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World record attempt: 80ft sculpture has 7,000 balloons

Sculpture in Winchester depicts man fishing and he's caught one! Credit: Ben Field

An attempt to break the world record for the largest balloon sculpture has been completed at a shopping centre in Winchester.

It's taken sculptor, Ben Field, 10 days and seven thousand balloons to create the 80 foot balloon waterfall at The Brooks shopping centre. It will remain there until the end of the month.

The sculpture decorates a shopping centre in Hampshire
Balloon sculpture shows man with a fishing rod Credit: Ben Field

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Fred shows off his jumping skills!

Now our Fred is a man of many talents, but not many know his jumping skills would give Skippy the bush kanagaroo a run for his money.

Watch as he shares all he knows with a class of pre-schoolers from Hambledon taking part in Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children.

We are thrilled that the children at Hambledon Pre-School took part in their very own Muddy Puddle Walk! It’s fantastic to have the support of Fred Dinenage too. By jumping in muddy puddles like Peppa Pig and raising money for Save the Children – they will help the world’s most vulnerable children to have a brighter future.

– Vicky Fallon, Save the Children

Summer must be here - first cygnet born

First cygnet at Abbotsbury Credit: Abbotsbury Swannery

The first cygnets of 2017 have hatched at Abbotsbury Swannery - legend has it that the arrival of the first bird marks the start of summer.

This year there are around 100 nests at the site in Dorset and with each swan laying on average six eggs, hundreds of fluffy cygnets will emerge over the next six weeks.

The sight of the newly-hatched baby swans is good news for the Swannery, after an outbreak of bird flu in January.

First Cygnet born Credit: Abbotsbury Swannery

It has been wonderful to see such a good number of pairs nesting.

It was largely the younger birds which were affected by avian flu, so the number of breeding pairs have been relatively unaffected.

The swans usually mate for life and we get to know each couple.

– Swanherd Steve Groves

The Swannery is the only place in the world where visitors can walk through a colony of mute swans, see cygnets hatching and learning to swim and participate in mass feedings.

The swans lay their eggs at two day intervals and hatching takes place 35 days after the final egg of the clutch has been laid.

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The festival where art illuminates every day life

'Every day epic' is this year's theme at one of the most creative festivals in the South - the Brighton Festival.

31-year-old rapper, poet and author Kate Tempest is guest directing this year's event. She said she's excited for everything that's been planned but admits she's never done anything like it before.

Our reporter Andy Dickenson spoke to Kate about taking on such a challenge.

'We're awake' - two rescue bears have first hibernation

Bears wide awake after their first winter hibernation Credit: Wildwood Trust

Two brown bears have just come out of hibernation for the first time at a wildlife park in Kent. They had never been able to hibernate before now because of the appalling conditions they experienced before being rescued.

The bears, who are brothers, are now wide awake and have been released into their large enclosure. Jenna Verdicchio reports.

The interviewee is Peter Smith from theWildwood Trust.

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