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Uncommon Instrument Day

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Uncommon Instrument Day

Have you ever heard of an American Fotoplayer? Or, Contrabass Balalaika? These are some unusual instruments to create music. Apart from the popular ones, there are more musical instruments around the world than you can even imagine! Why don’t you celebrate this 31st July by researching some uncommon instruments!

Activity Ideas

  • Try our uncommon instruments quiz – here
  • How about being a part of a classy classical evening – here
  • Take our name that musical instrument quiz – here
  • Print off and enjoy our classical instrument activity book – here
  • And make your own instruments with our activity – here
  • Explore our uncommon instrument activity – coming soon!

Southend Pier Destroyed (1976)

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Southend Pier Destroyed (1976)

One hundred people used boats to escape the fire that broke out on the Southend Pier in 1976. As there was a low tide, firefighters struggled to manage the fire due to a very limited water supply and the damage was so extensive that, at the time, it was estimated that the repairs would cost over £1 million. Thousands of holiday makers watched as unusually strong winds fanned the flames that engulfed the structure for just over four hours. It was suggested that the fire began in a small restaurant on the pier, but this has since been disputed and the exact cause is still not known. Smoke from the blaze hung in the air for 3 days!

Activity Ideas:

  • Test your knowledge with the British seaside quiz – here
  • Reminisce about seaside holidays – here
  • Tickle your funny bone with our laughter yoga at the seaside – here 
  • Test yourself with the all about seabirds quiz – here 
  • Read our special edition digest all about lighthouses – here 
  • Create a mini lighthouse with this creative craft – here
  • Learn more about British seaside creatures with the SSC – coming soon!
  • Find out more about British piers – coming soon!

Commonwealth Games begin

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Commonwealth Games begin

Commonwealth Games get nations together to celebrate human performance and sports. This year, Commonwealth Games, officially called XXII Commonwealth Games start on 28th July in Birmingham. This program consists of 19 core compulsory sports, including Boxing, Athletics, and Swimming. This event hosts para-sports as well, for the athletes with disability.

Activity Ideas

  • Try out our boxing activity book  – here
  • Enjoy our boxing exercise plan – here
  • Prefer a more gentle option like gymnastics? Try our quiz – here
  • Print off our gymnastics activity book – here
  • Have a go at our swimming activity book – here
  • Have a go at our swimming quiz – here
  • We’ve got an adapted basketball game for you to try – here
  • Celebrate wonderful world records with our activity – here
  • Archery Exercise: Bucket Challenge – here
  • Archery Exercise: Hit the Gold – here
  • Enjoy our sports star word search – here
  • Have a go at our commonwealth games quiz – coming soon!

National Scotch Day

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National Scotch Day

National Scotch Day is the perfect occasion to celebrate the iconic drink, which invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the water of life. This favourite drink of many is considered scotch when it’s made in Scotland. Whisky lovers worldwide celebrate this distinctive and classy drink with tastings, events and gatherings.

Activity Ideas:

  • Have a go at our quick whisky quiz – here 
  • Explore famous pubs with our pub crawl activity – here
  • Find out about the best Scotch whisky – here
  • Challenge yourself with our whisky word search – here
  • Print off and enjoy our Scotland activity book – here
  • Make your own whiskey sour – here
  • Enjoy our whisky tasting activity – here
  • Have fun with our second pub crawl activity – coming soon!

Mick Jagger’s Birthday

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Mick Jagger's Birthday

Mick Jagger, born in Dartford in 1943, is one of the founders and the lead singer of Rolling Stones, one of history’s most successful bands. Jagger and his collaborators were influenced by classical blues and early era rock ‘n’ roll when they formed in the early 1960s. The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of the so-called British Invasion which saw British music and culture sweeping through America off the back of the hugely popular The Beatles. The Rolling Stones still tour over 60 years after they began and Jagger has become a beloved icon of musical history.

Activity Ideas:

  • Challenge yourself with our Rock ‘n’ Roll word search – here
  • Sit back and enjoy this Acoustic Postcards Rock ‘n’ Roll video – here 
  • Test your knowledge with the Rock ‘n’ Roll quiz – here
  • Enjoy this 70’s exercise session – here 
  • Have a go at our guess the lyrics quiz – here
  • Take part in our 70s music quiz – here
  • Challenge yourself with the 60s music quiz – here
  • Learn more about Mick Jagger’s most famous tours – coming soon!

