Summer Family Fitness Fun

Come and join us for some family time this Summer. Fitness classes for all ages and abilities. Plenty of exercise for adults and lots of games for the children. A winning combination to ensure everyone has a good time whilst keeping fit and spending time together.

Tuesday 31st July
Viables Community Centre, RG22 4BJ
10:15 – 10:55 am : Walkers to preschool age

11:00 – 11:45 am : 5 years plus

Tuesday 7th August
Viables Community Centre, RG22 4BJ
10:15 – 10:55 am : Walkers to preschool age

11:00 – 11:45 am : 5 years plus

Tuesday 14th August
Old Basing Village Hall, RG24 7DA
10:15 – 10:55 am : Walkers to preschool age

11:00 – 11:45 am : 5 years plus

Tuesday 21th August
Melrose Community Hall, RG24 9ES
10:15 – 10:55 am : Walkers to preschool age

11:00 – 11:45 am : 5 years plus

Tuesday 28th August
Melrose Community Hall, RG24 9ES
10:15 -10:55 am: Walkers to preschool age

11:00 -11:45 am: 5 years plus

Message for more information or to book your place. Mention the NHM post and enjoy £5 per session and £20 for all 5 sessions.

Link for Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1750761688354128/?ti=as

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I’m now on holiday until the 4th of September 2018! WHOOOP!!!!

As I mentioned a few weeks ago I’m going to (properly) take the summer off from NHM this year.

This means that I won’t be posting daily on NorthHantsMum.co.uk although I will still have “recur” post working which means that historical posts will be re-published to NorthHantsMum FB Page every afternoon, around 4pm.

I also have a backlog of posts that I’ve promised to publish so will get to those at some point next week, but I won’t be “accepting” any new posts on NHM for the rest of the summer.

I need a break! 

I am still happy to take anonymous questions on “Louise NHM Smith” over the summer and I will continue to share posts from others that are useful for the NorthHantsMum Community.

However, I will be out of the country from Friday 17th August until Tuesday 4th September so will be doing NOTHING on NHM then.

I will still be working on my “day job” during the summer but I plan to spend more time with Miss NHM and to dramatically reduce the amount of stress that I normally have to deal with during the academic year.

It definitely feels like the last few years are catching up with me and I desperately need a “proper” break.

September Emails

I am quite worried about being bombarded with emails in early September, so if you already know about class changes, etc, please email them to me now and the NHM team and we will work on them in the background.

If you plan to send me emails about class schedule changes, etc, please note that it may take me a few weeks to get through them when I get back from holidays.

Please also ensure that what you send me can just be copied and pasted into the Class list as I don’t have time to format stuff anymore.

If you have any questions at any point, please don’t hesitate to get in touch but apologies if I don’t come back to you quickly.

I’m really, really, reeeeaaaalllllyyyy looking forward to a bit of a break!!! I hope you have an AWESOME summer too!

As always thank you for your amazing support!

Louisex

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Fun Activities for the Kids this Summer Break

Basingstoke activities for the kids this summer:

Circus skills, Multi sport, Kite making, Disco&Games, learn2DJ, Balloon Modelling and more!

Drop off workshops or family stay and plays.

Costs: £5 per WORKSHOP if booked before 17th July, £6 per WORKSHOP if block booking two sessions or more or £10 thereafter.

To book, please email info@niknakevents.co.uk

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Aerial Hoop Summer Courses and Workshops

Brand new beginner aerial hoop summer courses and workshops for children and adults, taking place in Basingstoke, are now open for bookings. Over the 4 day course children will enjoy developing co-ordination, fitness, flexibility and strength whilst learning a fun skill straight from the circus.

They will learn moves, tricks and skills on the equipment, building each day and leading up to a routine. Classes are 75 minutes long and are open to children aged 7 years and upwards. I am a qualified aerial hoop instructor, fully insured and dbs checked.

Our first Children’s courses will run on Monday 30th July, Tuesday 31st July, Wednesday 1st August and Friday 3rd August from 2.00pm – 3.15pm. Our second course will run from Monday 20th August through until Thursday 23rd August from 4.00pm – 5.15pm and each course is just £60.

Adult workshops will run 1st August from 3.30 – 4.45 and 22nd August 2.45pm – 4.00pm and is £15 per workshop. Classes are held at the Proteus Creation Centre, Basingstoke. This is a little taster for whats to come in September as we will hopefully be running weekly classes and longer courses.

Each class will involve a warm up, conditioning, hoop tricks and combos, finishing with a cool down and stretch. Aerial hoop does take a lot of upper body strength but complete beginners are more than welcome as you will learn tricks and poses step by step which will help build your strength up over time and develop your flexibility. Our classes are all about fun and fitness, for all ages, sizes and abilities!!

