Track Party!!! Sponsored by NorthHantsMum!!!

We went along to a Track Party event two years ago and Miss NHM and Mr NHM absolutely LOVED it.

I think probably Mr NHM enjoyed it a teeny bit more because he has suggested I contact the team at Track Party to see if they would like any help setting up on September 24th! lol.

I highly recommend this event, which is probably why NorthHantsMum is sponsoring it! Yay! 😀

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Track Party!

Track Party are a unique provider of children’s entertainment, using toy trains, cars and dinosaurs!

Track Party holds regular play events where children can come and play with toy trains on the grandest of layouts and Track Party offers birthday parties aswell!

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Epic playtime has just been redefined!

Come and enjoy the unique atmosphere and experience that is Track Party. An amazing time at amazing value!

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Trains, cars and dinosaurs!

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When: September  24th, 10am till 5pm

Where: Old Basing Village Hall,The Street, Basingstoke, RG24 7DA

How Much: £6 per play session, Adults are free (free tea and coffee for all adults)

Play Sessions available: 6 hourly sessions, starting from 10am (see below for sessions)

  • Session 1 (10am till 11am) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!
  • Session 2 (11.10am till 12.10pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!
  • Session 3 ( 12.20pm till 1.20pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!
  • Session 4 (1.30pm till 2.30pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!
  • Session 5 (2.40pm till 3.40pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!
  • Session Hire (4pm till 5pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– Hire a whole session all for your party! More information HERE

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You can book tickets at the following links:

24th September 2016: http://trackparty.co.uk/event/basingstoke/

26th November 2016: http://trackparty.co.uk/event/basingstoke-26th/

You can also find out more details about Track Party at their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/trackpartyuk/?fref=ts

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Announcing the NorthHantsMum Christmas Expo 2016!!!

After the last NHM Expo I said I wouldn’t do another Expo. But then I was talking to Mr NHM after I posted something on “Louise nhm Smith” in July, about people struggling.

Mr NHM came up with the awesome idea of having a “NHM bench” in one of the local parks, a safe place for Mum’s to meet that would be dedicated to local Mum’s.

I spoke to my lovely contact in the council and found out that to have a bench like this would cost around £500, so I put my thinking cap on about how I could raise funds for this bench…

Guess what I came up with, yup, raising the funds via another Expo ;-).

The NHM Christmas Expo is always a brilliant event and very well attended, plus this will be my fourth Expo, so I’m pretty well versed in what needs to be done ;-).

It’s going to be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

NorthHantsMum Christmas Expo 2016

Date: Friday 11th November from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

– Over 20 local business stalls
– Softplay area
– Taster Sessions
– Mobile Photography Studio
– A raffle with some fabulous prizes
– Father Christmas Meet and Greet

Any profits raised from this event will go towards a NHM “Bench” in a local park.

More details will be published soon!! I can’t WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

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Build-A-Bear fun at Festival Place – Sunday 21st August 2016

Teddy Bear's Picnic, Festival Place, Basingstoke.
Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Festival Place, Basingstoke.

Basingstoke shopping centre, Festival Place, is inviting shoppers to come and enjoy some Build-A-Bear Workshop fun this summer.

Taking place on Sunday 21st August, shoppers will have the chance to meet the Build-A-Bear Workshop mascots, Bearemy and Paulette for teddy bear games, with exclusive prizes for the winners.

Customers are encouraged to bring their own bears to join in the entertainment and meet some new Build-A-Bear friends.

There will also be lots of photo fun for shoppers, with a special Build-A-Bear Workshop Instagram frame and photo props.

The family event comes as part of an exciting diary of activities taking place at Festival Place this summer, including the return of the Festival Place Summer Garden – the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a relaxing escape, whatever the weather.

Festival Place has over 160 big brands including Next, Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, Zara, Topshop and H&M to name but a few.

And for when shoppers are in need of a little refuelling, there are over 20 restaurants and cafés to choose from including; Las Iguanas, Wagamama, Nando’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Pizza Express, plus a 10-screen Vue cinema for some added entertainment.

