The Wandering Mother Blog - Royal Docks Summer Programme 2021

Summer is back on! The Royal Docks team have just revealed their free Summer 2021 Programme

Okay, so this week the weather’s not that great but how AMAZING was the weather a couple weeks ago? I don’t know about you but I was loving the sunshine! Died a little (well, a lot thanks to hay fever) from the high pollen count but apart from that it was all good! I even managed to sneak in a little tanning session at my local park. ūüôā

With summer activities back on, The Royal Docks team have just released their summer 2021 programme and it’s set to be a good one. There’s so much family-friendly things to do – below are a few of my favourites from the programme’s highlights.

Royal Victoria Docks will once again become a home for family fun this summer!

Free Summer events at Royal Docks

JULY

Ensemble Festival

July 24

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Ensemble Festival / Photo credit: Royal Docks London

“Ensemble Festival will present an explosive mix of art and performance bringing the very best of UK artists to heart of the Docklands… developed by producers Certain Blacks”

The free event sees a blend of circus, dance, theatre and art ‚Äď and there‚Äôs so much to explore. Creatively combining strength and circus physicality, Strong Enough tells stories of ordinary people finding power at times when we might wobble or struggle. And don‚Äôt miss Do What yah Mama told yah!, an immersive comedy show featuring plate-spinning, food-juggling and fire-blazing. Not to be missed! Suitable for all ages. More details about the Ensemble Festival here.

Kids Summer Splash

Jul 31 – Aug 22

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Photo Credit: Royal Docks London

“Dive into family fun this summer as Kids Summer Splash brings you delightful dock swimming, super sandpits, tasty food, cooling drinks, and much more.

Grab your towels and head down to the Royal Victoria Docks for a swim in the large lido that’s built out into the waters. Don’t worry if you’re not a confident swimmer or have little ones, there‚Äôs also a shallow end for younger children to have a splash around. Once you’re bored of the water, you can play around in the sandpits or family chill-out zones. There will be a snack shack for you to grab a bite to eat or something to drink but you can always bring your own picnic too. Just don’t forget to bring your buckets and spades!

Suitable for all ages.

Advance booking is required but it’s not open yet to the public. Head over to their website and bookmark their page or sign up to their newsletters. More details on Kids Summer Splash here.

Upswing’s Circus Flavours

July 31 – Aug 1

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Upswing’s Circus Flavours / Photo credit: Royal Docks London

“Leading contemporary circus company Upswing‚Äôs diverse and highly skilled performers will be demonstrating their incredible blend of acrobatics and physical theatre over two days in the Royal Docks.”

Fancy being an acrobat for the day? Always thought you could make it as a circus performer? Now’s your chance to prove it. Watch the amazing performance by Upswing. After, the artists will come of the stage to lead open workshops where you can try your hand at the crazy tricks.

Suitable for all ages from 5+. For more details and to book, click here.


AUGUST

Making Space: Artist Walk

Sep 28

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Making Space: Artist Walking Tour / Photo credit: Royal Docks London

“Art walking tour with a difference. The result is a series of large-scale wall-based artworks that weave together text, photography and archival material.”

On Saturday 28th September from 2.30-5pm, artist and researcher Alberto Duman will give a walking tour with artist Jessie Brennan of her new four-part commission Making Space in the Royal Docks, located at the Good Hotel. The artists will hold an ‘in conversation’ at each of the four sites: discussing Jessie‚Äôs process working with local communities to generate these new site-specific works, focusing on the significance of the artworks in context, and the forthcoming changes in the area. More information on the event here.

SEPTEMBER

Music of the Spheres

Sep 4

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Music of the spheres / Photo credit: Royal Docks London

Music of the Spheres will see performers in huge transparent globes move through the audience and float on the water of the docks, with musicians, aerial performers, lights and smoke inside them.

