Keeping a “Sitting with Jane” bench in BASINGSTOKE!!!

Have you seen the “Sitting with Jane” benches that have been dotted all over Basingstoke and local areas in the past month?

Wouldn’t it be AWESOME if we could crowd fund one of them to stay in Basingstoke? So we could show our children that we all did something AMAZING together?

The NorthHantsMum Community and anyone else who would like to be involved, are working hard to raise money for one of the “Sitting with Jane” benches to stay in one of the local parks, maybe War Memorial or Eastrop Park, depending on whether Basingstoke and Deane council agree.

I am hoping the bench will be used by lots of people but also as a safe place where Mum’s can meet other Mum’s and children can meet other children. How cool would that be!!!!

(Crowd funding means that the money is only taken at the end of the 30 days, IF the project goes ahead. However, I’ve made the executive decision that ALL donations that are made will still go to the Ark Cancer Centre Charity, even if we aren’t successful in our bid.)

Donate

You can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/louise-northhantsmum

All money raised will go towards the Ark Cancer Centre Charity, regardless of whether we are successful with our bid.

Even if you can only donate £1, this will go towards the bid for a chair at the auction will be taking place on Friday 15th September.

Every time someone makes a donation towards the campaign, I will post up a picture to NorthHantsMum FB Page of a local child sitting on one of the benches with the amount of the donation.

If you would like your child to be featured as part of the campaign, please email me their picture to NorthHantsMum@gmail.com, with some words that say you are their parent and are happy for their picture to be used.

Everyone who donates towards the bench will also have their name listed in this post and hopefully somewhere on the bench, although I don’t quite know how that will work yet! (If you would like your last name to be included, just to let me know).

If you are sponsoring as a business, a link to your business will also be included in this post.

This is going to be an AWESOME way for the community to come together to raise funds to keep a little bit of heritage right here in our town.

Everyone who has donated towards the bench…

THANK YOU VERY MUCH

Wendy D

Cathy W

Lilian K

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Westside Community Centre, South Ham: Summer Holiday Activities

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New Pregnancy Yoga course in September 2017

Pregnancy Yoga is an ideal form of exercise during pregnancy to keep you and your unborn child healthy and safe. Exercise together to safely stretch and stay fit during pregnancy, take time to relax and connect with your unborn baby as well as learning lots of different techniques to help ease labour and childbirth when the time comes.

New Pregnancy Yoga course is starting on Saturdays 10-11.15am in Basingstoke. This six week Course begins on 2nd September – places are limited and must be paid for in advance to secure a place. Cost is £50 for the full 6 weeks course.

Check out my website for more details www.yogawithgloria.co.uk

Contact yogawithgloria@gmail.com    Tel 0758 462 1857

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Kids Fitness Made Fun!

My name is Sarah and I am passionate about keeping children fit and healthy, and making it lots of fun!

I’ve been working as a Personal Trainer for a few years now. Prior to that, I was a teacher and a Deputy Manager of a nursery. So for me, combining my two passions to specialise in children’s health and fitness, seemed perfect!

As well as after school clubs in various local schools, and sessions in some local nurseries, I also teach lots of kids classes at Basingstoke Sports Centre. Junior Bootcamp is on a Thursday and Friday after school, Junior Pedal (indoor cycle classes with disco lights!) on a Wednesday after school, and a Mini Movers session on Wednesday mornings for toddlers and pre schoolers.

I’d love to see some new faces and meet more children who are as excited about keeping fit as I am. Throughout the school holidays I will be running taster sessions for all my classes, so please send your children along!!

Have a look at my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/insideoutkid for the latest information.

And for the grown ups, check out www.facebook.com/insideoutresults, where you will find details of my adult classes and food plans. Mention you saw me on NHM and I will happily offer a discount.

Thanks for reading!!!!
Sarah

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Ready Steady Mum’s – FREE Buggy Walk

We run 3 in different areas of Basingstoke. City centre, Tadley and Beggarwood.

More details are available on the posters below. Even though the classes have already started, you can still join them using the contact details in the posters.

