Lots more summer holiday fun

We’re half way through the school summer holidays already but there’s still plenty of fun to be had to keep the small people entertained.

A boy and girl in lab coats with experiments on the desk around them and a chalkboard full of equations behind

  • Join some scientists for an amazing show packed with awesome experiments, fizzing potions, bubbling concoctions, giant smoke rings and weird and wacky tricks.

The Spectacular Science and Slime Workshop takes place at the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare tomorrow (Saturday) and Monday 26 August, from 11am.

The one-hour interactive science show is followed by a 30-minute slime-making workshop. Parents will also be given a link to 10 science experiments to do at home.

The show is suitable for children aged four to 12. Tickets cost £6 per child and £3 per adult (infants free). Visit www.grandpier.co.uk/science-and-slime-workshop

  • Magic, fun, music and jokes will be coming to a free family fun show on Monday (19 August).

North Somerset Play Forum is hosting the event from 2-4pm at Hornets Rugby Football Club, in Hutton Moor Road, Weston-super-Mare. Award-winning entertainer Nutty Noah will be there to provide the fun.

  • Meet film and TV stars of yesteryear next Bank Holiday weekend.

The Stars of Times Film and Comic Con returns to the Tropicana, in Weston-super-Mare, on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 August. Celebrity guests include ‘Nasty Nick Cotton’ John Altman, along with Katy Manning, John Levene and Wendy Padbury from Doctor Who. Star Wars fans can meet Richard Oldfield from the classic Empire Strikes Back film, along with Paul Blake who played the original Bounty Hunter Greedo.

A parade of cosplay characters can also be seen along the promenade, from 12.30pm on both days. See characters from Marvel, Star Wars, Doctor Who, along with the Batmobile, Scooby Doo Van, Lightning McQueen, and fantastic displays from Toy Story, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Marvel, Aliens and Transformers.

Find out more and buy tickets at www.starsoftime.co.uk

  • Children can enjoy a bouncy castle, reptile show, fancy dress competition, stalls and more during a free family fun day in Nailsea.

The event runs from 11am-4pm on Monday 26 August at the Royal Oak pub in High Street, Nailsea. All proceeds will go to Children’s Hospice South West.


  • Mindfulness is a great skill for young children to learn to help them better understand and manage their emotions and act with kindness, friendliness and curiosity.

A taster workshop for eight to 10-year-olds is being run by The Mindful Bee in Clevedon on Saturday 31 August for children and parents to find out more.

The event runs from 10-11am at Clevedon Christadelphian Church in Coleridge Vale Road North and tickets, priced £7, are available from


  • A space adventure is being undertaken by children in North Somerset to mark 50 years since the moon landing.

A parent and child reading

The Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge is well under way at libraries for children aged from 4 to 11. The aim is to read six books during the summer and they’ll collect stickers as they return their books. Once completed, they’ll get a certificate and medal. Find out more at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/space-chase Lots of libraries are also hosting Space Chase-themed activities. Visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/libraryevents

  • Parents of pre-school children can go online to find a host of simple tips and fun activities to help improve communication, language and literacy skills in the early years.

The Hungry Little Minds campaign aims to encourage parents to support their child’s early learning and help set them up for school and beyond.

The website provides lots of simple tips and activities to slot easily into a daily routine. Visit hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk