Cwmbran bids to become 'Loombran' with loom band festival

South Wales Argus: Cwmbran bids to become 'Loombran' with loom band festival Cwmbran bids to become 'Loombran' with loom band festival

A GWENT shopping centre is to play host to the UK's first “loom band” mini festival this weekend.

‘Loombran’ will celebrate the latest craze amongst children and teenagers for small coloured rubber bands and takes place on Saturday July 5. The family-friendly event at Cwmbran Shopping will see 60,000 free loom bands given away, with staff on hand to pass on tips and tricks, as well as other activities such as face painting.

Loom bands are the latest children’s craze sweeping the country, with many shops selling out of the bands due to high demand. Children use looms or their own fingers to twist the small coloured rubber bands into bracelets, necklaces and charms.

Cwmbran Shopping Centre manager, Paul Rich, said: “Loom bands are a brilliant children’s toy and we are proud to host the country’s first loom band mini festival. Although they are inexpensive and relatively simple, they encourage creativity, teamwork and build on children’s problem-solving skills.

“In the age of social media and tablets, we think it’s great to see such an old-fashioned craze that everyone can enjoy. We think loom bands are up there with marbles, yo-yos and hula-hoops as a toy that really captures the imagination of children."

‘Loombran’ takes place from 10am until 4pm in Gwent Square, Cwmbran Shopping.

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1:05pm Thu 3 Jul 14

davidcp says...

Really!? Creative? Overpriced friendship bracelets.

These 'staff on hand to give tips and tricks' need to seek out and lead more purposeful lives!!

How about 'tips and tricks' that help our children read and count?
Really!? Creative? Overpriced friendship bracelets. These 'staff on hand to give tips and tricks' need to seek out and lead more purposeful lives!! How about 'tips and tricks' that help our children read and count? davidcp
  • Score: -15

3:05pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Paxman's Army says...

Well, see Dave, I would normally agree with you. I took my eight year old girl to the 84th Annual Slide Rule Festival last month. She just didn't have the enthusiasm for it. Then I took her to the Multiplication-Is-So
-Much-Fun Event but alas, none of her friends showed up. In fact, she was the only one there. And it was held in an gymnasium 120 ft by 40 ft. And I agree, those loombands are SO overpriced. I think she gets 300 for a £1. I mean, that money could be saved for, oh, giving her some Red Bull. If you have any suggestions on how to raise my eight-year old correctly, please share. In the meantime, I'll make sure she stays home on Saturday.
Well, see Dave, I would normally agree with you. I took my eight year old girl to the 84th Annual Slide Rule Festival last month. She just didn't have the enthusiasm for it. Then I took her to the Multiplication-Is-So -Much-Fun Event but alas, none of her friends showed up. In fact, she was the only one there. And it was held in an gymnasium 120 ft by 40 ft. And I agree, those loombands are SO overpriced. I think she gets 300 for a £1. I mean, that money could be saved for, oh, giving her some Red Bull. If you have any suggestions on how to raise my eight-year old correctly, please share. In the meantime, I'll make sure she stays home on Saturday. Paxman's Army
  • Score: 22

4:41pm Thu 3 Jul 14

davidcp says...

Looks like her friends are holding her back with their fussy non-attendance at cultural events.

Okay, since you ask.

Tell your 8 year old it is a fad, and next year she would have forgotten about it. Debate no further. Instead, go to The Works (it's nearby) and buy her a suitable book for the same £1. See which lasts longer (make it a good book.)

Paxman's Army, eh? Wonder whether Jeremy was looping rubber bands at 8?

(I just LOOOOVVVVEEEEE making mischief.)
Looks like her friends are holding her back with their fussy non-attendance at cultural events. Okay, since you ask. Tell your 8 year old it is a fad, and next year she would have forgotten about it. Debate no further. Instead, go to The Works (it's nearby) and buy her a suitable book for the same £1. See which lasts longer (make it a good book.) Paxman's Army, eh? Wonder whether Jeremy was looping rubber bands at 8? (I just LOOOOVVVVEEEEE making mischief.) davidcp
  • Score: -7

5:02pm Thu 3 Jul 14

pigbag says...

