Mothercare Expectant Parents Evening’s – June 2017

These are lovely events and definitely worth attending if you are expecting any time soon as they offer 10% off anything you purchase that evening.

The team are available to help with personal shopping and have all staff in to ensure a nice easy shopping experience.

There will also be lots of stalls and you will be given a goody bag at the event.

It’s invite only but you just need to call the store on 01256 363737 to book your place.

You can find links to previous Mothercare Expectant Parents evening to see what it’s all about:

Mothercare Expectant Parents Evening: June 2016

Mothercare Expectant’s Parents Evening – Autumn 2015

Event: Mothercare expectant parent evening, Basingstoke – Thursday 26th February 2015

Expectant Parent’s Event at Mothercare Basingstoke – 9th October 2014

Event: Expectant Parents evening at Mothercare – June 2014

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Basingstoke in Bloom

Basingstoke in Bloom are FREE gardening and Photography competitions open to all residents, businesses, associations, community groups and schools within Basingstoke & Deane Borough.

It has been run by volunteers since 2012, after the Council gave it up.

People can apply by post or on-line through the website. The website also holds more details about the competitions.

www.basingstokeinbloom.com

The closing date is 14th July 2017, with Schools closing date of 7th July 2017.

 

The Borough runs from Highclere to Stratfield Saye to Preston Candover to St Mary Bourne!

So we would like as many people, groups & businesses as possible to get involved!

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FREE Sylvanian Families weekend 17/18 June 2017

For the last 9 years, The Sylvanian Families shop from London have organised a Sylvanian Families event here in Whitchurch at the Gill Nethercott Centre and the historic Silk Mill which takes place this year on 17/18 June.

Apart from offering the largest selection of Sylvanians for sale, there is also a creative activities marquee, visits from real life size Sylvanian characters and performances from the Sylvanian Families show!

It is very much a fun event for young and old alike!!

If you love Sylvanian families – its a great fun weekend and its absolutely FREE!

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Want to get the Spark back in your life?

This is for you if you can answer Yes to any of the following…

  • Are you feeling that there has to be more to life than this?
  • The same day in and day out?
  • Do you miss the old you that used to have fun?
  • Are you tired of this and ready to do something about it?

Imagine a life where you are doing things that YOU enjoy. Enjoying time with people that love and value you… Creating a life that you can’t even imagine at the moment… but soon will with my help.

This is for Mums that want a change.

You know it’s not working for you but you need help and strategies to getting your life back or discovering a new one that works even better.

It can be difficult becoming a mother and often we lose ourselves… let’s make changes that work for us before we lose our sanity!!

There are only two places available for these sessions and there is no cost involved.

Please email me at hello@tamaravanlint.com to apply for a place.

The commitment is 2 sessions without children. (Because of the nature of coaching I will require that you are totally committed and present. This is a gift to you and I ask that, if need be, you find childcare arrangements.) 

The first is exploring where we are and where we want to be… and coming up with a plan. This can last up to 1 and 1/2 hours. Then you go and implement it.

We can meet the next week or 2 weeks after that for a quick 1/2 hour  to see what worked, what didn’t and make some tweaks.

You will go away with some tools and tips to begin living a happier life.

And everyone knows a happy mum is a happy family. xxx

Be Inspired!

Tamara Vanlint

Speaker, Life Alignment Mentor and Essence Illuminator
 
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Competition!!!! FREE tickets to Don’t Dribble on the Dragon!!!!!

Competition for FREE tickets to “Don’t Dribble on the Dragon”

Prize: 1 x pair of tickets for the winner to see the show at The Haymarket on Tuesday 11 April at 2.30pm.

Question: Who wrote Don’t Dribble on the Dragon?

Answer: Please share this post from NorthHantsMum FB Page AND email your answer to the question above to “competitions@anvilarts.org.uk“.

Closing date for the competition is Friday 7th April.

Don’t Dribble on the Dragon

Tuesday 11 April 2017 2.30pm

The Haymarket 

The People’s Theatre Company presents Don’t Dribble on the Dragon, by Steven Lee, at The Haymarket on Tuesday 11 April at 7.30pm

Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon… and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop! When Tom’s endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers’ friendship apart can their dragon’s amazing magic help them put it back together again or will it only end up making things worse?

