Muddy Fingers – FREE Trial Session

Muddy Fingers offers gardening experiences and activities for 2-5 year olds to enjoy. Every week is different and some of the highlights to look forward to over the coming weeks includes, baked apples, creating a greenhouse in a bag, carving pepper pumpkins, meeting Joggi the hedgehog and getting muddy fingers with worms!

Interested in having a trial session? try a class for FREE

You can find out more details about Muddy Fingers at https://www.facebook.com/MuddyFingersGardenClub or contacting Lauren at info@muddyfingersgardenclub.co.uk

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AlphaBetty Adventures – October 2018 Newsletter

Hello mummies,

 I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know about all the events we have coming up. As always drop me a line at alphabetty_adventures@hotmail.com if you have any queries or want to book on to a session. Sessions are run at Oakridge Hall for All and cost £7.50 payable by bank transfer in advance.

 J…for Jungle Friday 19thOctober @ 10am

 We still have a few spaces left for the fun packed session based on the book “Walking through the Jungle”. We will be printing jungle themed tote bags, making Moana style crowns, eating monkey bananas and doing some singing and dancing to some jungle music. Get in touch to book a place.

October Half term – Halloween Special!!! 
Monday 22ndOctober @ 10am 

 We are running a Halloween week on the book “Spider sandwiches”. There will be lots of unusual activities including; making monster hats, drinking gruesome smoothies and some eerie glow in the dark fun. This session is going to be a very messy but lots of fun, so come dressed for monster action!

Special Halloween face paint session
Wednesday 31stOctober @ 3.30 – 4.30pm

This session will be unlike any other by Alphabetty sessions. It will still involve all the usual arts, crafts and baking activities but will be set up to allow people to move freely between activities while Alphabetty paints faces ready for Halloween night Trick or Treating. There will be a selection of characters you can be painted as – but suggestions are welcome! The session will end with a reading of Julia Donaldson’s “Room on a Broom”. There will also be a competition for the best Ghoulish selfie taken at the session and uploaded to the Alphabetty facebook page. The winner will receive a free place on our new Wednesday sessions. (Winning ticket is for 7thNovember and is non transferable).

November Launch of Alphabetty Sessions

November will see the Alphabetty sessions move to a Wednesday slot. For more information about upcoming classes, “like” the facebook page to keep up to date with events. With the launch of the Wednesday session there will be an introductory offer. Sign up to the class and bring a friend and their child to the same class and you will get your next class at ½ price! All you have to do is mention the friend you have introduced in your booking email. The only restriction is that your friend cannot have already attended an Alphabetty session before.

New loyalty cards

We are also launching a loyalty card from November 2018. Each session you receive a stamp for attending. After 10 classes – you will get the 11thfor free.

December Disney Frozen Session

Look out on the facebook page for information about the special Frozen inspired session/s where children can come along and make presents, cards, wrapping paper and gifts for  Christmas inspired by Frozen. Appropriate for 2-10 year olds- sessions will be run for pre-school and then school age children.

Lots of love

Betty x

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Proteus’ Autumn/Winter 2018 Season

Thurs 4th October – Monday 24th December 2018

at PROTEUS CREATION SPACE (and other selected venues)

  • A celebration of super women, telling powerful stories made and performed by remarkable artists
  • Premiere of Proteus’ new solo satire, I’m Super, Thanks, by acclaimed writer and director Mary Swan
  • Showcasing brand-new work, by cutting-edge artists from the world of cabaret, comedy and circus, never seen before in the borough, as part of our programme of Basingstoke Firsts
  • Scratch Built Productions in association with Proteus presents two enchanting family shows, inviting families to enjoy Christmas with Proteus

Season commences Thursday 4th October.
Bar open from 7pm season introduction and performance from 7.30pm

Proteus has always celebrated remarkable women; from Hattie Jacques to Edith Cavell, Bette Davis to Jane Austen, and we felt it was high time we devoted a whole season to them. Our new programme of Basingstoke Firsts shows will bring you contemporary circus in the shape of Ellie Dubois’ brilliant and empowering all-female No Show, the experience of transgender women in the poignant comedy Hayley and Me and Proteus’ own new show I’m Super, Thanks, a satirical comedy looking at the ups and downs of life married to a superhero. Often we are told that the absence of women on and behind the stage and screen is due to a shortage of female writers, directors, or comediennes – this season seeks to prove that theory is false!