Or,just maybe,do both !!!!!! OMG!!! Imagine that ! Looms and a book ! She might just wet herself with the excitement.
Or,just maybe,do both !!!!!! OMG!!! Imagine that ! Looms and a book ! She might just wet herself with the excitement. pigbag
  • Score: 0

6:14pm Thu 3 Jul 14

mikewelsh says...

I would rather see the square with this loom day, rather than the overpriced French bread and Polish, Italian food days.
I would rather see the square with this loom day, rather than the overpriced French bread and Polish, Italian food days. mikewelsh
  • Score: 4

6:17pm Thu 3 Jul 14

mikewelsh says...

I would rather see this loom day for the local kids, rather than the overpriced French bread, Polish and Italian food days.
I would rather see this loom day for the local kids, rather than the overpriced French bread, Polish and Italian food days. mikewelsh
  • Score: 7

6:53pm Thu 3 Jul 14

davidcp says...

pigbag wrote:
Or,just maybe,do both !!!!!! OMG!!! Imagine that ! Looms and a book ! She might just wet herself with the excitement.
Lol! Be thrifty, though.
[quote][p][bold]pigbag[/bold] wrote: Or,just maybe,do both !!!!!! OMG!!! Imagine that ! Looms and a book ! She might just wet herself with the excitement.[/p][/quote]Lol! Be thrifty, though. davidcp
  • Score: -1

7:00pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Paxman's Army says...

HA. Dave. You sound cool. I like that.

Ok. I've taken your advice. I picked her up from school and we headed into The Works. She had a hankerin' for more of this "fad." And it's true, I've given into her "fads" as her many tattoos attest. But this time I said no and guided her to the books. The Works has an absolute library of fine literature for an eight-year old. She couldn't choose between dozens of great titles - from Wuthering Heights to a History of Led Zepplin to Pol Pot: A Rise to Power. All for just a pound. The price of some crummy loom bands that would keep her busy for hours doing some pointless creative activity. Anyhoo, to make a long story short. . we wound up with three Norman Wisdom DVD's.

Paxman didn't have loom bands. He was listening to Beatles records but his parents told him it was just a pointless fad and told him to stop and read more. It made him the fun loving happy-go-lucky cheer seeking fool we all know and love.
HA. Dave. You sound cool. I like that. Ok. I've taken your advice. I picked her up from school and we headed into The Works. She had a hankerin' for more of this "fad." And it's true, I've given into her "fads" as her many tattoos attest. But this time I said no and guided her to the books. The Works has an absolute library of fine literature for an eight-year old. She couldn't choose between dozens of great titles - from Wuthering Heights to a History of Led Zepplin to Pol Pot: A Rise to Power. All for just a pound. The price of some crummy loom bands that would keep her busy for hours doing some pointless creative activity. Anyhoo, to make a long story short. . we wound up with three Norman Wisdom DVD's. Paxman didn't have loom bands. He was listening to Beatles records but his parents told him it was just a pointless fad and told him to stop and read more. It made him the fun loving happy-go-lucky cheer seeking fool we all know and love. Paxman's Army
  • Score: 8

7:25pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Miss Thomas says...

Paxman's Army wrote:
HA. Dave. You sound cool. I like that.

Ok. I've taken your advice. I picked her up from school and we headed into The Works. She had a hankerin' for more of this "fad." And it's true, I've given into her "fads" as her many tattoos attest. But this time I said no and guided her to the books. The Works has an absolute library of fine literature for an eight-year old. She couldn't choose between dozens of great titles - from Wuthering Heights to a History of Led Zepplin to Pol Pot: A Rise to Power. All for just a pound. The price of some crummy loom bands that would keep her busy for hours doing some pointless creative activity. Anyhoo, to make a long story short. . we wound up with three Norman Wisdom DVD's.

