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South Derbyshire is set for a wheelie good time

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

Alistair Bagnall of South Derbyshire Sport

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DURING February half term school holidays, Alistair Bagnall of South Derbyshire Sport is launching new cycling activities aimed at all ages.

“We are getting on track with our first activity, Easy Riders for three to six-year-olds during the school half term holidays,” said Alistair.

“Early Riders are fun learn to ride sessions, filled with games and bike related skills. As well as helping youngsters to learn balancing skills, they provide children with their first taste of mobile independence.

“The children will be getting on their bikes at Overseal Village Hall on Tuesday February 18, from 10am to 11am and from 11am to 12pm.

“The sessions cost £3 per child, which includes bike and helmet hire, and children must be accompanied by an adult.”

Places on the Easy Rider scheme need to be booked by calling South Derbyshire’s sport and health team on 01283 595873.”

The highly popular WheelsMobile free sessions will be at the same venue on the same day from 2pm to 4pm.

“During our wheels-themed week with WheelsMobile you can burn rubber on the KMX karts, street surf, skateboard and be tested by our mountain bike challenge, said Alistair.

“WheelsMobile is for eight to 16-year-olds. Under eights can join in if they attend with a responsible adult.”

On Wednesday February 19 it’s WheelsMobile sessions from 10am until noon at Maurice Lea Memorial Park and in the afternoon the experts and the kit will be at Newhall Park from 2pm until 4pm.

Early Riders £3 sessions are at Rosliston Forestry Centre at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm on Thursday February 20. Call Rosliston Forestry Centre on 01283 563483 to secure a place.

If youngsters aren’t looking for two wheeled excitement, there are plenty more activities to keep kids and parents happy during half term.

Sharpe’s Pottery Museum is offering free workshops from 11.30am until 2.30pm on Saturday, February 15, Wednesday, February 19, and Saturday, February 22 to inspire local people to produce their own works of art to be displayed at the West Street museum.

“People of all ages can work with our museum staff to create their own objects to display in our new ‘Inspired by …’ exhibition,” said Jen Drapans, the curator at Sharpe’s Pottery Museum.

“This community involvement project has been funded by the East Midlands Museum Service, Arts Council England and Nottingham Trent University to reinterpret our museum’s artefacts through a child’s eye.

“We have already worked with pupils from Belmont Primary School and we now want to get even more people involved.

“You can create your objet d’art using paint, clay, poetry, drama, film, media or the spoken word.”

Over at Rosliston Forestry Centre as well as the cycling sessions, there are plenty of other enjoyable activities to enjoy.

On Saturday, February 15, people of all ages can brave the chilly weather for Walk and Warm, a walk around the Forestry Centre stopping off to warm up with a bowl of soup in the local village pub. The walk starts at 10.45am and costs £3.50 per person including soup.

“We’ve a variety of other activities at Rosliston,” said Debbie Chesterman of Get Active in The Forest,

“You can aim to let loose your inner Robin Hood at archery drop-in sessions on Monday, February 17 and Friday, February 21, between 2pm and 4pm. Six arrows cost £2.50.

“If you want to burn up some energy, try our fun drumming workshop at 11am on Monday February 17, to learn djembe drumming. Djembe is a very loud goblet drum so we will be making some noise as well as creating a rhythm together. Booking is essential by calling 01283 563483 and the cost is £3 each.

It’s back to more gentle walks for the family with the Woodland Walk organised by the Environmental Education Project team as part of its Wildlife Watch family activities.

Meeting in the classroom on Tuesday, February 18 from 2pm for a prompt start at 2.15pm, the session will finish between 3.30pm and 4pm. It costs just £2 per person.

Then it’s a bit more rough and tumble for the Woodland Laser Combat drop-in sessions on Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20 from 2pm to 4pm costing, £2.50 for a 10 minute session.

“There’s no reason for kids in South Derbyshire to moan to their parents that they are bored during the half term holidays. There’s a great variety of activities that they can enjoy,” said Debbie.

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