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SOPHIA’S DIARY Winter 2018 - 2019




Everything Child and Family Related in North London


Welcome to Our First Online Brochure

Welcome to Sophia’s Diary first online Family Brochure. We are delighted to offer something new and downloadable to our users. We know life as a parent is busy, so we have produced something you can store on your computer or laptop. Sophia’s Diary prides ourselves to being a one-stop place for anything you are looking to do with children. We have Dance, Performing Arts, Sport, Theatre, Trampoline Arena’s, Soft Play and Cooking Classes (and a recipe too), brought to you. In addition to having lots of ideas about what’s on for children, we have covered issues and topics valuable to parents too? From First Aid Tips that may help someone save a life, Career Decisions, and Health and Beauty, we have it covered here. Happy reading, and don’t forget to buy a discount to save lots of money

Andrea xxxx Owner and Founder of Sophia’s Diary Everything Child and Family Related in North London


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Kids Classes


Gingerbread Biscuits recipe


Learning a Language


Hair Beauty and Wellness


Hair Removal By Tessa Roszkowski


Family Event - Local Celebrities


Firs aid


Travel and Tourism


Business Parents




Home and Shopping




Party & Events








New year by Andrea Krase



Kids Classes

Our Kids Classes Guide from Babies to Teens 4

Not only is attending kids classes fun and educational for children, it is a place to make new friends too. There are over 200 classes on Sophia’s Diary for all interests and budgets. Voluntary run group are fun and not expensive either. Here are a few ideas about what’s on offer. Baby Classes

North London is rich with baby classes. They can be great for boosting development, socialising and enhancing bonding with baby and parent too. Baby Sensory, Caterpillar Music, Hartbeeps, Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Jack and Jill’s, and Monkey Music are all very popular. If you are a parent that likes to try something different, our language classes that are suitable for babies, Asterakia and Boogie Bear, are extremely popular too.

Toddlers and Pre Schoolers

Classes are great way for our active little ones to burn some energy. They are fantastic in developing early social skills, and putting a smile on their faces too. Fine motor skills can be developed at abc’s and 1,2, Please. Children will love upbeat music at Zip Zap Kids, Shake Your Sillies Out of Music Time, diddi dance, and go on adventures with Little Imaginations and Move, Play, Learn. Get Set Boogie also have different themes each week that will excite little ones too. There are numerous stay and play groups in North London too. These are informal and more affordable too. It is also worth having a look at the activities of your local children centre.


Dance is fun, encourages teamwork, improves fitness and also makes children feel more confident. There are some exceptional dance schools in North London that offer several styles of dance class. Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Street Dance and Modern are just a few options. The Dance Studio, Dance Stables, Impulse Dance, Streetz Ahead, Platinum Performing Arts, and Impress Theatre Arts all have outstanding reputations. Not only do students have fun in class, there is also the opportunity to perform in shows and events too, which is great for boosting confidence. The dance schools mentioned also offer preschool classes too.


Learning to cook is fun and enhances essential skills for children. It provides knowledge about healthy eating, and has elements of maths and science in classes. Children can learn how to cook, enjoy craft making, listen to stories and take home what they have made, at popular class Crafty Chefs Barnet.


Kids Classes Performing Arts

Award-winning school Platinum Performing Arts are acknowledged for sessions that are fun, friendly and enjoyable. They are specifically designed to develop children’s confidence, self-esteem and rhythm. Students take part in Dance, Drama and Singing classes. They will also perform an urban pantomime “Moana and her Incredible Friends” at the Millfield theatre in January, an event not to be missed. Children can learn to sing, dance and act at Musical Theatre sessions at Impress Theatre Arts and Razzamataz. It is great way to introduce children to performance whilst learning new skills. It’s also a fantastic in building children’s confidence and expressing their personalities.


Swimming is not only fun and good exercise, it is an essential life and safety skill too. If you are interested in your little one learning from a young age, Turtle Tots North London offer classes for babies and toddlers at different venues in North London. Swimming Class UK also offer individual and small private group lessons, that accelerate the learning process.



Young Notes run several pop choirs for children aged between 4 - 18. They sing current, upbeat pop songs in a fun and friendly environment. The focus is on fun and nurturing a love of music. Children learn vocal and performance techniques and have opportunities to participate in group and solo performances. Mums can also join a choir and bring their kids to at MumSing.

Developing a passion for subject

Some children develop a great interest for a specific subject. Fun with Phonics run classes on the weekend for kids that love English. Dr Sergis Academy deliver science tuition, and students have the opportunity to conduct experiments. If learning a language is something that children wish to acquire, Parla Italiano run courses too.


Kids Classes

Sport is effective in ensuring children are fit, have good self-esteem, develop team working skills, and grow healthier too. There are some amazing sports classes across North London for all ages. Pro Elite offer classes from 18 months – 7 Years at various venues. Children are taught dribbling, striking, goal-scoring plus movement, co-ordination and stability. Sport 4 Kids Enfield have just launched children’s football, rugby, tennis, golf and dance classes, from toddlers to older children. Older kids also compete in children’s football or rugby, and take part in S4K tournaments and competitions. Learn jumping, stunts, tumbling and cheerdance, at Empire Cheerleading Academy. The moves and routines children learn are sensational and cheerleading has become one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. Children can attend courses such as Gymnastics, Trampolining and Badminton at various locations with Active Enfield.

It is fair to say that there is a vast amount of choice for kid’s classes in North London. It is great that children are provided with the opportunity to develop a passion from a young age. Follow us for more ideas for things to do with your little one: All classes can be found here: Many classes offer a special offer for Sophia’s Diary Discount Card Holders


Monkey Music High Barnet, Mill Hill, North Finchley & Whetstone Music class Baby Class Toddler Class My passion for Monkey Music started when I took my son William to his first class. After a long search for baby music classes, I was impressed by the quality of the teaching at Monkey Music and to see William develop musically, socially and physically each week was amazing! Monkey Music offers award winning music classes suitable for babies from 3 months to young children of four years. Our age specific, 30 minute classes are fun, educational and include a wide variety of musical activities, games, movement, singing and song. We use fascinating


Amy Thatcher

email: IG:@monkeymusicuk Tel: 020 8245 7589 sounds and absorbing musical activities to encourage learning and our weekly class songs gives familiarity to ensure the children feel relaxed and at home during the class. Watching the babies and toddler’s confidence grow week on week is a real highlight for me!


‘It’s the highlight of our week, I love watching my little girls face as she plays all the instruments!’

Monkey Music – Parent, Barnet 8

Caterpillar Music Hampstead Baby Class / Toddler Class

Anita Anand

email: IG: @caterpillarmusichampstead Tel: 07968486471 / 020 3475 2483 Children’s party entertainer Music Class

Fun, educational and Interactive music and movement classes for children aged 0-4yrs. Unique lesson plans brought to life with captivating puppets, instruments, exciting props, parachute, weekly themes and bubbles! “When you’re so passionate about what you do, it doesn’t feel like work at all!” Classes held Mon-Thurs Monday 10am: N20 Kids Club, Whetstone (0-3yrs) 11am: N20 Kids Club, Whetstone (18mths-4yrs) 1.45pm: The Sherriff Centre, West Hampstead (0-3yrs) Tuesday 11.30am: NW7 Hub, Mill Hill (0-3yrs) 1.45pm: Bernays Hall, Stanmore (0-3yrs) 4pm: JW3, Hampstead Wednesday 10am: Coffee & Crayons Cafe (walkers4yrs) 11am: Coffee & Crayons Cafe (Babies) Thursday 9.30am: 3 House Club, St. John’s Wood (03yrs) 2.20pm: Hartley Hall, Mill Hill (0-3rs)


Baby Sensory Muswell Hill, Finchley and Hampstead Garden Suburb Music class Sensory Class Signing class Welcome to the magic of Baby Sensory. It’s a world filled with light shows, music, glowing bouncy balls, bubbles, bells, songs in many languages, rainbows, puppets and tickly feathers. As well as pirate adventures, gallops through snow and swimming in a sparkling sea. Our multi-award winning, carefully structured sessions provide ideas for play, exercise, massage and communication techniques, taught in simple, practical ways that can easily be repeated at home. What makes our programme unique is that every activity is carefully designed with your baby’s development in mind, based on years of educational and scientific research. And we love sharing the information with you, explaining what we’re doing and why. For we know that giving you this knowledge is one of the best ways of enhancing your baby’s precious first years of life.

Vanya Petroff FB: /BabySensoryMuswellHill email: Telephone: 07825 212 491

You’re welcome to join us whenever you want –but we’d suggest the earlier the better. Soon after birth, your baby’s brain creates an astonishing two million new connections every second and is incredibly receptive to different sensations. A Baby Sensory class is a particularly sociable event, where strong friendships are soon formed. For if you’re sitting next to a mum whose baby is just two days younger than yours, you’ll probably find you’ve got a lot in common.

Mondays: Hampstead Garden Suburb and Muswell Hill, Thursdays: North Finchley and Fridays Muswell Hill 10

Baby Sensory Barnet, Southgate and Potters Bar Baby Class Music Class Sensory class Baby Sensory is the first (and original) baby programme to offer a complete approach to learning and sensory development from birth to 13 months. Designed to stimulate, educate and provide precious memories during the all-important first year of life. Baby Sensory is backed by over 35 years of research in childhood learning and development. That’s why we always explain what we’re doing so you can make your baby’s first year a truly precious time of learning and sensory exploration.

Jessica Marshall

email: TW: @BarnetBabySense Tel: 07887700939

We offer singing, signing, instruments, shows and bubbles – these enhance your babies social, language and physical skills from birth by building connections in their brain – laying foundations for their intellectual development. Every class is different. I thoroughly enjoy delivering these funfilled sessions, where I’m able to share my knowledge and experiences with parents in an enjoyable way, as well as watching the development of babies from week to week.

• Elstree & Borehamwood- Monday (Sensory only) • High Barnet- Tuesday • Oakwood-Wednesday • Potters Bar- Thursday


Monkey Music Winchmore Hill 2018

Music class Toddler class Classes Monday - Friday

Tonya Babb FB: /monkeymusicwinchmorehill email: Telephone: 0208 3602730

My name is Tonya and I run Monkey Music. I’m passionate about the delivery of my music classes and my goal is to make it not just the highlight of the child’s week, but for the parents, grandparents and carers too. Both my teachers and I love what we do and hope that you will too. Having grown up playing the clarinet and piano and enjoying singing and acting roles at the local theatre, I appreciate how much pleasure music can bring.  I first became interested in Monkey Music when I took my own children to classes when they were  four months and two years old.  I loved the way  the experience engaged them.  My daughters were full of smiles and learnt so much at every class.  I have been running the franchise since 2006 and have now taught thousands of children, giving me a wealth of knowledge and experience to pass on to other families. I still get that buzz when I see the child blossom and develop through attending Monkey Music and hope that you will join us soon.

