Brilliant Minds!

AQUILA Magazine brings a unique blend of brain-stretching ideas and irreverent fun to thousands of young fans around the world every month. Full of exuberant articles and puzzles, it is beautifully illustrated throughout, and every magazine covers science, history and general knowledge.

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    ● Intelligent reading for 8 – 12 year-olds
    ● Cool science and challenging projects
    ● Exciting new topic every issue

      January issue: Dinosaurs

      If you believe the experts (and at AQUILA we do!) the birds in your garden are actually dinosaurs just going about their business and MASQUERADING as common-or-garden everyday creatures! Can this be true?

      Children can make a dinosaur skull (start saving your plastic milk bottles and used tea bags now!) and try finding some micro-meteorites in the garden water butt. PLUS: a run-down of the UK’s top ten fossil hotspots, with tips for finding some spectacular specimens.

      Coming up next:  Hong Kong, Mr Hawking’s BIG idea, Chocolate, Ancient Greece & The Elizabethans

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      Children will feel part of AQUILA’s special club with this welcome pack! The Passport encourages readers to write about themselves and to send in their letters to the magazine. There are also puzzles to solve - they can track down the clues on the Mammoth Wall Map.
      Select the gift pack option when choosing your subscription and it will arrive with the first magazine.

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      Here are some frequently asked questions - just click the title to read. If your question is not answered here, please call us on 01323 431313 weekdays.

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      For a Birthday, enter the child’s birthday date and a gift message. We will endeavour to get the first magazine to them just before their birthday, starting with the issue that is current with this date.
      Please phone us by 12pm, and we can usually dispatch UK orders 1st class the same day for an extra £1. For £7.50 we can send by special delivery to guarantee its arrival the next day.
      Yes, individual copies can be purchased from our back issues store  or you can download a sample to view on this site. Once you buy any subscription you can then add any number of back-issues to your order for £2.50 each -  the discount will be deducted at check-out. Existing subscribers need to call AQUILA for this discount.
      We normally dispatch your first issue within 48 hours unless otherwise stated. Once the subscription is running your magazines should arrive in the first week of each month.
      Buy AQUILA on this website, by phone (01323 431313 weekdays 9 - 4pm), or by mail order. In 2017 AQUILA will have been in publication for 25 years, but it has never appeared on the newsstand.
      AQUILA is created and owned by an independent UK company. It has 24 pages, printed on high-quality paper and there are no adverts, posters or promotions: instead it is full of witty, well-written articles, thought-provoking ideas and great contemporary artwork. Each monthly issue is centred around a new topic, and the reading level is suitable for 8 - 80 years.
      AQUILA works as a superb learning extension to current primary (or KS2 and KS3) curriculum, but it is much more than that! Entertaining, eccentric and always surprising, AQUILA is recommended because it widens children’s interest and understanding, rather than encouraging them to concentrate exclusively on their favourite subjects. At AQUILA we are aware of the negative effects of testing and hot-housing bright children. Instead AQUILA gives them a well-rounded understanding of the world, in all its complexity.
      The concepts in AQUILA can be challenging, requiring good comprehension and reading skills. 8 years is usually a good age to start, but we have younger subscribers who really enjoy the magazine. Some gentle interest from an adult is often helpful at the start.
      Absolutely - it is our intention to encourage children to consider new and different ideas. We sometimes are amused when we hear ‘it’s best for boys’ or ‘girls like it best’ - although it is clear that girls are more inclined to write to us than boys!
      If you or the child live abroad it is not a problem, as AQUILA is posted to more than 100 countries worldwide. The magazine will go direct to the child in any country, and when the time comes for a renewal notice this will be sent to you wherever you may live.
      An annual subscription consists of 12 monthly issues, but July and August issues come together as a double-sized magazine. This is so that children can take it away with them on holiday, or enjoy that extra bit of summer reading if staying at home. Schools can also make the most of both issues before they pack up for the summer holidays.
      We will issue a full refund if you let us know within 28 days of receiving your first magazine. However, each monthly topic of AQUILA is different and we recommend that you try three magazines before you come to a decision. If you then still wish to cancel, we will still issue a refund for the remaining issues, minus a charge of £5 admin fee.

      "Children deserve good writing & innocent fun!"