NHM Readers Recommend: Local Country Parks

An NHM Reader recently asked: “Would anyone be able to recommend some local country parks? We like Wellington but it’s so expensive!” 

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

Please bear in mind that listings may change in subsequent years, but hopefully they will still be a good base point for your own research.

NHM Readers Recommend: Local Country Parks

Andrea said “All about a 30-50 min drive away. Dinton Pastures, Itchen Valley, Moors Valley, Royal Victoria, all free except for parking.

Clare saidAlice Holt has the gruffalo trail and in the summer  Moors Valley in the New Forest is great for a while day with only parking to pay”

Charlene saidAlice Holt, Virginia Waters

Dan saidFleet ponds is lovely to walk around.”

Sarah saidCalifornia country park just pay parking”

Jo R saidAlice Holt, Bracknell look out (cheaper later in day) outside free. California country park. Dinton Pastures. Frensham big and little ponds. Elizabeth Country Park. Sign up to National Trust for less than £10 a month then go as many times as you can!

Vicky saidSome great suggestions! We went to California country park for the first time in October and we’ll be going back in the summer to try out the paddling pool (think it’s a £2.50 charge for the pool).”

Tracy saidBeale Park season ticket is very very good value!”

Emma L said “Defo Alice Holt and there’s one in Reading Dinton I think”

Rebecca said I love California country park

Aimee saidDinton Pastures is awesome”

Jo W saidVirginia Waters is beautiful”

Alison saidThatcham discovery centre and Charlton lakes are great

Heather saidQueen Elizabeth Country Park in Petersfield. All free exc small parking fee and brilliant. Drive right to the top for excellent play areas and open spaces. And an obstacle course.”

Jenny saidAlice Holt and Dinton both fab – only pay for parking”

Rachel saidDinton Pastures is brill and free apart from parking. Also nature discovery in Newbury which you just have to pay parking for.”

Emma H saidMoors Valley, you just pay for parking. It’s ace!! There’s also one in eastleigh but I can’t remember the name”

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Snow!!! House Bound Things to do

If you’re going a bit stir crazy in the house and can’t face taking everyone out in the snow again because it means tonnes of coats, socks, boots, etc. that you need to dry after (no, just me? :-D), these are some historical posts from NHM that might be useful today.

Older children will also find some of these fun, as sensory activities don’t have an age limit.

What suggestions do you have?

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Basingstoke Mum2Mum Market, Sunday 15th July 2018

Hundreds of Baby and Children’s Bargains!

Basingstoke Mum2Mum Market – Sunday 15th July 2018

2pm to 4pm Hatch Warren Community Centre

Save a Fortune!

If you’ve not been to one of our Mum2Mum Market nearly new sales before, you might not know that you will find a hall packed with a huge range of high quality nearly new baby and children’s goodies, being sold at bargain prices by local Mums and Dads.

Our friendly, popular events are held regularly in Basingstoke and our next market is on Sunday 15th July from 2pm until 4pm at Hatch Warren Community Centre. As always, our stalls will be brimming with almost everything for age 0 to 6 years – toys, games, books, buggies, clothing, shoes, walkers, play mats, bedding, bouncers, feeding equipment, baby baths, travel cots, ride-on toys, sterilisers, baby seats, nursery equipment, maternity items – and more!

You don’t need to book to shop, just come along and join us on the day. Adult entry is £2, children are free and there’s free entry for everyone for the last 30 minutes of the market. You can also download a 2for1 entry voucher from our website and bring a friend for free (or pay £1 each of
course!). There is free parking available on site at the Community Centre.

If you’re on Facebook, join the event page here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/938023552989601/ for updates, event news and previews of items which will be for sale on the day!

After this market, we won’t be back in Basingstoke again until October, so don’t miss your chance to seek out some fantastic bargains!

Do you have items to sell?

At the time of writing, we have just two stalls remaining for 15th July. To book a stall at any of our markets, simply visit our bookings website at https://www.mum2mummarket.co.uk/book-a-stall.html. We supply the tables, and you keep 100% of your takings on the day! Each stallholder
receives our useful Information Pack, which is bursting with details, tips and advice on sorting, displaying and pricing their goodies.

Find out more!

