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As a toy, Lego® is truly unique. We all have an affinity with those little bricks, using our young imaginations to build the best structures going. So, imagine a place where you could see professionally designed and built Lego® models…
Well, this is where Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery can help.
Open since 9 February, Brick History takes you on an incredible journey through the pivotal moments in history… in LEGO®!
This is an exhibition that offers something for parents, grandparents and children alike.
From tiny recreations of Concorde and Titanic that would sit in your hand, to a 1.5m square castle bustling with activity in periods of both peace and war, there is something for all to be amazed by and to admire.

What’s on for Kids?
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery have created a Lego® haven for children, complete with a Lego playzone in which children can race a car, build their own fantastic Lego® creations taking inspiration from Brick History and have fun with the Lego® graffiti wall!
But that’s not all…
Children, and adults, are invited to take part in the 20 second tower building challenge! How high can you go?
Brick History is open until Sunday 15 April and is well worth a visit.
Family tickets can be bought from just £7.
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The Severn Teaching School Alliance offers local Primary or Early Years School Direct teacher training programmes. Our programmes have a duration of one academic year and on completion all successful trainees are awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and either a Primary or Early Years PGCE. Applicants need to hold a University Degree or recognised equivalent qualification and also have GCSE grade C and above in English, Maths and Science or equivalent qualification.
What is School Direct?
School Direct is the national teacher training programme that leads to Qualified Teacher Status and the award of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. The programme offers an exciting opportunity to train alongside outstanding practitioners, gaining valuable knowledge, skills and professional aptitudes. School Direct placements will be offered in one of the many schools in our Alliance. On our School Direct programme you will spend the majority of your time training in the classroom, helping to build your confidence in a school environment whilst receiving mentoring support. Academic and curriculum training sessions are all held at our Telford training base.
The School Direct Programme is funded by the tuition fees paid by trainees who will be eligible for a student loan. Details of bursaries and other financial assistance you may qualify for are available on the Dfe and UCAS websites.

For more information visit our website,, email us on [email protected] or telephone us on 01952 387237.



After a gap of one year, the well established ‘Dance Expressions’ has returned to Dorrington Village Hall on Monday mornings, and teacher Cathy Griffiths is delighted to see so many familiar (and new) faces back with their parents and carers.
The group meets regularly on Monday mornings during the term time, and welcomes girls and boys (under 5) to half an hour of music movement and make believe.
Cathy is now considering starting an extra ‘Dance Expressions’ session on Wednesday mornings after Easter.
If you are interested please get in touch with her on 07570 966006.



Jump In Shrewsbury is the best and most popular trampoline park for the Shropshire area. Making way for fun, thrills, and fitness.
Our purpose-built arena has been designed to provide the ultimate trampolining experience. Alongside the 100 interconnected trampolines, thrill seekers and explorers will also be entertained by our Warped Wall, Dodgeball Court, Battle Beam, Giant Air Bag, Twist Ladder, Tumble Track and more!
We welcome jumpers of all ages, plus we have an area dedicated to under 5’s which includes a soft play, a warped wall and amazing musical trampolines.
Our on site facilities include baby change area, disabled access and free parking, to make your visit as easy as possible.
Plus, we have an on site Tuck In café serving a brand new food and drinks menu throughout the day so you can bounce, refuel and bounce some more!
Jump In was founded by three fun loving parents who bought the idea over from the U.S.A. Their passion for providing a healthy, active lifestyle for their children lead them to open Jump In’s first park in September 2015, in Slough. Jump In now have 9 venues across the country, with more planned for 2018. Their success is due to a mixture of extreme passion for customer service and to the excellent teams at each location who take care of all customer needs.
So what are you waiting for?? Book now online


diddi dance is a funky pre-school dance class giving toddlers an early introduction to dance in a fun and relaxed way. As well as being lots of fun, classes have hidden educational element such as counting, colours, left and right and taking turns. At diddi dance, we aim to improve rhythm, confidence and co-ordination and we are told that our classes are enjoyable for grown-ups as well as children! Each half term we focus on a different funky dance theme in a simple way with everything from hip hop and disco to bollywood and cowboy!

Classes run locally across Shrewsbury, Telford, Broseley and Newport with a free trial session available and following this, classes are booked a half term at a time lasting 45 minutes per week and costing £5.50 – £6 depending on venue.

For more information or to book a free trial contact [email protected] 07792500981 or see the diddi dance website



Whilst the common wisdom would be “No”, that it is not necessarily the case. Ian Yates, Family Solicitor with over 20 years’ experience recently joined Terry Jones Solicitors
at their Telford Office.
Ian comments “If you receive child maintenance under an assessment made by the Child Maintenance Service, then it is true that those payments would normally cease, either upon that child’s 16th birthday, or at any point up to the age of 20, so long as they remain in full time secondary (that is, “A level” equivalent) education.
It is however possible, in some circumstances, to apply to the court to extend child support payments, either to the end of a University Degree, or to cover a vocational training course.
A court would treat each application upon its own merits and would look at the child’s financial needs and also at the relevant parent’s ability to pay, but it would make such an order in appropriate circumstances.
Whilst the legal costs involved in pursuing such an application may deter many people, the substantial costs of annual University tuition fees may now make this a more attractive option than had previously been the case.”
For more information please contact a member of the Family Department at Terry Jones Solicitors on either 01743 285888 or 01952 297979



Two Shropshire children’s attractions have joined forces to launch new and exciting Nerf Wars parties for youngsters.