Based on the new book by Steven Lee, and with magic designed by the late Paul Daniels, this spectacular musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family is the perfect feel good show for big-hearted adults and loving little ones alike.

Tickets for Don’t Dribble on the Dragon are priced £12 (includes £2 booking fee).  Suitable for ages 2 and over.

For more information or for tickets, call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244, or visit the website anvilarts.org.uk.

This competition is in no way affiliated with Facebook.

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Basingstoke Spring NCT Nearly New Sale 8 April 2017

RECYCLE AND RAISE FUNDS THIS SPRING AT OUR NEARLY NEW SALE

Local parents in and around Basingstoke can purchase some top-quality products and donate to charity at our upcoming Spring NCT Nearly New Sale.

NCT Basingstoke’s Nearly New Sale is to be held on Saturday the 8 April from 11-1pm, at Queen Mary’s College. There is plenty of time to register as one of our 100+ sellers, or to volunteer to help at the sale. More information can be found online at our facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/BasingstokeNCTNNS/ or by contacting us at nns.basingstoke@nct.org.uk.

So, if your home is beginning to look a bit cluttered with baby and children’s items, why not enter them into our Spring sale? All you need to do is register as a seller through the links on our Facebook page. We provide you with a simple to fill in spreadsheet that generates coloured scanning tickets for you to print out and attach to your items. The night before the sale drop off your sorted items to our friendly volunteers, who will lay them out by category across our two large sale halls.

NCT members get 15 minutes’ priority entry to the sale from 11 with a valid membership card.  There will be goody bags for our first 100 shoppers and samples for our early buyers.  The sale is open to everyone from 11:15, but please remember to bring little ones in a sling as buggies cannot be taken around the sale halls. We provide shopping bags, but with so many bargains on offer you will need to bring some large bags, IKEA bags are perfect, to carry your shopping home in.

NCT Nearly New Sales offer excellent quality used maternity, baby and children’s clothes, toys and equipment. High street products can be expensive, but shoppers at NCT sales regularly save 75-90% on the price of goods. Unlike our competitors, 20% of the profits from the sale go back to the NCT so it can continue its vital work supporting parents in the area. Our sale is just one of 600 held annually in the UK. Our Autumn sale is on Saturday the 14th October at QMC so put the date in your diaries.  For more information, go to www.nct.org.uk/nns.

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Mothercare Basingstoke Expectant Parents Evening – Tomorrow night! (Thursday 2nd March 2017)

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The team are available to help with personal shopping and have all staff in to ensure a nice easy shopping experience.

It a chance to review the products available in mothercare and anything you buy that evening will have 10% off. (If you are buying a pushchair, 10% can add up to a LOT!)

There will also be lots of stalls and you will be given a goody bag at the event.

There are usually drinks and snacks available and often a couple of tables of local businesses that are relevant to pregnant Mum’s and parents of under one year olds.

It’s invite only but you just need to call the store on 01256 363737 to book your place.

You can find links to previous Mothercare Expectant Parents evening to see what it’s all about:

Mothercare Expectant’s Parents Evening – Autumn 2015

Event: Mothercare expectant parent evening, Basingstoke – Thursday 26th February 2015

Expectant Parent’s Event at Mothercare Basingstoke – 9th October 2014

Event: Expectant Parents evening at Mothercare – June 2014

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Upcoming events at Festival Place – Feb to June 2017

Festival Place is excited to announce a number of events and activities taking place at the Basingstoke-based shopping centre over the coming months.

Kicking off this week, from Saturday 11th February to Tuesday 14th February, will be Festival Place’s Love Emergency campaign to celebrate Valentine’s Day. As well as being able to consult the ultimate guide to Valentine’s Day before they visit, shoppers will have the opportunity to take part in something extra special with surprise gifts for their loved one.

As the end of April approaches, things will be hotting up at Festival Place with the Student Lock In on 29th April, where the town’s youngsters can enjoy extended shopping hours to take advantage of a whole host of offers and discounts, with live music, freebies and giveaways. The same weekend will also see the Fashion Event, taking place on 29th and 30th April, which will showcase the season’s trends and provide inspiration for a spring wardrobe refresh.

The next date for the diary will be the much-anticipated annual food event, Eat Street, which will be running from Saturday 3rd June to Sunday 4th June. Once again, the shopping centre’s restaurants and cafés will be delighting the crowds with samples from their diverse menus and shoppers can look forward to meeting a special celebrity guest.