To keep up to date with the Build-A-Bear Workshop event and other activities at Festival Place visit www.festivalplace.co.uk or find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Review 2016: Chineham Splash Park

Thank you very much to one of the NHM Writers, Karen, for this fab review!

Thank you also to Michelle for the pictures!

About

Chineham Splash Park is a new, free water activity open between 10:00 and 19:00 until september. It is situated in Chineham park and also boasts a large field with a half pipe and outdoor trail gym.

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When we attended we arrived before 10:00 and the park was already filling up with excited children and parents with picnic blankets.

Once 10:00 finally came around someone pressed the activation button and it was only moments before all the shrieking children were soaking wet and running around in the water jets.

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Facilities and Food

There has also been a portacabin toilet that was added to the splash park in the past week. However, the park unfortunately lacks any other facilities but the Popley Spotlight centre are happy for people to pop in and use the toilets and they also sell refreshments.  Bare in mind that is a 5 minute walk away so if there’s only one adult in your group you’ll probably end up packing away your things.

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You might want flipflops or sandals for wet children to wear as well as extra towels or clothes to put on over wet swimming costumes for the trips to the toilets. Don’t forget your swimming costumes, towels and swim nappies as well as sun protection.

The area has several picnic benches but they are unshaded in the morning so bring a picnic rug or blanket and head under the trees.

Parking

There are around 20 parking spaces at the park and others in residential streets a bit further away

Tips

Our top tips are to consider bringing the buggy (or a shopping trolley) to load everything in for trips to the toilet, don’t forget your own potty to avoid a few and arrive early before it fills up.

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Older excited children might be a bit daunting for the little ones so bring a towel for yourself so you can encourage them in (and cool off) and a carrier if you have a baby.

If the water isn’t working, don’t leave, the council advise that if its been on constantly for a long time sometimes the reservoir will need 30 minutes to refill.

Rating

We enjoyed the splash park so it scores a 5/5 from the Johnson family.

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FREE National Playday on 3rd August 2016!

This is the flyer providing more details for this years Playday at Eastrop Park on Wednesday 3rd August (next week!) from 11am to 4pm.

If you haven’t seen details about National Playday, it’s a free event for families that happens every year and is absolutely brilliant!

I am very, very excited that I will be there on the “Splat the rat” stall. Please come and say hello!

Play day flyer

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Holiday clubs for the Spotlight Centre

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Holiday Clubs in North Hampshire

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

Holiday Clubs in North Hampshire

Koosa Kids – from 4 years to 13 years

Koosa Kids offers holiday activities in various place. Locally there is Alton, Tadley and Fleet. There are over 350 activities including; drama, water play, cricket, football and Go Karts. Children are grouped by age and will be allocated a Coach and Assistant Coach. There are Paediatric First Aiders around at all times. Koosa kids accept childcare vouchers. If you book 2 children a 3rd goes free.

Prices: Days start from £19.75 per day and you get an 8% discount if you book a whole week.

Session times: Open from 8.15am to 6pm daily.

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TGZ Holiday Club – from 4 years to 12 years

Based at Farnborough Grange Nursery and Community Infant School this holiday club includes a wide range of activities such as arts, sports and games.

Price: £10 per session (8.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 5.30pm), £15 per short day (10am-4pm) or £20 per longer day (8.30am – 5.30pm)

To book please email: Claire Dixon

Premier Performing Arts Creative Holiday Camps – 5 years to 16 years

This club is at the Vyne School. It gives children the opportunity to be creative, perform and make new friends. All staff are DBS checked and experienced performing arts coaches. The fun filled workshops are themed and enable children to have an unforgettable dance and drama experience. At the end of the workshop, come and see how they have developed! Week 1: Meet the BFG, Week 2: The Lion King Week 3: Olympic Super Hero Training Camp, Week 4: Introducing… the Pop Icons!

Prices: £20 per day (special 15% discount if booked by 2 weeks in advance. To become a Premier member (FREE) go to the book online link below and you then can get sibling discounts and other discounts.

