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9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
10:00 am Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield Library @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD sale  Monday 18 – Saturday 23 February at Burghfield Library, nothing more than £1. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35189
10:00 am Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for Halfterm @ Swindon MECA | England | United Kingdom
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 2019 10am – 4pm (Daily) UNLIMITED PLAY Bouncy Castles (up to 10yrs) Inflatable Obstacle Course (up to 10yrs) Toddler Soft Play (0-4yrs) 0-6 Months – Free Under 4’s –[...]
10:00 am Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library | England | United Kingdom
Monday Rhymetime at Thatcham Library Rhymetime for under 3’s at Thatcham Library. Every Monday in term time, 10.00-10.20am. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286
10:00 am Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
For under 5s – come and join Music Mondays.  Join in with traditional songs and rhymes accompanied by live music. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Spaces are limited so please book in advance[...]
1:30 pm Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Duplo Play Sessions For toddlers and preschoolers: Mondays, 1.30-3.00pm all year round Wednesdays. 10.45am-12.15pm half-term and holidays An informal session to have fun with Duplo. Younger siblings welcome – we have a few baby toys to[...]
1:45 pm Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Let's Talk About the Old Days @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Let’s Talk About the Old Days Regular events for older people – Carers welcome. 3rd Monday each month, starts 19th November. Please call or email ahead if you wish to attend – For more information,[...]
2:00 pm Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library | Pangbourne | England | United Kingdom
Coffee and Craft Every Monday in term time, 2.00-4.00pm at Pangbourne Library. Drop in and bring any craft with you. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
2:15 pm Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 2:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Family History Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Every Monday, 2.20pm-4.45pm at Theale Library. Learn to use Ancestry.com for your personal research. No need to book, just drop in. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30287 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook:[...]
4:00 pm VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
Feb 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and French - Children Workshop! @ Vici Academy | England | United Kingdom
Learn to make French Crêpes (so practise new vocabulary), then we bake (to learn lots of action verbs), then we cook (just like French Chefs!) and of course, WE EAT (and play French shop!). The fun of the kitchen is also[...]

Joseph’s Amazing Camels and Pig Racing

Pig Racing

George Orwell was right when he put pigs at the top of the social scale in his classic novel Animal Farm. Scientists have found pigs are smarter than dogs and can solve problems just as well chimpanzees.  A recent survey at a US University showed pigs shared a number of cognitive capacities with elephants, dolphins, and even humans.

So 10 years ago, when Joe and Rebecca Fossett started going to shows like Ramsbury Country Fair to demonstrate pig-racing… what had started as a joke soon became popular public entertainment. The animals seemed to understand the competitive edge of the occasion as you will see when they perform at Ramsbury Country Fair on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May!

Mind you Joe Fossett is used to bigger challenges that wee piglets.  He’s one of the foremost animal trainers in Europe being a scion of the world’s leading family of showmen.  He was brought up in his father’s circus and has worked in them internationally training lions, tigers, other big cats, bears, elephants and horses.

camels and children

These days he and his wife Rebecca own Joseph’s Amazing Camels who live with the family on a farm in Warwickshire on the edge of the Cotswolds. In the summer their eight camels tour country fairs, race and point-to-point meetings staging races for the crowds who find it spectacular entertainment.  The camels are also used by TV and film companies as extras, Three Kings’ pageants, and Camel Trekking in the Cotswolds.

A lot of the training – both camels and pigs – is done by Joe and Rebecca’s 18-year-old daughter Daisy who is in her last term at school.  Joe says: “I’ve spent hundreds and hundreds of hours training Daisy and she’ll be better than me. She’ll take over this business and find new directions.  Nowadays it’s all about camel and pig racing, camel trekking, TV and film work, pageants and spectacular parties on big occasions.”

Daisy says: “Pigs are incredibly intelligent. Kindness and patience are the keys along with reward and repetition.  It’s similar to teaching children. You’ve got to be firm but you’ve got to love them and they’ve got to love and trust you …otherwise it doesn’t work.   You have to understand how to read animals and communicate accordingly.  They need to know what you want.

“We build a 50-metre race track for them in the field by our farm and get them used to the idea of racing.  It’s important to have a bucket of food on the finishing line – but even humans need an incentive. Look at bankers and bonuses!”

The Fossetts buy Tamworths and Gloucester Old Spots plus one Berkshire at two to six months old three weeks before the event. They dress them for the races in coloured number cloths to distinguish them and their names are usually Red Ham, Desert Porchid, Francis Bacon, Franky Deporky, and Le Jambon. Daisy added: We’d like to keep them but it’s kinder to swap them for a new lot when they get too fat and lazy to run.”

To find out more about Joe and Rebecca’s pigs and camels please contact call 01608 661367 or send them a message

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