To book of for more information visit upside down aerial fitness on facebook or email at upsidedownaerialfitness@gmail.com

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NHM Readers Recommend: Great Summer Holidays with Kids

An NHM Reader recently asked: “I was wondering if you could ask everyone for recommendations for great summer holidays with kids? Our specifics are a big sandy beach, hotel with kids facilities, but in a place that’s not too touristy & heaving in the summer. This may be a big ask!” Many thanks to the NHM Community for their responses, listed below in no particular order.

NHM Readers recommend – great summer holidays with kids

Wendy said “If you don’t like it too busy consider the end of August rather than the start. We stayed in mestral and llebeig in Menorca. Quiet resort. The buildings are spread over three sites, one apartments around the busy noisy pool, one side apartments around the not so noisy pool and food and entertainment plus trampolines etc across the road. It’s not the best resort if you like restaurants (as there aren’t that many, although a few good choices for breakfast) but if you like all inclusive it works. Another thing to look at would be a villa that’s owned by a hotel that lets you use their facilities. There are lots of these in Menorca.”

Louise said “https://www.facebook.com/clairebelseypersonaltravelagent/  Claire is great at finding family holidays to suit and has two children of her own”

Lizzy said “Alcudia is amazing in Majorca massive long sandy beach (miles) with really shallow calm seas. Lots of family friendly hotels. Look at Zafiro hotels. Nearer old town side is less touristy. Not been over summer holiday but been quiet in other holidays. https://www.facebook.com/ZafiroHotels/

Edie said “Would highly recommend Tots To Travel. All their properties and hotels are perfect with kids and they give you all the kit and toys so you don’t need to bring anything apart from clothes. All their pools are gated for child safety too. You pay a bit of a premium but I think it’s worth it. We’ve just booked our next holiday with them – berry farm in Brittany. Can’t wait! https://www.facebook.com/totstotravel/

Catherine said “This place was recommended to me by a friend who has 3 and 6 yr old: https://en.riviera-villages.com/Prairies-de-la-Mer

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NHM Reader Recommendations: Places to go with an 8 month old and no transport

An NHM Reader asked “I was wondering if you could help me out. I live in Basingstoke and have an 8-month-old son. I would love for us to be able to go out for the day somewhere, but I’m not sure where is good for babies. I don’t drive either, so it would have to be accessible by public transport or walking distance. I do have a railcard though. Do you have any ideas?”

Thank you to the NHM Readers for the below replies. Thank you also to Juliet for putting this post together! 

NHM Reader Recommendations: Places to go with an 8 month old and no transport

Lottie says “There’s a bus to Marwell Zoo which I think you can pick up in Winchester so you could get the train there”

Hannah says “Beale Park is a short train ride away. Also Millers Ark on the way to Hook…. has a bus stop not far from its entrance.”

Helen says “I second the Beale Park suggestion. As well as animals and the train they have a big sand pit and paddling pool. Go during the term time and it’ll be quiet.”

Vicky says “I downloaded this app it’s really good tells you what’s going on groups etc in your area for the age group you are looking for” https://hoop.co.uk

Wendy says “A walk by the Thames at Reading (there’s a park by Reading bridge and lots of swans). The New Forest has tourist buses in the summer. Paultons Park has a bus from Southampton station. The number 11 bus stops outside Manydown. Bus to Shakespeare Road (Popley East) for the Splash Park.

Jason says “The New Forest also has a train station”

Cathy says “Lots of free events coming up around town http://www.basingstokefestival.co.uk/…/cate…/free-events

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Trash to become treasure as Festival Place launches major summer campaign to put the fun into recycling

Trash will turn to treasure and plastic will become fantastic as Festival Place, Basingstoke, launches a major summer recycling initiative to encourage shoppers to have fun while playing their part in helping the environment.

The shopping centre is inviting visitors to donate plastic bottles and packages which will be remodelled by an on-site artist into weird and wonderful robot sculptures during the summer holidays. Schools, community groups, businesses and individuals which would like to donate materials and have a sculpture displayed are asked to contact Marketing@festivalplace.co.uk

As part of the scheme, a series of eye-catching plastic “Recyclabots” – Maggie Zine, Alan Minium, Bev Ridge, Cap‘n Lidov, Carrie O’Bag, and Diana Thirst –  will go on display around the centre to encourage shoppers to drop off their materials. There will also be a prominent plastics recycling drop-off point in Porchester Square from July 30 to start the campaign, which will run until August 19.

The scheme will include an action-packed activities programme for families, including a “Robotrial” treasure hunt and a series of free craft activities from August 13 to 19 so children can create their own unique robots from the collected recycled materials.

Schools and community groups are also being invited to build their own recycling robot. The sculptures, built out of anything from cardboard to plastic bottles, will go on display in the shopping centre.

