New Buggy Workout classes coming to Basingstoke and Fleet!

Fiona sent me a message asking me to let you know about some new Buggy Workout classes that are coming to Basingstoke and Fleet.

Fiona currently runs the classes in Winchester and Southampton and is expanding out to Basingstoke and Fleet this month.

The classes will be on:

  • Tuesday 10.30am
  • Tuesday 10.30am
  • Thursday 1pm

and will take place at Beggarwood Park.

Fiona and her team are currently offering everyone a free trial session and 50% off the cost of the first month of classes.

For more details, please have a look at the website here:

Mum and Baby Ballet Classes

Marie from the FitMama studio sent me a message asking me to let you know about Mummy & Baby Ballet which is running on Monday’s at the newly refurbished FitMama studio.

This is an 8 week course which is from 9.45am to 10.30am every Monday. The cost is £36 for the term for both Mum and baby and £20 for extra siblings.

There are still a couple of spaces left, so please text Marie on 07753668843 to reserve a space.

For more details about the FitMama studio please click here:

Guest Post Wednesday: Busy Bee’s in Hook

This week Guest Post’s start back again, by local businesses that are relevant to Parents in the area. This weeks post is from Charlotte at Busy Bee’s:

What is Busy Bees?

Busy Bees is a local pre-school children’s craft group that is run by a committee of friendly, sociable parent volunteers – usually with their own children in tow – and which takes place in the Elizabeth Hall in Hook on Fridays during term time from 9.45am – 11.15am.  We’re all about letting the children’s creative juices run free whilst us grown ups get the chance to share a chat over a cuppa.  We pride ourselves on being a friendly welcoming group and many parents and carers come back time after time for that very reason.  A number have claimed Busy Bees as their foundation for building long standing friendships. It’s a great place to come whether new to the area or if you’re just looking for something different to do with your little ones.


Everybody at the session has at least one child there and the committee members will know who most of the children belong to if they’re regulars. For that reason it’s a safe and very relaxed, friendly environment.  If we spot someone new then we like to ensure that at least one of us makes ourselves known and welcomes you in.  We’ve all been there; going along to a new group can be daunting when you don’t know anyone so we aim to make everyone feel welcome.


We are a non profit organisation and all money taken covers the hire of the hall, refreshments, insurance and the purchase of all craft materials. Any money left over is ploughed back into making the group even better, something the group strives to achieve.  Busy Bees also gives back to the local community through donations to schools and groups (such as the Scouts).


What we do

Busy Bees offers a variety of engaging activities to cater for all pre school ages.  We theme each week differently and shape two specific crafts around this theme.  These themes range from the more traditional – Mother’s Day, Easter and Christmas – to things such as Chinese New Year, St David’s Day or even International Bean Day!  The aim is to ensure the crafts are exciting and fun for the children to sit and make and for you to enjoy too.  We hear that many crafts are played with or displayed at home long after the session.

Alongside the two themed crafts are our regular tables of activities which include play dough, painting and our infamous train set.  We have plenty of cover all aprons so you can let your children loose on the paint and not worry about whether any is going on your table, chairs, kitchen cupboards etc!  We do the messy work so you don’t have to!

Whilst the session is aimed at pre school children we are fully equipped for the younger ones too.  We have lovely soft mats and an abundance of baby sensory toys which keep the little ones entertained – and some of the bigger ones too!


After all that creative exertion we recharge the children with a drink and a snack and the grown ups get to enjoy a well earned cup of tea or coffee.  We always have breadsticks on hand to cater for any allergies.

What’s in it for you and your child?


There are many benefits for coming along to Busy Bees.  For a start it gives an opportunity for some quality time away from home, where, let’s face it, there are always jobs to do! You can indulge in those messy activities you never quite get around to (or don’t want to do!) at home or just welcome a change from the toys at home. Spending time with your child in this way will give plenty of opportunity for positive interaction and praise which is so important in building a child’s confidence and self worth.

It’s also a fabulous way of letting your child experiment with independence. Young children will confidently move away from you to play when they are ready, safe in the knowledge that you are not leaving. There are also the added benefits in that children are given the opportunities to start to socialise, learn to share and make friendships.

We encourage parents and carers to assist and participate so that they will feel they are an essential part of the group. Their comments are valued as well as any concerns or suggestions on how the group could do things differently. The group is always looking for more volunteers and is grateful for any help with the setting and tidying up of the room or offering ideas on future craft activities or even preparing crafts.

General running order of the session

The session is open and flexible and some people come for just parts of it.  We pride ourselves on being a very relaxed and sociable group and welcome you along for however long you wish to stay.  As a general rule we run as follows:

9.45am             Open and crafts

10.30am            Tidy up followed by a snack time

11.00am            Song time

11.15am            Close

We operate a “pay as you go” system so there’s absolutely no up front commitment.  We all know things come up that sometimes mean even the best laid plans get thrown up in the air – we’re talking children here after all!