Session times: Sessions are 9am to 3.30pm but can book extended time (8.30am-5pm) for only £5 which includes a healthy snack.

For more information call 01953499040.

Book online

To book with Childcare Vouchers email using this link requesting the form.

Premier Sport ‘Inspire to Engage’ Holiday Sports Camp – From 4 years to 13 years

This club is at the Vyne School. It gives children the opportunity to experience a varied range of sports in a safe and enriching environment. All staff are DBS checked. The days are designed to have a healthy sporting experience with other children their age.There will be lots of games and activities including fencing, archery, lacrosse, dodgeball, football, tennis and many more. There are 4-5 different sports per day

Prices: (£17 if booked more than 2 weeks in advance). 9am – 12.30pm is £12 per day (£10.20 if booked more than 2 weeks in advance) and 8.30am – 5pm is £25 per day (£21.25 if booked more than 2 weeks in advance). To become a Premier member (FREE) go to the book online link below and you then can get sibling discounts and other discounts.

For more information call 01953499040.

Book online

SCL – Club Energy & Soccer Schools – 4 years to 12 years

SCL has been running holiday activities for more than 10 years and have been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for their holiday activities at Easter. They run across Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and the London Boroughs. For 4-5 year olds, their days will be like they are at nursery; activities will be set out to cover the EYFS 7 areas of learning with a key worker for each child. Within Club energy these are the plans: For 6-8 year olds there is an activity programme where children can improve their social skills, team building and individuality. For 9-12 year olds there will be a wide range of activities to challenge and motivate them. There is also the Soccer Schools which provide: 4-5 year olds with an introduction to football through fun and imaginative games and practices. 6-8 year olds with a focus on player development through enjoyable drills and sessions. 9-12 year olds with skill specific drills and tactical awareness.

Prices: Standard day (9.45am – 4pm) £22 per day or £88 per week. Extended day (8.,30am – 5.30pm) £25 per day or £100 per week. There is a 25% sibling discount and they also accept childcare

vouchers.

For more information call 03456445747

SCL – Education through sport

Fun House – 4 years to 14 years

Fun House runs a Holiday Club from their location at Daneshill Industrial Estate. They were awarded a ‘Good’ from Ofsted. They provide a well planned and organised play environment which allows children to explore, experiment and make decisions for themselves.

Prices: Long days are charged at £25 per child per day or £105 per week. Short days are charged at £19.50 per child per day. There is a £3.50 per child per day charge for lunch. They do accept childcare vouchers.

Sessions: A full day is from 8am – 6pm. A short day is 9am – 3.30pm

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Cornerstone Holiday Club – 6 years to 11 years

Cornerstone offer a Holiday Club during school holidays which is held in a private contained room at Playdays Play Centre. For more information send an email. You can also have a look at their facebook page.

For more information call 01256818118

Spotlight Centre – 5 years to 16 years

Spotlight is a charity working with over 600 children every week during term time providing fun activities. They run a holiday club where all staff are DBS checked which includes art and crafts, games, sports, dance and drama plus much more.

For more information call 01256325420

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ISIS Holiday Club

ISIS run an after school club during term time and offer a Holiday Club during all the holidays. They have a big outdoor space and a park very close by which they use for outdoor games. Indoors they provide arts and crafts, games, computers, a reading area and a quiet area. There is also a place for children to complete their homework.

Prices: £25 per full day which includes all activities, mid morning and afternoon snacks. £3.50 per hour for a minimum of 5 hours.

For more information call 07516828567 or 07516209578

ISIS Afterschool and Holiday Club

Willowdene Funky Monkey Holiday Club – Pre-school children

Funky Monkey is the pre-school holiday club. Children have access to a broad range of activities and resources including games, craft, cooking, reading, construction and role play plus many more. There are also opportunities for outings to the park and on nature walks.

Prices: £5.90 per hour for 2 year olds and £5.60 per hour for children aged 3+. Breakfast served between 7.30am and 8.30am for a charge of £1. Lunch served between 11.30am and 12.30pm for £2.50. Tea is served between 4pm and 5pm for £2.50.

