Schools and PTAs in Basingstoke offered free jump sessions at Festival Place

FREE family fun at Festival Place as 10,000 complimentary Flip Out sessions are offered to schools, colleges and PTAs

Schools, colleges and PTAs are being offered free sessions at trampoline park Flip Out at Festival Place, Basingstoke, to help beat the Back to School blues.

Flip Out at Festival Place is giving away 10,000 free children’s jump passes, with each organisation able to claim 100 free tickets. The passes can be used for a one-hour session at any time Monday to Friday during term time, until the end of November.

The initiative from Flip Out underlines Festival Place’s offer as a family shopping and leisure destination.

Paul Murphy, Marketing Director at Flip Out Basingstoke, said: “We know it’s a bit of a struggle to get the kids enthusiastic about going back to school and also getting them to take part in regular exercise. So here at Flip Out we would like to make it a bit more fun and, in the process, give something back to the local school community.”

Neil Churchill, Centre Director at Festival Place, said: “We pride ourselves on offering fun for families and young people and are delighted to support Flip Out as it donates these free passes.

“We hope schools and families will make the most of this offer and stay to enjoy the fantastic range of big brand stores, eateries and leisure facilities that Festival Place has to offer this autumn.”

One pass is permitted per user, who must be aged 18 or under and attending school or college. To take part in a session, a waiver must be completed and Flip Out socks must be purchased and used at £2 a pair. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

To claim the free passes and for full terms and conditions, schools can call Flip Out on 01256 830803.

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Review 2018: CarFest South

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Review 2018: CarFest South

Wow.  Our day at CarFest was certainly one to remember!  Ha ha. I will explain…

CarFest doesn’t do anything half-heartedly.  It gives 100% to the atmosphere, to the entertainment, to the food, to the music, to the cars and to the fundraising.  It really is impressive. Unfortunately, on our day visit, the weather also decided to give 100%… 100% rain!!! All day.  From start to finish. It rained. And rained. And rained some more. It was relentless.

Now you would think, with all the problems that the weather was creating, that the event would be a washout.  However, I am pleased to report that it definitely wasn’t getting the better of this very British affair. We had an amazing time at CarFest and, weirdly, the crazy torrential rain made the whole experience even more unforgettable!

Top Tip:  Be prepared for all weather conditions (take suncream, hats, layers, waterproofs, picnic blankets/chairs, umbrella, etc) as this is largely an outdoor event.

About

CarFest South is a fantastic weekend of family fun, awesome cars, delicious food and great music.  It was founded by Chris Evans and raises money for BBC Children in Need.

It takes place over the August bank holiday weekend each year.

It is located on Laverstoke Park Farm, near Overton in Hampshire, clearly signposted from Basingstoke.  We didn’t encounter any issues with traffic or queuing at all.

There is plenty of parking onsite.  

Top Tip:  Please note that it is a long uphill walk from the car parks so choose suitable comfortable footwear.  Also make a note of which car park you are in to make it easier to find when you return in the dark!

Since its start in 2012, CarFest has raised £10.5 million for BBC Children in Need!  The purchasing of CarFest tickets, adding to the collection buckets, buying merchandise from the Pudsey shop and getting raffle tickets, all contribute to this wonderful charity helping disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

What’s On

The weekend is jam-packed with family-friendly entertainment.  I couldn’t possibly include everything in this review but here is a quick overview to give you an idea of what’s on:

Family
Farm Olympics, Steam Fair & Rides, Car-nival Parade, Kids’ Theatre, Inflatables, Kids’ Driving School and so much more.

Cars
Race track, Cartopia & Wall of Death, Vintage Village, Motorshow and Pudsey Bear Dream Rides.

Music
Wigwam Stage with performances from new and unsigned acts.
Main stage – headline acts this year included James Bay, Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit and Status Quo.

Food
Food Fair, Kitchen Stage (with live cooking demos from celebrity chefs) and caterers/cafes/food stalls galore!

Top Tip:  Find out what’s on and where from the Daily Planners.  Plan ahead and schedule your day so that you don’t miss out on any of your favourite activities, acts or displays. Some of the children’s activities, such as milkshake making and biscuit decorating, require booking a timeslot.

