The Magazine for Brilliant Minds

AQUILA is the ultimate intelligent read for curious kids! Science, History & General knowledge are blended into absorbing articles in a beautifully illustrated publication that pops through the letterbox every month. The magazine is designed to challenge and stimulate children to realise their unique potential beyond the classroom.

AQUILA readers feel part of a special club of thoughtful, like-minded kids, and there is always something for everyone: Adults enjoy reading AQUILA too – we always say from age 8 to 80 years!

● Advanced reading & cool science for 8 years +

● Exciting monthly topics with challenging projects

● Inspires self-motivated learning beyond the classroom

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The AUTUMN ADVENTURE Issue: Woodlands are the perfect place for study, so get your walking boots on: we’re going on a maths trail, making some outdoor art and much more.

NOVEMBER: In the moon issue we investigate the Moon’s influence on our planet from scientific, historic and cultural perspectives. PLUS: Experiments, puzzles and fun facts.

When does Autumn actually start? Good question…Astronomical Autumn is defined by the Earth’s orbit around the Sun and starts on the 22nd or 23rd of September. In this issue: read about Nanotechnology, the wonders of Hibernation and the facts about growing Giant Veggies. Celebrate Halloween by making a Jack-O’-Pie, try painting with precipitation and follow the journey of the Monarch butterfly as it makes its astonishing autumn adventure across the continents.

WHY CHOOSE AQUILA 

No two issues of AQUILA are alike: a fascinating new topic every month ensures that children are excited to open every new copy and always eager for the next issue to arrive. Although the magazine is deeply educational at heart, it feels nothing like school – instead it is playful and entertaining, so kids may not notice they are learning – always a good thing!

AQUILA’s Monthly Resources

You can download brilliant extension materials that support each issue. Ideal for home schooling and stretching young minds beyond the National Curriculum, these are available from the April 2020 issue onwards.The original magazines can still be purchased from the AQUILA Shop at 1/2 price when you buy a subscription.

Add to your subscription

The Book of Big Science Ideas

AQUILA‘s Editor, Freya Hardy, looks at history’s most brilliant science ideas and the ingenious thinkers who have helped shape our understanding of the world. Learn more

The Curse of Hallapicktu

Intrepid young puzzlers can settle down with AQUILA’s book, losing themselves in an exciting journey through space and time on a mission to save Aunty Aquila from the evil puzzle-mad Emperor Hallapicktu! Learn more

Masters of Mayhem

The Catacombs of Curiosity are in danger! Aunty Aquila and the gang are back with more rascally riddles and mind-bending mazes. Pre-order – publication date 9th November 2021 Learn more

AQUILA Magazine
for Brilliant Minds


The ultimate intelligent read
for curious kids! Science, History & General knowledge, absorbing articles and beautifully illustrated. Through the letterbox every month.

● Intelligent reading for 8 year +

● Exciting new topic every issue

● Inspires self-motivated learning

AQUILA readers feel part of a special club of thoughtful, like-minded kids, yet there is always something for everyone: Adults enjoy reading AQUILA too – we always say from age 8 to 80 years!

The AUTUMN ADVENTURE Issue:
Woodlands are not just vital for the planet’s wellbeing, they are also a perfect place for study, with more investigation opportunities than you can shake a stick at! So get your walking boots on: we’re going on a maths trail, making some outdoor art and much more.

The Moon issue: Children can make a stupendous stomp rocket, re-enact astronaut Alan Shepherd’s golfing on the Moon experiment and learn about the Moon’s surprising influence on our planet through Science and History. PLUS: what would happen if one day the Moon suddenly disappeared?

Why choose AQUILA

AQUILA is the go-to publication for bright children and those whose talents benefit from alternative learning styles. The content complements and extends beyond the national curriculum, being developed specifically for this purpose. AQUILA has 30 years experience in this field and is a highly regarded extra-curricular resource with a world-wide audience.

The Curse of Hallapicktu

Intrepid young puzzlers can settle down with AQUILA’s new book, losing themselves in an exciting journey through space and time on a mission to save Aunty Aquila from the evil puzzle-mad Emperor Hallapicktu! read more

Masters of Mayhem

Pre-order – publication date 9th November 2021 The Catacombs of Curiosity are in danger! Aunty Aquila and the gang are back with more rascally riddles and mind-bending mazes. read more

Subscription price

(includes postage)

12 Months UK: £60
4 Months UK: £35
Europe: £65/£40
World: £75/£40

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Aquila FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions – just click the title to read.

Is AQUILA an educational magazine?

AQUILA is indeed a superb learning extension, but it is much more than that. Entertaining, eccentric and always surprising, it aims to widen children’s interest and encourage critical thinking. AQUILA is not about hot-housing bright children to pass exams: nor do we want children to concentrate exclusively on their favourite subjects. Instead they can gather information from many different sources and become multi-dimensional learners. AQUILA encourages a well-rounded understanding of the world in all its complexity, bringing topics and theories that children will not encounter at school to their attention.