Extra curricular activities

We aim to do our bit for charity and this year held cake sales for Children in Need, BLISS and Frimley SCBU where we encouraged parents/carers to bring in their home baking to sell at snack time for the grown ups to enjoy with their tea or coffee.

Last year saw a special visitor at one of our Christmas themed sessions where Father Christmas himself came to visit us bearing gifts for all the children.  We’re hoping this turns into a regular occurrence!  We also welcome along local trades and crafts people to show or sell at the session.  Please get in touch if this is something you’d be interested in.

So if it’s sticking, cutting, painting, play dough or singing that you think your little one will enjoy, come along and give us a try as we’d love to see you.

Our upcoming Autumn 2013 craft sessions include:

Friday 6th September: Back to School

Friday 13th September: Pirates

Friday 20th September: The Post Office

Friday 27th September: Knights & Princesses

Friday 4th October: Grandparents Day

Friday 11th October: Superhero’s

Friday 18th October: Harvest

Friday 25th October: Halloween

We will be CLOSED on Friday 1st November due to Half Term.

Cost:                For children under 18 months (who are not yet able to do the crafts) – £1.50

Children over 18 months – £3 (£1 for an extra child)

Accompanying Grown-Ups – FREE

When:               Fridays (Term time only)

Time:                9.45am – 11.15am

Where:              Elizabeth Hall, Hook

Contact email: or follow us on Facebook: BusyBees Hook and Twitter: BusyBeesHook

North Hampshire Academy of Dance

Kelly sent me a sweet message asking me if I could post the following information (I know a lot of these classes are for older children, but I included them anyway. Perks of the job! lol):

North Hampshire Academy of Dance has few spaces in the below classes and children are welcome to 2 free trial classes.

Our new term starts on Monday 9th September at Central Studio, QMC, Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke RG21 3HF.

Please feel free to contact us on facebook or through our website

Monday 4:30 – 5:15 – Modern/Jazz age 7-8 years
Monday 5:15 – 6:00 – Tap age 7 – 10
Monday 6:00 – 6:45 – Modern/Jazz age 9 – 10

Tuesday 4:30 – 5:15 – Ballet age 7 – 8
Tuesday 5:15 – 6:00 – Ballet age 9 – 10
Tuesday 6:00 – 6:45 – Ballet age 11 – 12

Wednesday 4:30 – 5:15 – Tap age 11 – 12
Wednesday 5:15 – 6:00 – Modern age 11 – 12

Thursday 4:30 – 5:15 – Junior Musical Theatre – age 6 – 11
Thursday 7:30 – 8:15 – Senior Musical Theatre – age 12 – 17

Saturday 9:00 – 9:30 – Ballet age 3-4
Saturday 9:30 – 10:30 – Modern and Tap age 3-4
Saturday 10:30 – 11:00 – Ballet age 5- 6
Saturday 11:00 – 12:00 – Modern and Tap age 5 – 6

Emily Barham School of Singing

Singing Classes

Emily sent me a very sweet message asking me to let you know about her singing school, for which she is currently taking new pupils.

The classes run for children from the age of 6 (so just qualifies on NHM! lol), with no upper age limit.

For more details, please check out the facebook page at:


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Dance schools in North Hampshire

I thought it might be a nice idea to follow up on Peta’s post yesterday, with a list of local Dance schools in the area.

There are several that host dance classes for babies and toddlers so I’m going to do a follow up post with details about specific classes.

Hope you find it useful!

Basingstoke Academy of Dance – Basingstoke

Kids Kan Dance – Basingstoke

North Hampshire Academy of Dance

J.L.D School of Dancing – Kingsclere

The Lisa Jane School of Dance in Old Basing Village Hall

Fusion Dance Academy

Lynden Dance

Active Life Centre– Basingstoke

FitMama – Basingstoke

Becky Lane Studio – Basingstoke

Loose Moose – Hook

Chandelle Stage School– Winklebury in Basingstoke

Have I missed any?

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Ballet/Dance classes for 2 year olds – Nov 2011

A Summer of Sport VI: Ballet

Another lovely guest post from Peta at

I have never studied, practiced or performed ballet, but I do so enjoy watching it!

In fact, I am writing this while on my way home from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where I relished the exquisite elegance of the famous Bolshoi, performing Jewels. Tonight, however, was not my first Russian-ballet experience; that was some years ago in Russia at one of those ‘tourist shows’ – The Nutcracker, in April… As my mum would say, they were “not much chop” (utterly rubbish).

After being completely enthralled in a truly breath-taking performance (Diamonds, in part, was a succession of solo performances showing off the most amazing, and I imagine, incredibly difficult sequences), one can be left feeling awe inspired, and then perhaps a little dismayed (I am more a terre than chassé). But fear not, ever the silver lining sort of Mama, I am thinking about what it takes to be a Bolshoi ballerina, what lessons can I learn from this, and what lessons can ballet teach my Miss and Master? Here are just a couple of things I have learnt…

Discipline. Ballet, to me, is as much about strict discipline as it is about splendorous dancing. But before exercises at the barre and breaking out the tutu, one must learn the (many) ballet terms and positions. Being instilled with the discipline to master the theory before moving on to the practice is an admirable character trait that would do anyone well in life.

