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Get out this half term and learn how to make a kite
Stuck for something to do during the impending February half term school holidays? Then why not take a leaf out of our forefathers' book and learn how to fly a kite! The fun past-time used to be so popular in years gone by that it was immortalised in the 1964 Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins, when actor David Tomlinson sang "Let's Go Fly A Kite" towards the end of the movie. People in Staffordshire are now being given their own opportunity to 'fly a kite' when a special kite making sessions take place at Beacon Park in the centre of Lichfield during the half term break.

Beacon Park, Ruth Piddington
Ruth Piddington tries her hand at flying a kite

The Lichfield beauty spot will be playing host to the kite making workshops on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th February, with the fun sessions taking place at 10am, 12noon and 1.30pm. The workshops aim to teach children how to make and also decorate their own kites, which they can then fly in the park in a mini kite flying competition at the end of the session. The workshops are deemed to be most suitable for accompanied children aged five years and above. Ruth Piddington, Community and Education Officer for Lichfield District Council, said: "Flying a kite is a magical experience, and making your personised kite makes it even more special. We hope lots of children will book in for these fun, crafty sessions." Each one and a half hour workshop and kite flying activity costs 3.50, or 3 with a Leisure Activity Passport. Places on the workshops need to be booked in advance, which can be done by calling 01543 308869.

Beacon Park, Ruth Piddington
Learn how to make a kite at Beacon Park this half term

Beacon Park will also be running other fun events and activities during half term, including the 'It's nearly spring nature trail', which will guide children around the park to find the first signs of spring. There will be questions for the participants to answer and the completed trails will all go into a prize draw to win a 9-hole round of foot or disc golf. The trail will be available from Beacon Park's Ranger Station from 9am to 4pm between Saturday 17th and Sunday 25th February. To find out more visit
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Why? Learn the fun past-time of making and flying a kite
When: 19 and 20 February
Phone: 01543 308869
Where: Beacon Park, 14 Swan Road, Lichfield WS13 6QZ
Cost: 3.50 per workshop
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