Bing Live! showing at GLive later this summer

Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are going on tour in the first ever Bing stage show, Bing Live!which will be visiting Guildford’s G Live on Saturday 31 August and Friday 1 September as part of a major UK tour.

Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they learn how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go according to plan…

The CBeebies favourites are brought to life in a brand new stage production full of fun, laughter, music and magical puppetry.  Bing Live! is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families.

Going to the theatre… it’s a Bing thing!

Bing Live!is produced by Minor Entertainment (In the Night Garden Live) and directed by Will Tuckett, guest principal character artist of the Royal Ballet, whose production of Wind in the Willowswon an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment in 2014. 

The show will also bring together a first-class creative team to ensure a quality family entertainment stage show for audiences of all ages.  Bing is adapted for the stage by Helen Eastman with costumes and puppet design by Tahra Zafar.  As Head of Costume, Hair and Make-up for the Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies staged in London, 2012, Tahra managed the production of 23,000 costumes for all four Ceremonies.  Her film projects include: Star Wars VII The Force AwakensX Men-First Class,Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone andThe Fifth Elementand for television:In the Night GardenZingzillas and The Adventures of Abney and Teal.

Since its launch on CBeebies, Bing has been a huge ratings hit and it’s the number one top rated pre-school show on BBC iPlayer. Celebrating the joyful, messy, reality of preschool life, Bing finds the big stories in the smallest moments that little ones and the grown-ups in their lives will recognise…whether it’s dropping your ice-cream or losing your favourite toy. 

The series has won an International Emmy Award in the Kids’ Pre-School category in 2016, a Writer’s Guild Award and a BAFTA nomination for Best Pre-School Series. The animated series, which saw Mark Rylance make his children’s television debut voicing Flop, is produced by Acamar Films. 

Andrew Collier, Creative Director of Minor Entertainment, said “We’re thrilled to be bringing Bing to the stage - we know families throughout the UK love Bing as much as we do, and we can’t wait to see children’s faces light up when they meet him at the theatre for the first time. 

Mikael Shields, CEO of Acamar Films and producer of Bing said:“Seeing Bing take a leap from the screen to the stage is hugely exciting for all of us at Acamar.  We are thrilled to be working with Minor Entertainment to bring the 'Bing Live' shows to our young audience. Introducing Bing fans to possibly their first experience of theatre is a tremendous creative challenge and Minor has shown imaginative flair, exceptional attention to detail, and their passion for bringing preschool characters to life has been evident throughout our collaboration with them. We can’t wait to watch the reaction from Bingsters to seeing Bing and Flop on stage next year.”

Enjoy the Jurassic Discovery for free this summer with a Blue Peter Badge

RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon and RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey have all signed up to become Blue Peter Badge Attractions, adding new outdoor adventures to hundreds of great days out around the UK that lucky holders of the coveted Badges can enjoy for free.

Children can gain free entry to any RHS Garden with a paying adult by showing their Blue Peter Badge and accompanying Badge Card at the entrance. Coming just as schools break up for the holidays, the announcement will be welcome news for parents looking to entertain their children and get out and about in some of the country’s most beautiful green spaces this summer.

An exciting programme of events is planned to keep kids of all ages busy, as all four RHS Gardens a step back in time for Jurassic Discovery summer holiday fun. Throughout the holidays, visitors can unearth the secrets of the land that time forgot and learn about the plants that have survived for more than 350 million years as they take a trail around the gardens, looking out for the likes of dinosaur sculptures and gigantic footprints on the way.

During the first week of the holidays (21–27 July), children can help build a willow dinosaur sculpture at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, and take part in an interactive trail and fossil digs every day until 3 September. Meanwhile, at RHS Garden Wisley from 21–23 July, youngsters will have the chance to make their mark on a giant mural of dinosaurs and Jurassic plants, as well as arts and crafts fun and sow and grow activities throughout the holidays.