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“Made in Basingstoke” – Summer 2017

BASINGSTOKE LAUNCHES SUMMER-LONG FESTIVAL WITH JAM-PACKED EVENTS PROGRAMME CELEBRATING THE TOWN’S FOOD, FASHION, ART AND CULTURE

21st June 2017:  Basingstoke is set to become Hampshire’s cultural capital this summer, when the town’s creative talent is celebrated in its inaugural ‘Made in Basingstoke’ festival, a jam-packed extravaganza of events catering for all tastes and age groups.

Running from 14 July to 13 August 2017 and comprising four themed weeks entitled Create, Taste, Discover and Make, the Festival will showcase the town’s artists, foods, attractions and people through a comprehensive programme of daily activities to be staged at key attractions, shops, museums and shopping centres across the town.

It will also celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen, who was born and raised in the area, with themed teas during the ‘Taste’ week and a host of activities during the ‘Discover’ week. These will include a walking tour, an amusing musical recital at the Basingstoke Discovery Centre; and a new exhibition called ‘Retail and Romance: Jane goes to the Ball’ at the Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery. In addition, visitors will be able to view a new bronze statue of the author, which will be unveiled in the town centre on 18 July.

Also, coinciding with the festival, is a new ‘Sitting with Jane’ free public arts trail and associated app featuring 24 ‘Book Benches’, each designed and painted by a different professional artist.

One of the highlights of Create Week (14-20 July) will be ‘The Mystery of the Star Eaters’, an immersive gaming experience for would be detectives and adventurers.  This interactive game will turn Basingstoke’s streets into a life-sized game board in which participants follow clues, question witnesses, solve puzzles and embark on a discovery around the town’s landmarks to investigate a mystery.

Other activities include: ‘The Create Market’, which will take the form of an expansive arts and craft market in The Malls shopping centre during the weekend of 15/16 July, complete with live entertainment.  There will also be art workshops hosted by local crafters and businesses including Paperchase, All Our Own Crafts, Eco-Workshop and the Red Lion Hotel, with topics ranging from decoupage to chalk painting.  Plus, music lovers can participate in a series of events at Dawsons, from open jam session days to digital drum workshops.

Next comes Taste Week (21-27 July), which will feature free cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs Phil Vickery and Jean-Christophe Novelli at The Malls Shopping Centre on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July.  There will also be a Taste Market focused on local produce and businesses as well as a Jane Austen cream tea party at the Red Lion Hotel.

Then, to celebrate Basingstoke’s historic past, is Discover Week (28 July-3 August) including a ‘Summer Raincoat’ craft session tying into the town’s heritage connections with Thomas Burberry, as well as an array of events celebrating Jane Austen (see above) and a Punch and Judy Festival. Visitors will also have the chance to experience a vintage makeover during a ‘Fashion in the 50’s’ masterclass, at the town’s Vintage Treasures shop.

Finally, during Make Week (4-13 August) there will be a range of free events for families, from the Summer of Literacy Reading Challenge, to Charlie’s story time and children’s crafts at the Basingstoke Discovery Centre. There will also be rides, slides and workshops and the opportunity to get artistic and create ‘selfie’ masks, perfect for sharing on social media, at The Malls Shopping Centre.

For more information and a full schedule of events visit www.madeinbasingstoke.co.uk and follow @inbasingstoke and use #LoveBasingstoke on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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FREE National Play Day – Wed 2nd August 2017

I’ve been a massive supporter of National Play Day since we attended our first one in 2011, a few months after Miss NHM was born.

It runs from 11am to 4pm at Eastrop Park.

It’s always a fab day out with LOADS of free things to do for children of all ages.

However, be warned that it gets really busy. I think they had 4000 people in Eastrop Park last year, so get there early to avoid the queue.

There is free parking at the Old Common on London Road with a free bus down to Eastrop Park for those who can’t walk up and down the hill.

I am SOOOO excited that I’ve been asked back again to host the “Splay the Rat” stall again. I LITERALLY didn’t stop from 11am to 4pm last year and although I know it’s going to be full on, I am really looking forward to it. Come and say Hello if you make it there!

Oh and amusingly, I’m not allowed to use pretend rats in case anyone goes out and tries to splat a live rat, so I’m hoping I get some more of these beautiful sea turtles who thoroughly enjoyed getting splat last year! lol.

These were my “rats/sea turtles” from last year.

Previous Posts about National Play days on NorthHantsMum

FREE National Playday on 3rd August 2016!

Date for your Diary: National PlayDay 2016!!

