The perfect family weekend
The wide-ranging attractions at Achieve offer something for all the family. It’s a great way to start instilling healthy attitudes in your children while getting in some quality time together. Whether you’re attending Saturday or Sunday – or treating yourself to both – you’ll want to plan your time carefully to make the most of it. Here are our top choices for a family itinerary.
■ Get your day off to a flying start with Lord-lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE taking to the main stage from 9.15 to 9.45am. Her talk entitled Once an Astronaut, Always an Astronaut will inspire both the young and old alike. Hear how she powered through many challenges to become England’s first black woman Lord Lieutenant.
■ Make sure you’re in breakout room two for 11am when Zoe Mcnulty will give a 20 minute talk entitled Why We Struggle With Body Image, exposing the manipulations of diet culture and dispelling myths about weight.
■ This will be followed by a 10 minute demonstration of The School of Strut, which is all about empowering every body through the medium of dance. It’s a confidence booster for all – but may be a particular boon for your self-conscious teen.
■ Boldly titled I am not dead yet; it’s never too late, 86-year-old Dilys Price OBE is on the main stage from 12.30 to 1.30pm. She’s held the title of oldest solo female skydiver in the world for a number of years now – but that’s not enough for this inspiring woman. She has recently become the face of fashion house ‘Helmut Lang.’
■ When the kids get restless sitting still, spend the afternoon exploring the exhibition. Visit the Best Me Life stall to check out their journals to help you take the Achieve mindset home with you.
■ Have a look at their Bestme Buddy bullet style journal and planner aimed at 8 to 13 year olds. The simple but effective tool helps young people adapt to goal setting, mindfulness, self-organisation and productivity methods.
■ Start your day at a leisurely 9.30am in breakout room one where Felicity Evans will be presenting The Magic of Achievement until 10.15am. Her talk discusses how to balance academic achievement with wellbeing for children and young adults.
■ Then at 12pm head to a half hour session with Panasonic and Christine Bailey on Healthy Family Food. Take the kids to test out gluten free vegetarian burgers with fruity salsa and gluten free caramel swirl brownies.
■ Hear about the benefits of yoga and meditation for children in the digital age in breakout room two from 1.30 to 2pm with Lucy Aston from Yogadoo. You can also visit their stand in the exhibition to find out about their work in schools and communities across Bath and Bristol.
■ But don’t miss the inspirational Nigel Owens MBE taking to the main stage for an hour from 3.15pm. The world-renowned rugby referee will share his rousing life story.
Sky diver Dilys Price is taking the stage at 12.30pm