Each of the three shows on 4 September begins with dancers and musicians moving through the audience in land-based Spheres. Then, open your ears to performances on unusual and sculptural instruments from around the world as musicians play under a large sculptural canopy. The grande finale sees Simon Desorgher perform a piece of flute music he’s composed especially for this occasion, based on a theme from Debussy’s La Mer. His performance is transmitted to Eye Music Trust co-Director, Lawrence Casserley who transforms the sound into a whole orchestra on his computer from inside a transparent Dome. More details here and to book your free tickets.


Press release by Royal Docks London

Van Gogh House opens with guided tours: A must-see for any art lover

Van Gogh House

Nestled on the streets of Stockwell was the place where Vincent Van Gogh lived in his early adult life. This Georgian terraced house reveals the unique character and charm of the late artist, and has been lovingly conserved using heritage techniques.

First opened in 201`9, Van Gogh House is a local heritage site and a unique venue for exhibitions and artist residencies. This amazing place has now opened up for the general public to view with a guided tour of the house and grounds. It’s a must-see attraction for anyone who has an interest in the arts and culture.

Van Gogh House Guidied Tours

Our tours of the house cover not only Van Gogh’s stay but a cast of other characters including Vincent’s landlady and her daughter who he supposedly fell in love with, a small boy in the 1850s who hid a time capsule of toys beneath the floorboards, a postman on strike in the seventies who discovered the Van Gogh link in the 1871 census, Mrs Smith who lived in the house until she was 100, her life irrevocably changed by the discovery of a famous former resident of her house.

Guided tours of the house are now available to book. They are held on the last weekend of the month.

Photo Credit: Van Gogh House
Photo Credit: Van Gogh House

Their long-running poster project, ‘On The Western Window Pane’ is currently in situ in the Van Gogh House front window. A new artist-designed poster is installed on the first of each month from April 2021 until March 2022. This month’s poster is by Lesley Sharpe. The next temporary exhibition, Life and its Trivial Particulars by Brian Griffiths and Frank Kent will be open on September 4th – 18th December 2021. The house will then be open Wed-Sun, 11-5pm with unguided entry tickets available. These will cost ¬£5 per person (¬£3 Concession, ¬£2.50 Art Fund) and free for under 16s.

What you need to know about the Van Gogh House tour

Where: 87 Hackford Road, London, SW9 0RE

When: Guided tours of the house are always the last weekend of the month

Price: ¬£12 per person ‚Äď a guided tour is currently the only way of visiting the Van Gogh House.

What‚Äôs included: a 45mins-1hour guided tour of the house, its famous and less famous residents, its architecture, renovations and history of the local area.

Photo Credit: Van Gogh House

The information above was kindly sent to me as a press release by Van Gogh House. All photos are credited to the Van Gogh House and should not be reused without their consent.

The Greenwich Mummy Blog - Christmas in London

Natasha Kaplinsky to host star-studded virtual event to benefit Barnardo‚Äôs

Broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky will host an evening of festive song and spoken word to raise money for Barnardo‚Äôs as part of the charity‚Äôs Christmas campaign, known as ‚ÄėKidsmas‚Äô.

The Kidsmas Live event will be broadcast from St. John’s Smith Square on December 1 and will feature virtual performances from several of the charity’s children’s choir supporters from across the UK. There will also be very special performances by soon-to-be announced musical guests and spoken word artists.

The leading children’s charity has teamed up with Vodafone to stage the virtual Christmas event to help bring some magic to a festive season which will be unusual for many around the country. Broadcast via YouTube Live, Kidsmas Live will give viewers the chance to hear beloved festive classics as well as newer pieces that speak to the times we live in.

This is the second year of the charity’s Kidsmas campaign, and the first time Kidsmas Live is taking place.

