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MAY 28: For a wonderful woolly day head to Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom, near Telford, Shropshire. Watch sheep getting fleeced at the hands of shearers then see the spinners and weavers in action in the "From their Back to Ours" story. Some truly woolly jumpers will be taking to the race track for the special sheep and goat races. Admission is pounds 5.50 for adults, pounds 4.95 for children (under-twos free). Go to or call 01952 677 917.

DAILY: More than 18,000 people are expected to visit Dickens World in Chatham Maritime, Kent, this Bank Holiday weekend. The pounds 62million project took seven years to come together and takes the visitor on a fascinating journey through Dickens' life as they step back into the 19th Century. Don't miss the Great Expectations ride (with its surprise ending), The School Room and Haunted House. Younger ones will love Fagin's Den padded playground. Open daily 10am-6pm, adults pounds 12.50, child pounds 7.50, concessions pounds 10.50. Details: 08702 411 415,


UNTIL MAY 28: Reach new heights as the world's largest climbing arena marks its re-opening with a family fun weekend of exciting events at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena in Ratho. Get free taster sessions on the mobile climbing tower or test out the Aerial Assault Course. Admission is pounds 8 for adults, pounds 5 for children. For more info call 0131 333 6333 or visit

JUNE 3: Go on safari in the wilds of Perthshire as part of the celebrations of Scottish Wildlife Week. Highland Adventure Safaris are holding a packed day of activities at the Safari Lodge, near Aberfeldy. Youngsters can follow clues with the help of rangers to discover tracks, trails and views. Back at the Lodge there is a falconry display as well as live music and a chance to try gold and gem panning. There's free admission to the Lodge with charges for some activities. For more info go to


MAY 31: The presence of young knights and princesses is requested at Chirk Castle in Wrexham for a fun day out with children in courtly costume admitted free. Activities will include a knight's quest through the State Rooms and a treasure trail in the gardens. Admission is pounds 7.40 for adults, pounds 3.70 for children and pounds 18.50 for a family ticket, The fun starts at noon. Call 01691 777 701 or visit

JUNE 2: Join the Foure Fryendes for some frolics and games and puppet shows, 15th Century-style, at Laugharne Castle in Carmarthenshire. Admission is pounds 2.90 for adults, pounds 2.50 for children, family ticket is pounds 8.30. For more details go to or call 01994 427906.


See sheep being sheared at the Animal Kingdom
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Date:May 27, 2007
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