Overseas - how do I order?

If you or the child live abroad it is not a problem, as AQUILA is posted to more than 100 countries worldwide including America, Australia & New Zealand. 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.

To order visit our subscription page, select your subscription length and enter the recipents address, the website will work out the correct price.

Where can I buy it, I haven’t heard of it before?

Buy AQUILA on this website or by phone (01323 431313 weekdays 9 – 4pm). AQUILA has been in publication for nearly 30 years, but it’s only available from the publisher on this website. Discounts you might see on other websites are not genuine offers.

How do I order for a Birthday?

You can place your order now on our subscribe page. As you proceed through checkout you can select a birthday option. Enter the birthday month, and provided we have sufficient warning we will endeavour to get the first magazine to them marked ‘Open on your birthday’.

Can I just buy one copy?

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 £3 each – the discount will be deducted at check-out. Existing subscribers need to call AQUILA for this discount.

When will my subscription start?

Currently new orders are posting 1st class within one working week. Once the subscription is running your magazines should arrive in the first week of each month.

How is AQUILA different from other children’s magazines?

AQUILA is created and owned by an independent UK company. It has a minimum of 28 pages a month, depending on the topic. Printed printed on high-quality paper 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!

I have a really bright 7 year old - are they too young?

8 years is usually the best age to start, but we have younger subscribers who enjoy the magazine. Some gentle interest from an adult is often helpful at the start, or just leave the magazines around the house for a few months – letting kids discover the magazine for themselves it often a very good idea! The concepts and level of reading in AQUILA can sometimes be quite advanced. These things vary in every family, but it would be a shame if younger children were alarmed that AQUILA is too challenging, making them feel anxious or inadequate.

Is AQUILA suitable for both boys and girls?

Some say ‘it’s best for boys’ and other say ‘girls like it best’! It is very much about the individual child. They do perhaps need to be a thoughtful and inquisitive child with a sense of humour to enjoy it. One thing we have noticed over the years is that Boys need to pick up with AQUILA when they are about 8 – or the special moment can be missed. Girls on the other-hand can start later – and quite often go on until their teens.

How many magazines will I receive?

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.

What if they do not like AQUILA?

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.

The Magazine for Brilliant Minds

AQUILA is the ultimate intelligent read for curious kids! Science, History & General knowledge are blended into absorbing articles in a beautifully illustrated publication that pops through the letterbox every month. The magazine is designed to challenge and stimulate children to realise their unique potential beyond the classroom.

AQUILA readers feel part of a special club of thoughtful, like-minded kids, and there is always something for everyone: Adults enjoy reading AQUILA too – we always say from age 8 to 80 years!

    ● Advanced reading & cool science for 8 years +

    ● Exciting monthly topics with challenging projects

    ● Inspires self-motivated learning beyond the classroom

aquila reader autumn
fannedmagazineimage

The AUTUMN ADVENTURE Issue: Woodlands are the perfect place for study, so get your walking boots on: we’re going on a maths trail, making some outdoor art and much more.

NOVEMBER: In the moon issue we investigate the Moon’s influence on our planet from scientific, historic and cultural perspectives. PLUS: Experiments, puzzles and fun facts.

When does Autumn actually start? Good question…Astronomical Autumn is defined by the Earth’s orbit around the Sun and starts on the 22nd or 23rd of September. In this issue: read about Nanotechnology, the wonders of Hibernation and the facts about growing Giant Veggies. Celebrate Halloween by making a Jack-O’-Pie, try painting with precipitation and follow the journey of the Monarch butterfly as it makes its astonishing autumn adventure across the continents.

WHY CHOOSE AQUILA 

No two issues of AQUILA are alike: a fascinating new topic every month ensures that children are excited to open every new copy and always eager for the next issue to arrive. Although the magazine is deeply educational at heart, it feels nothing like school – instead it is playful and entertaining, so kids may not notice they are learning – always a good thing!

AQUILA’s Monthly Resources

You can download brilliant extension materials that support each issue. Ideal for home schooling and stretching young minds beyond the National Curriculum, these are available from the April 2020 issue onwards.The original magazines can still be purchased from the AQUILA Shop at 1/2 price when you buy a subscription.

Add to your subscription

The Book of Big Science Ideas

AQUILA‘s Editor, Freya Hardy, looks at history’s most brilliant science ideas and the ingenious thinkers who have helped shape our understanding of the world. Learn more

The Curse of Hallapicktu

Intrepid young puzzlers can settle down with AQUILA’s book, losing themselves in an exciting journey through space and time on a mission to save Aunty Aquila from the evil puzzle-mad Emperor Hallapicktu! Learn more

Masters of Mayhem

The Catacombs of Curiosity are in danger! Aunty Aquila and the gang are back with more rascally riddles and mind-bending mazes. Pre-order – publication date 9th November 2021 Learn more