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Cheeky Monkeys Baby Massage Tutoring Toddler class Play Sessions – from four months to four years old. The sessions are £8 per child and siblings are £4 each, babies under four months are free. • Babies and children are stimulated • Activities are challenging but fun • We aim to boost the development of your child • Children are learning through play Baby Massage – from birth to one years old. The 5 week course is £50. Benefits of baby massage: • Relaxes baby and helps baby sleep better • Relieves discomfort from constipation, gas and colic • Normalises muscle tone and improves blood circulation • Stimulates brain development • Improves sensory awareness

Xenoulla Thrasyvoulou

email: IG: @cheeky_monkeys_club Tel: 07488270636 Private and Group Tutoring (for reception – year one) - £20 per half hour session. • Children are assessed and challenged each session • Objectives are revisited through different activities to ensure their knowledge is secure • Learn through play Other info: • Toilet facilities available • Parking available • Massage oils and towels provided • Hand out notes • The teacher is IAIM qualified


Crafty Chefs Party Planning Children’s entertainer Holiday Clubs

Crafty Chefs run Cookery Workshops and classes for Toddlers through to Teens. Our Toddler Cooking Classes are 1 hour , we make cooking fun and teach your children a variety of skills. Our classes develop confidence, encourage creativity, explore different foods & cultures. Each week we bake a recipe and read a story connected to our bakes. We offer a snack and drink, as well as creating some crafts while our recipe bakes. We also touch upon subjects in other areas of the curriculum such as Maths and Science. This helps the children understand the importance of rules and methods. We offer a range of scrumptious Cooking, Chocolate, Cake & Biscuit Decorating Parties, Afternoon Tea, Sleepover & Dinner Parties which are a nice alternative to your usual birthday party. Bespoke events are also catered for e.g. Hen Parties, Baby Showers, Christenings 14

Alisa O’Shea

email: IG: @ craftychefs Tel: 07771875939 & Weddings, requests are most welcome. We come into schools, nurseries and children’s centres to run healthy eating workshops in line with the curriculum. We cater for all food allergies and special dietary requirements. Children who cook not only learn a great skill for adult life but also have a much stronger awareness of which foods are healthy, and which are not. Cooking is a life skill! I have been running Crafty Chefs Cooking Workshops and Parties since 2013, with my passion for good home cooking & baking I show children how quick & easy it is to make good fresh food and let them take control. I think it is very important to educate children from an early age about food & cooking. Kids of all ages love cooking; they love the feel of food in their hands, the sense of satisfaction they get from making something themselves, but mostly they love eating it at the end.

Gingerbread Biscuits By Crafty Chefs


• 75g soft brown sugar • 3 tbls golden syrup • 1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon • 1 heaped teaspoon ginger • 95g butter or dairy free margarine • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda • 225g plain flour

What to do:

GET AN ADULT TO HELP: • Pre heat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 • Put sugar into saucepan, add golden syrup, spices and 1 tablespoon of water ASK AN ADULT to bring to the boil, stirring all the time. • Take pan off heat and stir in the butter or dairy free margarine and bicarbonate of soda. • Stir in sieved flour slowly until you have a smooth dough – if it looks too wet add more flour. • Cover pan and leave to cool for 30 mins. • Lightly flour surfaces and roll out the dough to about 1/2cm thick. • Cut cookies out with the cookie cutters. • Put them on a greased baking tray and ASK AN ADULT to cook until golden. This usually takes about 12 mins. • When they are cooled put on wire cooling rack.


Platinum Performing Arts 2018

Performing Arts Combo Pre School – Ballet & Tap email: IG: @platinumperformingarts Contemporary & Modern Jazz Telephone: 07727843206 Platinum Performing Arts School is an award winning Performing Arts School offering bespoke training in Dance, Drama and Singing in Enfield. Platinum is based in Edmonton, an economically deprived area of the borough and is a not for profit organisation. Platinum offers the highest quality training in all aspects of Performing Arts. The school boasts upwards of 250 students and has staged and produced several shows and productions at the local Millfield and Dugdale Theatres. Platinum was recently named ‘Dance School of the Year’ in its category by the Dance Awards Companies. Despite all of this, the biggest successes are the students. 9 students having been accepted on Full Scholarship to The Brit School, 8 on Full Scholarship to The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre

Arts, 3 have gone on to study at Urdang Academy, 2 to The Tiffany School of Dance and 1 is now at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and the Elstree Studios. Some students have featured on musician`s tours, Music videos and even full time West End Musicals and Theatre productions.

• Contemporary (Level 1): Monday - 5.15pm to 6.00pm • Contemporary (Level 3) – Thursday`s 6.45pm to 7.30pm • Modern Jazz – Thursday`s - 7.30pm to 8.15pm – Ballet & Tap – Sunday`s Between - 09.00am to 11.00am (Various times depending on levels) • Performing Arts Combo: Saturday`s - 14.00pm to 17.00pm & Sunday`s 11am to 14.00pm • Contemporary (Level 2): Sunday`s - 2.00pm to 2.45pm 16


Dance Stables

Kids Class Toddler class Parties

Cara Horsley FB: email: Telephone: 07931012052

Dance Stables provides an open, secure platform for children and adults to explore their creativity, build confidence and share their love for dance. We promote positive well being, celebrate cultural diversity and identity, and aim to educate and inspire the future of dance in the UK and beyond. “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances� Maya Angelou We run classes across North London in Ballet, Street Dance, Contemporary Dance, Drama and more. Our DS Kids Academies are for children aged 3-14 years, and run in Grange Park, Muswell Hill, Wood Green, Bowes Park, Harrow, Islington as well as more locations to join our DS Family. We also run Dance Parties, Ballet grading and our annual Summer Show. We have weekly classes for toddlers and adults across our venues too.

