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Attenborough Day Nursery and Pre-school are holding an exciting Nature Fun
session on Saturday 15th March, 10am-12pm at their pre-school on The Strand,
Attenborough NG9 6AU.

You will have the chance to take part in planting, craft activities, a bug hunt, singing and much more!  The session is aimed at 2-4 year olds but please feel free to bring along younger or older siblings.

To book your place please call us on 0115 9225723 kid planting

or email [email protected]



Magikats in Beeston & West Bridgford, once again, celebrated a very successful annual Awards Event & Party.


The celebration was enjoyed by students, parents, siblings & grandparents making up approximately 300 guests. Food, cake, drinks, sweets and other treats were available, in abundance. Giant board games, henna artist, face painting and music added to the excitement on the day.


Our Assessment and Reporting System

The worksheets completed at workshops are much harder than the exercises completed at home. In class material is taught by the tutors and student progress is monitored by continuous assessment.

Students study in a particular ‘Stage’ in which medals are awarded from Bronze then Silver and next Gold, according to progress within Stages.

At the awards event, every MagiKats student, therefore received a medal and certificate for their current stage and achievement.

About 65 trophies were also presented to the students who excelled, improved, achieved and made us proud in many ways.

A Very Big Congratulations goes to Jack Li, who received our 2013, “Student of the Year” award and Zeenat England, who received the “Employee of the Year” award.

We are very proud of all our students and happy to announce that about 40% of our students are now working 1-2 years, ahead of their school year.

We intend to continue on this very positive path.

Shariefa England MagiKats Beeston & West Bridgford
Tel: 0115 945 9941
Mobile: 0786 320 6643

Wheee! Lakeside’s International children’s theatre and dance festival returns 

Saturday 25 May – Sunday 2 June 2013

The annual Wheee! Children’s Theatre and Dance Festival returns to Lakeside this year with a fun-filled week of interactive activities and performances from around the world for the whole family.  

This year promises to be as entertaining as ever with highlights including the Architects of Air luminarium in Highfields Park, an exhibition of puppets and machines built by Marc Parrett, a miniature comedy theatre performance about a rabbit escaped from prison and more! 

And of course the festival wouldn’t be complete without the free Wheee! Family Weekend in the park. Look out for Pangottic Circus in the amphitheatre, Little Cauliflower’s The Machine, and Pear Shape Productions running riot in the park, together with lots of Make and Do activities and workshops on both days. 

Save the dates and look out for further information in the Lakeside ON brochure out in March. 

Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD


0115 846 7777













Royal Concert Hall

Saturday 15th December, Saturday 9th February, Saturday 13th April & Saturday 22nd June


Beanie Bear presents these family friendly concerts in the informal setting of the Royal Concert Hall foyer. These concerts are tailored towards the under 6’s and their families and last for approximately 1 hour. After each show there’s the chance to meet the musicians and get up close to the instruments.


Pull up a beanbag and have heaps of fun joining in with the singing and dancing.


For tickets please contact the Royal Concert Hall Box Office on

0115 989 5555.

Tickets are £7, or £6 if you book for all four concerts.


Join us for a spooky night of fun on


Wednesday October 31st 2012 


5pm – 7pm


Spooktacular fun includes,


Fancy dress competition


Games & prizes




Buffet food- hotdogs, jacket potatoes and salads




Children £9.00   Adults £5.50








To avoid disappointment book your tickets early call us on 01623 644443.


Pre-booked tickets only.



Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Tue 23 – Sat 27 October


When producer/director Bill Kenwright brings his renowned production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT to the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 October, audiences will undoubtedly recognize the young man in the leading role…

KEITH JACK was one of the most popular finalists in the hit BBC series Any Dream Will Do. Watched by millions every Saturday night, the show was produced to find a leading man for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s newWest End production. Keith, chosen from tens of thousands of wannabees, charmed audiences week after week with his vocal talents before finally coming in a close second. He went on to play the Narrator in theUK tour of Joseph and in 2011 he took over the lead role, which he continues to play during the 2012 autumn tour


Keith appeared as The Prince in Sleeping Beauty at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow 2011 Christmas pantomime. He has also performed as Aladdin in Aladdin at the King’s Theatre,Glasgowand the title role in Peter Pan at His Majesty’s Theatre inAberdeen. Keith created the lead role of Charlie in the new musical Only the Brave, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Concerts include: performing in front of her Majesty the Queen and the Spanish Royal Family at the Parliament Picnic’, Choices for Life 2008 & 2009 playing to over 100,000 people and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s birthday concert at Hyde Park.