To register for free, all people need to do is go to this link https://kidsmas-live.eventbrite.co.ukhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kidsmas-live-registration-126210251259

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

‚ÄúThe vulnerable children Barnardo‚Äôs supports need us now more than ever. As we enter a challenging winter season, many more families are falling into poverty and the pandemic is wreaking havoc on children‚Äôs mental health and increasing their risk of harm at home, online, and in the community. All this means too many children and young people will be deprived of the chance to enjoy the festive season.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúAll this means too many children and young people will be deprived of the chance to enjoy the festive season.‚ÄĚ

Javed Khan, Barnardo’s Chief Executive

‚ÄúThis is why I‚Äôm particularly grateful to our fantastic President Natasha Kaplinsky for hosting Kidsmas Live and to Vodafone for its support. With their help, and yours, we can help raise vital funds supporting vulnerable children through this crisis and beyond.‚ÄĚ


This is a press release from Barnardo‚Äôs ‚ÄĘ more details can be found on their website http://www.barnardos.org.uk

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Stylist Live 2017 Review

The good, the bad and the ugly: Stylist Live 2017 Review

Three days filled with fashion, style, beauty, hair, food, drink, talks, workshops, pink gin and fun, the Stylist Live 2017 event was bigger and badder than ever before! It was my first time attending and all I can say is… it did not disappoint!

I will be back next year for sure. ūüôā

I won Bronze tickets to Stylist Live via an Instagram giveaway hosted by aromatherapy products company, Scentered (@iamscentered) – thanks guys! Be sure to check them out as their products are amazing and I will be purchasing their Escape Therapy Balm which smelt amazing. That’s my fave but I also like the rose-scented¬†Love¬†balm and the minty¬†Be Happy balm. As it’s a therapy balm is in a stick form, it just needs to be rubbed onto pulse points so¬†it should last a while.

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Source: The Standard

So here’s my review of Stylist Live 2017 at Olympia (I visited on Saturday and had the Bronze entry ticket)…

THE GOOD

What I liked..

The atmosphere
even though it was really busy it still felt spacious enough to move around most of the time. The only time it felt a little cramped was between the aisles of stands – if there was a big crowd of people it was a little hard to navigate through. The event was indeed family friendly but not buggy friendly. There are lifts and stuff but the place gets so packed bringing a pram would be chaotic. I think bringing older children is fine but leave the little ones at home for this event… plus, you don’t want your bubba(s) to spoil your kiddy-free time do you?

The talks/workshops
There were 4 stages with funky, empowering names (GROW, LEAD, SPARK, THRIVE) and sessions scheduled throughout the day. Most of the good talks were in the morning but as I got there in the afternoon, I missed most of the ones I wanted to watch.

However I managed to catch the 4.30pm workshop/talk with speakers, Clara Amfo and Reni¬†Eddo-Lodge on “How to be Brave: Speaking up against racism”.¬†As the mother of mixed-heritage children, I know that my bubbas might experience some form of racism in their years growing up. Learning how to address it, handle it and rise above it is extremely important. Reni made a remark that left me thinking hard “if you’re not white, you can’t afford to be colour blind”. I wasn’t sure what to make of it – whether or not I agreed with her statement but deep down something told me she was 100% spot on. As a woman of colour myself, you can’t be ignorant and believe that racism doesn’t exist because it does. Sometimes in the mildest, tolerable form but it is still there. It was definitely a ‘food for thought’ kind of talk and I loved it.

The brands
There were sooo many brands to see and a lot of them were offering freebies. Gordon’s Gin gave everyone a free drink upon arrival. Diet Coke was handed out quicker than you could say low-calorie and sugar-free. Babyliss and Remmington were doing free hair styling. There were loads of brands; from natural food brands like Hippea to stylish lifestyle brands like Ella Iconic,¬†and of course plenty hair and beauty brands.

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One of the best workshops at Stylist Live 2017 / Source: Stylist Live

The Bad

What I didn’t like…

The crowds
I know I shouldn’t really complain about crowds and to be fair, the event was managed really well however sometimes I couldn’t help but feel claustrophobic. Especially when I was down the shopping stands, those aisles felt tiny and I’m a petite girl!