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The Dance Studio Performing Arts Toddler/Children’s Classes Holiday Camps The Dance Studio is a dance school based in Winchmore Hill, London, N21 offering excellent training in Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) Ballet, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Modern and Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro and Street Dance. We offer a happy and friendly environment for your children to thrive in as well as maintaining a professional and disciplined approach.  Dance is not only extremely fun but promotes well rounded and confident

Sarah Cenci

email: IG: @DanceStudioN21 Tel: 020 8360 5700 individuals who are encouraged to reach their own individual potential. Whether you are a complete beginner or want to extend or further your training, we have classes to suit, from Baby to Advanced, there is something for everyone.  All our classes promote co-ordination, confidence and physical development. We teach our pupils the love and enjoyment of dance and we have no greater pleasure than seeing a young child blossom and grow in strength, posture and personality.

Classes: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday


Pro Elite Football Academy 2018

Sports Class Toddler class Pre-School Class FB: /ProEliteFA email: Telephone: 020 8360 8997

Pro Elite Football Academy (Enfield, Southgate & Cockfosters) & Pro:Direct Academy Tots (Nationwide) offer fun filled football sessions for children aged 18 months to 7 years old. Our sessions are specifically designed to build self-esteem, build their confidence whilst aiding their educational development, all in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Our coaches are hand-picked and trained in a way that allows them to put on activities which enable the children to flourish. The sessions are broken down into age-specific, specifically designed training sessions so that your children really do gain a head-start in life. A free trial is compulsory.

Review: “I would never ever change these guys. My son has so much fun and his confidence has gone through the roof!� 20


Parla Italiano – School of Italian Childrens Class Toddler class / Baby Class Adult Class

Laura Scaramela FB: /italianinlondon email: Telephone: 07941 092593

Parla Italiano is an established school of Italian in Palmers Green and Barnet. We have 12 classes every term. Our classes cover different levels. We always have a complete beginners class each term. From January we will have a complete beginners class in Palmers Green and one in Barnet. We also have children’s classes for 0-2 (launching after Easter), for 3-5 years old on Thursday and on Saturday and 6-8 on Wednesday. The teachers who collaborate with us are mother tongue and fully qualified. We believe that in order to learn one needs to be motivated and also to have fun in class. So we offer group lessons which are very interactive giving students plenty of practice. If you have thought of learning something new in 2019 we have new complete beginners classes opening in January19 in two locations and more levels available for adults and children.

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Learning a Language Have you ever thought how great it would be to start learning a new language, but never really did anything about it? Perhaps you were not sure where to start from or thought that you were never good at languages at school, or perhaps you have tried and have been disappointed. We have been teaching Italian for more than a decade and the new methodologies enables people to learn quicker, to really speak the language and even to speak from lesson one. Long gone are the days when you needed to learn by heart words and conjugation without ever using them in class or even uttering a word. What we are good at, at Parla Italiano, is to teach you to speak the beautiful language. Parla Italiano was set up in 2006 and it operated mainly as an agency. In 2015 we set up our first classes in Palmers Green. We now have 12 classes open every term. Our classes are in the morning, afternoon and evening at different levels. We always

have a complete beginners class each term. From January we will have a complete beginners class in Palmers Green and one in Barnet. We also have children’s classes for 0-2 (launching after Easter), for 3-5 years old on Thursday and on Saturday and 6-8 on Wednesday. The teachers who collaborate with us are mother tongue and fully qualified. We believe that in order to learn one needs to be motivated and also to have fun in class. So we offer group lessons which are interactive; we use games and activities to make it fun for the students and at the same time effective. All skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading) and grammar are developed giving students plenty of practice from lesson one. If you have thought of learning something new in 2019 we have new complete beginners classes opening in January in two locations and more levels available for adults and children.


Time for Change Kids

Holiday clubs Childcare Birthday parties

Ann-Marie Murphy FB: /timeforchagekids Tel: 07884251662

Time for Change Kids offers fun packed and affordable childcare for children aged 3-13 years. We are open daily from 7.30am until 6.30pm , making sure every day is unique and filled with laughter for every child. Our staff are all trained and qualified childcare professionals who give their all to every day! We are lucky enough to have access to our very own soft play area in a purpose built building. Every child matters to us and we ensure their needs are met on a daily basis! We have our very own dance studio, tv chill out room, arts and crafts room and sports studio too!

Christmas events: Santa’s grotto MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9.301PM 1ST- 28TH DECEMBER Christmas Fayre- SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER 12-5PM Under 5’s Christmas Party and craft fayre10AM-2PM FRIDAY 7TH DECEMBER Holiday club- 21ST, 24TH, 27TH AND 28TH DECEMBER 2ND, 3RD AND 4TH JANUARY Kids Christmas party- 24TH DECEMBER 10AM-2PM Art workshops- 27TH DECEMBER 10-11 11.15-12.15 Slime making workshops- 28TH DECEMBER 10-1 IN 30 MINUTE SLOTS AND SCALEXTRIX WITH SOFT PLAY 9.30-1 Slime making workshops- 3RD JANUARY 10-1 30 MINUTE WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE DAY Dance and cheerleading workshops- 4TH JANUARY DANCE 10-10.45 AND 12-12.45 CHEERLEADING 11-11.45


NCT Enfield Park Walk Tea Bumps & Babies The NCT (National Childbirth Trust) aims to support families from pregnancy until their child’s second birthday. As the Enfield Branch, our goal is to provide opportunities for new and prospective parents to meet other mums and dads, make friends, have fun and share experiences in the early days of parenting. We run regular meetups and events. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for up-to-date information. You do not need to be an NCT member to IG: nctenfield Telephone: 0​ 300 330 0700 come along to any of our events or access support. All are welcome! Branches provide a link between local parents and the national charity so what we hear about parents’ experiences helps NCT to determine which issues to campaign on nationally. We are always looking for people to volunteer! If you can spare an hour a week, a month or would like to get involved in one-off events, we would love to hear from you.