Paxman didn't have loom bands. He was listening to Beatles records but his parents told him it was just a pointless fad and told him to stop and read more. It made him the fun loving happy-go-lucky cheer seeking fool we all know and love.
Haha good one
[quote][p][bold]Paxman's Army[/bold] wrote: HA. Dave. You sound cool. I like that. Ok. I've taken your advice. I picked her up from school and we headed into The Works. She had a hankerin' for more of this "fad." And it's true, I've given into her "fads" as her many tattoos attest. But this time I said no and guided her to the books. The Works has an absolute library of fine literature for an eight-year old. She couldn't choose between dozens of great titles - from Wuthering Heights to a History of Led Zepplin to Pol Pot: A Rise to Power. All for just a pound. The price of some crummy loom bands that would keep her busy for hours doing some pointless creative activity. Anyhoo, to make a long story short. . we wound up with three Norman Wisdom DVD's. Paxman didn't have loom bands. He was listening to Beatles records but his parents told him it was just a pointless fad and told him to stop and read more. It made him the fun loving happy-go-lucky cheer seeking fool we all know and love.[/p][/quote]Haha good one Miss Thomas
  • Score: 1

7:53pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Whats wrong with creative its all academic today which does not suit all leading to massive Uni fee debt & no job! practical side of things may be more appealing and useful.
Whats wrong with creative its all academic today which does not suit all leading to massive Uni fee debt & no job! practical side of things may be more appealing and useful. Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 7

8:09pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Paxman's Army says...

Limestone! That's excellent. I'll use that as an excuse next time she wants more loombands, or starts singing that rotten song from "Frozen" or wants piano lessons. Creative arts simply are not practical! Good. It give me a reason to toss those crayons and craft junk in the bin. Now nothing will come in the way between my girl and her promising career in management.
Limestone! That's excellent. I'll use that as an excuse next time she wants more loombands, or starts singing that rotten song from "Frozen" or wants piano lessons. Creative arts simply are not practical! Good. It give me a reason to toss those crayons and craft junk in the bin. Now nothing will come in the way between my girl and her promising career in management. Paxman's Army
  • Score: 0

7:23am Fri 4 Jul 14

inkyskin says...

back in my day we made bouncy balls with a load of ' laccy ' bands, not bracelets!
back in my day we made bouncy balls with a load of ' laccy ' bands, not bracelets! inkyskin
  • Score: 0

8:37am Fri 4 Jul 14

davidcp says...

Paxman's Army wrote:
HA. Dave. You sound cool. I like that.

Ok. I've taken your advice. I picked her up from school and we headed into The Works. She had a hankerin' for more of this "fad." And it's true, I've given into her "fads" as her many tattoos attest. But this time I said no and guided her to the books. The Works has an absolute library of fine literature for an eight-year old. She couldn't choose between dozens of great titles - from Wuthering Heights to a History of Led Zepplin to Pol Pot: A Rise to Power. All for just a pound. The price of some crummy loom bands that would keep her busy for hours doing some pointless creative activity. Anyhoo, to make a long story short. . we wound up with three Norman Wisdom DVD's.

Paxman didn't have loom bands. He was listening to Beatles records but his parents told him it was just a pointless fad and told him to stop and read more. It made him the fun loving happy-go-lucky cheer seeking fool we all know and love.
I hope On the Beat was one of them - best cinematic police foot chase EVER.
And try finding that many police officers on foot patrol now.
[quote][p][bold]Paxman's Army[/bold] wrote: HA. Dave. You sound cool. I like that. Ok. I've taken your advice. I picked her up from school and we headed into The Works. She had a hankerin' for more of this "fad." And it's true, I've given into her "fads" as her many tattoos attest. But this time I said no and guided her to the books. The Works has an absolute library of fine literature for an eight-year old. She couldn't choose between dozens of great titles - from Wuthering Heights to a History of Led Zepplin to Pol Pot: A Rise to Power. All for just a pound. The price of some crummy loom bands that would keep her busy for hours doing some pointless creative activity. Anyhoo, to make a long story short. . we wound up with three Norman Wisdom DVD's. Paxman didn't have loom bands. He was listening to Beatles records but his parents told him it was just a pointless fad and told him to stop and read more. It made him the fun loving happy-go-lucky cheer seeking fool we all know and love.[/p][/quote]I hope On the Beat was one of them - best cinematic police foot chase EVER. And try finding that many police officers on foot patrol now. davidcp
  • Score: 0
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