The queues
This is another to be expected but still… I am buggered that I wasn’t able to get the chance to have my hair styled. Booo! There was around 4-5 different hair brands that were providing styling services but the queues were so long, it was crazy.

No goody bags (for bronze ticket holders)
I know it’s good to be exclusive but only allowing VIP ticket holders to purchase goody bags is a downer. I really wanted one and have the goody bags available as an add-on option would’ve been amazeballs as I really wanted one.

The Ugly

What I thought needs improving for next year…

The food choices
The food was yummy but there wasn’t enough choice to pick from – there was a few cafe bars on the ground floor and upstairs there were a few more eateries however it would’ve have been nice to have a dedicated food area for eating and getting refreshments. I love matcha lattes and not one food place in there served it, for a food-conscious I did expect more healthy food brands to be there. If Farm Girl could be there next year, I would like a little kid on a sugar rush – I love them!

Better microphones for talks
For most of the workshops, I was able to hear the host(s) clearly however I remember there was a workshop I attended and couldn’t hear a word the host and her guests were saying which was disappointing. I wasn’t even that far away and I think a few other people also had trouble hearing. Because of the bad sound quality, I gave up with listening and wandered off in search of other things – and I’m sure some others did the same.

Give us cheapies a goody bag!
Yep, I’ve included this one here because I really feel like everyone should’ve been entitled to the chance to upgrade their tickets with add-ons like a goody bag. It was possible to upgrade my bronze ticket with a manicure so why not a goody bag? Even if it was just a simple one, it would be nice to have the chance to buy one.

And that’s it!

I really enjoyed Stylist Live 2017 and will definitely be making my way back to Olympia for it next year. I hope they can out-do themselves too because this year was really spectacular! If you attended this year, let me know what your thoughts were below… I leave you with our cool Google Pixel 2 photo we took at the event. ūüôā

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Having fun at the Google Pixel stand at Stylist Live 2017

You can check out @StylistLive on Instagram here

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Mothercare Greenwich: New store celebrates with #Welcometotheclub launch event

NOTE: Mothercare Greenwich store has now closed down permanently. Please check online for your nearest Mothercare store.

At the beginning of November to launch the new opening of the Mothercare Greenwich store which is based over at the Brocklebank retail park in Charlton (near to the Wickes Charlton store for you locals), the big parenting brand partnered with a team of top parenting experts, including Zoe De Pass of @DressLikeaMum, to host an exciting interactive evening, offering honest advice and tips to expectant parents.

It was a brilliant event and a shame as I wasn’t able to make it because everyone looked like they had loads of fun! Those who attended received personal shopping experiences, exclusive discounts on top of the special workshops and talks hosted by parenting experts.

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Photo by @Dresslikeamum / Instagram

Hosts from the night…

Zoe De Pass – trendy mummy, influencer and fashion blogger
Zoe is known for her fantastic taste in mum-friendly attire that is super stylish. I love looking at her instagram page for style inspo. At the event she spoke about how maternity style can be done without compromise. The mother of two and fashion blogger is on a mission to challenge misconceptions of dressing like a mum. Zoe also introduced her picks from Mothercare‚Äôs capsule collection, THE EDIT, which includes trend-led separates and dresses that can be mixed and matched to offer fashionable yet comfortable solutions to dressing during pregnancy and nursing. It’s great that there’s now a wide range of stylish maternity wear to choose from.

Beth Kitt – midwife and parenting book author
New parent myths like baby brain were dispelled by midwife and author Beth Kitt. Curious parents-to-be could ask as many questions about parenting and parenthood to their heart’s content. With years of experience in midwifery, Beth shared her invaluable tips on pregnancy and surviving the first few weeks with a new baby. She is the author of the book, ‘The Bump to Baby Chapter’.