CLASSES: • Mondays - Bumps & Babies • Wednesdays - NCTea • Tuesdays - NCTea

• Fridays - Park Walk & Talk


For Adults

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Everything you need to know about

Hair Removal

What is it that makes us so nervous to talk about hair? People have it all over their body and sometimes in places they don’t want it. From facial hair to hair around the areola, bikini line and tummy hair, underarm hair or back hair – there can be fine light hairs or dark wiry ones. But hair and hair removal can be taboo.

This subject can be particularly difficult for some young girls and women, so often they don’t talk about it and keep quiet and just try something without any advice or expertise themselves at home. But DIY and messing around with hair removal at home can actually sometimes stimulate the hair to grow back thicker and more of it. This is often the case with facial hair, hair on the nipple and hair on the stomach area. We encourage you not to take hair removal into your own hands without speaking to an expert first. It doesn’t have to be embarrassing and getting good advice from a professional is far better in the long run. A client, let’s call her Mary, has Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, aka PCOS. Women with PCOS produce higher amounts of male hormones and the imbalance causes multiple symptoms, one of the less serious, but still potentially upsetting, is excess hair in certain areas.

Mary was coming in to us for HD Brows treatment and after a few sessions had built up a great relationship with her therapist. Our therapist noticed the hair on her chin and asked her if she wanted any confidential but professional advice. Mary revealed she had some hair on the chin and around her nipple. She had previously been plucking the hair at home, which stimulates it to get a lot worse, and the skin was getting marked and suffering damage from the tweezers.


Since then Mary has had a consultation and we treat the top lip and around the nipple with IPL and we treat the chin with electrolysis as it’s a mixture of hair that is both thin and thick. As she has POCS she will respond slower and need more treatments, but she is getting good results and the skin is looking brighter and less marked as she isn’t using the tweezers. She is more confident and feeling really happy that the hair on the top lip and around the nipple is so much finer and growing through slower. We are proud of our expertise in hair removal and the fact you can trust our therapists to treat you with friendly professionalism and care. Did you know IPL at Tessa Stevens was even featured in International magazine Elle? You can read the article here. You may assume we only advocate laser hair removal, but not everyone is suitable for IPL and not everyone can afford it either. At Tessa Stevens Health and Beauty Clinics we have a variety of professional hair removal methods on offer including IPL: Waxing: there are a variety of types of wax on the market but we only use traditional hot wax. This is because warm wax is more effective in removing all hairs, even stubborn hair and it is great for all hair types. It’s warmer in temperature and this helps open the pores. It is applied with a wooden spoon, sets on the skin and is taken off with fabric strips. This method is especially effective on the body and top lip. 28

Intense Pulse Light: this treatment is for those that want permanent hair reduction and is suitable for any face or body hair that has a dark hair. This is not suitable for those with blonde or grey or red hair. A flash of light is applied onto the area and slowly destroys the root of the hair. This treatment usually requires eight sessions for the body and about thirteen for the face. Electrolysis: this is a good long-term solution as it can be a permanent method of hair removal. It is perfect for small areas such as hair on the top-lip, chin, tummy and nipple. This treatment should be considered for those people that can’t have IPL. It works using a small needle and a diathermy current to eventually destroy the root of the hair. The peaks and hormone spikes can temporarily create a hair growth pattern of thicker, darker hair in places like the face or our body.Please remember that as women, from a young age, all the way through to an old age, our bodies will go through peaks with hormones. The key thing is not to respond to it immediately, do not remove it at home because your hormones may settle and in the meantime you have created a stimulated hair growth which will always need managing. If your hair growth changes or you grow new hair or you’re are removing your hair at home and it is not manageable then have a professional and private consultation first.

Tessa Stevens Health & Beauty Clinic HD Brows 3D-lipo Scalp Micropigmention We are an established professional, reputable beauty salon offering a variety of treatments to both men and women. We specialise in skincare and aesthetic treatments including laser, CACI, 3D-Lipo, LED, Venus Freeze Skin Tightening and Skin Rollering. We offer specialist In House 3D-skin visia and Jane Iredale Mineral events. We have a prescribing nurse that attends our salon weekly for botox and other aesthetic treatments. Our skincare brands we use are Environ, OBAGI, Medik8 and Dermaviduals.

Tessa Roszkowski

email: IG: @DanceStudioN21 Tel: 020 8292 4468


“I received excellent service. I always look forward to going to see Athena, I receive great service and lots of advice in terms of treatments and products that will benefit me. Fantastic service!�


Local Celebrities Offering Career Inspiration in Enfield On Saturday December 15th, various TV celebrities will be coming to Enfield Town to hold seminars and Q & A’s on getting into the modelling, presenting or acting industry. For Eastenders fans, Diane Parish (Ian Beale’s ex-wife Denise) will be discussing what life is like onset of Eastenders and will be answering any questions on how to become a successful actor. Scarlette Douglas a twice award winning TV presenter from MTV and TV show A Place in the Sun will also be giving advice on what it takes to achieve the job of a TV presenter which is in very high demand. In addition to the above at the event, you relax and have your make up done, receive a skin consultation or shop at the carefully curated pop-up mini boutiques to treat yourself or a loved one just in time for Christmas. This is sure to be a SATURDAY you’ll never forget jam-packed with entertainment, fashion trends, practical advice and more, so you’re guaranteed to leave feeling inspired to take on the year ahead. 