Fortitude. Great physical strength will only get you so far – there are many good ballet dancers. It takes more than this to rise to the ranks of principal ballet dancers. Anyone following the news will know that the Bolshoi have been, in recent times, plagued by scandal. But after reading a number of articles, both as scandals broke and more recently, I get a feeling of the underlying, immense confidence and inner strength of these Bolshoi dancers. It is more than the stereotypical patriotism for mother Russia – these dancers exhibit fortitude in their every move.

Determination. I think of this as having the determination to reach the end goal, (or perhaps a stubbornness to accept anything less). Even the highest ranked dancers are required at morning practice with the ballet troupe. Determination to keep attending, keep dancing, keep practicing is a must. Dance, fall down, stand up. Dance, err, correct. Dance, fall down, stand up. Dance, err, correct. Need I say more?

Coordination. Whether or not you appreciate (or even like) ballet, I challenge anyone to view a professional performance and fail to be in awe of the poise with which ballerinas carry themselves about the stage, exhibiting nonchalant awareness of their fellow performers and seemingly conducting the orchestra with every move. Imagine the resulting harmony if every person in every household and business regularly performed with such effortless coordination?

Ballet schools?

Unlike previous summer of sport blogs, I haven’t a clue about what might make a good ballet school and so there are no links today, (although please feel free to pass on any personal recommendations via comments.)

If you have never been to the ballet before, I urge you to go and watch a performance of The Nutcracker this Christmas. With all the bright colours and fun music children will love it (age guide is 5 years or older).

I hope ballet teaches my Miss and Master that some achievements are not ‘quick wins’ that are so amply available these days, but with discipline, fortitude, determination and coordination, anything is possible.

Classes that are still running during Summer 2013

Below are some classes which are still running during the summer holiday’s.

Most children’s centres are running a cut down programme during the summer. For more details, you can find the links to the Children’s Centre’s HERE.

Don’t forget to check out the PlayBus dates HERE. The Playbus is being run by local Children Centre’s, so should be appropriate for the under five’s.

Your local library will also be running some classes that are appropriate for babies and little one’s, like RhymeTime and Baby Bounce. You can find more details about local libraries HERE.


Jumble Bee’s

A fun and active sports session for you and your child. This is an affordable sports club for pre school children and toddlers.

The class will be a fun filled session with lots of games and sporting activities to help build confidence and physical ability whilst keeping fit and healthy.


preschool singing is on it’s holiday time table as of 29th July. 1 session at 9.45 with additional activity to follow(optional).

At st Gabriel’s church popley on Mondays. Pay as you go including refreshments. All welcome.

Tuesday’s and Thursday’s

Caterpillar Music

Summer sessions for Caterpillar Music:

  • Tuesday 23rd July 11:10am Chineham Village Hall Community Room
  • Thursday 25th July 1:15pm Christ Church in Chineham
  • Tuesday 30th July 11:10am Chineham Village Hall Community Room
  • Thursday 1st August 1:15pm Christ Church in Chineham

On Tuesday 27th August at 9:30-10:30 we are having a Caterpillar Music 1st Birthday Party at Chineham Village Hall. This will be a Caterpillar Music session followed by cake, drink, free play and children get Caterpillar Music “goody bags”.

The sessions are reduced at £4 per session (usually £5) and the party is £5 (but it must be prebooked).


NCT Coffee and Chat

10am to 12pm at Brookvale Hall. You don’t need to be an NCT member to attend. Costs £1.50 which includes drinks and cake.


Mumbaba sing along for preschoolers is running through the summer. There are 2 sessions on a Friday morning, 9.30 & 11 o’clock at Christ church, Chineham. Older siblings are welcome too. Pay as you go which includes refreshments.

Are there any other classes that are missing? Please let me know if there are. Thank you!

Ashford Hill Toddler group

Sue sent me an email asking me to let you know about the Ashford Hill Toddler Group:

Every term time Wednesday 10am-11:30am

Why not come along and join our friendly group for a cuppa and a chat?  There is a large selection of toys and activities including a baby corner, dressing-up box, crafts table, books.

Attendance fee: £2.00 for one adult and 1 child

50p for additional children

Refreshments and snacks included

(no need to book in advance – just show up on the day)

Find us on facebook,

Basingstoke Homebirth Group

Denise sent me a message via NHM Friend asking me to let you know about the Basingstoke Homebirth Group: 

I co-ordinate meetings for the Basingstoke Homebirth Group and we meet monthly at a member’s home.

Meetings are a very informal chance to discuss any aspect of homebirth over a cup of tea and a biscuit. We generally have a mixture of parents that have had a homebirth and midvives/doulas attending.

Our aim is to share information and support those interested in planning a homebirth.

Details of meetings are posted on our Facebook page “Basingstoke Homebirth” and email address is for any enquiries.