I read an article recently which prompted me to do some research on this year’s Festivals that are appropriate for little children. I know that festivals aren’t everyone’s thing but if you are interested in taking your little one along, you should be able to find something appriopriate below. Note that there is a festival in Hampshire in July which is appropriate for children. Now, let’s hope the weather catches up with the idea that summer’s on it’s way!!!
Wychwood Festival, 8-10 June, wychwoodfestival.com
The Eden Festival, 15-17th June, edenfestival.co.uk
Blissfields Festival 2012 (in Hampshire!), 29th June – 1st July, blissfields.co.uk
Cornbury, 29th June – 1st July, cornburyfestival.com
Larmer Tree festival, 11th to 15th July, larmertreefestival.co.uk
Latitude Festival, 13th to 15th July, latitudefestival.co.uk
The Deer Shed Festival, 20 – 22nd July, deershedfestival.com
Lollibop Festival lollibop is the only festival where all the entertainment is for children. August – date TBA, lollibopfestival.co.uk
If you are looking for a little bit of decadence or maybe just somewhere new to go for a coffee with your Mum friends, a new M&S Simply Food (with cafe!) has opened at Chineham Shopping Centre. It’s open from 8am to 9pm Mon to Sat and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. The Cafe is open all of this time too and looks like it has a good selection of cakes and a few nutritious meals. We are thinking of going there for dinner one night as it’s quiet and not too expensive. An added bonus is that there’s lots of parking (3 car parks) which is free and has several parent parking spaces.
I had a nose at the prices and for some of the products they aren’t as expensive as you would think. They also have some lovely flowers, Mothers Day presents and Easter presents available.
In the Cafe, there are about 8 high chairs and they also have a lift and baby changing facilities which are sparkly new. The baby changing facilities are in the men’s and ladies (I made my husband check! lol) which I was impressed with. No sexism at M&S!
Let me know if you get around to checking it out and if you like it.
(Post updated May 2014 as M&S Simply Food is now open until 9pm Mon to Sat)
It’s world book day today so I’ve included some links below that include discounts and links to book resources.
Please add in the comments if you know of any places in North Hampshire that are celebrating with specific event World Book Day events. Thanks!
World Book Day
How to get children’s books for less
I stumbled across this website whilst I was researching this weeks “things to do” post. As the weather was so fabulous this weekend I was researching things to do outside and this website popped up with a list of Local Parks and Open spaces in Basingstoke.
I learnt of a few new places, such as Beggardwood Park which has a maze and ampitheatre, that I didn’t know about that I’m hoping to be able to investigate when Spring really kicks in. Hope you find useful.
Local Parks and Open Spaces
Pushchair Friendly Walks in Basingstoke
Pushchair Friendly Walks near Basingstoke
This looks SO brilliant! I can’t wait till my little one is a little bit bigger so I can take her to one of these.
Winchester Intech Science Centre Chatterbox Shows
Mondays , 5 March, 14 May, 11 June 2pm & Monday 2 April (during Easter holidays), time tbc.
“It’s natural for younger children or those with special needs to want to call out when they come into the planetarium. They like to share the experience, ask questions or just call out with surprise and amazement.
We normally ask visitors to watch quietly so that everyone can enjoy the show without distraction. But here is a show with a difference:
All the stars with no shushhing!
Come along to a Chatterbox Monday show and we promise not to shhhh you up*! It could get a little noisy but it should be great fun for the chatty ones. Shows are charged at our normal rate.
We’re currently running “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” (30min) in this slot as it is the most child-friendly of our shows and the least likely to scare or overwhelm younger children. However, please do be aware that some children under 5yrs don’t enjoy planetarium shows, especially those scared by the dark.
If you’d be interesting in seeing other shows in this slot, please let us know!”
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Happy New Year! Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and marvellous New Year.I thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks off. We had a lovely first Christmas with our little one and it was so nice to connect with family and friends and not do any work or blogging! I need to get back into the swing of things though so normal service should resume this week. I’m working on moving all posts from NHM Facebook Friend (that’s NorthHantsMum ;-)) to the NHM Facebook Page. There will be more about this hopefully this week…
So, to start 2012 on NHM this post is a summary of the most popular posts that featured in 2011. (Yes, I’m being very lazy and not doing a new original post, but I’m trying to ease back in gently! lol)