National Cheese and Wine Day

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National Cheese and Wine Day

National Cheese and Wine Day was created by journalist Jace Shoemaker-Galloway to celebrate this delicious combination of flavours. This is the perfect time to explore the history of cheese and wine as a combination and research the ways that professional wineries often cater their produce to local cheese varieties. For example, did you know that the French Brie region is also known for its particularly tannin heavy wine, making for a drink that cuts through the creaminess of the cheese.

Activity Ideas:

  • Get a little experimental with these bizarre food combinations – here 
  • Challenge your knowledge with the our food quiz – here
  • Print out the picnic activity book – here 
  • Print out the Gloucester cheese activity Book – here
  • Try some unusual cheeses with this activity – coming soon!
  • Take a tour of wonderful wines and vineyards around the world – coming soon

Radio Hit ‘Eye of the Tiger’ released (1982)

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Radio Hit 'Eye of the Tiger' released (1982)

When Survivor released Eye of the Tiger in 1982 the band created a unique cultural moment! The song became closely tied to the classic boxing movie Rocky, although it did not appear in the infamous training montage until the third film and the lyrics were even incorporated into an Apollo Creed monologue! Rocky star Sylvester Stallone actually asked the band to write the song as he was such a big fan of the band. The hit was such a success that it was the second best selling song of the year, behind only Olivia Newton John’s Physical.

Activity Ideas:

  • Use our boxing and breathing fitness plan – here 
  • Print out our boxing activity book – here
  • Create a fitness routine with our exercise plans – here
  • Challenge yourself with a sports word search – here
  • Print out our sports activity book – here
  • Enjoy this 80s music word search – here
  • Challenge yourself with the 80s music quiz – here
  • Make these fun and functional tiger bookmarks – here 

Gorgeous Grandma Day

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Gorgeous Grandma Day

Gorgeous Grandma Day celebrates all the things that grandmas do for us! It was created by Alice Solomon in 1984 in celebration of her graduating from Wesley College at the age of 50. Whilst studying, Alice had been referred to as a ‘grandma’ even though she had no grandchildren! The day aims to increase the visibility of older women in society more generally. On this day we are encouraged to discuss the accomplishments of older women as well as to raise awareness of issues that face them.

Activity Ideas:

  • Reminisce with this fantastic family photo activity – here 
  • Say a thank you to the women in your life with this appreciation template – here 
  • Do you have a favourite recipe passed down from your grandma? Use this recipe root activity to explore traditional recipes – here 
  • Have a read of these intergenerational letters from our partners at Yopey – here 
  • Create a scrapbook all about your family – here 
  • Enjoy the scrapbooking activity book – here 
  • Print out our mother’s day activity book  – here  
  • Print out our gorgeous gran activity book – coming soon!

International Junk Food Day

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International Junk Food Day

International Junk Food Day is a day to celebrate all of the fabulous fast food chains that we love so much. Popularised in the US in the 1950s, these restaurants introduced fast, repeatable, delicious meals in record time. Everyone has their favourites!

Activity Ideas:

  • Make fries healthy with this carrot fries recipe – here 
  • Make these delicious veggie crisps – here
  • Make a simple cheat’s pizza – here 
  • Make your own junk food containers – coming soon!
  • Print off our Fish and Chips Activity Book – coming soon!
  • Make these unique burgers with our recipes – coming soon!
  • Sing ‘The Fast Food Song’ with our lyric sheets – coming soon!

International Chess Day

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International Chess Day

International Chess Day was established by the International Chess Federation to spread knowledge and appreciation for this much admired game. This year the theme is “teach someone to play chess”. The day was established in 1966 when chess was experiencing a resurgence in popularity in the US. It is celebrated on the 20th July because that was the date that the FIDE was created.

Activity Ideas:

  • Give yourself a challenge with these chess puzzles – here 
  • Create your own board game – here
  • Have a go at our snakes and ladders game – here
  • Play some games of Scrabble with our Scrabble activity – here 
  • Challenge yourself with some brain training game – here 
  • Learn more about iconic chess games – coming soon!
  • Print out our chess special edition digest – coming soon!