There are a number of ways to keep up to date with our latest news and event dates, or to ask any questions about our Basingstoke, Eastleigh and Southampton markets:
Email: linda@mum2mummarket.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mum2mum-Market-Hampshire-166582593693636/
Website: https://www.mum2mummarket.co.uk/

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 15th July – and of course at our future events too!
Linda x

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NHM Readers Recommend – Where to Buy Second Hand Maternity Clothes

An NHM Reader recently asked “”Could you please ask the community where I can buy second hand maternity clothes? Is so expensive, I’m size 10.” The NHM Community were amazing in their responses. Thank you for all of your suggestions, listed below in no particular order, and thank you very much to all of those who offered clothes!

NHM Readers recommend – where to buy second hand maternity clothes

Claire says “The NCT nearly new sale always has a good range. Whole section of maternity clothes. But that’s not till 28th April. https://www.facebook.com/BasingstokeNCTNNS/. You could also ask a question on facebay etc whether anyone selling any”

Jo says “VarageSale have tons of maternity stuff too. It’s an online selling/buying app. You join your local community (basingstoke) and then there’s tons of stuff to buy and you can sell your stuff for free too! https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/varagesale/id622859960?mt=8

Wendy says “Lots of people donate them to Spotlight but I needed different coats second time round and eBay was the best place. Also ask if the hospice shops if they have got their acts together and put all their baby bits in one place yet. Fitmama selling normally has a few too.”

Sally says “I used to look on ebay”

Karen says “Online groups. Put ‘maternity clothes’ in the search bar and there’s lots of Facebook groups. There’s even jo jo maman bebe only ones.

Becki says “I bought most of my maternity clothes on Facebook market place, charity shops and the nearly new sales”

Heather says “I used eBay”

Becky says “Market place on Facebook! Got all mine for £20”

Helen says “VarageSale”

Sandhya says “VarageSale for anything buy/sell local. It has categories and sort through size. Need to download the app or use the website.”

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NHM Readers: Getting Pictures Printed

I recently asked the Friends of my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook where is the best and cheapest place/way to get pictures printed?

Thank you for your replies, listed below in no particular order:

NHM Readers recommend where to get pictures printed

Charlotte said “Free prints app”

Gemma said “Free prints, download the app and you get so many free a month, just pay for postage”

Jo said “Snapfish”

Debbie said “Costco”

Sue said “I vary between Boots, Snapfish and photobox”

Shima said “Costco is very reasonable but more than that the quality is excellent”

Jade said “Jessops”

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Mum2Mum Markets Hampshire

Thank you for the opportunity to tell everyone about my events!  I’m Linda and I run the Mum2Mum Markets in Basingstoke, Eastleigh and Southampton.

Mum2Mum Markets are community events where parents (and grandparents and friends!) can buy and sell high quality nearly new baby and children’s toys, clothes and equipment.  Our friendly, popular markets are all held indoors and usually see between 200 and 300 shoppers at each event. Our stalls are packed with toys, games, books, clothing, shoes, walkers, buggies, play mats, bedding, travel cots, trikes, ride-on toys, sterilisers, nursery equipment – and more!  Our events are aimed at age 0-6 years and maternity. 

The Basingstoke markets are held at Hatch Warren Community Centre and Queen Mary’s College, the Eastleigh markets at Pavilion on the Park, and the Southampton events at Woodlands Community College.

Our upcoming market dates are as follows: 

To book a stall, simply visit our bookings website at http://www.mum2mummarket.co.uk/book-a-stall.html and select your market.  We supply the tables, and you keep 100% of your takings on the day!  Each stallholder receives our useful Information Pack a couple of weeks before the market, which is packed with information, tips and advice on sorting, displaying and pricing their goodies.  We have a loyal group of repeat sellers at each location and stalls usually sell out well in advance of each market.

If you’re looking to shop at our events, you’ll find our stalls packed with amazing bargains!  A huge range of high quality nearly new baby and children’s toys, clothes and equipment at a fraction of the retail price.  You really can save a fortune! There’s no need to book to come and shop, just come along on the day. Adult entry is £2, children are free and there’s free entry for everyone for the last 30 minutes of each market.  You can also download a 2for1 entry voucher from our website and bring a friend for free (or pay £1 each of course!). 