Scheduled Seminars and Talk included so far…

• Working as an actress with Eastenders Diane Parish • Pain & Mood management using CBD oil with SuperFoodLx • How to become a TV Presenter with Scarlette Douglas • How to be successful as a Model with Rachel Ritfeld • How to grow your hair stronger and faster with SuperFoodLx • Green Beauty Panel Talk with founders from NINI Organics, Soap Connoisseur and Elsa’s Deodorant •Working as a writer with Holly Wren (Pro Photo magazine), Natalie Greco (Loving Local magazine Editor) and Jemima Cousins (Black Beauty & Hair magazine) 30



Vegan Hair Shopping

Paula Kay IG: @ superfoodlx/ email: Telephone: 07572621940

Cherry and Paula Francis a Nurse Practitioner and Nutritionist-mother and daughter team who are the Founders and Formulators for every single SuperFoodLx product. Together we are passionate about maintaining our health and wellbeing which translates into creating and sourcing the most nutrient dense ingredients for everything we produce. The idea for SuperFoodLx was born out of Paula living abroad and experiencing unusual extreme hair loss and breakage. This occurred even while she was using supposed organic and natural products. She contacted her mother and asked her to make something for her hair like she used to when she was a young child. A few weeks later, a small pot of oil arrived in the post and after using it, within a few days Paula’s hair began to regain it’s usual strength and shine. This sparked a journey for Paula to begin learning about what was actually in her products. She found that many of the ingredients in the product she was using were not natural at all with little to no nutritional value. Many of the ingredients were actually serving to degrade the quality of hair. It was this inspiration why SuperFoodLx exists today. 32

The art of Beauty Nails Lashes Mobile Beauty therapist

Razi Mehmet

email: IG: @beautybyrazi Tel: 07908587597

I am a mobile Beauty therapist who specialises in nails (acrylics, gels designs etc) and Eyelash Extensions (classics, hybrid and volume) I love what I do and understand how hectic life can be for all women so I come to you to take the stress of salons and waiting around off. Don’t wait for occasion to treat yourself make yourself look and feel amazing every opportunity you can with my all year round offers.. follow my pages so you don’t miss out!

Shine and flutter from lashes to toes!


Theoni’s Cut Above the Rest 2018

Hair Cut Hair Styling Lashes

I have been a hairdresser now for over 20 years and I’m so passionate about it. I offer everything from hair extensions to cutting, styling colouring & perming. I also do eyelash extensions and am hoping in the future to offer more beauty services.


Theoni Mortimer FB: TheonisHair/ Telephone: 07957504008

AK Massage Therapy Health and Fitness Shopping Pregnancy Do you find yourself massaging your neck or stretching out your back while sitting at your desk? Do you go to the gym regularly, or are you training for a specific event? Do you spend hours in your garden, or are you constantly picking up your toddler? If so, then you could benefit from my treatments! Using a combination of techniques such as deep tissue massage, myofascial release

Aileen Kennedy

email: FB: massagetailoredtoyou Tel: 07958 904438 and trigger point therapy, I will address the muscular imbalances in your body which are causing you pain, which will in turn help to prevent further build up of tension. As I’m also an independent consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic, I use some of their oils and balms in my treatments. Their wonderful award-winning products contain only pure, natural ingredients, and are available to buy either directly through a link from my website or by ordering through me.


For Adults

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First Aid Tips and Advice In all our lives, whether at work or home, it is essential that we all know how to assist someone who is sick, or has been in injured. Paediatric first aid, as the term implies, is the initial treatment given to a child or infant who is injured or sick, prior to professional medical assistance arriving and taking over from you. The term paediatric refers to children and infants. A child is deemed as being aged from 1 to the onset of puberty and an infant or baby, being aged under 1 year old. The majority of choking events in children occur during play or whilst eating, when a

parent or carer is usually present. Events are therefore frequently witnessed, and interventions are usually initiated when the child is responsive. When a foreign object enters the airway the child reacts immediately by coughing in an attempt to expel it. A spontaneous cough is likely to be more effective and safer than any manoeuvre you might perform. However, if coughing is absent or ineffective, and the object completely obstructs the airway, then active interventions to relieve choking must commence rapidly and confidently.


If you have an infant choking then we must start with 5 back blows. Support the infant in a head-downwards, prone position, to enable gravity to assist the removal of the foreign body. Support the infants head by placing the thumb of one hand at the angle of the lower jaw, and one or two fingers from the same hand at the same point on the other side of the jaw. Do not compress the soft tissues under their jaw, as this will worsen the airway obstruction. Deliver up to 5 sharp back blows with the heel of one hand in the middle of the back between the shoulder blades. Back blows for a child are more effective if the child is positioned head down. A small child may be placed across the rescuers lap as with an infant. If this is not possible, support the child in a forward- leaning position and deliver 5 back blows from behind. If the 5 back blows fail to dislodge the object we must then use chest thrusts for an infant. Turn the infant on to their back so they are facing up. With your free arm,


support their head and ensure that the airway remains open without too much extension. Identify the landmark for chest compression which is the centre of their chest on the lower part of their sternum. Deliver up to 5 chest thrusts. These are similar to chest compressions, but sharper in nature and delivered at a slower rate. If the 5 back blows fail to dislodge the object we can then start abdominal thrusts for children over 1. Stand or kneel behind them and place your arms under their arms and encircle their torso. Clench your fist and place it between the navel and the bottom of their breastbone. Grasp this hand with your other hand and pull sharply inwards and upwards. Repeat up to 4 more times. Repeat the sequence of up to 5 back blows and 5 chest thrusts for an infant, up to 5 abdominal thrusts for a child, until the obstruction is relieved or they become unresponsive. If they do become unresponsive then CPR must be started immediately.