Shoppers will also be able to take part in an entertaining game called “Uppy Cuppy” – where they are challenged to hold up as many cups as they can. Participants will win a stylish and environmentally-friendly reusable cup. Members of the public will also be able to visit the “Carrie O’Bag” station to exchange their plastic bags for a brown paper reusable one.

Shoppers will be invited to share all their artwork and photographs on social media using the hashtag #FPRecyclabot.

The initiative comes amid Festival Place’s ongoing commitment to help the environment and raise awareness. The shopping centre was the first in the UK to operate an on-site Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and Food Digestion Facility, turning food waste into grey water that can be re-used.

Emily Palmer, Marketing Manager at Festival Place, said: “Recycling and particularly the impact of plastic pollution is very high on the news agenda at the moment. With this in mind we have devised a summer initiative that aims to put the fun into recycling and particularly resonates with children.

“We have called upon the expertise of an artist who specialises in creating amazing sculptures out of plastic and the creations will form a spectacular backdrop to all the fun activities we will have going on. It’s a spectacle people will not want to miss!”

Festival Place is committed to helping the environment and has led a number of green-friendly initiatives. Key achievements include:

  • First shopping centre to operate an on-site Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and Food Digestion Facility turning food waste into grey water.
  • The centre recycles over 170 tonnes of glass bottles each year.
  • All the centre’s cardboard and paper is recovered for recycling and it processes over 440 tonnes per year.
  • Over the past decade the centre has been awarded three Green Hero and six Green Apple awards for recycling commitment.
  • The centre uses waterless urinals and since 2011 collected rainwater has been used in the centre’s cleaning regime.
  • Centre-wide initiatives such as putting timers on lights, swapping to green energy electrical suppliers, and reducing the temperature by one degree saves over 800 tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere each year.

Emily added: “Festival Place continues to be a national leader in spearheading environmentally-friendly initiatives and we hope our summer campaign captures the imagination and gets even more shoppers recycling.”

The Trash to Treasure campaign is one of a series of events scheduled at Festival Place during 2018. For further information visit www.festivalplace.co.uk or find details on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Classes still running during Summer 2018

If you have a class that is still running during the summer holidays and you would like them to be included in this post, please email me the details to NorthHantsMum@gmail.com before 20th July 2018. Thank you.

Classes still running during Summer 2018

Cookery Doodle Doo summer sessions

I’ll be running pop up cooking sessions for ages 2-10 at Chineham library at 10am and 11am to make Beach Bowls on Weds 25th July. Link to book the 10am session here:

https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library/events/eventdetail?id=383709

The 11am is also open to book here:

https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library/events/eventdetail?id=383717

I’ll also be doing the Beach Bowls at Testbourne School as part of the ‘Summer of Play’ programme at 10am on Friday 27th July. I don’t have booking details for this yet – it’ll be with them directly.

Finally, there will be drop-in Beano-themed biscuit decorating at The Basingstoke Discovery Centre on Tuesday 28th August as part of the summer reading challenge 🙂

Little Learner Summer classes

Little Learners

Friday 20th July, Friday 10th August, Friday 17th August

Roger Morris Centre in Eastrop

10.30-11.30

book online https://littlelearnersuk.com/franchise/basingstoke/

Also have joint classes with Jiggy Wriggler

Little Learners & Jiggy Wriggler

Friday 27th July & Friday 3rd August,

Roger Morris Centre in Eastrop

10.30-11.30

book online https://littlelearnersuk.com/franchise/basingstoke/

Relax Kids Back to School session

I’m running a Relax Kids Back to School session on Tuesday 28 August 9.30-10.30 at Westside Community Centre.

Bookings can be made at Relax Kids Basingstoke – Booking by Bookwhen

Caterpillar Music Summer Sessions

These are the sessions I’m running…

Mondays @ Beggarwood Community Centre

9:45am (mixed ages)

10:35am (0-18months)

4 weeks from Mon 30th July

£24 for the 4 weeks OR £7.50 per session (must be prebooked tho!)

Tuesdays @ Chineham Village Hall

10am (mixed ages)

10:50am (0-18months)

5 weeks from Tues 31st July

£30 for the 5 weeks OR £7.50 a session (must be prebooked tho!)

Tots Play Summer Sessions

Baby Development 6 week course (birth to 6 months) every Wednesday at 11:30am (except August 15th) starts July 18th at Chineham Village Hall, £60 for the course

Summer Sessions suitable from 3 months to 2 years (older siblings welcome) as follows

Sherfield Park Community Centre:

  • Monday July 30th at 10am
  • Monday August 6th at 10am
  • Monday August 20th at 10am

Chineham Village Hall:

  • Wednesday August 1st at 10am
  • Wednesday August 8th at 10am
  • Wednesday August 22nd at 10am

£6 per session or 3 for £15

All can be booked online by clicking the link on the website www.totsplay.co.uk/basingstoke

Yoga Babes

My class is still running during summer: www.yogababes.co.uk

TNT Family Fitness

📢We are delighted to announce our first ever SUMMER classes in Basingstoke 📢

All class times are the same at each venue and are age appropriate: –
Family fitness fun, walkers to preschool age – 10:15-10:55 am
Family fitness fun, 5 years and over – 11:00-11:45 am

3 locations around Basingstoke :-

Viables Community Centre – 31st July and 7th August
Old Basing Village Hall – 14th August
Melrose Community Hall – 21st and 28th August.

