KidZone Newsletter – September 2018

A summary of creative events and artistic activities for kids this month. News of family festivals the Cotswold Airport Revival and Blackpool Illuminations Lightpool 2018, plus Autumn art, fashion and performance news!

1.  Cotswold Airport Revival Festival – Gloucs

Due to the tremendous success of last year’s event, Cotswold Airport has teamed up with Live Promotions Events Ltd, which has curated famous large-scale events including Truckfest, Pistons & Props and many big-name concerts such as Tom Jones, UB40 and Billy Ocean.

2.  Picture This is an American fashion design company featuring textile templates for clients to colour and customise for themselves. Time for a rainy day activity!(

This family-friendly event began last year as a casual fundraiser designed to attract 500 visitors.  When over 10,000 festival-goers turned up on site, the organisers realised they were onto something!  This year the aim is to entice twice last year’s visitor numbers to a spectacular event spanning 29th to 30th September at Cotswold Airport, Cirencester.  Featuring ‘dramatic re-enactments and demonstrations; thrilling vintage air fly-ins; exciting rides and experience flights; hundreds of vintage and military vehicles; full size and miniature steam engines; and plenty of entertainment including period live music.’ the event promises a lot of fun with kids creative workshops thrown in!

3.  Mini Artists – Kids Art Classes in London

High-quality, private art tuition for children is the blue-skies approach leading the creative provision delivered by  Whilst focusing on the development of self-confidence, problem solving, team work, social/cultural awareness and environmental issues, experienced art teachers lead learners through a curriculum of various art media.  Mini Artists state:-

‘We educate students on a wide range of fine art principles, because we believe in order for creativity to be unleashed, all children must learn the fundamental practices in fine art such as; composition, prospective, tone, texture, contrast, colour theory, pattern, material manipulation and art history. This will allow children to make a formative decision when expanding and exploring other avenues of creativity…’.

4.  Kids’ Interiors – Custom-Designed Toy Boxes

HelloHenryboxes cost £149 plus £12 shipping on

Etsy shop HelloHenryboxes offers superior-quality, beautiful toy boxes to grace any creative-minded child’s playroom.  Designed not just as a receptacle for the trappings of toddlerhood, these well-considered pieces are billed as ‘a one of a kind piece of art work to be treasured forever’.  Made from fibreboard and pinewood, and decorated with acrylic paint, the boxes measure 70cm x 36cm x 29cm.  The fun part comes after ordering your box – the company state that they will accommodate any artistic inspiration the client wishes!  Pop over to to start the process!

5.  September Art Activity – Leaf Printing by Patty Palmer

Combining a fresh, Autumn walk with a therapeutic art activity sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon as a family.  Making the most of the remaining sunny weather, yomping around in woolly hats and wellies, can provide a healthy dose of much-needed, pre-Winter Vitamin D!  So why not collect some fallen leaves as you go, and go old-school with a leaf printing exercise when you get home?  If you really get into foraging, you could get creative by extending the project to a fully-fledged Nature Table!  See our YouTube pick below to start you off…

6.  RSC Auditions for Matilda The Musical Now Open!

Throughout September, October and November the Royal Shakespeare Company will be searching for some lucky girls and boys to play Matilda, Bruce and classmates for their production of Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre, London.  For the role of Matilda, girls must be under 4′ 3″ and aged 8 to 12 years.  Her classmates, meanwhile, need to be under 4′ 10″ and between the same ages.  Boys’ voices must be unbroken.  For further information and a casting application form, contact Jessica Ronane (Children’s Casting Director) at [email protected]

7.  Book Review – The Art Book

The Art Book is a must-have support for Art History enthusiasts and students alike.

And so, the new school term is upon us whether your children are at infants’ school, juniors, state, private, boarding or even secondary!  Budding creatives can impress their new art teacher with this comprehensive work published by Phaidon Press.  Featuring some of the most seminal artworks of all time, plus critiques from the experts, even older, art history students can benefit from the slick overviews this book provides.  Get it now from The Book People (no less than 30 years of providing hand-picked publications) in their Flash Sale for £10.99 instead of the R.R.P. of £39.95!

8.  Design Favourite – Blade & Rose Leggings

H.R.H. leggings by Blade & Rose – tried, tested and approved by our very own Editor’s little boy!

One of our Editor’s go-to brands for her little one, Blade & Rose create superior-quality, knitted leggings for young children in funky and fetching designs.  Sizing ranges from birth to 4 years, and the beauty of the flexible fit and footless design means that they will probably fit your child for longer!  Art Today’s favourites include the H.R.H. red, white and blue style, and the Weather leggings for cosy, autumnal play.

Check out for more of their range.  At just £10 each they are not to be missed!

9.  Blackpool Illuminations Lightpool Festival 2018

The Dr Who section of Blackpool Illuminations 2018. The Lightpool Festival itself will take place from 28th October – book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Why not take an evening ride through the illuminated treasures on show at Blackpool in a horse-drawn carriage?  Neon signage is fast becoming a hot, new art genre of its own, and where better than to see the animal in its native habitat?  Blackpool Illuminations must be the quintessential neon art exhibition.  Showcasing 10km of technicolour spectacle which incorporates over 1 million bulbs, this attraction is hard to beat.  The lights are currently switched on at 5pm each evening and will continue their 2018 run until 4th November.  Big name contributors include TV Interior Designer Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen and his ‘Deco Dance’ installation.  (See details at

See for Blackpool Illuminations mini-break ideas.




[Credits: Feature image – by Yaoyao (;;;; HelloHenryboxes at; Patty Palmer on;;;;]


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