Train 2 First Aid 2018

First Aid at Work Safeguarding Basic life support

Hannah Broady

email: FB: /train2firstaid Tel: 07400338377

At Train 2 First Aid, we are extremely passionate about teaching people skills that could potentially save someone’s life. We believe that everyone should have knowledge of first aid as emergencies can happen anywhere, and providing help as early as possible can make a crucial different in many first aid situations. We are pleased to have taught many of our local community, including parents and carers, playgroup staff, school teachers, office workers, tradesmen/women, as well as employees at large multinational companies. The accredited courses we offer are: • First Aid at Work • Emergency First Aid at Work • Paediatric • Emergency Paediatric • Basic Life Support • CPR/AED • Immediate Management in Anaphylaxis • Oxygen Therapy • Safeguarding • Mental Health First Aid As well as these accredited courses, we also offer non-accredited courses for various groups, including parents and carers (focusing on paediatric), basic first aid for all, and also basic first aid for children (Mini-Medics). All of these courses are offered as team building activities for workplaces too, which some companies we have worked with have chosen to do.


For Family

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Marios Constantas Independent Travel Expert Disney Specialist 24hr Emergency Support Worldwide Holidays


Marios Constantas

email: FB: /mariosconstantastravel Tel: 07889 585859 / 0800 031 5235

I have over 19 years’ experience in the travel industry selling holidays worldwide. If you are looking for that perfect family holiday getaway, flights, cruises etc. then with my knowledge of so many holiday destinations I am sure to find you your dream holiday. I am also a Disney specialist. I have my own Disney page on Facebook where you can find all the latest and greatest deals available to you in one place. My page is packed with deals for all Disney holidays in Florida, Paris, Disney Cruises, Theme Park tickets, hotels etc‌ Anything to do with Disney, you have come to the right place to speak to a Disney expert. Honest and friendly and will give you the best advice on where you want to go. I have self-catering, all-inclusive holidays to suit every budget.


Business Parents


The Businesses Community - Enfield Business Services Business Support Business Directory

Jodie Perkins

email: FB: /enfieldbusinesses Tel: 07493 006 795

Being part of a fantastic business community is incredible for your business… and The Businesses Community (TBC) is THE place to be! We help businesses in Enfield collaborate, grow, share and thrive. We act as your ‘mini marketing team’! With our ‘Get Started’ membership we: - Put your business profile on the TBC Enfield website - Put your business in front of people looking for services/products such as yours - Give you unlimited access to our FB groups - Introduce your business to all our social followers - Share your videos on TBC TV - Give you access to TBC Masterclasses With our ‘Get Out There’ membership you get a whole lot more! We also run regular get together’s called Jellies, occasionally hold co-working days in fun and exciting new locations, and host other events for you to learn and connect with local businesses.


Wh y mums should work ? There has always been a debate on whether or not mothers should work or stay at home in their children’s formative years, this has always been a hot topic in both the media and many households, provoking strong emotions and press headlines such as: ‘Sorry working moms, day care is bad for your kid’ (Huffington Post) or ‘The case for working mothers: your kids will be just fine’ (The Telegraph) A working mum has to balance both home and work life, which makes her learn how to organise every area of her life better and quicker. In order to do justice to the personal and professional roles she plays, the skills of time management, organisation and multitasking are something she must excel at otherwise her job / business may be in trouble. But what are some of the benefits you might ask? Working mums have well adjusted children - This can be true for some, some children of working mums learn to adjust with other people around them instead of solely depending on their mum’s (or dad’s) presence. Because they are left with caregivers like grandparents or child minders, they learn to adjust to new faces and interact with new people faster. This could add to the development of their social skills. Working mums have kids who are more independent - Working women have children who grow up to be more independent than those of stay-at-home moms. They get used to not being dependent on any one constant presence and learn the skills of self-sufficiency and independence much faster than children of SAHM’s. Whether you decide to stay at home or go back to work after having children, how old your child is when you decide to return to work and how many hours you work are all important factors in the developmental environment. 44

Another factor many people consider, by bringing in money and raising the overall family income, working mothers may be able to provide a more stimulating and safer environment for their children. This isn’t just a matter of more expensive toys or learning material but also better living conditions, better nutrition and reduced family stress. However, long working hours and work-related stress could have an impact on the quality and quantity of interactions mothers can have with their children – interactions that are crucial for developing cognitive skills and language growth. In the end the decision is yours, there are pro’s and con’s for any route you decide to take. If you are not in a position to stay home, just know that you are not alone and your child(ren) will turn out just fine.



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NK Networks Repair Services Computer Services Business services

Nick Krase

email: FB: /ComputerDoctor.NK Tel: 07801-866-445

Microsoft Certified & Which Local recommended - I am here to provide advice and support on every aspect of it. From home services like professionally improving wifi coverage around your home, setting up your home music system, online CCTV, Alexa & Google, to services for small & home businesses like professional email solutions, servers, file security and backup. I also provide contract or ad-hoc support so I can fix issues with you pc or mac without even being there.