Liz Day – parenting consultant
Liz talked about the ultimate hospital bag checklist to prepare expectant parents for labour, birth and the first few hours with a newborn. From nursing bras and birthing plans, to headphones for labour playlists, and cotton nightwear to stay cool. This is one talk that I would highly recommend to all new parents. When I was a first time mum, I never got the chance to attend these kind of events (I’d always missed them ironically) but my BabyCentre forum helped me out a lot! A lot of the mums on there were 2nd time mums so they gave me a great insight on what’s essential to bring and what’s not too important.

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Zoe shows us one of her fave picks / Photo by Mothercare

 

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Mothercare Greenwich #welcometotheclub Launch Event
Photo by Mothercare

So as you can see, attendees were treated to a night filled with fabulous people and information. With the event being a great turnout, Mothercare Greenwich has already lined up their next store event. On Sunday 10th December (10:30am-12:30pm) they will be hosting their Expectant Parent event Рyou can reserve your free space at Mothercare Greenwich here.

The Expectant Parent Event will be running from December 3-10 2017 at Mothercare stores around the UK. You can find your nearest participating store in the link at the bottom of this post. It’s a free event but you have to reserve your space. The event will include car safety and car seat fitting advice, the latest sleep safety advice (very important as sometimes this changes year to year following new research), pushchair and pram choices, and even baby and child first aid however this is at selected stores only.

On their website, you can also join their MyMothercare club to get email notifications of when they have new events, invitations to exclusive events, special discounts including money off-vouchers, be the first to know about their sales and much more. I’m a part of the MyMothercare club and I love it.

(featured image – photo credit: James Graham/Linkedin)


For more info about the brand’s expectant parent event and your nearest participating store:¬† https://www.mothercare.com/advice-buying-guides-and-services/services/expectant-parent-event/services-ms-parent-event.html

Mumsnet & No7 on returning to work with confidence

Last Monday was the last day of my maternity leave and the day I attended a wonderful panel discussion held by Boots beauty brand, No.7 and Mumsnet.

Our panel consisted of working mums from different walks of life; a model, a vlogger, and two career columnists all brought together by one lady. Carrie Longton, co-founder of Mumsnet led the panel discussions and spoke about many issues women face in the workplace such as gender equality, flexible working (what it really means), work-life balance, and how to feel more confident returning to the workplace. It was an eye-opener Рwomen have to still fight for basic gender equality rights, flexible working, and even job security.

Our panel: The Step Up Club duo, Jade Parfitt, Mother Pukka and Carrie Longton

I haven’t gone back to my old workplace – as much as I love it, it no longer fits well with my family of four. As LO is only in nursery 3hrs a day, it would be pointless for me to put him and Baby Girl in childcare for the whole day when Daddy P is at home and available. Daddy P is a stay at home dad which¬†works for us. He is amazing and I really can’t ask for anyone better. PS he’s a much better parent than I am but that’s between you, me and this blog! ūüôā Continue reading “Mumsnet & No7 on returning to work with confidence”

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Meditation & Sound Healing Review

Review: Meditation & Sound Healing therapy in Greenwich

The Greemwich Mummy Blog | Meditation & Sound Healing Review

I am loving my fitness journey! I can see my body changing slowly and I am loving the effects of eating healthier; it’s made a great impact on my skin, hair (even though I’m still experiencing postpartum hairloss) and energy level.¬†Being a parent¬†can be really stressful – actually it is VERY stressful – but some¬†of us are just better at managing the stress than others. I used to be so chilled when it came to parenting when it was just LO but with Baby Girl now in the picture,¬†I find that I am a lot more stressed, have zero patience, constantly anxious and feel like I can’t shut off properly because every five minutes one of them¬†is crying (screaming) or the house needs tidying… again for the tenth time.

