Local children to take centre stage at the Willow Brook Centre


Local youngsters will get the opportunity to show off their talents at a Children’s Festival hosted by the Willow Brook Centre throughout December.

The festival has been put together by Willow Brook and Explore Learning to give local children’s groups and clubs a platform to show shoppers what they can do. The groups cater for children of all ages from babies through to teenagers and include dance, music, scouts and even first aid.

Willow Brook is also running a competition for local primary school children aged 7 to 11 to write a Christmas story. The five winning stories picked from each age group will be included in a short book titled ‘Christmas Stories, by the Children of Bradley Stoke’. The full programme (subject to change) is:

The Children’s Festival kicks off on Thursday (4th December) at 10.30am with Story Corner from Bradley Stoke Library.

  • Thursday 4th December – Jolly Babies Music with Mummy sessions at 11.30am and 12.30pm.
  • Friday 5th December and Friday 12th December  – Jo Jingles at 2pm.
  • Sunday 7th December – Dance Works at noon.
  • Tuesday 9th December – Bradley Stoke Community School from 11am to 2pm.
  • Wednesday 10th December – Glitter Bugs Dance Crew at 5pm.
  • Saturday 13th December – Little Stoke Development Centre brass players.
  • Sunday 14th December and Wednesday 17th December – Babyballet at 2pm and 3pm.
  • Sunday 14th December – Scouts.
  • Tuesday 16th December – St Mary’s Catholic School.
  • Thursday 18th December – Meadowbrook School Choir.
  • Friday 19th December – Story Time with Bradley Stoke Library at 10.30am and Jolly Babies Music with Mummy sessions at 1pm and 2pm.
  • Sunday 21st December – St John Ambulance Badgers and 37th Kingswood Drum Corps.

Andy Wynn, centre manager, said:

“There are lots of fantastic clubs and groups that cater for children of all ages in our community.  We wanted to put them centre stage at Willow Brook so parents and children could learn more about what there is to get involved in.”

Claire Wingate, who runs Bradley Stoke’s Babyballet, said:

“When I asked my children and their parents if they would like to perform some Babyballet at Willow Brook’s Children’s Festival, they were all really excited. Now we can’t wait for our performance on Sunday 14th.”

Sophie Laver, from Explore Learning, Bradley Stoke, said:

“This is a really exciting event for us and Willow Brook, I can’t wait to see some of the performances and to see some of the writing talent in local students.”

For details of groups performing and times, check the Willow Brook Centre website, the Willow Brook Centre Facebook page or call the centre on on 01454 205040.

Source: Press release from the Willow Brook Centre.

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