We also work with local baby and child related businesses, who promote their products and services through our events.  There are a variety of ways to do this, including placing flyers in our goody bags, booking a business stall, or sponsoring our events.  We love working with other local small business, so would love to hear from anyone looking to engage with local parents. 

So whether you fancy selling or buying, we’d really love to see you at one of our markets – come and join us!  

Join our Facebook page for our latest news, event dates, market photos and preview of items for sale! https://www.facebook.com/Mum2mum-Market-Hampshire-166582593693636/

Please email me at linda@mum2mummarket.co.uk with any questions or enquiries – I’d love to hear from you.

Linda x

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Please help if you can: Volunteers needed to support NCT Charity in their Nearly New Sale Events

WHERE – Queen Mary’s College. Basingstoke
WHEN – Sat 28th Apr & Sat 6th Oct 2018

We are currently looking for people to take on various volunteering roles for the Basingstoke NCT Nearly New Sales. Volunteering with the NCT charity means you get a general feeling of satisfaction that you are helping people in the community; you can show transferable skills on your CV while on Maternity Leave or a stay at home Mum.

What do the roles require from a volunteer ?

Main team volunteer roles are asked to attend a pre sale meeting and then volunteer for a few hours either split between the Friday evening preparation tasks or on the Saturday. Which is split into pre sale, sale and post sale.
You can also do half your time on the Friday and half on the Saturday.

Examples of roles are – on payment tills, guiding customers, checking quality, packing bags, answering queries….

Main team volunteer benefits include –
– Early entry into the sale (when volunteering 6 hours +)
– 50% of sellers fees refunded (when volunteering 3 hours +)

We also need to fill 3 roles as part of the nearly new sale core team.
Logistics Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and Seller Coordinator.
The core team have the extra benefits of –
– Extra early entry into the sale (before the pre-sale)
– 100% of the sellers fee refunded

The Logistics Coordinator is responsible for:
– Booking the Venue for Spring and Autumn Sales;
– Coordinator payment of invoices;
– Prepare risk assessment and insurance details for sales to take place;
– Liaise with local NCT branches for loan of equipment, such as rails;
– Arrange collection of equipment such as rails, shopping bags, aprons, and sashes;
– Liaise with Treasurer to ensure chip and pin machines and floats are ordered prior to sale;
– Attend Core Team Meetings to help with other areas of the sale, pre and post sale.

The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for:
– Setting up the volunteer section of the Intrabiz registration page;
– Sending emails to previous volunteers and sellers about volunteering options for the next sale;
– Allocating volunteers to roles for the set up, sale and clear up to make sure we have enough people to perform the tasks required;
– Sign in and out all volunteers on the day of the sale and give volunteer briefing.

The Seller Coordinator is responsible for:
– Setting up the sale section of the Intrabiz registration page;
– Sending emails to previous volunteers and sellers about selling for the next sale;
– Having excellent excel experience to create seller spreadsheets, and keep the master spreadsheet up to date. This allows the sale to happen with a barcode scanning system and seller database;
– Email all sellers their seller spreadsheets and make sure they have been submitted for database entry before the sale;
– Greet all sellers and sign them in on the Friday evening;
– Making sure clear up on Saturday is completed correctly before sellers come to receive their unsold items.


The sale is completely run by volunteers and we can only continue running these sales if we have volunteers to look after the preparation and running of them. If you would be interested in finding out more about any of these roles please contact us by emailing  NNS.Basingstoke@nct.org.uk
Or visit our Facebook page and ask us a question 
https://www.facebook.com/BasingstokeNCTNNS/

Or, if you are happy to volunteer with the above information for the April sale, please follow this link to register: https://nct.intrabiz.co.uk/cgi-bin/sys.cgi?action=NCT-product-client_view&id=35109639

If you would be interested in selling at our next sale, we offer a return of either half or full of your seller fees if you volunteer with us. If you would like to register to sell, please follow this link: https://nct.intrabiz.co.uk/cgi-bin/sys.cgi?action=NCT-product-client_view&id=34288243

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Big kids welcome: Grown-ups eat free at Basingstoke Giraffe to mark new dawn for family favourite

Don’t you just LOVE it when a PR company change their mind about what they’ve sent to you as they “were a little too excited about our new offering and it’s launch date.”