Keith has released two albums. His debut was called This Time and went into the Top 40. His most recent album An Evening at the Musicals was released last year. Most recently he has been inNew Yorkrecording the soundtrack for a film called The Dreams of Kings which was entered at the New York Film Festival


Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s ‘AMAZING’, ‘SUPERB’, ‘WONDERFUL’ and ‘BRILLIANT’ production of TIM RICE and ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’s sparkling family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance.

This colourful retelling of the biblical story about Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours sings out to young and old alike with a score which is crammed wall to wall with hits – including Jacob and Sons, Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do.

Bill Kenwright, one of the most successful and prolific producers in British theatre today, (whose current hit West End shows include the musicals Blood Brothers and Cabaret and shortly, acclaimed drama Volcano, was on the expert panel of judges alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber, Denise Van Outen and John Barrowman and is delighted that Keith is taking on the leading role. Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Directed by Bill Kenwright, Designed by Sean Cavanagh, Choreographed by Henry Metcalfe, Lighting designed by Mark Howett and Sound designed by Chris Full.


Dates: Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 October

Performance Times: Tue – Thu 7.30pm, Wed & Thu Matinees 1.30pm, Fri 5pm & 8pm, Sat 2pm, 5pm & 8pm

Ticket Prices: £28.50 – £13

Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Website & Online Booking: www.trch.co.uk



STAR CAST promise that Nottingham panto
audiences will have a ball this Christmas!



Theatre RoyalNottingham

8 December – 13 January


The Theatre Royal Nottingham today announced that John Partridge and Sheila Ferguson will lead the cast of this year’s pantomime, Cinderella, which runs from Saturday 8 December 2012 to Sunday 13 January 2013.


John Partridge, starring as Prince Charming, is a household name having played Christian Clarke in EastEnders since 2007 and as a judge on the hugely successful television series Over the Rainbow. His extensive theatre career has seen him perform in more than a dozen high profile roles, including in Tommy, Grease and Starlight Express all in theWest End. In 2009, John won the Inside Soap Award for the Sexiest Male.


Sheila Ferguson, known throughout the world as lead singer of the smash-hit group The Three Degrees, stars as The Fairy Godmother. Her musical theatre credits include Fame, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Soul Train, Oh What A Night! and Respect La Diva.


Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomime division and executive producer of Cinderella, said:


“We are delighted that John and Sheila, two pre-eminent figures in the world of entertainment, will lead the cast of Cinderella. Guaranteed to be another action-packed and must-see Theatre Royal Nottingham pantomime, the show will feature an abundance of comedy, fabulous sets, and outrageous costumes and, as Theatre Royal Nottingham audiences have come to expect, surprises galore along the way!”


Robert Sanderson, managing director of the Theatre Royal Nottingham, said:


Cinderella is without doubt the most magical of pantomimes and, with such a talented cast, I’m sure this production will be simply breathtaking.  We, at the Theatre Royal, so much look forward to the pantomime season each year. It’s truly heartening to see families coming together for a terrific family outing, from great-grandparents to little ones.  A visit to the pantomime is an absolute must for fun during the festive season’s celebrations … roll on, December!”


Other cast already announced for the Theatre Royal’s pantomime include comedy double-act The Grumbleweeds. Graham Walker and Robin Colvill were part of the original The Grumbleweeds Radio Show which ran for fifteen series on BBC Radio 2 and won the Best Radio Show from The Television and Radio Industries Awards. The double-act, who play the role of The Brokers Men in Cinderella, are popular faces on the comedy circuit.


The Theatre Royal is delighted to announce that this year’s pantomime will be supported by Thomas Cook andEastMidlandsAirportin association with our media partner GEM 106.


Cinderella is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s foremost pantomime producer, and staged by the same team that presented last year’s critically-acclaimed Theatre Royal pantomime. Qdos Entertainment will stage 24 pantomimes around theUKthis Christmas and its 2012/13 pantomime season is sponsored by Skype. Like pantomime, Skype is a family-oriented organisation and brings people together to share in special moments.

Cinderella runs at the Theatre Royal Nottingham from Saturday 8 December 2012 to Sunday 13 January 2013. Tickets are priced £27.50 to £13.50 and can be booked by calling 0115 989 5555 or by visiting www.trch.co.uk



Beware those HORRIBLE HISTORIES are on the rampage again

& coming to the Theatre Royal,Nottingham!


Wed 14 – Sun 18 Nov


Watch out for head-chopping Henry Vlll & the amazing Charge of the Light Brigade both coming to your local theatre soon!


Birmingham Stage Company’s two Horrible Histories productions – Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians are stomping throughBritain during 2012 & touring to more than 40 venues reaching the Theatre Royal,Nottingham from Wednesday 14 – Sunday 18 November.