Sessions: from 7.30am to 6pm.

Funky Monkey Holiday Club

Willowdene Club Holiday Club – Reception age +

Willowdene Club Holiday Club offers children a wide range of activities including free areas for reading, writing, role play and computing as well as activities such as arts and crafts, cookery and games.

Prices: £2.70 per hour for school aged children. Breakfast served between 7.30am and 8.15am for a charge of £1. Lunch served between 11.30am and 12.30pm for £2.50. Tea is served between 4pm and 5pm for £2.50.

Sessions: from 7.30am to 6pm.

Willowdene Club Holiday Club

Tetra Brazil – from 5 years to 15 years

Tetra Brazil works from Sherfield Park Community Centre during the summer holidays. They provide players with an authentic Brazilian based coaching for football based on techniques and tactics used by some of the world’s best players. Tetra Brazil has 5 phases (age groups) however for holiday clubs they only operate phases 2 -4. Phase 2 (5-7 year olds) focus on ball familiarity and developing a passion for the game. Phase 3 (8-11 year olds) focus on technical proficiency in a competitive environment. Phase 4 (12 – 15 year olds) learn team tactics, performing under pressure and understanding good match preparation.

Prices: Half days cost £7.50 per session and full days cost £15 per day. For Monday – Friday half days £30 and Monday – Friday full days £60.

Session times: Half day is 9am – 12pm and a full day is 9am – 3pm. You can also book a full week of half days or full days

For more information please call 03302233613

Tetra Brazil

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Basingstoke Festival 2016

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Basingstoke Festival 2016

Dates

17 June 2016 to 10 July 2016

Free (or small costs at different events)

Location

various locations across the borough

Fall in love with Basingstoke this summer

Fall in love with Basingstoke this summer – it’s the borough with the green heart.

You’ll love the line-up for Basingstoke Festival 2016 – there’s something for all ages, so bring the family.

The fun starts with a parade from one park and ends with Basingstoke Live, two days of live music, in another – showcasing just how green the town is at heart! This year’s much loved carnival parade through the centre of Basingstoke features sun bird puppets, hilarious walkabouts puddle ducks, giant kangaroos and a beautiful polar bear.

For family activities there’s a circus spectacular, specially crafted children’s drama with unique and beautiful aerial acrobatic artists. The royal philharmonic orchestra makes an appearance which promises to be out of this world! A weekend celebration of literary women, professional entertainers, fantastic food for all tastes, weeks of music and dance and many more fun events and surprises.

To find the event that is right for you check out the Basingstoke Festival website www.basingstokefestival.co.uk. Programme launches 3 June 2016.

Keep updated on what is happening on our Facebook page or via Twitter #BstokeFest #BasingstokeFestival

Contact details

https://www.facebook.com/basingstokefestival/?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/BstokeFestival

www.basingstokefestival.co.uk

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Family listings for Summer 2016/ Creation Space Cafe

Family Friendly June/ July 2016 events from Proteus Theatre Company

To book a place for ticketed events, you can order online from https://www.wegottickets.com/proteustheatre or visit the Proteus Creation Space, Council Road, RG21 3DH or call 01256 354541. Advance booking is strongly recommended.

To find out more about events, theatre performances and classes and workshops taking place at the Creation Space visit:

http://www.proteustheatre.com

https://twitter.com/ProteusCreation

https://www.facebook.com/ProteusCreationSpace

The Creation Space Cafe Opening

Saturday 11 June / 10am – 4pm

Proteus Creation Space, Council Road, RG21 3DH

Come and experience our brand new café, serving delicious coffee and cakes, locally sourced produce and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. There will be special offers and free tastings throughout the day, so come and tell us what you think!

The Queen’s Sheep

Many years ago, villagers had the right to graze their animals on common land; local artist Louise Hight had the idea of how wonderful it would be to see sheep grazing once again, a sight not seen for a long time. Louise is asking Basingstoke locals to join her in exciting arts workshops and help celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.  You will have the opportunity to decorate life-sized wire sheep as well as have a go at other Sheepie arts and crafts! And, you will have a hand in helping them be displayed in a range of villages across the borough.