Being away in the morning for my fitness classes really gives me that ‘time out’ that I need to keep myself sane and I really love it. So when Kalie¬†(@pyschicladykay)¬†sent me an email to let me know about a meditation and sound healing taster session she was doing last week I could only say yes. Time out to meditate and heal? Why would I ever try to decline that offer?¬†I’ve only ever touched on meditation in yoga class and through my BeCalm mindfulness app but it can be so hard to switch off and meditate properly with so much going around. I was excited to see what Kalie’s taster session was going to offer. Continue reading “Review: Meditation & Sound Healing therapy in Greenwich”

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End FOMO and start GOMO with Eventbrite

Lesson #1

FOMO (abbrv.) = Fear Of Missing Out

GOMO (abbrv.) = Going Out More Often

So many abbreviations to remember!

YOLO… GOMO… FOMO… MOFO… ūüôā But GOMO (Going Out More Often) is a new one that I really like.

Last month was the summer holidays and that’s when most people are out and about with their kids and just enjoying life but it’s not really a time to go out for me. Since I started my fitness journey, I have had loads more energy and have come across so many health events last month and for the months ahead on my Eventbrite app.

If you’ve never used Eventbrite before or don’t know what it is, it’s an online events planning platform and app (available on iphones and androids) – a bit like Wahanda, now known as Treatwell, but is for anything related to events. You can find everything from gigs to Knitting workshop to health retreats and business expos. You can even host your own events and post it online which can be seen on their website and app.

In August, I came across HealthFest London 2016 on Eventbrite which was a real eye-opener for me. At HealthFest I was able to get my body fat percentage measured as well as my BMI calculated, my blood glucose level and blood pressure checked and more.¬†It was the start of my GOMO quest. Continue reading “End FOMO and start GOMO with Eventbrite”

Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning: Vegan Coconut Matcha Tart Recipe

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning

It’s now under two weeks away until the Macmillan Big Coffee Morning! I love baking but since changing my diet and adopting a healthier lifestyle I have pretty much given up on scoffing cakes and pastries. Don’t get me wrong I will still indulge¬†every now and then but it would be a very small treat as I am cutting down on sugars and carbs. This is because I have had gestational diabetes in both pregnancies meaning that my chances of getting Type II diabetes later on is very high.

Last week I was invited to attend an exclusive baking masterclass held by the Macmillan Cancer Support. I was so excited to attend but unfortunately, when it came to the actual day of the masterclass my childcare fell through and I wasn’t able to find anyone else at the last minute and¬†had to forfeit my attendance. Continue reading “Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning: Vegan Coconut Matcha Tart Recipe”

The Greenwich Mummy Blog: Blackheath Foodies Festival Event

Mummy’s day out to the Blackheath Foodies Festival

A couple of weeks back I took LO and Baby Girl out to Blackheath to see the wonderful Foodies Festival. The festival was held on the green for three days (July 8th-10th) and I had only discovered it by chance on Thursday night.

There was a Twitter competition from Mummy’s Gin Fund – in order to win a VIP ticket for the whole weekend I had to follow the social media accounts and RT the twitter post which I did. I never in a million years thought I would win – I never win anything! So when I received a notification from Mummy’s Gin Fund tagging me as a winner I was thrilled to bits. I took to FB to announce my winnings only to discover a good friend of mine was also popping along to the event which was fantastic news as it meant I had someone to go with.

On the day…

I tried as quick as I could to get the kids ready then when we were able to leave the bus took a little while to come. Probably because it was a weekend service so the 286 was less frequent. Once we got to Blackheath standard we had to walk a little distance. Poor LO, he did tremendously well on foot as I didn’t take the stroller with us and had Baby Girl in the sling carrier.

When we arrived we had a good look around. There were loads of food and drink stalls around. We started feeling slightly peckish so I asked LO what he wanted. He didn’t look too keen on anything but there was a Moroccan van just in front of us selling tagines, salads, wraps and I asked him if he wanted some. Surprisingly LO said yes so I ordered us one lamb tagine with cous cous and salad to share. You can see in the slideshow the portion size – it wasn’t much and it cost ¬£8! Delicious though so I can’t really complain. I kind of knew the food was going to be highly priced. I’m just really glad it tasted good, seasoned well and was filling enough.

