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Hello! How has your week been? Here are five things you really need to know about this week…

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1. Monday 25th – Friday 29th: Half Term Trail at Lepe Country Park

A gorgeous setting for a nice day out with the children; this is a great way to get outside and enjoy some fresh air, as well as keeping the children occupied. This costs £2 per child; you pick up a trail card from the park office, and when you return it with the correct answers you can claim a prize! Kids love anything with a prize at the end, no matter what the prize is!

2. Tuesday 26th: The Producers opens at the Mayflower

The stage adaptation of Mel Brooks’ Oscar winning film, this production stars Jason Manford as Leo Bloom, the anxiety ridden accountant, as well as Phill Jupitus and Louie Spence. Manford says he’s not worried about the touring involved in the show – he’s used to it after years of stand up – but there were lots of dance numbers to learn and he’s taken up yoga to help him with it. He’s lost a stone in 3 weeks too, so expect a dvd of “The Producers Workout/Diet” around New Year time! The Producers is the story of two men who hatch a scheme to get righ by overselling interests in a Broadway flop – but the show turns out to be a success. The original production starring Matthew Broderick won a record breaking 12 Tony Awards so this is well worth a watch.

3. Wednesday 27th: Portland Museum has a Pirates Day!

Arrr! I’m not sure what it is about pirates, but kids love them don’t they! (Ok, so do I) This event runs from 10:30 til 4 and has loads of fun activities including crafts such as make your own pirate medallion and parrot puppet. There’s also a hunt for escaped parrots where if you collect all their names you can claim a (chocolate) golden coin as a prize. The Weymouth and Portland metal detecting club will be there doing demonstrations with the children, and Pirate Selwyn Williams will be there with tales of shipwrecks and even some things found in real shipwrecks. There is also face painting and “Balloonatic Kev” – but the best part of this day by far is that it’s fancy dress! Arrr!

4. Friday 29th – Sunday 31st: Bournemouth Wheels Festival

Bournemouth Wheels Festival is the UK’s largest free wheels-themed family event. And it’s not just cars that are on show. As well as historic F1 and Le Mans car demos and car crushing monster truck shows, there are motorbike. BMX and skateboard demos. This festival is going on all over the Bournemouth area, and this year they’ve started a shuttle bus service to help people to get around to the events – a good move since driving anywhere in bournemouth over this weekend is largely pointless and stressful!

5. Sunday 31st: Revenge of the 80s at the Mayflower

There’s just something about the 80s isn’t there, even people who weren’t even born then love everything about that decade! This event is healined by none other than Toyah Wilcox, alongside The Christians and Jim Diamond. I love that the website says “dig out your 80s fashions” – something of a contradiction in terms there! One thing’s for sure – there is bound to be an awful lot of hair spray and mousse in the Mayflower on Sunday night!



Here’s a photo of Simon working his radio magic…

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That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next week with another five things…

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Elizabeth Rebecca · 24/05/2015 at 14:05

Pirates Day sounds amazing :)

Lizzie Dripping

    Vicky Charles · 24/05/2015 at 15:44

    I know, right! I do love an excuse to dress up as a pirate!

linda hobbis · 24/05/2015 at 20:42

I absolutely love Mel Brooks and The Producers is hilarious. We’re down in Cardiff so a bit too far to travel though x #weekendbloghop

    Vicky Charles · 24/05/2015 at 21:18

    Ah the show is on tour – sure they’ll be making it to Wales!

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