They have asked me to remove this post as I’m afraid the offer is no longer applicable.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

I’m just as miffed as you are!

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Pay Once, Visit all year Attractions (plus a couple of free ones)

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

Pay Once, Visit all year Attractions (plus a couple of free ones )

Did you know that many attractions are pay once, visit all year? This means if you keep the entrance ticket it allows you to return to the attraction for free in the following 12 months (some have additional terms and conditions such as gift aid).

A recent post on “Buy and Sell Baby/Children’s Bits in Basingstoke” by Sarah-Louise asked group members to help create a list of all the attractions that offer this. We have taken a few of these, investigated the list and added too it.

Milestones – Basingstoke

Silk Mill – Whitchurch

Living Rain Forest – Newbury

Military Museum – Aldershot

F.A.S.T – Farnborough FREE ENTRY

Jane Austens house – Chawton

Winchester Cathedral – Winchester

River & Rowing Museum – Henley on Thames

Historic Dockyard – Portsmouth

Museum of Army Flying – Stockbridge. Annual pass given free if you gift aid.

Hollycombe Steam in the Country – Liphook

Blenheim Palace – Blenheim nr Oxford. Annual pass given free if you gift aid

Oxford Universities Museum – Oxford FREE ENTRY

Natural History – London FREE ENTRY

Transport Museum – Covent Garden

Tank Museum – Bovington

Royal Collection Trust – Various palaces and royal residences. Annual pass given free if you gift aid

Additional Tip – NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERSHIP – Buy through the Scottish national trust. It’s a lot cheaper and you can still go to all the English and Welsh places

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Review 2018: West Green Fruits

Thank you very much to today’s NHM Secret Reviewer!

West Green Fruits review – pick your own fruits, Hartley Wintney

West Green Fruits

 

One of my friends had recently told me about how she had asked her little boy where strawberries come from, he answered “the supermarket” (he was a little more specific but I didn’t want to seem bias!)

As it happened, I had already heard of a place called West Green Fruits where you can pick your own produce, and my friend’s experience made me keen to try it out! I had never been to a PYO before, I had been blackberry picking in ‘the wilds’, but I was really intrigued by this and thought it would be a great introduction to where food comes from. My boys were 2.5 yrs so I was a little concerned they would be a bit too young to get it. Fortunately, I was very wrong.

About

West Green Fruits is situated just outside Hartley Wintney, about 15 minutes from central Basingstoke. They are open during the PYO season, which started on 10th June this year. It is a family run business set in 20 acres of farmland and offers a range of fruit including strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, gooseberries, tayberries and more. There is a small shop selling their own homemade jams and Jella’s Ice Cream, made with their produce. They also have produce ready picked for those who would rather not pick their own.

The area consists of a car park, small building and acres and acres of fields. It is a stunning setting. There is also a picnic area and grass labyrinth, although we didn’t get to see these. You collect your punnets from the building by the car park. This is also where you bring back your produce to weigh and houses the shop. The produce currently available for picking are displayed on a board and the lovely ladies – and I do mean lovely, so helpful and chatty with the little ones too – point you in the direction of where to go.

It was wonderful to see both my boys happily trotting along, excitedly carrying their punnets, following the trail. The available fields are well marked out and there was an abundance of fruit to pick. Amazingly both my boys loved the experience, carefully picking out each fruit. I say amazingly as one of my boys is not very good at standing still, so to see him delicately choosing and picking each piece of fruit was incredible. After quite some time we wandered back to the kiosk to pay, and definitely needed to deposit into the ‘sin bin’ (an honesty box for ‘lost’ fruit and the contents going to charity) – red streaked faces making that pretty obvious!

We’ve been twice now, strawberries then raspberries, and will definitely be going back soon before the season ends.

Tips

West Green Fruits is seasonal, you will need to keep an eye on the West Green Fruits Facebook Page for their opening dates and for the produce that is currently available. Current opening hours are also displayed there.

Facilities

Worth noting, there are no facilities on site.

Prices

You pay for what you pick, prices are available at the kiosk and based on weight.

I think this is brilliant, as the picking is an experience in itself yet all you are paying for is the produce.

Rating out of 5

5, totally unique experience that we all loved.

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