National Playdays 2015 and Basingstoke and Deane “Love Parks Week”!

It’s National Play Day 2014 today! Yay!

National Play Day 2014 Posters

National PlayDay – 7th August 2013 – Free Event!!!

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Classes still running over the 2017 Summer Holidays

MASSIVE thanks to “J” who put this post together!!!

Mini First Aid

Mini First Aid are running first aid classes for children from 3 years of age up to 11yrs, at Jump Trampoline Park in Basingstoke on Thursday 17th August. Booking required lucy@minifirstaid.co.uk

Tot Cross Buns

Tot Cross Buns are running classes through the summer, a few spaces are left on the following days:

Friday 11th August at Sherfield on Loddon at 9.45, 11.15 and 12.30

Friday 25th August at Sherfield on Loddon at 12.30

All the Mondays are sold out

Hartbeeps

Hartbeeps details of Summer Classes are below. Hartbeeps multi-sensory classes are 45 minutes long.

Location: Newnham Clubhouse, Newnham Road, Newnham, RG27 9AE

Cost: £6.00 a class. 1st sibling is £3.00. 2nd+ sibling free.

Or book all 3 classes for £15.00 plus sibling rate.

Dates: Tuesday 1st , 8th and 15th August

Times: 10.00 – 10.45 Happy Beeps Class (sitting babies and older plus younger or older siblings up to 8yrs)

11.00 – 11.45 Baby Bells (new born to sitting babies)

Mobile: 07737 818332

Email: sarahjp@hartbeeps.com

Face Book: Hartbeeps@Farnham, Hook and Godalming

Caterpillar Music

Viables Community Centre:
9:30am & 10:20am
Wed 2nd August
Wed 9th August
Wed 16th August

Chineham Village Hall
9:30am & 10:20

Fri 4th August
Fri 11th August
Fri 18th August

£6 a class or £15 for all 3 at one location.
Pre-bookable only.

Caterpillar Music Facebook Page

Buggyfit Basingstoke

Buggyfit Basingstoke is still running throughout the summer and older children are welcome to come along too.

Dinky Disco

Dinky Disco offers vibrant, energetic, fun classes for 0-5 year olds.

Head over to the website to buy your tickets for as many of the following sessions as you fancy – no need to commit to a term, but advanced booking essential!

www.dinkydisco.co.uk/book-now :

-Sundays, Bramley, 10am: July 23rd, August 6th & 20th

-Mondays, Basingstoke (South Ham), 10.30am: July 17th & 24th, August 7th & 21st

-Wednesdays, Andover, 10.30am: July 19th & 26th, August 9th & 23rd

Still only £2.75 per person for a full hour of great music, lights, props, bubbles, puppets, dancing and FUN!

Looking forward to a good old boogie with you all!

Thula Mama

Thula Mama will still be running over the summer (except when I’m away a few weeks in August).

NCT Coffee & Chat

NCT Coffee & Chat is running throughout the summer holidays Friday mornings 10.00-12.00 at Brookvale Village Hall, with BABIES breastfeeding support.

https://www.nct.org.uk/branches/basingstoke/events/coffee-chat/38

https://www.nct.org.uk/branches/basingstoke/babies

Tots Play

Summer sessions 24th July, 31st July & 7th August at Sherfield Park Community Centre, from 3mths-3yrs.
6 week Baby Development Course starting Thurs July 27th at Christ Church Chineham, suitable from birth – 6 mths
Book online at Www.totsplay.co.uk/basingstoke

Waterbabies

We are currently booking for our Summer term, swimming at the venues below:

Hampshire Court, Basingstoke – Tues, Weds, Thurs, Sun

The Village, Farnborough – Thurs

Basingstoke Hospital – Sat, Sun

Daneshill, Stratfield Turgis – Sun

Henry Tyndale School, Farnborough – Sun

If people would like further information they can contact us on 01256 844926 or email splishsplash@waterbabies.co.uk or complete the form on the link https://www.waterbabies.co.uk/ask-about-classes/berkshire

Westside Venue

Westside Community Centre summer activities:

Family Activities

Playdays Indoor Playcentre

Playdays have a range of events on over the summer, please see their Facebook page for more information

Basingstoke Gymnastic Club

Basingstoke Gymnastic Club are running a family drop-in suitable for pre-schoolers to 12yrs. Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.15am

Basingstoke Gymnastic Club Summer Family Drop-In

Zingtastic

Zingtastic – sing-a-long for pre-schoolers is running through the summer. 9.30am session only. £4 pay as you go including refreshments.

