NHM Readers: Places in the area to see bluebells

In April 2018 I asked the Friends of my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook “It’s “bluebell season” now and I’m putting together a post for places in the area to see bluebells. What are your recommendations? (You can find directions to Micheldever bluebell woods on NorthHantsMum).”

Thank you for your responses, which are listed below in no particular order:

NHM Readers recommend places in the area to see bluebells

Catherine said “Beech Village Bluebell Wood

Helen said “The woods next to The Vyne have lots of beautiful bluebells”

Claire said “The Vyne

Lisa said “Some out in Bulls Bushes, Oakley. Was there yesterday”

Emma said “The Bramley Frith is stunning.”

Sarah said “Bramley woods”

Stephanie said “Micheldever forest is stunning for them”

Lisa said “Michaeldever Woods”

Hayley said “Micheldever”

Alistair said “Micheldever Woods!!

Shirley said “Manydown woods

Liane said “Bowdown woods near Greenham Common is spectacular!”

Alison said “If you don’t mind going further afield then Cliveden (National Trust) has a bluebell trail. We went weekend before last.”

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Review 2019: Happy Faces Easter Egg Hunt

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Review 2019: Happy Faces Easter Egg Hunt

Today I took my two year old to the Happy Faces Easter Egg Hunt in Sherfield-on-Loddon. It was on from 10am-12pm at a cost of £2.50 per child. We arrived shortly after 10am to find a queue had already formed at the entrance & most parking spaces taken.

The ladies of Happy Faces were all very friendly and welcoming. We were given a bag to collect eggs, a piece of paper with our clues on and a raffle ticket. Then we set off on our hunt.

Thanks to the sudden glorious bank holiday weather we had a lovely little walk finding clues and mini eggs along the way. For someone who doesn’t know Sherfield-on-Loddon that well we managed to follow others and figure out where each clue was hidden. Knowing that we needed to look out for the ladies wearing bunny ears helped! I especially liked the added touch of the Easter bunny (although my son found him slightly scary, lol)

At each stop the children were allowed two mini eggs for their bags. The distance covered was just enough for young legs and the gap between clues was just right to keep them interested. We had a lovely time and especially enjoyed visiting the ducks.

We worked our way back round to Happy Faces where we exchanged our raffle ticket for a large Easter egg (enough chocolate for any child). After this we had a lovely time exploring the garden, which was much bigger than I had expected.

Inside Happy Faces were many different stalls etc all helping to raise money. There were lots of amazing looking cakes for sale too.

At £2.50 I thought it was great value and my son thoroughly enjoyed himself. I would definitely do this again. It was very popular so I think getting there early is key!

Happy Faces Playgroup, Sherfield on Loddon

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Debutots holiday camp for 4 – 7 year olds

Unique holiday camp for children aged 4 – 7years. Our days will include Drama and stories, themed arts and crafts, games and fun. Plus plenty of fresh air and outdoor play.

Come and join us for a holiday camp full of imagination! At Ecchinswell Village Hall 9.30 – 3.30pm 9th April -12th April. Join us for a block of 2 days or all 4. Just £25 a day with a 25% discount for siblings.

Contact Rosanna 01635 592 513 rosanna@debutots.co.uk.

Also I am running regular Friday classes at Proteus Creation Space these Fridays are 6th April, 11th May 1st June 13th July at 10am till 10.45am.

Join Debutots for our unique family story play sessions. Including dramatic play, interactive stories, puppets, bubbles and lots of fun.

Contact Rosanna to book just one session or follow the link to book all our Friday classes. https://app.goplaygo.co.uk/activity/DQ432v9Sk5W48dwjC

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What’s on this Easter 2018

A massive thank you to Emma for putting together today’s post. She’s done a fantastic job!!! And thank you also to Juliet for formatting this!

What’s on this Easter 2018

Easter is a wonderful time of year isn’t it?

The weather *should* be starting to warm up again, daylight is lasting longer and the daffodils and tulips are emerging to add a glorious splash of colour to the world. We’re often surrounded by a bountiful supply of chocolate and lots of us will have the joy of an extra long weekend to spend with loved ones. What’s not to love!

The possible downside to all of the extra sugar consumption, is that you may have some very energetic bunnies on your hands to entertain and wear out. We at NHM’s are here to help, with some suggestions for local events and activities to have them positively hopping with joy.