The Little Rascals Indoor Play Centre and X-Strike Arena have teamed up for a new venture, which they believe will prove a big hit with county children keen to take aim.

The parties will be held at the Shrewsbury headquarters of Little Rascals, with X-Strike providing the nerf guns and inflatables.

Ben Wootton, the co-owner of Little Rascals with Wales international footballer Dave Edwards, said: “We are going to host parties and run other events together on a regular basis. A big space will be created for the X-Strike inflatables in the middle of what is usually our seating area for guests.

“Our play structure will also come into play to make it a really fun experience for children as they run around using their nerf guns.

“We’ve been open for a little over two years now and we’re always keen to introduce new ideas, so it makes sense to link up with X-Strike and offer something a little different. We think this is really going to take off and be popular with children.”

Ellen Eagles and Mark Williams, the X-Strike owners, are equally excited about the venture.

“We recently held a rehearsal and that was a big success,” said Ellen. “We had around 15 children taking part at Little Rascals and some adults were keen to join in as well!

“The children loved the fact they could incorporate the nerf games with going down slides at the same time. It gives another dimension.”

Mark added: “Little Rascals is a great location and it’s fantastic to have all the little hiding places for the children to enhance the fun they have with the nerf games. It works really well together. The Nerf Wars parties can start from the age of four and can cater for children up to the age of 11 or 12, so it’s something new and exciting for slightly older age groups as well.”

The Little Rascals Indoor Soft play Centre will be offered exclusively for Nerf Wars parties from 4.30pm onwards.

For more details, call (01743) 240258 or email [email protected]


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 little 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  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.



The Family Grapevine is delighted to announce that it has recently joined the Children’s Activities Association as a Fellowship member and media partner. The Children’s Activities Association is an industry-led, not-for-profit community interest company founded and governed by experts to help parents, schools, nurseries and children’s activities providers to raise the standard of children’s activities. CAA members work through an accreditation system covering areas such as health and safety, child safeguarding and training which means that parents, schools and nurseries have peace of mind when choosing an accredited activity provider. Over 200,000 children attend a CAA member led activity every week and this is growing every day. CAA members include household names such as Tumble Tots as well as small, local providers.

The Family Grapevine will be promoting the CAA message of #ParentsPeaceOfMind through advertising, social media posts and by participating in Children’s Activities Week taking place from 30th April – 4th May 2018.





Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms is set to launch a brand new mass participation challenge walk next year.  The “Shropshire Way 80K” will be taking in some of the finest parts of the Shropshire hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the route is 80km (50 miles) in length with the aim being to complete the circuit in less than 24 hours. The route follows almost exclusively the Shropshire way on either the Main Route or its subsidiary paths.

Starting and finishing at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, the home of Grow Cook Learn, this walk will take you through the very best of Shropshire’s amazing, undiscovered landscape and some of its hidden market towns. Along the way, as you pass through our check points, you will be able to sample some of the wonderful local produce that this area has to offer as you quite literally “eat the view”. Participants will be treated to a delicious breakfast upon their return to the Centre.

Bookings for the event, which be held over Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March 2018, will be open on Monday 20th November at 10am. Participants should contact the Centre to book, spaces are limited.

The Manager of the Centre, Grant Wilson, says:

“After many years of taking part in and marshalling on similar events to this all over Europe, I have long been formulating an idea about staging  a long distance event of my own in the Shropshire Hills.  Finally now, with the support of Grow Cook Learn, I am in a position to bring my idea to life.

My two passions are walking and running through the Shropshire Hills and eating the food that this amazing landscape produces. This event is my attempt to share my love for this special place and its food with like-minded people locally, nationally and internationally.

If you are thinking about taking part, but aren’t sure if you have what it takes to complete such a massive challenge, have a look at the training section on our website. You may think it impossible, but believe me, if you have the passion and determination to succeed, a walk like this is within your reach. Make it your goal to train this winter and test yourself in the spring”

Entry to the Discovery Centre and Onny Meadows is free but there is a charge for visitors to enjoy our Shropshire Hills Through Time exhibition and visit our mammoth. The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre offers an extensive programme of family events, adult courses and a variety of activities for the whole family. The unique grass roofed building houses a replica of the famous mammoth skeleton found in Shropshire. The café serves delicious home-cooked food. Browse our extensive shop selling a range of quirky gifts. Every half term and school holiday we provide hands-on family activities. For further details call 01588 676060 or visit the website: