It’s Halloween season!

Hauntingly good events for 2016

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Passion2Dance have a whole week of Halloween fun planned!

The Malpi household is a little bit keen on Halloween.

With mummy and daddy’s wedding taking place on October 31st some years back, their zeal for the ghoulish date definitely seems to have been passed on to the next generation if the recent excited giggling in the supermarket’s seasonal aisle followed by the enthusiastic trying on of masks and insistence on trying out the novelty decorations was anything to go by.

Fortunately we’re not the only ones who like dressing up at this time of year and here are just some of the events you and your mini monsters can take part in this year.  Some need advance booking so be sure to click on the links to check the details.

Dates throughout October:

Happy Halloween, Darmons Funhouse, Sleaford

October 22nd, 23rd & 26th to 30th:

noon-4pm: Rats, Bats & Cats Trail, Southwell Workhouse

October 22 to October 30:

Halloween Maize Maze, Uncle Henry’s, Grayingham, Gainsborough
Pumpkin Festival, Pink Pig Farm, Holme Hall, near Scunthorpe

October 22 to October 31:

10am-3pm: Hallowe’en Half Term, Belton House
10am-3pm: PYO Pumpkins, Doddington Hall
10am-3pm: Schools Scarecrow Competition, Doddington Hall
noon-3pm: Halloween Trail, Hartsholme Country Park, Lincoln

Sunday, October 23:

11am: Sunday Storytime – Winnie the Witch, Waterstone’s, High Street, Lincoln

Monday, October 24:

9.45am and 11.15am: Pumpkin Party, Music with Mummy, Washingborough Methodist Church
1pm-2.30pm: Fangtastic! St Giles Children’s Centre, Lincoln

October 24 to October 29:

10am-4pm: Kitchen Garden Spooky Trail, Doddington Hall
11am-4pm: Hallowe’en Half Term, Tattershall Castle

October 24 to October 31:

Half Term Halloween Family Fun: Rand Farm Park, Rand, Market Rasen

Tuesday, October 25:

10am-11am: Play-Doh Spooky Family Fun, The Creation Station, The Venue, Navenby
1pm-2.30pm: Mask Making, Hartsholme Country Park, Lincoln

October 25 to October 31:

Halloween Fun Week, Passion2Dance, Farrier Road, Lincoln

Wednesday, October 26:

noon-4pm: Rats, Bats & Cats Craft Day, Southwell Workhouse

October 26 and October 28:

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October 26 to October 29:

5.30pm, 7pm and 8.30pm: Spooky Walks… Doddington Witch Trials, Doddington Hall

Thursday, October 27:

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9.45am and 11.15am: Pumpkin Party, Music with Mummy, St Andrew’s Centre, Saxilby
10am-4.30pm: Haunted House: A Halloween Spectacular, The Back Garden Drama Company, Waddington Village Hall.  Age 4-12.
1pm & 2.30pm: Halloween Story Walk, Easton Walled Gardens, near Grantham
1pm-2.30pm: Pumpkin Carving, Hartsholme Country Park, Lincoln
1.30pm-2.30pm: The Gruffalo Halloween Event, Welton Children’s Centre
2pm-3pm: Jack O Lantern Jar Workshop, South Hykeham Village Hall. Age 4+.
3pm-8pm: Halloween Fun, Boston Town Team, Boston Market Place

Friday, October 28:

9.30am-11.30am: Parent & Toddler’s Spooky Fun, St Giles Children’s Centre, Lincoln
10am-noon & 1pm-4pm: Friday Family Fun Club’s Homemade Halloween Make, Gainsborough Old Hall
10.30am-2.30pm: Halloween Colouring Competition, Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln
1pm-2.30pm: Fangtastic! Lincoln North Children’s Centre, Ermine, Lincoln
5.30pm-7.30pm: Halloween Disco, SK8Z, Gainsborough

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Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29:

Halloween at Woodside, Woodside Wildlife Park, Newball, near Langworth, Lincoln
Sincil Street’s Day of the Dead, Cornhill Quarter, Lincoln
Spooky Halloween Weekend
: Tattershall Farm Park

