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Doodle It and Go Chalk Books - ideal for colouring in the car

As cries of, "Are we nearly there yet?" echo across the country, we take a look at a product which could silence those bored in the back. If the children are keen on colouring in the car but you're not so keen on the mess, then the Doodle It and Go is the perfect solution.

The beautiful eight-page books come with a set of 4 ZeroDust™ Butterstix chalks; dust-free and pastel-like they glide easily on most non-porous surfaces leaving no stains, no mess and no dust. The Doodle It and Go Chalk Books are available with a choice of covers and each has a Velcro tab closure.

New Thomas & Friends movie is a summer holiday must-see!

by Editor Victoria Galligan

Parents across the country are gearing up for the summer holidays – and dreading keeping the little darlings entertained for six weeks.

Luckily, the creative people at the movie studios have been hard at work on this year’s summer releases and for younger children, there’s an animation due for release which will take you all over the globe.

The new Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! movie hits screens this July and we went along with our two-year-old daughter Amy to check it out.

Stage show sees Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs enthral families this Easter

Flinn is back! Les Petits Theatre Company (famous for their production of David Walliams’s The First Hippo on the Moon) return to the high seas after the award-winning Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs rollicked the rigging and spliced the mainbrace! 

The Magic Cutlass is the hugely anticipated sequel based on the award-winning book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto. 

The British Dal Festival with celebrity chefs and home-cooked food

This week, the first British Dal Festival kicks off in Bristol with events to celebrate the magic of dal – dishes based on split pulses – taking place across the city between Monday 19th and Sunday 25th March. 

The British Dal Festival will culminate in a Grand Dal Finale at Paintworks, Bristol on Sunday 25th March. Celebrate and feast on dal of all kinds, with dal-icious vibes and music to reflect the diversity, versatility and deliciousness of dal and the pulses that make it.

Clip ’n Climb Leeds – the largest in the North – opens in May

A year in the making, Clip ’n Climb Leeds opens in May and boasts 32 individual climbs – making it the biggest in the North.

Open just in time for May half term, the centre boasts treats for the vertically adventurous include the hair-raising, nine-metre Vertical Drop Slide, plus Stairway To Heaven and the Astro-Ball amongst many others.

April's RHS Flower Show Cardiff is a must-sea!

The RHS Flower Show Cardiff in April will feature eco-friendly Regeneration Gardens, which champion reusable materials, and is set to inspire with its Wales’ Year of the Sea theme.

The annually anticipated floral spectacular – partnered by wealth manager Brewin Dolphin – will highlight the sensational Welsh coastline with a host of themed gardens and related features and activities to spark the imagination as 60 nurseries from all over the UK come together in Floral Marquee and Plant Village.

World’s first ever inland community surf club launches at Surf Snowdonia

The Dyffryn Conwy Surf Club will offer inclusive and affordable surfing to local youngsters

Surf Snowdonia is launching what will be a world-first community surf club in the heart of the Conwy Valley this weekend.

The Dyffryn Conwy Surf Club – Clwb Syrffio Dyffryn Conwy – will offer low-cost surf lessons to young people living in the Conwy Valley area. It will be the first surf club on the planet to be based inland - eight miles from the coast at Surf Snowdonia’s world-first inland surf lagoon in Dolgarrog. 

The Christmas Markets are back at the Brewery

“It’s Christmas time…and there’s no need to be afraid” because the team at Lancaster Brewery, once again, have it all sorted for gifts, festive food, stocking fillers and presents for your loved ones.

Now in its fourth year, this hugely popular event, at Lancaster Leisure Park, is back.  Taking place between 3pm and 9pm on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November, this year our exhibitors will be housed in a huge indoor marquee to keep you warm and dry, whilst you browse stalls packed full of crafts, gifts and goodies to add to your present list.

The leaders of the pack

SNOWDOGS are coming from all corners of the UK to take part in the largest free public art trail ever to be held in the North East.

On 19 September, streets, parks and open spaces across Sunderland, Gateshead and Tyneside, will become home to 60 giant Snowdog sculptures, individually decorated by artists and celebrities alike.

Enjoy magical waterway days with the Canal & River Trust's free summer guide

Tell the time with a dandelion clock, watch the dabble of ducks and dazzle of damselflies or count the spots on a ladybird. Make some time for the great outdoors this summer with the help of the Canal & River Trust's free, family-friendly activity book. Full of fun, inspirational activities the guide will ensure your family heads outside and has a real summer of adventure.