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Bubba is so excited for the festival!

We eventually met up with my friend and her family soon after. They had gourmet burgers which tasted “okay” she said. Not that great for ¬£8 worth – I was happy that my money was well spent on the tagine as I had also considered buying a burger but as I knew LO is not really a fan of them, I didn’t buy one.

We had a look around again at all the stalls, this time focusing on the dessert side; there were crepe stalls, various fudge stalls, weird chocolate combo stalls, your standard cakes/cupcake stalls and a wonderful little Churros stall. We bought some (¬£5 for a cup!) and they were really tasty. They came in all different flavours, we stuck with just plain sugar, and with a chocolate sauce dip on the side. Not as fab as the ones I had when I was in Barcelona but good enough. LO really enjoyed them. I wasn’t a fan of the sauce so chucked it – I tried it – it just didn’t taste like proper chocolate to me and I am not really a fan of milk chocolate anyway.

The Greenwich Mummy Blog: Blackheath Foodies Festival Event

The Greenwich Mummy Blog: Blackheath Foodies Festival Event

It was the last thing we bought before going home so LO enjoyed the rest of his churros on the bus ride home. Baby Girl slept the whole way through, only waking for a feed. Ahhh the power of the wrap!! ūüôā

Thanks to my VIP ticket I also got a really nice¬†goody bag filled with lovely healthy treats (see photo above). I got a Teapigs matcha drink, teapigs loose tea sachet, gluten-free Nutribix, Ocean Spray cranberry & raisin mix, Sacla pesto sauce which is delicious, tomato seeds – I’m guessing to plant not eat and a few leaflets and a ¬£40 off HelloFresh voucher. As I am an existing customer of HF I wouldn’t be able to use this anyway as it’s only for new customers.

The Greenwich Mummy - Q Pootle 5

Cbeebies Q Pootle 5 & Nick Butterworth at Royal Observatory Greenwich

The Greenwich Mummy - Q Pootle 5
On Tuesday 26th July 2016, Cbeebies Nick Butterworth and his alien Q Pootle 5 will be at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich hosting a special event called ‘Holiday to Space with Q Pootle 5‘.¬†The Cbeebies author, producer and illustrator will be performing¬†an interactive¬†story-telling complete with live illustrations and hosting a special craft activity for the children.


On the day

The day will kick off at 10am when all of the children will be watching episodes of the hit Cbeebies¬†series under the starry morning planetarium.¬†Nick Butterworth will then present his interactive show and read from his latest book. The morning is rounded off with a wonderful craft activity for the kids.¬†Visitors will also get the chance to explore Royal Greenwich Observatory’s giant Moon map and craft lunar landers to land on it.

From 12pm to 1pm Nick will be book-signing so make sure you bring along your Q Pootle 5 book (which is what I’m going to do) or purchase one on the day from the Astronomy Centre shop to get a lovely signature from Nick and make the day extra special.

I will attending this exclusive Greenwich¬†event to cover the story¬†– hopefully I will remember to SnapChat the day (my SC handle is @greenwichmummy) and I’m sure you’ll see photos on Instagram too. ūüôā Make sure you¬†check out my blog a few days after the 26th for my review.

Tickets are priced at £6.00 (per adult/per child). That makes it £24 for a family of four Рnot bad at all for a day out in Greenwich. The price of the ticket also includes access to all areas of the Royal Greenwich Observatory including the planetarium which is great. Kids can explore the starry skies after the show.

Who are the Q Pootle 5?

The Greenwich Mummy - Nick Butterworth's Q Pootle 5
Anti-clockwise from left; Groobie, Oopsy, Pootle, Stella and Eddi

If your kids watch Cbeebies, they’ll probably know who the Q Pootle 5 team are. They are a bunch of friendly aliens living out in space on planet Oki Doki.