October 28th to October 31st:

Spook-tacular, The Humber Bridge Country Hotel, Barton upon Humber

Saturday, October 29:

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Halloween Party, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough
10am-3pm: Spooky Saturday, The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln
noon-5pm: Spookymon, Boultham Park, Lincoln
5pm-7pm: Halloween Party, Wacky Warehouse, Lincoln
5pm-7pm: Fancy Dress Halloween Party, The Cherry Tree, Cherry Willingham
5pm-9pm: Halloween with Kiddyscastles, Pavilion Bar Saxilby
5.30pm-7.30pm: Halloween Party, Lincoln Dance Company, Branston Village Hall
5.30pm-7.30pm, Halloween Family Party, Pink Pig Farm, Holme Hall, near Scunthorpe
6.30pm-8pm: Mayhem Halloween Party, Ignite Elim Church, Moorland Community Centre, Lincoln.

Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30:

10am-4pm: Victorian Days of Fear, Lincoln Castle
Halloween Ghost Bus Tour, Lincoln

Sunday, October 30:

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10am: Hotel Transylvania, Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa
10am-2pm: Halloween Photography Mini Sessions, A. Rowan Photo, Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln
10am-4pm: A Spooky, Ghostastic Halloween Craft & Gift Fair, Subeams Fairs and Events, Westgate Academy School, Lincoln
11am: Sunday Storytime – Room on the Broom, Waterstones, High Street, Lincoln
11am-4pm: Halloween at Terrifying Temple Bruer Tower, Temple Bruer, LN5 0DG
11am-4pm: Hallowe’en Spooktacular, Tattershall Castle
2pm-5pm: Children’s Halloween Party, Brant Road Social Club, Lincoln
2pm-6pm: Halloween Family Event, The Little Pottery Studio, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln
4.30pm-6pm: Manor Ghost Tour, Healing Manor, Stallingborough Road, Grimsby

Monday, October 31:

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10am-2pm: Halloween Fun Day, Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln
1.30pm-2.30pm: Halloween Sling Swing, Yarborough Leisure Centre, Lincoln
7.30pm: Barton Ghost Walk, Baysgarth Museum, Barton upon Humber

Have I missed your event?  Email me at hello@theminimalpi.co.uk  

Lincolnshire Day – October 1st, 2016

lincolnshireflagLincolnshire – the county of big skies, the eponymous sausage, home of the Red Arrows and a varied landscape that encompasses city, town, village and hamlet, coast and countryside and an Area of Outstanding Beauty – it’s no wonder it has its own annual celebratory day.

Lincolnshire Day (#LincolnshireDay) is celebrated every year on October 1st, the anniversary of the Lincolnshire Rising, a revolt by Catholics against the establishment of the Church of England by Henry VIII in 1536.

And tonight it was the subject of the weekly Twitter hashtag hour #LincsHour and there was no shortage of events planned for the day available for TheMiniMalpi to retweet.

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Several tweeters mentioned that Lincoln Cathedral will be marking the occasion by offering free entry to visitors, @LincsHour herself pointed us in the direction of Belton House’s Autumn Fair and Lincolnshire County Council’s webpage Celebrate culture on Lincolnshire Day! was also linked to, highlighting events at Lincoln Castle and its Heritage Skills Centre, Gainsborough Old Hall, Ellis Mill and the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

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The Lincolnshire Echo’s list of 16 things to do this Lincolnshire Day includes a walk through the Wolds, a book signing at Lindum Books in Bailgate, Lincoln, a festival of food and music at Swallowbeck Methodist Church and the launch of a new display at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre sharing RAF Cranwell’s history as a training school.

Healing Manor Hotel near Grimsby is holding an evening of Lincolnshire dishes in its Portman Restaurant and in Grantham celebrations will be equally delicious with the Teaspoon Tea Company offering free samples of its “Grantham tea” and the town’s market hosting a Sausage Saturday event.

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Visit Lincoln manager Emma Tatlow tweeted a link to Molly’s Guide’s Celebrate your inner Yellowbelly list which features a special Lincolnshire Day Artists’ Market, in Castle Square,  Lincoln, a Select Lincolnshire Food Festival in St Marks Shopping Centre, Lincoln and a Wolds Art Festival in Market Rasen.

And Visit Lincoln’s own website page Lincolnshire Day 2016 also includes the Lincoln Book Festival’s Local History Afternoon, the Lincoln Ghost Bus Tour, Age UK’s Lincolnshire Lunch celebration of both Older People’s Day and Lincolnshire Day in one go at their Park Street branch in Lincoln, New Theatre Royal Lincoln’s Lincolnshire Day ticket offer and (on Sunday 2nd) the first Lincoln Half Marathon.

Will you be wearing yellow on Saturday?

The Gravity Fields Festival 2016

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Taking place from September 21st to 25th, Gravity Fields is a festival celebrating Sir Isaac Newton and it has entertainment in spades – “for big kids and little”.

bubbles-and-balloons-2South Kesteven Council’s Stephanie Foster picks the highlights of the festival’s offerings for mini scientists, “This five-day festival has more than 120 events, including a brilliant Bubbles and Balloons show for four-year-olds upwards from those clever people at Science Made Simple.  They have two separate shows with giant bubbles and whizzing balloons on Saturday, first in the morning at Stamford Arts Centre and then a 3pm event in Grantham Guildhall

 living-with-wildlifeIf your kids have never seen a hedgehog or an owl up close, Gravity Fields can thrill them thanks to naturalist Sasha Norris in her Living With Wildlife show on Saturday morning.

“There is enchanting storytelling in the Family Science Day from Mara Menzies on the tale of Isaac Newton and the apple, part of a brilliant hands-on day of discovery for families with demos and table-top activities and cool tech.

“Light, technology and dance combine in another thrilling show for people big and small alike in Body of Light (For Little Ones!). There are several shows on Friday and Saturday.”

With all this and much more – including a show called Dr Death and the Medi-Evil Medicine Show which would be a must see for us if our minis were less mini (it’s for age 7+) – there’s sure to be something to appeal to any little (or big) Newtons, Einsteins or Curies in your house.

Find out more at https://www.gravityfields.co.uk/

Quizzes, trails, crafts and more at Heritage Open Days festival

HeritageOpenDaysThe summer holidays may nearly be over but that doesn’t mean parents are not still looking for lots of ways to entertain their mini ones.

And, following a successful 23 years, Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days 2016 festival is sure to have something on offer for county explorers.

Running from September 8th to 11th, the festival is taking the theme of Natural Lincolnshire this year and will include more than 180 free events.

HeritageFaceIf the event or venue is offering “Special activities for children” then you’ll find a smiley face among the symbols in the brochure’s listings.

holbeach bunker (2)Events are predominantly organised and managed by volunteers and encompass heritage sites, buildings, towns and villages and, for the first time, all five National Trust properties will be open on at least one of the days.

Children’s activities will be on offer at Temple Bruer Knights Templar Tower, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust reserves, Gainsborough Old Hall and many more venues.

in the trees2 web ready (2)Would you like “to experience school life in a bygone age”?  Then head to Wilderspin National School Museum in Barton upon Humber (on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm) to visit its garden playground.

Complete a children’s quiz at St Phillip’s Church, Brinkhill (Saturday and Sunday 2pm-5pm),  pit their wits against a cunning trail at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre (Sunday, 10.30am-3.30pm), take part in paper crafts and calligraphy in Lincoln Cathedral Library (Saturday, 10am-4pm) or enjoy a full day of family fun at Willow Tree Fen Nature Reserve in West Pinchbeck (Saturday, 10.30am-4pm) pond dipping, crafting and den building.

kings and queens web ready (2)Heritage Lincolnshire’s Cultural Events Officer Beverley Gormley says “Year after year, Lincolnshire’s Heritage Open Days prove a real winner with local people and visitors as they provide free, unique opportunities to go behind the scenes of heritage venues and discover the region’s hidden histories.

“The events are a wonderful way of bringing people together to learn about their local history, enabling our local heritage venues, nature reserves, organisations, towns and villages to develop a lasting relationship with people in the area.”

For more information visit www.heritagelincolnshire.org

And don’t forget to share your experience on social media using #LincsHODs – they’re looking forward to seeing your #LincsHODselfie!

Summery Sundays

I know I’ve complained about the weather a lot recently but I’ve also been very grateful for the last beautiful couple of Sundays.

During term time Sundays are usually our only family day without scheduled activities  so it’s nice to be able to get out and explore.

We headed to the coast for the last day of the SO Festival in Skegness  on July 3rd.  We watched circus acts and dance shows and listened to live music all as part of the outdoor arts festival but definitely the hit of the day had to be Pif-Paf Theatre’s Flycycle and Submercycle.

Luke was lucky enough to have a ride in the Submercycle – first being introduced to maps of the proposed route and getting dressed for the occasion whilst waiting his turn in the Departure Lounge and then belting up for his “underwater” trip up and down the street with Captain Calypso at the helm before being set back down with us and a beaming smile.

The following Sunday we took advantage of both the sun and a family ticket we won in a Christmas raffle to visit Doddington Hall and Gardens.  The Elizabethan mansion is also home to a lovely farm shop, interiors store and clothing store and we started our visit with a stop at the Giant Store bike shop.

Thanks to store assistant Katie we finally managed to buy a cycle helmet to fit Willow.  (Our minis are definitely mini – Willow is 19 months old but wears predominantly 9-12 month clothing at the moment).

Preparing for their Brave, Bold and Strong sculpture exhibition (July 30-September 11), we were greeted by an impressive dragon on the front lawn which they enjoyed running through.

Inside the hall the tent room was definitely a hit:

And outside in the gardens there were puddles and pillars to play with and sheep sculptures to “feed” and swirly ones to curl up by and emulate.

We finished the afternoon with a stop off at Blackmoor Farm for a spot of strawberry picking.  We managed to get a few red ones among the enthusiastically picked green ones and – after we finally managed to get them to stop -we picked up some cream on the way home to go with them.

Day 27 and 28 #30DaysWild: Natural Lincolnshire

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_27Monday was a day of work and decluttering and there wasn’t much time for anything else so my something wild for the day will be to help publicise another event that’s putting the natural world at its centre.

HeritageOpenDaysThe Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days Festival will take place in September.  With more than 180 free events on offer across the county, this year’s theme is Natural Lincolnshire.

Events on offer range from tours of haunted Old King’s Head in Kirton and a new Heritage Music Microfestival to a rare opening of Dowsby Hall and Gardens.  Guided walks and talks will include the International Bomber Command Spire Memorial, Lincolnshire’s Lost River, Willow Tree Fen Bat Walk and a rare guided tour of Torksey Castle.  Children’s activities will be on offer at Temple Bruer Knights Templar Tower, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust reserves, Gainsborough Old Hall and more.

Heritage Lincolnshire’s Cultural Events Officer Beverley Gormley says: “Year after year, Lincolnshire’s Heritage Open Days prove a real winner with local people and visitors as they provide free, unique opportunities to go behind the scene of heritage venues and discover the region’s hidden histories.

“The events are a wonderful way of bringing people together to learn about their local history, enabling our local heritage venues, nature reserves, organisations, towns and villages to develop a lasting relationship with people in the area.”

For more information visit www.heritagelincolnshire.org 

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_28Day 28 of #30DaysWild was another day in June so, of course, was another day of rain.

So we hit the books again with Animal Sounds, Animal Actions, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Mad About Minibeasts fuelling our bedtime imaginations.

GardenEncyclopediaWe also had a look through another library find – Garden Encyclopedia by Rufus Bellamy – which promised to answer the question “What’s lurking in your backyard?”

The book takes you through what you might find On the Lawn, In the Hedge, Up a Tree, In the Flowerbed, In the Vegetable Patch, In the Yard, By the Pond and In the Air.

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