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Kids set for summer Herriot fun

[Friday 07 July 2006]

FUN is set to go on the menu in Thirsk this summer as the World of James Herriot hosts a series of children's activity days to keep them busy during the long summer school holiday.

Toys belonging to "Herriot" children form part of display

Every Tuesday afternoon throughout the break youngsters from the age of 8 - 16 can take part in the two hour sessions which will cover everything from science and art to bugs and bats.

The programme kicks off on July 25th with a special workshop on Meccano with North East expert Ian Mordue. Ian will take time out from a day long visit to the Herriot centre to talk to the children about his passion for the models. They will get a chance to find out how models are constructed as well as see some working models in action.

July will no doubt fly by and August will see bird expert Ben Potter from Falconry UK bring some rare species into the Thirsk garden on the 1st.

A week later on August 8th it is the turn of 'beastly bugs' when children will be asked to check out the wildlife on a safari to see just what lives in the Herriot garden.

August 15th will be a batty day when bat expert Leslie Helliwell brings some of her rescued friends into the attraction for closer inspection.

It's back to science on August 22nd for a 1940s washday workshop - pre the era of washing machines and tumble driers. Children will be using plenty of carbolic soap and elbow grease to get the clothes clean.

And the summer rounds off with a special printing day on August 29th, using the collection of animal skulls and other museum objects.

Each Tuesday session runs from 2-4pm and costs £4 per child. Further information is available by calling the centre on 01845 524234.

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