Bumps into Mums

Bumps into Mums at Sherfield Community Centre is running over the summer – coffee and cake. Older siblings can come in the holidays too.

MummaBfit

MummaBfit is running a three week mini term in August

FitMama Postnatal Recovery

FitMama is running postnatal recovery courses through the summer at Studio 41, Basingstoke. Thursdays 11-11.45am. Check their website for details.

Gym Tots and Fun Tots

Gym Tots and Fun Tots at the Play Den, Basingstoke Sports Centre, Festival Place are running during the holidays. Full details on their website.

Warren Tots

Warren Tots – Summer Tots (suitable from birth to 4yrs) will be running every Monday morning in Bunnies at Hatch Warren Community Centre, 10-11.30am (session will be limited to 15 families)

Mini Jump

Mini Jump, Jump Factory for walking to 5yrs is available in the holidays 9-11am (1hr sessions) Mon-Sun. Further information is on their website.

Active Tots

Active Tots (suitable from birth to fourth birthday or one meter tall, whichever comes soonest) switch to their summer opening times on Monday 24th July. Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, Sat 9.30am-1.30pm. They return to full day opening on Monday 4th September.

Jelly Babies

Jelly Babies (for parents with children 5yrs and under) in Tadley is running 11-12noon Tues and Thurs, and Sundays 9-12noon in the holidays.

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The Ultimate NHM Summer Holiday 2017 Posts!

YAY! The School holidays have officially (or very, very nearly) started!!!

If you are already panicking about how you are going to keep your little ones amused for the next 6 to 7 weeks, then this is the post for you :-D.

Don’t forget, you can also search for key words on NorthHantsMum at any time.

NorthHantsMum is my Hobby! 

NorthHantsMum Summer Break 2016

We are currently working on the “classes that are still running during 2017 Summer Holidays” post and will get it published as soon as we can.

Classes that are still running during the 2016 Summer Holidays!

Summer “Bored” Jar ideas

Top Tip 33: Creamy coconut and berry Lolly’s

NHM Readers Top Tips for Keeping Cool

Summer Fun

24 things to do during the summer holidays with young children in Basingstoke

15 Different Experiences for Children

9 “things” I’m planning to do with my daughter in the future

13 things to do in Basingstoke in Spring with a three year old

In the Garden

DINKY DISCO – Fun, Energetic Weekend Classes for 5 and Unders

Summer Holiday 2012 Activities

Ideas of Things to do for May 2016 Half Term

Top Tip 35: YouTube Kids

Summer Reading

Library Membership for your child

Our favourite books

Swimming

Warm Swimming pools suitable for babies and young children in North Hampshire

Paddling Pools/Splash Pools in Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey

Lido’s in Hampshire

Top Tip 3: Swimming Bags

Swimming Pools in North Hampshire suitable for Babies and Children

Swimming with Babies

Summer Outings

NHM readers recommend child friendly coffee shops

Season Tickets 2013 to local attractions in North Hampshire – please check individual websites for up-to-date prices

Age limits for 2013 attractions  

Hampshire Days out with your children

Berkshire Days Out

Softplay Centres

Places to go for children who love animals

Summer FREE Outings

NHM Readers Favourite places to feed Ducks in Basingstoke and North Hampshire

Great Picnic Spots near Basingstoke

Great Picnic Spots in Basingstoke

Nature Detectives

A week of “free” Activities – Autumn

Poll: Free Activities over the summer holidays

12 Free Activities over the summer holidays 2015

NHM Readers Favourite Beaches

Summer Holiday Clubs

Spotlight summer holiday 2017 clubs

Holiday Clubs in North Hampshire 2016 – please check individual websites for 2017 information

Summer Holidays/Travel

Cheap Transport in North Hampshire

NCT House Swap Reduces Holiday Costs

Family Camping Club

Summer Food

Early Bird Meals with children – please check individual websites as this is a 2012 post and not all are relevant

11 Places to Breakfast “out” with Children in North Hampshire

9 Foody Places to go as a group of Mums with babies/toddlers

8 “Cheap” Restaurants in Basingstoke (Meal for 2 for under £15)

