catch the experts in action! The Wicked Flyball Club will be running  demonstrations (11.25am each day) plus see the Conquest-K9 Dog Display Team featuring highly skilled agility, based around police and security work – fire, six foot scale and criminal work! (12.15pm & 3.15pm each day).

You can also pay Vets4Pets a visit to get a FREE microchip scan, to see if your dog’s details are up to date and Royal Canin’s Weight Management team will be on hand to check if your dog is at the correct weight.

It’s basically all about your furry friend this weekend, so make sure you get stuck into everything on offer – where else can you spoil them rotten, have more fun than you can shake a stick at AND get clued up on responsible dog ownership?! DogFest is THE Summer Festival for dogs and we’re counting down the days this week until canines from across the south descend on Windsor Great Park

Please note, some tickets will also be available on the door 

There’s just over two weeks until national Bring Your Dog To Work Day – and Britain’s favourite day at the office is again taking the nation by storm.

On Friday 24th June, businesses from across the UK will welcome their dog loving employees into the workplace along with their loyal (and well-behaved!) four-legged companions. The day aims to raise money for All Dogs Matter, a charity which rehomes hundreds of dogs every year in London and Norfolk, while promoting the benefits man’s best friend in the workplace.

This year’s event has already seen a number of different organisations support the initiative – including pet product businesses, marketing agencies, a private jet company, an online bingo website and even a regional police force.

Dog-loving celebrities have voiced their support too, including Ricky Gervais and Rachel Riley. The event was so popular last year that the hashtag #BringYourDoToWorkDay trended on Twitter and was mentioned on Instagram over 9,000 times. It also scooped an acclaimed pet industry marketing award for its traction and reach.

Since its conception three years ago, Bring Your Dog To Work Day has become a regular staple in the national calendar. Recent figures support this thinking, with employment website estimating that 8% of employees in Britain have permission to bring their dogs to work.

Plus, an American study published in 2012 summarised that dogs at work may make a positive difference by reducing stress levels in staff and increasing their levels of job satisfaction.

One such company that can vouch for dogs in the workplace is PrivateFly. Labradoodle Tex has a regular presence at their UK office.

Labradoodle Tex is a valued member of the team at PrivateFly

“All of the PrivateFly team enjoy the relaxation of having a dog in the office. I think it’s great for morale and creates a relaxing and fun atmosphere (especially when Tex puts on his pilot’s hat),” explains Adam Twidell from PrivateFly.

“Having pets at home has been proven to help combat stress and I think the same applies at work. Having a dog around can therapeutic, it puts things in perspective if you’re having a bad day. Their philosophy of ‘eat, sleep, play’ reminds you not to sweat the small stuff!”

Adam Twidell with labradoodle Tex and his pilot’s hat

It’s this benefit to employee wellbeing – plus the desire to raise money for animal welfare charities – that led to the creation of Bring Your Dog To Work Day by Mark Hirschel and Jo Amit, the co-founders of pet product company HOWND.

The day will again raise money for All Dogs Matter, a charity that rehomes hundreds of dogs every year in London and Norfolk. Businesses can donate online (minimum of £50) to take part and become a sponsor, while individuals can gift online or via text (minimum of £2 online, or £1 via text).

“We were overwhelmed with how successful Bring Your Dog To Work Day has become. The reception to the idea blew us away and it was amazing to see how many posted their dogs at work across all social media platforms,” explains Jo Amit.

“Most importantly, it was fantastic to raise money for a cause that has always been close to our hearts – the wonderful work of All Dogs Matter. We’re hopeful that this year will prove even more popular, building on the momentum of 2015.”

Bring Your Dog To Work Day also invites participants to use the initiative as a sponsored event to raise funds for charities that are close to their hearts, using the hashtag #BringYourDogToWorkDay.

“This year we wanted to open Bring Your Dog To Work Day up to businesses and organisations that want to fundraise for charities of their choice. Considering the participation rate in previous years, we think this could be a powerful way to spread the popularity of the event,” adds Jo Amit.

For further information about Bring Your Dog To Work Day please visit the official website, or email [email protected].

This Anti-Bullying Week we are launching our first ever Power for Good award for teachers and school staff. Children and young people can nominate teachers and school staff in England that go above and beyond the call of duty to provide pastoral care to students for issues such as bullying, relationships, family life and mental health.

All nominated teachers and school staff will receive a Power for Good certificate. A panel of children and young people from YoungNCB will choose one nomination from Primary and one nomination from Secondary to win our ‘Champion of the Year’ award. All you have to do is download the word document form by following this link, fill it in, ask your Headteacher/or Assistant Headteacher to sign the form and send back to us. You can post the application form to ABA, NCB, 8 Wakley Street, London EC1V 7QE or email [email protected] . The winners will be announced in Anti-Bullying Week 2016 and the deadline is 5pm on Friday 30th September 2016.