Here are the main characters:

  • Q Pootle 5 –¬†known as “Pootle” to his space friends. Pootle is a friendly green alien and the main character in the show.
  • Oopsy¬†– She is Pootle’s best friend. Oopsy’s¬†pink and¬†lives in an upside-down rocket.
  • Eddi – He is a two-headed purple alien. Eddie like to talk to himself a lot and is really shy/timid compared to the others.
  • Stella – Stella is yellow and wears pink wellington boots. She lives in a treehouse and loves gardening. When she has spare time, she loves playing her bagpipes.
  • Groobie – He¬†is the eldest member of the gang. He is orange with thick purple eyebrows, and can be a bit forgetful.¬†Bud-D¬†is Groobie’s robot; you can see him in the header image at the top of this blog post.

Never seen the show? Click the following link to watch Q Pootle 5 on BBC iPlayer

Who is Nick Butterworth?

The Greenwich Mummy - Nick Butterworth
Meet author and producer, Nick Butterworth

Nick is the author, illustrator and executive producer of Q Pootle 5. His children’s books are widely available in bookstores and online. His TV show is aired on BBC’s Cbeebies channel. He has wrote many other fabulous children’s book such as¬†“One snowy night”, “Present for Freddie Small” and “Tiger in the snow”.

If you are looking for a family day out with the kids, come to the Royal Greenwich Observatory on July 26th for this magical event!


*I worked with Royal Museums Greenwich on this post to help promote their latest event. In doing so, they have invited me to attend the event which I will review in a later post. All words and opinions are my own. Photos are credited to Google.
Urban Village Fete at Greenwich Peninsula Returns | The Greenwich Mummy

The Urban Village Fete at Greenwich Peninsula Returns!

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Live music at the Urban Village Fete 2015 [Photo Credit: LauraJaneDale/Knight Dragon]
Summer is a brilliant time to visit Greenwich as there is always something happening. Whether it’s an event for families or a lovely street parade, it’s a great excuse to get out of the house and visit. Last year saw the launch of the Greenwich Peninsula’s¬†Urban Village Fete. The turnout was amazing; with over 10,000 people attending the fabulous (and not to mention, free!) event was a big, big hit. The organisers of the fair¬†contacted me earlier this month to let me know that the event will be making a comeback this year and it got me all excited I had to write a little post about it. ūüôā

Save the date!
The Urban Village Fete will be coming back and is set to be bigger and better than last year. The date to add to your diary this year is Sunday 15th May 2016. The event will be on for the whole day from 12 noon until 7pm so there’ll be plenty of time for you to pop along throughout the day. There will be lots of things to do for everyone all day too.

A day out for everyone
No matter what your interests are, the Urban Village Fete will have¬†you covered. It is an event that’s designed to appeal to families, foodies, shopaholics, creatives and crafties, and music lovers alike. There will be will be art¬†workshops available, a brilliant range food and drink stalls to sample¬†from, plenty of things to do for¬†kids, coupled with live music, performances and entertainment.

If you fancy a spot of shopping, there will be a whole host of wonderfully unique gifts and items on sale from local artists and upcoming designers.

A date for your diary…
Sunday 15th May 2016¬†– don’t miss it!

Photos from last year
Here are some amazing photos from last year’s event for you to feast your eyes upon. I’m sure it’ll get you¬†excited to come along on May 15th . ūüôā

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Countdown: a¬†month away…
Baby girl will be due on May 13th so I don’t think I will be able to attend which I am¬†gutted about as it looks absolutely fantastic. Hopefully, baby will¬†arrive earlier (LO was 5 days early) so I can pop down to the fete as it’s only a stone-throw away from home and would be fantastic for LO to visit. Maybe as a last resort Daddy P can take LO along for a fun day out. Let’s hope we’ll be blessed with lovely weather on the day too!


For more info on the Urban Village Fete 2016, just visit their website:
http://urbanvillagefete.co.uk/about/

*NB. I worked with the Urban Village Fete to promote this free local event. All words and opinions are my own. The photos were supplied to me by the PR team and the images have been credited respectively.