Below is a great list of what is going on in the local area, throughout the school Easter Holidays and the bank holiday weekend. Enjoy!

Running all through the holidays locally

  • The National Trust are once again running Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts at a number of their properties between 30th March – 15th April. You can spend some time taking a wonder around the impressive grounds and houses at The Vyne or Basildon House, collect clues along the way, to claim a choc-tastic treat at the end! You can find out more about what’s going on and which locations are taking part here – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/join-the-cadbury-easter-egg-hunts
  • Four Kingdoms adventure park are holding an ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ right through the school holidays with an easter egg hunt every day. Watch the story time show: “Who Stole My Eggs” and then help the giant rabbit, Gruff, Bart and his friends in a tail of naughty easter egg gobblers. They will also be offering arts and crafts and a chance to cuddle and feed their new spring lambs. https://www.4-kingdoms.co.uk/easter-holiday-activities-for-kids-in-basingstoke/
  • Finkley Down Farm are also hosting their own ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ all through the Easter holidays with pony rides, baby animals and their massive indoor play area. https://www.finkleydownfarm.co.uk/event/easter-eggstravaganza
  • Festival Place have teamed up with the master builders at Bright Bricks to bring us a FREE Giant LEGO bricks safari tour between 29th March – 8th April. An exciting way to keep the kids entertained whilst you take a dash into the shops or grab yourself a pit stop in a local café!
  • Basingstoke Discovery Centre are hosting a number of FREE Easter themed sessions for kids to get creative and crafty. Check out their full itinerary here. https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library/events/libraryevents-eventsearch
  • If you’re happy to travel a little further afield, Hampton court palace are holding a Lindt Gold Bunny hunt between 26th March – 15th April. Get your fix of history at this impressive Tudor palace whilst getting into the spirit of Easter! https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/explore/lindt-gold-bunny-hunt
  • Marwell Zoo have added an extra special creature to their impressive collection, in the form of the Easter Bunny! Visit him quickly as he’ll be there between 30th March – 2nd April before he disappears back into his rabbit hole. https://www.marwell.org.uk/zoo/event/39/meet-the-easter-bunny
  • The wonderful team at The Watercress Line are holding an Easter special with Thomas the Tank Engine. Jump on board and experience a ride on a real steam engine, shake hands with The Fat Controller and take part in Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station. https://www.watercressline.co.uk/product.php/105/day-out-with-thomas
  • On selected weekend and Bank holiday dates, Wyevale garden centres across the country are hosting breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Tuck into a delicious cooked breakfast, cuddle up to a new cuddly toy and decorate an Easter cookie. Yum! https://www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk/cms/events/breakfast-or-tea-with-easter-bunny/

Easter Egg Hunts

We all remember the thrill of a good Easter egg hunt and there are some cracking ones happening locally this Easter. Below are a list of specific events happening through the school holidays and bank holiday weekend –

Saturday 24th March

Sunday 25th March

  • The Anvil are bringing some fun and hilarity to Basingstoke with their Easter Pantomine, Beauty and the Beast. Tickets are no doubt selling fast so check out more here http://www.anvilarts.org.uk/easter-panto

Friday 30th March

  • Happy Faces Playgroup have announced an annual hop around the village between 10am – 12pm. Join them on Easter Friday for our egg hunt, face painting, tea and cake, raffle, tombola, games and more!
  • In case one Easter egg hunt just isn’t enough, Bramley are also hosting an Easter egg hunt, starting from the centre of the village at Clift Meadow Pavillion. For £1.50 per child, you can follow the clues and bag yourself a treat at the end. Refreshments will also be available.

Saturday 31st March

Sunday 1st April

The list could go on, there is so much happening locally, we are spoilt for choice. Whatever you do, have a cracking time!

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CLUTTER NUTTERS

We launch our company this month so wanted to let the NHM community know all about us.

We are a home organisation/de-cluttering service and offer the following services currently;

  • Organising any room(kitchen, lounge, bedrooms, study, playroom, cellar, conservatory
  • Within a room (cupboards, shelves, clothes etc)
  • Whole house
  • Sheds, garages and garden storage units
  • Storage containers
  • Playgroups/Nurseries

For further details please see our website or facebook page.