Launch offer = The first 20 family to book get all 5 sessions for £20.
Otherwise, £5 per session when booked before 20th July.

Message for more information or to book your place 📲💰

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our Summer fitness event. With thanks to our partners at Radian Housing.

Event link is :- https://www.facebook.com/events/1750761688354128/

Pop Up Play Village

Pop Up Play Village are running the following special sessions this summer:

27th October East Oakley Village Hall 10-11:15am

22nd August Clift Meadow, Brocus Hall in Bramley 10-11:15am

Both of these events are our special Outdoor Explorers sessions appearing by popular request for the summer holidays. There will be stick whittling, our mud kitchen, clay tiles to make, ice play, nature hunts and lots more! Sessions are aimed for children from 0-11 years old this summer but older children are welcome!

Tickets for our events are available from our website www.popupplayvillage.co.uk/organiser/basingstoke

We hope to see you there!

CHAMPS Academy Workshops over the Summer

Confidence Kick-Start (11-16 year olds)

Tuesday 31st July, 5pm-6pm

£10 per child

Confidence Kick-Start (6-10 year olds)

Tuesday 7th August, 5pm-6pm

£10 per child

Bully Proof (11-16 year olds)

Monday 13th August, 5pm-6pm

£10 per child

Bully Proof (6-10 year olds)

Monday 20th August, 5pm-6pm

£10 per child

Back to School (11-16 year olds)

Wednesday 22nd August, 5pm-6pm

£12 per child

Back to School (6-10 year olds)

Tuesday 28th August, 5pm-6pm

£12 per child

All workshops are taking place at Hatch Warren Community Centre.

Email: Chantal.champsacademy@gmail.com
Web page: http://www.champs-academy.co.uk/chantal-dawson/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChampsChantal/

InsideOut Health and Fitness

I’ll be running Junior Bootcamp at Basingstoke Sports Centre every Thursday and Friday during August, 11.15-12.15.

It’s £3.80 to drop in for an hour of fun, games and working out like the adults do!

For further info, call Sarah on 07745555809 or email sarahleaford@outlook.com

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Love the local businesses in Basingstoke throughout July

Throughout July, shoppers in North Hampshire are being encouraged to show their support for Independent Business Month, which champions the shops and eateries which line our high street.

Independent Business Month is all about embracing the wide range of independently-owned shops and businesses here in Basingstoke. It is part of Independent Retailers Month, a national initiative which aims to showcase locally-run shops and businesses of all shapes and sizes throughout the UK.

To mark the month, a digital campaign has been produced to give Basingstoke business owners the opportunity to showcase their unique contributions to the local economy. Learn more about what your local indies have to say by visiting www.basingstoketogether.co.uk or searching #IndependentBasingstoke on social media.

Shoppers also have the chance to take advantage of a range of special promotions running in shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries throughout Basingstoke in July, which will be published on social media. This will be in addition to a number of other benefits of supporting local businesses including the individuality of their product range or menu options and a more personalised experience from shop or restaurant owners who know exactly what their businesses have to offer.

Independent Business Month is run by Basingstoke Together, the face of the Basingstoke Business Improvement District (BID). The BID’s aim is to help Basingstoke town centre to thrive by creating destination events, engaging with consumers and supporting retailers and businesses.

Lucy Boazman, chief executive of Basingstoke Together, said: “Independent Business Month provides a fantastic opportunity to explore what independent traders in Basingstoke can offer the local community. Basingstoke is buzzing with independents and we encourage people in Basingstoke to make the most of that this month to branch out from their usual shopping and dining habits to experience the hidden gems of the town for themselves.”

The digital campaign for Independent Business Month will include a series of videos, photography and a podcast. It will give Basingstoke business owners the chance to tell their story to residents and shoppers about why they have chosen to give their business a home in Basingstoke. It will also help businesses to raise their profiles to highlight what makes them different from larger chains and the advantages of this to their customers and clients.

Gagan Joshi, owner of The Spicy Tadka in Festival Place, said: “As an independent and authentic Indian restaurant in Basingstoke, we believe it’s important for us to take advantage of great opportunities, such as Independent Business Month, to demonstrate who we are and what we do. It also helps us to connect with people in Basingstoke to show them what we have to offer but also to get feedback on what they want and expect from us and our service.”

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