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Monmouthshire offers half term activities for busy youngsters

12th February 2018

Monmouthshire County Council has organised a range of great activities for children over February’s half term!

Caldicot Community Hub has planned two events for youngsters.  On Monday, 19th February, popular story teller Louby Lou will relate the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears from 1.15pm to 2pm for ages two to five.  This event costs £3.75 per child and booking is essential.  To book a place contact Caldicot Community Hub or book online from the ticket store - https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/louby-lous-interactive-storytelling.

The following day – Tuesday 20th February – features a free story and craft session for four to eight year olds.  “Wintry Tales” runs from 10.30am to 11.30am.  Booking is not required but this event and the Louby Lou session require children to be accompanied by an adult.

Usk Community Hub in Maryport Street is offering bookmark-making using beads for five year olds and over.  The cost is one pound per session and the hub is open at the following times:

  • Monday 9am to 5pm

  • Wednesday 9am to 5pm

  • Thursday 9am to 7pm

  • Saturday 9am to 12.45pm.

Chepstow Museum offers its popular Drop-in-and-Make craft afternoons from 2pm to 4pm on Thursday, 15th February and Thursday, 22nd February at the Drill Hall in Lower Church Street. This opportunity to get creative with friends and families is suitable for children over three years old who must be accompanied by an adult. Donations of two pounds are welcomed towards the cost of materials and refreshments.

Once again, MonLeisure provides the Monmouthshire Games based on learning new skills, developing confidence, meeting new people and, most importantly, having fun through sport. These run at the council’s four centres in Abergavenny, Caldicot, Chepstow and Monmouth from Monday 19th February to Friday 23rd February giving children and young people aged 5 to 12 years the chance to engage in a range of sporting activities. The cost per day is £16 (9am to 3pm) and £19.50 (8am to 5pm) with discounts for early payment. To book, visit MonLeisure.co.uk or call:

  • Abergavenny: 01873 735360

  • Caldicot: 01291 426850

  • Chepstow: 01291 635745

  • Monmouth: 01600 775135 - due to building work no aqua-based sports will feature at Monmouth.

Abergavenny, Caldicot and Chepstow leisure centres offer intensive swimming lessons from Monday 19th February to Friday 23rd February.  These provide children with a thirty minute session on five consecutive days and the daily contact with an ASA qualified teacher allows them to vastly improve their swimming and advance over a short period. Designed for youngsters of all abilities, the sessions are ideal for current swimmers on MonLeisure’s programme looking to improve or newcomers who want to progress quickly.  The cost is £23.50 for the whole week with a discount available for holders of a Monleisure aqua membership. To book, call the appropriate leisure centre.

The Monmouthshire Youth Service has organised a free major family engagement event - Safe ‘n’ Sound - in Abergavenny’s Bailey Park from 10am to 4pm on Friday 23rd February.  The emphasis is on fun with a bouncy castle, face-painting, a climbing wall and many other activities with representatives from Gwent Police, the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, Monmouthshire Housing Association, Charter Housing and Monmouthshire’s sports development team in attendance. This event based on community safety will gather feedback on what people need and think about the area and promote existing services for young people.

Monmouth’s Attik Youth Centre offers a free tie-dyeing session for young people from 12noon to 4pm on Tuesday 20th February.  There’s no need to book and all they have to do is bring a plain item of clothing they would like to dye!

Other events in the county suitable for children and families can be found on the Visit Monmouthshire website - www.visitmonmouthshire.com/events/ - and highlights include:

  • Brother Thomas, the cellarer at Tintern Abbey provides a treat for history buffs, young and old - Saturday 17th February

  • Winter Fun Day at Magor Marsh with toasted marshmallows around the campfire, storytelling, a trail around the reserve and lots of crafts. – Saturday 17th February

  • Time-travelling magicians Morgan and West present a show at Monmouth’s Blake Theatre brimming with baffling magic and a totally genuine ability to travel through time - Friday 23rd February