We also offer vouchers and 10% discount for returning customers.

https://www.facebook.com/TheClutterNutters/

www.clutternutters.com

Thanks Lisa & Emma J

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Review 2016: Chineham Splash Park

Thank you very much to one of the NHM Writers, Karen, for this fab review!

Thank you also to Michelle for the pictures!

About

Chineham Splash Park is a new, free water activity open between 10:00 and 19:00 until september. It is situated in Chineham park and also boasts a large field with a half pipe and outdoor trail gym.

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When we attended we arrived before 10:00 and the park was already filling up with excited children and parents with picnic blankets.

Once 10:00 finally came around someone pressed the activation button and it was only moments before all the shrieking children were soaking wet and running around in the water jets.

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Facilities and Food

There has also been a portacabin toilet that was added to the splash park in the past week. However, the park unfortunately lacks any other facilities but the Popley Spotlight centre are happy for people to pop in and use the toilets and they also sell refreshments.  Bare in mind that is a 5 minute walk away so if there’s only one adult in your group you’ll probably end up packing away your things.

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You might want flipflops or sandals for wet children to wear as well as extra towels or clothes to put on over wet swimming costumes for the trips to the toilets. Don’t forget your swimming costumes, towels and swim nappies as well as sun protection.

The area has several picnic benches but they are unshaded in the morning so bring a picnic rug or blanket and head under the trees.

Parking

There are around 20 parking spaces at the park and others in residential streets a bit further away

Tips

Our top tips are to consider bringing the buggy (or a shopping trolley) to load everything in for trips to the toilet, don’t forget your own potty to avoid a few and arrive early before it fills up.

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Older excited children might be a bit daunting for the little ones so bring a towel for yourself so you can encourage them in (and cool off) and a carrier if you have a baby.

If the water isn’t working, don’t leave, the council advise that if its been on constantly for a long time sometimes the reservoir will need 30 minutes to refill.

Rating

We enjoyed the splash park so it scores a 5/5 from the Johnson family.

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20 Spring “Bored Jar” Ideas – for a toddler

(If you want to find out more about what a “Bored jar” is, then please read the post at the bottom of this post, called “Winter Bored Jar Ideas”)

1. Feed the birds in the aviary in the War Memorial Park

2. Go on a Bluebell walk. Micheldever Forest is supposed to be lovely for bluebells, but I’ve not been there yet.

3. Take a ride on a train – Viables or Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

4. Be King or queen of the castle. My favourite and the one closest too us is Odiham Castle

5. Discover something new: Museums

6. Paint some pots at Pots2Paint

7. Make some jewelery

8. Draw an animal

9. Make homemade bubbles

10. Do some painting

11. Make and decorate paper airplanes

12. Join a baby ballet class (this doesn’t have to be just girls!)

13. Go Swimming (Check out this post HERE for local swimming pools)

14. Create a dressing up box and pretend to be Princes or Princesses

15. Make some DIY coloured sand

16. Find shapes in clouds

17. Go to the Playgym at the Active Life Centre

18. Play with water and food colouring

19. Make a village out of all your toys

20. Make an Easter Egg hunt!!!!

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Winter bored Jar Ideas – 40 ideas

Summer “bored sticks” jar 

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13 things to do in Basingstoke in Spring with a three year old

1. Visit PlayDays, JJ’s, Fun House or Gym Tots at the Sports Centre

2. Go to the Aquadrome.

3. Check out nature detectives to see which packs you can use to go on a treasure hunt. Click HERE for a list of nature walks you can do.

4. Play Pooh Sticks on the bridge at Eastrop Park

5. Go Ice Skating at Planet Ice

6. Check out the aquarium’s in the fish shop at Sherfield on Loddon Garden Centre

7. Attend a Toddler Class. Have a look at the Activities Drop down on the tool bar above, to see the Classes available each day.

8. Visit the Old Fashioned Sweet Shop in Milestones

9. Go Bowling at the Leisure Park and play in the new Soft Play area after. (Keep your receipt for softplay as it gets you half price entry the next time you go.)

10. Visit a Pick Your Own Farm

11. Fly a kite on Crabtree Hill

12. Take a ride on the Viables mini steam train when it’s running

13. Go to Basing Lime Pits and play on the Train climbing frame and slide down the extra long slides

What would you recommend in the area for something to do with a three year old?

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