Disability Friendly Film day


 Disability Friendly film with lower sound and higher lights

At Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

 Saturday 17th May  Showing at :  11am and 2:30  Plus: between 12:30 and 2:30 there will be a FREE sandwich lunch provided for everyone, extra entertainment for children and information stands for the adults.

To book your place:    Email: wales.events@cafamily.org.uk

Phone: 02920 396624 or Text: 07904 672614

My First Inclusive Ballet at Theatre Severn

Theatre Severn

coppelia_8 CS5This April, Theatre Severn welcomes renowned dance company the English National Ballet as they present My First Ballet: Coppelia.
My First Ballet: Coppélia tells the story of an eccentric toymaker, a beautiful doll (Coppélia), a pair of star-crossed lovers, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity. Of course love triumphs over all and the finale is a breath-taking celebration of the lovers’ marriage.
The My First Ballet series brings young audiences their first taste of ballet through the magic of fairy tales, captivating music and beautiful dance. The ballets are danced by second year students of English National Ballet School in performances produced by English National Ballet.

My First Inclusive Ballet

English National Ballet School, in partnership with Kings College London, Widgit and Sign2Learn have been working together to make ballet more accessible to children with learning difficulties and disabilities.

In order to make the performances more accessible English National Ballet have created a range of bespoke learning resources. Using graphic symbols downloadable prior to the performance, families, carers and teachers of children with learning difficulties  and disabilities, can better help children’s understanding of the story, ballet and going to the theatre.

These resources are available to download now by going to http://www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/my-first-ballet-coppelia/ and clicking on ‘Symbol Resources’

My First Ballet: Coppélia premieres at Theatre Severn Shrewsbury on 5th & 6th April. Details can be found by visiting their website at www.theatresevern.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01743 281281. Please do ask about group bookings as discounts maybe available.

Bike Fest at Shrewsbury & Oswestry during June 2013!

2013 bikefest logo - shrewsburyShrewsbury’s fantastic free day of cycling for all the family is back on Saturday 8th June 2013 with entertainment, advice, guided cycle rides and opportunities to learn new skills.

BikeFest is organised by Shropshire Council’s Travel Shropshire team and will be held on and around the cycle track at Shrewsbury Sports Village, Sundorne Road, from 10am-4pm.

New features this year include a cyclo-cross challenge for ages 16 and under (at 12pm) – no special bike or previous experience is needed.  Also new is a guided ride on National Cycle Route 81 led by local Sustrans volunteer rangers (leaves at 2pm).

Quest88 will be there all day with their adapted bicycles for adults and children with disabilities.  Contact them at www.allabilitycycling.com if you want to find out more about what types of cycles they will be bringing along.

There are also plenty of popular favourites from previous years, including Solo Circus the cycling clown, the pedal–powered smoothie-maker, and the pedaling picnic to The Weir. You can also try unicycling and BMX skills.

The day starts with a learn-to-ride session at 10.15am – take the stabilisers off your bike, bring it along and learn to ride without them so you can practice on the track later.  For more confident young cyclists, the first session on the track (10am-11am) is run by Mid-Shropshire Wheelers cycling club as an introduction to cycle racing.

For more information about the Shrewsbury Bike Fest click here.


2013 bikefest logo - oswestry

And if you can’t make it to the Shrewsbury Bike Fest why not go along to Oswestry Bike Fest on Saturday 29th June 2013. Oswestry Bike Fest is being held at Walford & North Shropshire College, Shrewsbury Road, from 11am-3pm. Click here for more information.


Image from Oswestry's 2012 Bike Fest - Quest88 bike

Image from Oswestry’s 2012 Bike Fest – Quest88 bike

World Autism Awareness Day 2013

People and organisations around the world will come together today (2nd April) to raise awareness of autism, with events and activities continuing throughout the month.

Autism is much more common than many people think, with over half a million people in the UK having the condition. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of over two million people every day.
(Information taken from The National Autistic Society)

In Shropshire Autism West Midlands are celebrating World Autism Awareness Month on Friday 5th April. The event will be taking place at St Barnabas Community Church Centre in Shrewsbury (SY3 7DN) from 10am-2pm. Entrance is free for children and £1 for adults. There will be toys, games, arts and crafts, information stands, sensory taster experiences and much more. There will also be a photographer to take children’s portraits and an autism friendly hairdresser – additional charges will apply.

Autism West Midlands LogoFor further information contact Emma Hegenbarth on 07989 682701 or email emmah@autismwestmidlands.org.uk.