Festival Place Marketing Manager Charlotte Ranger said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming visitors to a number of fun events at the shopping centre this spring and are particularly excited about hosting our fifth Eat Street event. We hope that people will come from far and wide to find out firsthand all that Festival Place has to offer.”

To stay up to date with all the latest information on the events planned at Festival Place visit www.festivalplace.co.uk  or find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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NHM readers recommend places to buy a cabin bed from

NHM readers recommend places to buy a cabin bed from

In response to a question from a NHM Reader, I asked the Friends of  my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook “Where is the best place to buy a cabin bed from, for a 4 year old?” . 

Thank you very much to everyone who responded and thank you to Shona for putting together this post!!! 

Please note, these are in no particular order!

1. Archers Sleep Centre

Archers Sleepcentre

Emma says “Good prices and very solid.  We have the lollipop pink and white one”.

2. Aspace

ASPACE | Exclusive Children’s Bedrooms | Inspirational Spaces for …

Sarah says “not cheap but very good quality & service”.

3. Facebook

Samantha says “Facebook selling pages are always worth a look”.

4. Next

Furniture & Homeware | Home & Garden | Next Official Site

Kate says “We got ours from Next, it’s really nice, looks good and is solid. We’re quite happy sitting on it with her to read stories. Not too high that I’m worried she’ll fall too far either.

5. Julian-Bowen

Julian Bowen Limited

Jason says “We bought a ‘Domino’ Bunk Bed from www.julian-bowen.co.uk, which we have been very happy with.  Note, most bunk beds will say 6+, but we have had our eldest in from three; obviously common sense applies and whether a bunk bed is suitable for sub-six will be child specific.

6. Mrs Flat Pack

MrsFlatPack.co.uk

Louise says “Got all of mine from Mrs flat pack online. Amazing and quick service.

7. Rainbow Wood

Rainbow Wood South | Children’s Beds and Furniture | Thuka, Stompa …

Kate says “Rainbow wood in Farnham – specialises in childrens beds and furniture.”

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Age limits for National Attractions

Thank you very much to Shona for this BRILLIANT post!!

Age limits for National Attractions

London

Free for everyone

Natural History Museum

Science Museum

Museum of Childhood

Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Free for Under 3’s

Coca-Cola London Eye

Shrek’s Adventure – London

Sea Life – London

London Zoo

Free for Under 4’s

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Madame Tussauds

The View from the Shard

Free for Under 5’s

Buckingham Palace

Tower of London

South East

Free for all children

Hillier Gardens

The Willis Museum

Free for Under 1 metre

Paultons Park

Free for Under 2’s

Finkley Down Farm

Manydown Family Fun

Miller’s Ark

Beale Park

The Living Rainforest

Bucklebury Farm

4 kingdoms Adventure Park

Free for Under 3’s

Chessington

Legoland

Thorpe Park

Birdworld

The Hawk Conservancy

Marwell Wildlife

Weymouth Sea Life

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Wellington Country Park

Free for Under 5’s

Milestones Museum

Basing House

The Vyne

North West

Free for Under 2’s

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Free for Under 3’s

Legoland Discovery Centre – Manchester

Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Blackpool Tower

Sea Life Blackpool

Sea Life Manchester

Free for under 90cm

Gullivers World

Scotland

Free for Under 3’s

Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary

Sea Life Loch Lomond

Free for Under 4’s

Landmark Forest Adventure Park

Ireland

Free for Under 3’s

Sea Life Bray

South West

Free for Under 95cm

Flambards

Free for Under 3’s

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Longleat Safari Park

Free for Under 5’s

Cheddar Gorge

North East

Free for Under 1’s

Seven Stories – only £2.50 for 1 – 3 years

Free for Under 3’s

Sea Life Scarborough

Free for Under 4’s

Flamingo Land

Free for Under 5’s

Jorvik Viking Centre

The Midlands and East Anglia

Free for Under 2’s

Drayton Manor Theme Park – Only £6 for ages 2 – 3 years

Free for Under 3’s

Alton Towers

National Sea Life Birmingham

Sea Life Great Yarmouth

Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary

Warwick Castle

Free for Under 5’s

National Space Centre

Wales

Free for Under 3’s

Oakwood Theme Park

Llangollen Steam Train

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