Family Life

Top Trumps trail at The Donkey Sanctuary

This February half term, head to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth and find out which donkey has the loudest bray, the longest ears, or who is the most playful in the Adoption Donkey Top Trumps Trail.

Follow the trail to find the giant Top Trumps cards located around the sanctuary and...




Meet the Plymouth taste team!

Authored by George Dawson

The Bamford family from Plymouth have been appointed as one of twelve Family Tasting Teams for Table Table pub restaurants.

The Bamfords were invited to spend the day at the Whitbread Skills Academy in Swindon where they were able to learn from top Whitbread chefs and getting the chance to try their hand at making some of their favourite dishes, as did TV star and Table Table brand...

Children’s Sushi Classes at Drake Circus

Authored by Mary

This week, as part of the activities surrounding Flavourfest, Drake Circus in partnership with Yo Sushi is offering children the chance to take part in Sushi Rolling with the Mini Ninjas Sushi School at Yo Sushi.

As a special offer during Flavourfest from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th August, for just £2.50 per child (aged 6-10 years and normal price £10), parents can drop children to Yo...

The Lone Pine Club comes to Buckland Abbey

Authored by Mary

Award-winning theatre company Pentabus tour their latest show to Devon.

The Lone Pine Club is a new play for children aged 7-12 and their families. The play follows a group of children having riotous adventures in the countryside. The production takes place inside a large tent (rain-proof!) pitched in the grounds of National Trust venues across the country.

The production is...

Creative fun at Museum this summer

Authored by Sarah Parker

There’s a packed programme of summer fun on offer at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery this August, with plenty of activities to keep the kids busy during the school break.

Drop-in art and craft sessions are running every Wednesday throughout the month, from 10.30am to 1pm (last entries at 12.30pm).

The drop-ins will be inspired by Sir Joshua Reynolds (5 August), the ‘...

Game on this summer at Saltram

Authored by Mary

Every Wednesday during the school holidays the garden at Saltram, on the outskirts of Plymouth, opens its gates to games, sports and activities.

Charlie McGuin, Sports Development Officer at Saltram, said: “Get your ‘Game On’ and challenge your friends and family to spend time outdoors being active this summer. Come along between 11am and 3pm each week to see if you can become a...

Youth service team support fun day

Authored by Mary

It’s the fifth year in a row that a popular summer fair will be held in Frogmore field in Eggbuckland.

The day’s been organised by Eggbuckland Youth Action with support from local organisations, including: the Youth Service, local councillors and Plymfed, they have been able to organise events for the residents of Eggbuckland to help bridge the generation gap and to be able to show the...

Fresh hope for adoption

Authored by Mary

Children in the South West waiting to be adopted are to be found stable, loving homes more quickly, thanks to brand new online maps published today which will help would-be-adopters find the child to complete their forever family.

So far in 2014-15, 280 children in the South West have been placed in the permanent home they desperately needed, as a direct result of the government’s...

Private fostering awareness week

Authored by Mary

Plymouth City Council is using national Private Fostering Week (6-10 July) as an opportunity to appeal to people across the city to notify them if they’re involved in a Private Fostering Arrangement.

The week, which launches today, is designed to make people more aware of and give more details on private fostering arrangements. When a child is looked after by someone other than a...

Plymouth praised for Families with a Future programme

Authored by Sarah Parker

Plymouth has been praised for the work that has been done locally to ‘turn around’ the lives of families who need additional support, as the latest results are published.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has published the latest figures for the national ‘Troubled Families’ programme. Plymouth was one of a number of areas chosen by the Government in 2012 to help roll...

Concerns about child neglect in SW

Authored by Mary

Nearly one third (30 per cent) of adults in the South West are very or quite worried about the welfare or safety of a child in their neighbourhood, according to a survey published by Action for Children yesterday.

While 67 per cent said members of the public should become involved when they have concerns about a neglected child, over half (53 per cent) said they needed more information...