As the days get shorter and the nights darker, it seems appropriate that The Proteans, our adult community theatre workshop company, will reprise their immersive theatre experience Come With Me If You Want To Live; this time working with a revised narrative that stays true to the original inspiration of the high-concept horror movies of the 70s. The cast will include our eldest youth theatre groups, Basingstoke Youth Theatre and Proteus Young Company.

The end of November marks the start of our much-loved family work as we premiere our winter family touring show Hansel and Gretel as well as the return of our much-loved in-house Christmas show for under 5s, introducing the very youngest members of the family to the magic of theatre!

No Show cast, credit Chris Hoyle

Award-winning performer and performance maker Ellie Dubois took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm in 2017 and is now bringing No Show (20 Oct) to Basingstoke; putting female strength, power and skill centre stage. In this production, which reveals what lies hidden beneath the showmanship of circus, we [as the audience] are allowed the opportunity to see behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution to reveal the wobbles, pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection.

Come With Me If You Want To Live

At the beginning of November, we reveal an innovative collaboration between The Proteans, Basingstoke Youth Theatre and Proteus Young Company, intriguingly titled Come With Me If You Want To Live (1&2 Nov). This immersive horror experience will appeal to fans of Buzzfeed’s Unsolved and the audience become part of the action as they are taken on an unnerving journey into darkness.

Hayley and Me

We are delighted to welcome transgender performer, activist, theatre and cabaret maker Kate O’Donnell to Basingstoke later in November with her solo show, Hayley and Me (22 Nov). This cabaret/ performance brings the classic Coronation Street character Hayley Cropper back into the limelight, as Kate explores parallels between the character’s storylines and her own journey. This performance is programmed just five days after Transgender Awareness Week and, as such, we are thrilled that Kate will also host a post-show Q&A, offering an opportunity for audiences to further discuss the themes in the show.

For 2018, winter family touring show Hansel and Gretel (30 Nov-14 Dec) will be a collaboration with Scratch Built Productions – featuring a highly original and enchanting set, magical puppets and toetapping folk songs, fused with Proteus’ thought-provoking storytelling, physical theatre and longstanding reputation for creating unique and beautiful family shows. In this wonderful retelling of a classic fairytale, Hansel and Gretel encounter not just the wicked witch but a spiteful sugar-plum fairy and singing gingerbread men to name but a few. A show aimed at children aged 6+ and their families, this is a journey into the deep dark woods that all the family can enjoy together.

Magical Christmas Toy Shop – cast of last year’s show

You know the festive season has truly arrived in when our annual in-house Christmas show The Magical Christmas Toy Shop (14-24 Dec) opens. Once again, Scratch Built Productions in association with Proteus bring their trademark mix of interactive storytelling, puppetry, music and sensory elements to this brand new show, transforming the Creation Space into an immersive walkthrough adventure. Offering something a little different from a traditional Christmas show or panto, children are encouraged to explore, play, create and interact with the colourful characters they meet along the way.

“We look forward to this every year – it has become part of our Christmas tradition.” Audience member, How Many Sleeps ‘til Christmas, 2017

No longer Basingstoke’s best-kept secret, the experience is as much of a Christmas tradition as mince pies and mulled wine for many a local family!

Tickets are available at www.proteustheatre.com/whats-on for this season of truly unique performances which invites audiences of all ages to immerse themselves and become as much a part of the theatre experience as the artists performing!

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Busy Bees Toddler Group in Hook

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Busy Bees Toddler Group in Hook

I am a mum to a three-year-old toddler. Every week, we go to a toddler group called Busy Bees in Hook.

It’s brilliant and it provides a great range of activities for little ones including painting, play-doh, two crafts on a theme each week, a healthy snack, and songtime.

9.45am – 11.15am –
Children of all ages welcome up to 5 years
Elizabeth Hall, Raven Road, Hook, Hampshire RG27 9HH.
£4 for children over 18 months. £2 for those under 18 months who are unable to do the crafts. Includes snack for children and hot drinks for adults.
Drop in, pay-as-you-go, no joining fee.
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Fireworks 2018

Here is a list of firework displays both locally and further afield.   Check out a previous post for recommendations from NHM followers.  Keep checking back for updates including the rumoured return of an old favourite!