Pick Your Own Farm’s in North Hampshire and Berkshire

Blackberry Picking in North Hampshire

Rain

8 Cheap or Free Rainy Day Activities in Basingstoke

23 things to do with an under 7 year old in Basingstoke when it’s raining

7 More Free Rainy Day Activities

Reviews 2017

Review 2017: Little Street

Review 2017: Kitty’s Tilted Teacup Tea Room

Review 2017: Jump Factory, Mini Jump

Reviews 2016

Review 2016: Cornish Yurts

Review 2016: Beggarwood – FREE

Review 2016: Whitchurch Silk Mill

Review 2016: Museum of Army Flying

Review 2016: Gousto Recipe Delivery

Review 2016: Nelson’s Diner: A Taste of the USA

Review: Reading Eggs and Mathseeds

Jump Factory – First Look!!!!

Reviews 2015

Bucklebury Farm Park

Sundaes Gelato Basingstoke

Frensham Common – FREE

Centreparc’s – Sherwood Forest

The Parlour Tearoom

Ideal Imaging, Lifestyle Bespoke Family Photography by Alistair Jones

The Cafe Project, Brighton Hill

The Natural History Museum

Reviews 2014

Dinton Pastures Country Park, Berkshire

Dinosaur Crazy Golf at the Oracle

Marwell Wildlife

Giraffe in Festival Place

Micheldever Wood– FREE

California Country Park, Finchampstead

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Review 2014: Wagamama’s Basingstoke

Legoland

The Vyne

Swanage

Miller’s Ark, Nr Hook

Reviews 2013

Lakeside Country Park – Parking cost only

Paulton’s Park/Peppa Pig World

NorthDown Orchard Deliveries

Farleigh Mount – FREE

Birdworld

The Hawk Conservancy

Basing Lime Pits – FREE

Basing Wood – FREE

Finkley Down Farm

Wellington Country Park

Basingstoke Aquadrome

Alice Holt, Farnham – Parking cost only

Kids ‘n’ Action, Soft Play Centre, Winersh Triangle nr Reading

The Living Rainforest, nr Newbury, Berkshire

Babies

Treasure Baskets

Swimming Pools in North Hampshire suitable for Babies and Children

11 Songs and Rhymes for Babies and Toddlers

Babies and Chocolate

Things to do/Places to go with a baby when it’s raining

The Importance of Skin to Skin

Toddler Games

Winter “Bored” Jar Ideas

Coloured Spaghetti

Making Gloop!

A Toddler Box of Tricks: Things To Always Have On Hand With A Toddler Or Two

Dry Food Play

Play Dough Recipes

Spring “Bored” Jar Ideas

Coloured water play

Something for Mum’s

I saved the best for last ;-).

If it all gets a bit much and you find yourself dreaming about them going back to school, these posts might help you to plan for a little well deserved “Me” time once your little ones actually do go back!

Review 2017: Thrive Massage Therapy

Spa’s in the North Hampshire Area

Review 2016: Jo Plackett Hairdressing

GPW: Ann Hoad Consultancy Ltd, Training Consultant and Personal Development Life Coach

More ways to make friends via NorthHantsMum!

Love Baking? You’ll love Bakedin!

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Muffin Mile – Sat 29th July 2017

Muffin’s Dream Foundation is a registered charity which supports children with a life long disability or life limiting condition.

Our services include hospital visits, boredom buster bags, home visits, messy play sessions and adapted sporting activities.  We put the ability back into disability!

Last year we launched our annual event, the Muffin Mile.  This year it will be held on Saturday 29th July 12-4pm at Chineham Village Hall and park, Basingstoke. This is an event for all the family.  There will a bouncy castle, magic mirror, BBQ, ice cream van, refreshments  fete games and stalls.   Entry is free.

The main event will be the ‘Muffin Mile’ where some of the children we support will be walking two laps around the race track. Each child has their own personal challenge, some will be doing it in their wheelchairs, some in their splints or walking frames and some will be attempting it independently for the first time in their lives.

Basingstoke’s very own Mayor will be in attendance to help support this wonderful local charity.

For any further information about the work we do please visit www.muffinsdreamfoundation.org or visit our facebook page Muffin’s Dream Foundation.  For enquiries please email hello@muffinsdreamfoundation.org.

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