Top Tip:  The use of ear protection for young children is recommended at CarFest due to the loud cars and music performances.  These can be collected from the Organiser’s Office.

Facilities

  • Toilets and Baby Change
  • First Aid
  • Lost Child Point
  • CarFest encourages the use of reusable bottles to help protect the environment so there are drinking water points across the site.
  • Public Wi-Fi (all proceeds from Wi-Fi connections donated to Children in Need – £1 for 1 day, £3 for full weekend access)
  • Cash Machines (NB withdrawal charges apply)
  • Information Points
  • Electric Scooter & Wheelchair hire

The following must NOT be brought onto the festival site:

  • Dogs (except assistance dogs)
  • Alcohol, Glass, BBQs.

Exhibitors

All the wonderful folk volunteering and working there must have been so wet and cold but it didn’t dampen their spirits at all.  Everyone was so kind, helpful and enthusiastic.

This was particularly true of one stand “Milk & More” who kindly welcomed us to shelter from the rain for a while.  It was very interesting to learn about their service and sample some of their products. Milk & More source milk and other fresh produce from Britain’s farms and deliver them to doorsteps nationwide.  

They are passionate about encouraging people to eat well and live sustainably and it was inspiring to hear their story. I love the idea of waking up to fresh milk from a glass bottle. They were even providing the weekend’s campers with lovely fresh tasty breakfast hampers!  Their website is definitely worth a look.

https://www.milkandmore.co.uk/

Highlights

Chris Evans himself injected so much energy and fun into the weekend’s events.  He is very much present and actively involved in everything that’s going on. He is clearly passionate about CarFest and about the Children in Need charity and it was great to see him compere the evening’s entertainment and interact with all the performers.  

Tickets

http://www.carfest.org/ticket-information

Tickets for CarFest South in August go on sale in the previous November.

Prices vary depending on the number of days you wish to visit and whether or not you will be camping.  A 1-day family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for the Friday this year was £143.

Children under the age of 6 can enter free of charge but you must order them a ticket.

Top Tip:  CarFest tickets are in high demand each year and can prove tricky to get your hands on.  You will need to set your alarm, be prepared and get online in plenty of time. If possible, use various devices and get friends and family on the case too!  Keep pressing refresh to see the latest information.

Rating

My rating of CarFest has to be 5 out of 5!!!  We really hope to return to this fantastic family event again next year.  We will also be hoping for a bit more luck with regards to the weather.

Reminder of Top Tips

    • CarFest tickets are in high demand each year and can prove tricky to get your hands on.  You will need to set your alarm, be prepared and get online in plenty of time. If possible, use various devices and get friends and family on the case too!  Keep pressing refresh to see the latest information.
    • It is a long uphill walk from the car parks so choose suitable comfortable footwear.  
    • Make a note of which car park you are in to make it easier to find when you return in the dark!
    • Find out what’s on and where from the Daily Planners.  Plan ahead and schedule your day so that you don’t miss out on any of your favourite activities, acts or displays. Some of the children’s activities, such as milkshake making and biscuit decorating, require booking a timeslot.
    • The use of ear protection for young children is recommended at CarFest due to the loud cars and music performances.  These can be collected from the Organiser’s Office.
    • Take picnic food and snacks with you to save some money as purchasing food onsite can be pricey.
    • Be prepared for all weather conditions (take suncream, hats, layers, waterproofs, picnic blankets/chairs, umbrella, etc) as this is largely an outdoor event.

Disclaimer: This post is a review of 2018 CarFest South in conjunction with MilkandMore. The tickets were supplied free of charge for the purposes of the review. We were not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are our own.

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Reasons to Be Active in Basingstoke this summer – Friday 17th August

Children of all ages from throughout Hampshire can put their best foot forward to try a new sport as free event, Be Active, will take over Basingstoke town centre on Friday 17 August from 11am until 5pm.

At Be Active, children of all ages from as young as two-years-old will have the opportunity to try their hand at a wide range of sports. The activities on offer will include a Rugby obstacle challenge from Basingstoke RFC, a penalty shootout with Basingstoke Town FC, a 20ft climbing wall, crazy golf and much more.