Thank you very much to Wendy for putting this post together!!

Fireworks 2018

Sat Oct 27th

Upton Grey Autumn Festival – Hoddington Arms Pub.  From 2pm.  See link for details

Thurs Nov 1st – Sat 3rd

Longleat – Click link for details

Fri Nov 2nd

Bramley School – From 5.30pm.  Tickets on sale now

St Johns School – Cranbourne.  From 6pm.  SOLD OUT!!!!

Nov 3rd

Hatch Warren – From 5.30pm Ticket on sale now, advance purchase recommended as many were turned away last year.

St Thomas’ Church -Worting – From 6pm, tickets on sale now

Hook School – From 5pm.  Tickets on sale from school offices, Trees newsagent & Harltets Cafe SOON

Loddon Valley Lions – Barlows Park Tadley.  Tickets on sale now

Baughurst Scouts & Guides – Adams Field, Baughurst.  From 6pm.

Silchester Association – Silchester House.  From 6pm.  Tickets will be on sale in October from the Calleva Arms and Pamber Stores

Overton School – Date confirmed, further information to follow.

Kingsclere School – Fieldgate Centre, Kingsclere. Gates Open 5.30pm. Display at 6.30pm. Tickets on sale soon.

Mortimer – From 5pm.  Tickets on sale from Oct 22nd.  Click link for details

Winchester Round Table – City Centre.  Tickets on sale now

Preston Candover – From 6pm.  Click link for details

Royal Victoria Country Park – Southampton.  Fireworks by the Sea.  Advance tickets only, click link for details

Nov 4th

Mill House – North Warnborough.  Meal & Firework display.  Tickets on sale now

Oakley & Deane –Gates open 5pm, display starts at 6pm.  Click link for details of ticket sales

Fri Nov 9th

Sherfield School – 6.30pm.  Tickets on sale now

Sat Nov 10th

Basingstoke Memorial Park – Rumours are it’s back!!!!  Details TBC.

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ARTventurers

Hi I’m Marcia and I’m very excited to be bringing the award winning ARTventurers classes to Basingstoke. Classes begin in Hatch Warren in November and are full of fun and creative art and play opportunities for babies and young children.

Please pop along to my website to find out more or to book a class.

Hope to see you soon, Marcia x

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NHM Readers Recommend: Top Tips when Visiting Orlando

An NHM Reader recently asked “We are off to Orlando for the last few weeks of August and I was wondering if the NHM Community had any top tips? It will be a “once in a lifetime trip” so we want to ensure we get the most out of our time there.”

Thank you for all of your responses, listed below in no particular order:

NHM Readers Recommend: Top Tips when Visiting Orlando

Rhiannon said “There are often Facebook groups that give hints and tips on certain trips, especially if youre planning on doing the parks.”

Jo said “I would say join a fb Orlando group…I did this before we went to Disneyland Paris in March and got some fab insider tips”

Kerri said “You will need to take plenty of fluids with you so buy cheap water bottles and pack. In Disney and universal there are drinking water refill stations. Food at the parks is pricey and even more so because of the exchange rate so stock up on snacks at a local store. Although you’ll read that you can’t take picnics in we did on many occasions and the staff always let us through. There’s a lot of walking. We hired a pushchair for our then 5 year old as it was too much for him in the heat. It’s pricey to hire pushchairs in the park but we bought one from Walmart for $20 which was basically a days hire. The queues can be long but they’re well prepared for it and there’s often things to see and do in the lines. You can pre book your fast track rides months in advance and it’s worth doing.”

Rachel H replied “Where did you read you can’t take picnics into Disney? Just curious. We’ve never had an issue taking food in with us and I’ve never read you can’t.”

Susan said “Look up ‘Everything free to do at Disney’ You can go behind the scenes in one of the restaurants, ride the monorails etc https://www.bestoforlando.com/…/10-free-things-you-can…/. Also http://stepstomagic.com/free-water-disney/

Vicky saidI’d highly recommend signing up to the website The Dibb. It’s a fantastic source of Disney and Orlando information. There’s a forum which has great advice and free planners you can use to maximise your time. There is a ‘busy day’ calculator so you can plan which parks will be best to visit on which days (it uses data collected from previous years) & pretty much advice on any aspect of your holiday. Have a great time (I’m not jealous in the slightest!!).”