The Queen’s Sheep will initially be displayed on Sherfield-on-Loddon’s village green from Thursday 9th June, before moving on to various summer events across the borough.

At these events, children will be able to take part in free sheep-themed fun! Anyone can join in and see the ever expanding flock of sheep at:

Sherfield-on-Loddon Village Fate    11th June     12pm – 5pm

Silchester Village Fate                      18th June    12pm – 3:30pm

Old Basing Carnival                          18th June    12pm – 4pm

Sherfest                                            2nd July       12pm – 8pm

Overton Sheep Fair                          16th / 17th July      11am – 4pm 

Basingstoke Carnival Parade

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Friday 17th June / From 5pm / FREE

Starting at Cross Street and finishing in Eastrop Park, the parade kicks off the Basingstoke Festival in style!

Come and line the streets to dance and cheer along over 500 participants from local schools, choirs, dance and community groups, who will entertain alongside professional performers, giant colourful puppets and hilarious walkabout acts.

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Greece!

Saturday 18 June / 7pm / Adults £5.10/ Concessions £4.10/ Children £3.10

At Central Studio, Queen Mary’s College campus, RG21 3HF

The ProPellers Group, the youngest theatrical performers in Proteus & Central Studio’s Young Peoples theatre, present a modern, humorous interpretation of ancient Greek drama.

http://www.centralstudio.co.uk/youththeatre.html 

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Dress the Princess (part of the Written by Woman Weekend)

Saturday 25th June/ 10am – 1pm/ FREE

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Drop in and join local artist Louise Hight to create a giant princess and dress her in colourful materials. Write poetry, stories, songs and rhymes on rags and ribbons, to make her dress the best in the land and help create a sculpture for the town to see. Aimed at children aged 3+.

She’s my Hero (part of the Written by Women Weekend)

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Saturday 25th June/ 2pm – 4pm/ FREE

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Who are your children’s favourites? Who are their heroes? Taylor Swift? Dora The Explorer? Wonder Woman? Katniss Everdeen? Anna or Elsa? Hermione Grainger? Maybe they’re inspired by characters from their favourite comics? Join local artist Sandy Kendall for a fun-packed arts and crafts workshop to create and celebrate their heroes using pencils, paints and clay.

The Shed of Stories

A Shed of Stories

Sunday 26 June / 11am-3pm / FREE

Suitable for really little people.

Come along to the Top of the Town for a fun-packed family day of events at the Shed of Stories, where you can read books, listen to stories, have a go at creative writing and watch children’s theatre and puppetry! 

‘ A street full of circus’

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Saturday 2 July / 10.30am-4pm Top of the Town / From 8pm at Tea Bar   / FREE

Contemporary circus and dance performances.

Swing by the Market Square for a spectacular Saturday featuring some of the most exciting circus and street artists from in and around Europe! 

01.07.2015. Bar Story by Etta Ermini Dance Theatre at GDIF2015 at Wren Landing, Canary Wharf London, UK. Photo - © Foteini Christofilopoulou.
01.07.2015. Bar Story by Etta Ermini Dance Theatre at GDIF2015 at Wren Landing, Canary Wharf London, UK. Photo – © Foteini Christofilopoulou.

Everything Stops for Tea

Saturday 9 July / Noon – 4pm / FREE / Vintage Treasures

Daphne and Phyllis are setting up home in the shop window of the gorgeous Vintage Treasures on Cross Street for this fun and quirky interactive performance installation. 

Taste at the Top of the Town

Sunday 31 July / From 10am / FREE / Market Place

A fantastic foodie-fest with something for all the family including; celebrity chef demonstrations including Brian Turner MBE, Hampshire Fair fresh produce, delicious street food from around the globe quality market stalls

Food trail offering local restaurant discounts, family activities and street theatre and much more.

Twitter: @totTBasingstoke #TasteSoGood

Facebook: TheTopOfTheTownBasingstoke

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