Adults and children alike will want to take selfies with a climb-in dinosaur egg and the seven-foot willow stegosaurus at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, and birds of prey displays on selected days will aim to demonstrate the link between these magnificent hunters and their ancient lizard ancestors. Down in Devon at RHS Garden Rosemoor, families can dig for dinosaurs in the sand pit and paint their finds, make hats, masks and dinosaur models and hunt down Jurassic plants around the garden.

Childline reports eating disorders concern

Thousands of children struggling with body image concerns and mental health difficulties are turning to Childline for help and support about eating disorders.

In 2017/18, the NSPCC’s Childline service carried out 5,934 counselling sessions about eating disorders and eating problems – up 22 per cent since 2016/17. 

Almost nine in every ten counselling sessions were with girls, including 148 counselling sessions with girls aged 10-11. Nearly one in six counselling sessions mentioned anorexia, one in ten mentioned bulimia, and almost a third mentioned negative or distorted body image.   

In addition, thousands of children who contacted Childline about other mental health issues, including suicidal feelings and self-harm, also talked about eating disorders or eating problems, bringing the total number of counselling sessions where eating disorders or eating problems were mentioned in 2017/18 to 11,752. 

Young people say they feel under pressure to look a certain way and live a certain life. The reality is eating disorders are dangerous and can be lethal. It is therefore crucial that these young people receive effective help as soon as possible so they can go on to enjoy their childhood to the full.

Childline is there for these young people, but at the moment it can only answer three out of four young people who turn to it for help.

So it can meet the demand, the NSPCC’s Are You There? campaign is calling on Government to invest some of the £300 million it has committed for children’s mental health services towards early support services such as Childline.

Children and young people in need of advice or support about eating disorders or eating problems can contact Childline for free, confidential support and advice, 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk

Want to be in a pantomime? Oh yes you do!

Talented young dancers, singers and actors are needed to take part in Camberley Theatre's Christmas pantomime.

The theatre will be presenting a brand new adaptation of the classic fairy-tale; Sleeping Beauty with singalong songs, high energy choreography, beautiful scenery and a host of side-splitting jokes! Young performers over 9 years old and under 5 foot tall are needed to be a part of the production.

The show runs from December 10-31, 2018. Sleeping Beauty is a tale never told before in Camberley and with lots of audience participation, loveable characters and special effects, this promises to be Camberley Theatre’s funniest and most magical pantomime ever!

No experience is necessary; the audition is open to all and will feature a dancing, singing and acting audition so the director and choreographer can see performers in action.

The open auditions take place on Sunday 16 September 2018 and start at 12 noon.

You can download and complete a registration from the website, https://www.camberleytheatre.co.uk/events/sleeping-beauty-juvenile-auditions and return by 10 August 2018.

Before you apply please make sure you are available for all performances and rehearsals. All this information can be found on the registration form.  If you have any questions please contact the Box Office on 01276 707600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Guildford-on-Sea returns this August with new Sundown Sessions

Enjoy all the fun of the seaside this August as Guildford-on-Sea returns to the banks of the River Wey.

Located next to The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford's urban beach is free to enter and open daily from 10am to 6pmon 16 to 18 August 2018. Organised by Experience Guildford with support from the Electric Theatre and Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), it's the ideal place to have fun with the kids after a busy day at the shops, with bucketfuls of sand, deck chairs, balloon giveaways, beach huts, free face painting and candyfloss. 

Plus, this year sees the introduction of the first Guildford-on-Sea Sundown Sessions. Taking place on Thursday 16 August from 7pm to 10pm, the Sundown Sessions, open to over 18’s only, will feature a DJ, beach BBQ, ping pong tables, beach volleyball and a beachside bar selling a range of summertime drinks offers.

A slice of the seaside for everyone, both young and old to enjoy, making Guildford-on-Sea one of Surrey's favourite summer hot spots!

For more information on Guildford-on-Sea and the activities planned over the three days visit www.experienceguildford.com or Facebook.com/ExperienceGford.