Rachel H saidTake a picnic and/or snacks (not as important if free dining offer). Quick service locations offer free water (ice water), no need to buy bottled. Avoid the water fountains, warm and strange taste. Quick service locations, adults can order kids meals (they are big portions).

Use the my Disney experience app in the parks to book the next fast pass once the initial 3 have been used (as soon as you scan into the last ride you can book the 4th).

Hit the parks early, you’ll get lots done in the first two hours.

We love Boma for breakfast (Animal Kingdom Lodge), if doing Princess dining, we preferred Akershaus, but there is something amazing about eating in the castle.

Check opening hours, Magic Kingdom will close early some nights for the Halloween Parties.

The balloons are ridiculously expensive, if getting one, purchase at the start of the holiday.

If staying onsite without a car, allow plenty of time to get to reservations. The buses can take a while.

Sign up for a Landry card if eating in their restaurants (rainforest cafe is one).

We were impressed with Red Lobster food, quality and price.

Crazy golf is great.

It’s impossible to do everything, so don’t try to. Pick what is most important to you, not what others say has to be done.”

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Grand Winter Ball, November 17th 2018 – for Just4children in aid of Archie

An amazing evening, music, magic, a Britain’s Got Talent finalist performance, dinner, a photobooth, holiday prizes, incredible raffle, signed Saints memorabilia and so so much more!

Hotel discount available for those who wish to stay.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1834013400236923/?ti=cl

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Halloween 2018 at Finkley Down Farm

Freaky Down Farm in Andover

This half term Finkley down farm, turns spooky….

During the half term week, 20th – 28th October 2018, will you be brave enough to enter the SPOOKY STABLES?

Be able to find all the Monsters around the farm in a monster hunt?

There will be prizes for everyone in Halloween Fancy Dress taking part in the Fancy Dress Parade after Sheep Racing. (2pm, everyday)

Meet and greet our special Halloween guests SALLY THE SCARECROW & MAVIS FLOSSWORT THE WITCH.

We will be holding a HALLOWEEN DISCO on the 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th October, enjoying shows from SILLY SCOTT’S HALLOWEEN SHOWS on the 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 26th October, NICKY TRIX will be here with his HALLOWEEN SHOW on the 25th October.

PLUS, ALL THE everyday FUN OF THE FARM

Meet the Snakes, Little Farmers Driving School, Sheep Race, Rabbit Handling, Meerkats and more.

NOT FORGETTING…

Indoor Play, trampolines, go-carts and Farmyard Crazy Golf.

All this included in the admission price. Of £10.25 per an adult and £9.25 per a child. Please call the farm for further information on 01264 324141, or visit our website www.finkleydownfarm.co.uk

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NHM Readers Recommend: Where to go to Pick Pumpkins

Last year, an NHM Reader asked the following question, which I thought would be useful to post now: “Do you know anywhere (doesn’t have to be local, hour or so drive away) where you can pick pumpkins?”

Many thanks to the NHM Community for your responses, listed below in no particular order. 

Thank you also to Juliet for putting this post together!!

NHM Readers recommend where to go to pick pumpkins

Wendy said:

“Seen lots of people go here http://bournevalleypyo.co.uk/

This place still has some https://www.facebook.com/rogatepumpkinpatch/

“And this place still has loads https://www.facebook.com/HollamNurseries/

Kathryn said:

“Bourne valley pyo, went there Friday but they are going fast!”

Siobhan said:

Farm near Crofton Equestrian at Fareham”

Amy said:

“Pickwell Farm, Netley”

Amanda said:

I was on the road from Petersfield to Rogate on A272 today .. there are 2 farms along that road that are selling PYO pumpkins”

Sarah said:

There is somewhere in romsey near the swimming pool”

Yvette said:

Secretts garden centre near Godalming is a great pick your own place. You even get to go on a tractor to the field!”

Laura said:

Here might have some. We went in the summer for other crops and it was so quiet but good produce. http://www.durleighmarshfarmshop.co.uk/

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