There will also be arts and crafts, face painting, soft play, inflatable games, roaming entertainers and a deck chair chill out zone, providing something for everyone whilst the children indulge their sporty sides.

The event is being run and organised by Basingstoke Together, which is the face of the Basingstoke Business Improvement District (BID). The BID’s aim is to help Basingstoke town centre to thrive by creating destination events, engaging with consumers and supporting retailers and businesses.

Lucy Boazman, chief executive of Basingstoke Together, said: “The summer holidays are the perfect opportunity to make the most of the great outdoors by trying something new – Be Active is about just that. Children don’t need to have any experience with the sports on offer as the aim of the game is to just have fun and maybe find a hidden passion.

“It is so important for children to get regular exercise and taking part in a sport is a great way to do so. We hope to see lots of children of all ages joining in with Be Active and enjoying the variety of activities and entertainment which will be on offer.”

Be Active will take place throughout the top of town, including Winchester Road, London Street, Wote Street and into Festival Square.

For more information, visit  www.basingstoketogether.co.uk

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‘My Journal – Summer 2018’

Kath (Relax Kids Basingstoke) and Becky (Movin Monkeez) are very excited to tell you about ‘My Journal – Summer 2018’ – a brand new concept! A chance for children to record their summer memories. Encouraging a little fitness, some relaxation, some healthy eating. Encouraging children to think about the things they’ve enjoyed doing, the things they are grateful for and more!

‘My Summer Journal’ is a downloadable printable – around 50 pages. You can print a day at a time, a week at a time or the whole journal.

Accompanied by a Facebook group for the grown ups to share the exercise videos and relaxation ideas so that children can choose what they do. We will also be posting healthy recipes as well.

Kath and Becky are offering NorthHantsMum fans £1 discount off the £7.50 price. So if you are interested in buying the journal for £6.50 please contact Kath Routledge for details – either through Facebook Messenger or rkbasingstoke@yahoo.co.uk

AND everyone who has bought/anyone who buys a copy will be entered into a prize draw to win either a Movin Monkeez cookbook OR a Relax Kids ‘Elevator of Happiness’ CD!

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Fun Activities for the Kids this Summer Break

Basingstoke activities for the kids this summer:

Circus skills, Multi sport, Kite making, Disco&Games, learn2DJ, Balloon Modelling and more!

Drop off workshops or family stay and plays.

Costs: £5 per WORKSHOP if booked before 17th July, £6 per WORKSHOP if block booking two sessions or more or £10 thereafter.

To book, please email info@niknakevents.co.uk

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New Kids Pilates and Yoga Class

  • Kids Pilates and Yoga @ the Osborne Room, Viables Craft Centre, Basingstoke
  • Thursdays 16:30 – 17:15
  • Toddlers 3 – 7 year olds welcome – moms stay and watch or join in.
  • 4 class pass @ £18
  • Early bird special @ £12 if you book by 31 July
  • Drop in session @ £5
  • To book text “toddleryogapilates” to 07956528671
  • or mail anneke@perpetualenergy.org

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Aerial Hoop Summer Courses and Workshops

Brand new beginner aerial hoop summer courses and workshops for children and adults, taking place in Basingstoke, are now open for bookings. Over the 4 day course children will enjoy developing co-ordination, fitness, flexibility and strength whilst learning a fun skill straight from the circus.

They will learn moves, tricks and skills on the equipment, building each day and leading up to a routine. Classes are 75 minutes long and are open to children aged 7 years and upwards. I am a qualified aerial hoop instructor, fully insured and dbs checked.

Our first Children’s courses will run on Monday 30th July, Tuesday 31st July, Wednesday 1st August and Friday 3rd August from 2.00pm – 3.15pm. Our second course will run from Monday 20th August through until Thursday 23rd August from 4.00pm – 5.15pm and each course is just £60.

Adult workshops will run 1st August from 3.30 – 4.45 and 22nd August 2.45pm – 4.00pm and is £15 per workshop. Classes are held at the Proteus Creation Centre, Basingstoke. This is a little taster for whats to come in September as we will hopefully be running weekly classes and longer courses.

