Animals are the stars!

UP CLOSE Sophie Wheeler. Picture: Paul Jacobs (132248-3)
UP CLOSE Sophie Wheeler. Picture: Paul Jacobs (132248-3)
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YOUNGSTERS got up close with animals at a garden centre.

Garsons in Titchfield invited children to the centre to hold and brush farm animals.

The sheep and goats will be at the centre every Wednesday this month giving kids the chance to interact with them.

Clare James, garden director at the centre, said: ‘We always love having the animals at the centre.

‘They are good fun for all the family.

‘The eight-month-old donkey, Ollie, has been a real favourite and he is so lovely.

‘Also, for the first time, we have had reptiles joining in with the fun from our pet and wildlife centre.

‘We look forward to them coming back every Wednesday for the rest of the month.’

The centre has also got cake making on Tuesdays from 10am and colouring every day.


CONQUERING a pirate ship or building speed in a go-kart, this weekend has lots of thrills for all ages.

Children can go to the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney and capture a modern-day pirate ship.

Joined by the Royal Marines, the kids can take part in two sessions.

At 11am, they have to use intelligence and go ashore to find a local crime lord who is running pirates in the area.

They will have to search for him and then apprehend him.

At 2pm, the team has to retake a captured ship and rescue the crew.

For young people aged 16 and over, the Team Sport go-karting track at Gosport is a thrilling day out.

The track recently had a renovation and they have invested in new go-karts that can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour.

They have also redesigned the track so the karts go in the opposite direction.

The track is off Fareham Road, in Gosport.