Both shows use actors and amazing Bogglevision 3D special effects, helping the audience to feel what it was like to live in the sixteenth century ruled by all those hideous Henries & the evil Elizabeth I or in the nineteenth century struggling to survive the misery of the mines & those really rotten railways!

In Terrible Tudors you will hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives and his punch up with the Pope. Survive the Spanish Armada as it sails right into theaudience!


In Vile Victorians you will find out what exactly a baby farmer did. Can you survive the filth of the factories, the slums & the sewers – and prepare for the Charge of the Light Brigade.



These two shows are adapted from Terry Deary’s best selling Horrible Histories books which are hugely popular both on the page and on television – the BBC TV series has this year won both the British Comedy Award for best TV Sketch show and the RTS Best Children’s TV programme.


Terry Deary is the world’s best selling non-fiction author for children and one of the most popular children’s authors in the country. He has written around 200 books, which have been translated into 40 different languages fromChina toBrazil. His Terrible Tudors book was voted best ‘Best Book of Knowledge of All Time’ by BBC TV Blue Peter viewers.


Birmingham Stage Companyare the country’s premiere company producing theatre for children, well known for their great stage versions of children’s classics such as The Jungle Book, Kensuke’s Kingdom and many Roald Dahl adaptations including Danny

the Champion of the World and George’s Marvellous Medicine – in Horrible Histories they excel even their great reputation for wonderful family shows!


Families in Nottinghamshouldn’t miss out on this awful chance to travel back in time. Both shows are funny and historically informative and you’ll discover all the really ‘yucky’ bits of history that teachers and serious books never tell you! To be enjoyed by everyone from 5 to 105!


Watch at trailer of the shows at www.birminghamstage.com



HORRIBLE HISTORIES: Theatre Royal,Nottingham

Performance Dates & Times: Wednesday 14 – Sunday 18 November

TERRIBLE TUDORS: Wed 14 Nov 7pm, Thu 15 Nov 10.30am, Fri 16 Nov 1.30pm, Sat 17 Nov 10.30am & 2.30pm, Sun 18 Nov 5pm

VILE VICTORIANS: Thu 15 Nov 1.30pm, Fri 16 Nov 10.30am, Sat 17 Nov 7pm, Sun 18 Nov 1.30pm

Ticket Prices: £17 – £10 with concessions available

Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Website & Online Booking: www.trch.co.uk

Stunning Corrie star swaps cobbles for apples!


The Mansfield Palace Theatre are thrilled to announce that ex-Coronation Street star Tupele Dorgu will be fronting this year’s panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as everyone’s favourite Wicked Queen.


Tickets for this year’s Christmas Cracker are selling fast and have exceeded sales at the same point last year.  The Box Office staff are anticipating a busy lead up to the festive season after the great success of Jack and the Beanstalk last Christmas.


The Story of Snow White is obviously a favourite of Palace audiences as the last time the Theatre had Snow White as its Christmas choice in 2006, tickets sales reached a staggering 97% sold, much to the delight of its loveable Wicked Queen at the time, Su Pollard.


Stepping into the successful shoes this time, Tupele Dorgu, known to us as Corrie favourite Kelly Crabtree, is hoping to retain her feisty reputation and win new fans along the way.  Having been in the role of the factory girl, Kelly, for six years, Tupele is well used to playing an outspoken and sassy character, preparing her well for the devilish role of The Wicked Queen.


Another appropriate part preparing Tupele for her devious role in this year’s Palace panto is her performance as Velma Kelly in the current UK tour of Chicago.  At this rate Tupele will be well versed with the art of evil!  Audiences will also remember her from the BBC series Waterloo Road, ITV’s Loose Women, Mersey Beat and Casualty.

Along with Tupele, the panto will also feature the ever popular seven dwarfs and, of course, the beautiful Snow White.  This year we see a welcome return to funny man Mark James as Muddles, who also appeared in our last Snow White.  Mark has since been seen on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent as half man half woman singing duo, Renée and Renato.

Cultural Services Manager,Andrew Tuckersaid, “We are really excited to have such a popular and talented actress as Tupele join us this Christmas.  The Palace panto seems to be increasingly popular with our audiences from near and far and we very much hope that this year’s show will smash all previous records.”


Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs will run from Saturday 1 December – Sunday 6 January 2013 with various morning, afternoon and evening performances. Tickets are priced £12.50 Full, £11.50 Concessions and £44 for a family of four. Block bookers can buy 10 and get 11th free.  For those of you who like a bargain, our Preview performances on Saturday 1 December are priced at just £9!

 Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office on 01623 633133 or online at www.mansfield,gov.uk/palacetheatre where you can now select your own seats.  So no excuses – Book NOW!!!