Each class will involve a warm up, conditioning, hoop tricks and combos, finishing with a cool down and stretch. Aerial hoop does take a lot of upper body strength but complete beginners are more than welcome as you will learn tricks and poses step by step which will help build your strength up over time and develop your flexibility. Our classes are all about fun and fitness, for all ages, sizes and abilities!!

To book of for more information visit upside down aerial fitness on facebook or email at upsidedownaerialfitness@gmail.com

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Basingstoke and Deane Peace Garden – Children’s Art Competition – ends tomorrow! (13th July)

What does Peace mean to you?

– Why not let us know by entering the children’s competition to design a picture, a poem or some text that tells us what peace means to you.

As part of the Basingstoke and Deane Peace Garden being created in War Memorial Park we want to include bronze plaques designed by local children, to be set into the paving.

The competition is open to children resident within the Borough with categories for 4 to 10 year olds and 11 to 16 year olds.

Five winning entries will be chosen from each category and turned into plaques which will be set into the paving in time for the opening of the garden on International Day of Peace on Friday 21st September.

(All entries will be displayed in the town centre after the opening).

Entries must be an original idea reflecting the aim of the garden to create a quiet space for everyone to enjoy as a lasting celebration of peace and reconciliation.

To take part in the competition, find out more and download the plaque template visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/peacegarden or email peacegardenadvisorygroup@basingstoke.gov.uk to request a paper template for your design.

Entries must be in black and white, not colour and the closing date is Friday 13 July.

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NHM Readers Recommend: iPad Apps for 4 to 7 year olds

In response to a question from a NHM Reader, I asked the Friends of my  “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook “What are people’s suggested iPad apps for children aged 4-7?”

The responses are below, in particular order.

The following link may also be useful: NMH Readers: Suggested iPad Apps for 2 to 4 Year Olds

NHM Readers recommend iPad apps for 4 to 7 year olds

Toco Boca

As recommended by Jonathan

Sago Mini

As recommended by Jonathan

Lego

Emma says I’m biased because I work for them but the Lego apps are great because they don’t have in app purchases and are nice and simple to play”

My Very Hungry Caterpillar

Melanie says “My 4yo enjoys My Caterpillar (based on the Very Hungry Caterpillar)”

Pepi Play

Melanie says “The Pepi range (Pepi House, Pepi Doctor, Pepi Tree, Pepi Bath, Pepi Ride)”

Nessy

Liane says “The Nessy phonics apps are cheap, fun and amazing for teaching early reading”

ScratchJr

Jonathan says “Scratch Jr for coding”

Tinybop

Jonathan says “TinyBop apps for Science and understanding of the world”

YouTube Kids

As recommended by Jonathan
Emma says “You tube kids!”
Sue said “YouTube kids”

BBC iPlayer Kids

As recommended by Jonathan

Cbeebies

Andy said “BBC cbeebies”
Sue said “CBeebies playtime island”
Marie said “Cbeebies playtime app is quite good”

Apps for Mindfulness

Breathe for Kids
Pause
As recommended by Jonathan

Good App Guide

Lyndsey said “TheGoodAppGuide is best for this type of advice. Free isn’t always good, consider the lure of inapp purchases and the downsides of advertising.”

 

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NHM Readers Recommend: After School Drama Clubs

I recently had the following question from an NHM Reader: “Looking to see if your lovely followers can help. Looking for an after school drama club for my 4 year old. Looking for Monday’s or not Stage coach as it’s far too expensive for us.TIA”

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

NHM Readers recommend after school drama clubs

Karen said:

“My little one went to Perform in Bramley. I think it was on a Friday but I’m sure there are others around on different days. Great for building confidence and learning life skills. Not in anyway like stage coach. They do a termly performance but it’s really laid back and no pressure on the children to be perfectly forms performers.”

Rachael said:

The Spotlight Centre not sure of the time table now as this was a few years ago. The person who we did go to has his own business now and is based at QMC but this is LAMDA I think he takes children from 7. It is called In Yer Face Productions.

“I think there is a group at Sherfield Park too”

Kate said:

“Is drama tots only pre school?”

Katie said:

Merry go Round Storytelling offer fab Stage Craft classes – they are Andover based but I know travel, and are regularly in Longparish, Whitchurch etc. Worth looking into. Amanda is lovely”

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