Below is a brief list of most of the services I provide: • PC / Laptop / Mac / Tablet / Mobile Phone support/repair/advice • Synchronise your phone, laptop, tablet • Virus protection & removal • Data recovery • Indoor & Outdoor Cameras/CCTV • Home voice control for lights, media etc • Server installation & office network setup • Printing & scanning solutions • Home media centres & music/movie/ picture servers


Home& Shopping


Tinyppl London

Interiors Nursery Décor Kids Tinyppl is a young British homewares brand offering a stylish and fun range of luxe children’s bedding, accessories and décor that will encourage little imaginations whilst pleasing the whole family. Started by a local mum, who designs the whole collection from her North London studio, Tinyppl fuses playful patterns, neutral colours and quirky characters

Lu Nastic

email: IG: @tinyppllondon FB: /tinyppllondon with high-quality, sustainably sourced cotton textiles. Whole range has been designed to be timeless rather than seasonal, to fit the modern home and to appeal equally to girls and boys. It’s packed with great gifts for children of all ages – from gorgeous baby mobiles and personalised prints to organic cotton bedding, cushions and blankets older kids will enjoy for years.

Special offer for our readers: enjoy 20% off the whole range at between 20.11-20.12 with a code ‘sophiasdiary’. As seen in: BabyLondon, Gurgle, Hello Magazine, Tatler…



Mum2mum Market Barnet, Enfield, Cheshunt and Potters Bar Shopping Places to go Events

Nicole Economou FB: mum2mum email: Tel: 07854289197

Award winning baby and children’s nearly new sales where mums sell to mums. Dads, grandparents, carers etc are all welcome too! Great community events where parents can make some cash from all the bits their children no longer use/have outgrown, whilst also helping families to save money on the things they need. Guilt-free shopping which is also eco-friendly as it keeps things which are still in great useable condition from ending up in landfill.

Enfield dates 2019:

• St Stephen’s Church Hall, Park Avenue, EN1 2BA • Saturday 2nd February • Saturday 23rd March • Saturday 18th May • Saturday 28th September • Saturday 2nd November • Saturday 30th November

Also, new venue launching 2019! Details to follow soon.


Party & Events


Children’s Pamper Parties Party planner Pamper Party Childrens Party

Mine Oz

FB: @childrenpamperparty IG: @children_pamper_parties Tel: 07960648284

Let us organize a special birthday for your princess & her friends. Nothing will make her feel more special than being pampered & glammed with fun & games. We don’t just make it special on the day, we make the pre & post party personal & unique with our handmade invitations and special memorabilia for the birthday girl.

Our party package includes:

Welcomed with a spa robe & spa headband Chocolate facial (Alternatives are available for allergies) Mini mani and pedi Hair curled, a colourful hair clip Face painting Spa games Make your own lip balm Magazines during the pamper sesh with pink bubbly (alcohol free of course) Chart music Handmade invitations Roll out the red carpet, disco lights on, cue the music, camera ready for the finale catwalk show. Party bags with LOTS of girly goodies (Extra cost)

The hottest, most entertaining VIP pamper parties for your princess!


Teddy Tastic

Party planner Childrens party bear making Nominated in 2 categories in The Sophia’s Diary awards 2018! We are the ONLY children’s entertainers with our own bear stuffing machine for an awesome make-a-bear party experience and Sophia’s Diary’s first ever business! With 5 star reviews, we are unique and great value. Our parties entertain and delight the children! PLUS they take home a special bear they have made. Our parties include a great selection of animals, arts and crafts and our fun filled party games, with party bags included! We also offer our free hall in Enfield or we can come to you. We also entertain at christenings, weddings, school fetes, nursery/school parties. We have hosted over 1,000 parties and entertained thousands of children, giving them a party to remember!

Valentina Achillea

FB: /teddytasticlimited email: IG: @valentina.achillea Telephone: 07956 575 170

Some reviews from our happy little customers: “This is the best day of my life!” “This is the best party ever!” Book today for a unique party to remember! “When I say TEDDY, you say TASTIC!!!”


“Hi Valentina! Another huge thank you for the amazing party yesterday! The kids were all buzzing! You kept them entertained and focused throughout and not many people can do that! Everyone (especially my daughter) had a blast! Thank you!!” 54

Neverland Events Childrens entertainment and party planning After school clubs and classes Holiday camps

Leah Coombes IG: @NLeventsuk email: Tel: 07526954059

We are Neverland Events, magical children’s party company specialising in themed entertainment and party planning. We also cater to the added extra’s such as Facepainting and props packages. We run our amazing 5* holiday camps and after school clubs which are always advertised on our website and socials.


Lavender Garden Patisserie

Catering Events Cakes

Helen Forster IG: @lavendergardenspatisserie Tel: 07969 871 490

Set up in June 2018 by Ellie Forster, Lavender Gardens Patisserie makes delicious and beautiful cakes, bakes, pastries and food for events. We love catering for Children’s Parties and make fun bespoke cakes alongside our party food menu. All our products are made from quality ingredients which are as sustainably sourced as is possible and all our packaging is recyclable and often reusable. “As a mother myself I aim to keep the amount of refined sugar added to our recipes as low as possible without compromising on taste or fun. Our catering services aim to take the stress out of hosting an event so you can get on with enjoying your event with your guests� For adults we make some truly indulgent treats and love making dessert tables, bespoke cakes or classics like croquembouche. We have some delicious catering packages for adult events, with some Christmas themed ones available now. We aim to provide the very best food and service for our customers and our reviews have been five star. 56

The Favour Godmother Sweets Favours Confectionary The Favour Godmother creates quality and bespoke sweet and chocolate gifts for every occasion. From child and adult birthdays to, corporate, charity and school events, baby showers, engagements and weddings, and thank you gifts for teachers, staff and clients as well as seasonal items for Christmas, Easter, and even Mothers, Fathers and Valentine’s Day. Every order is put together specifically for that client so whether you would like a

Maria Kyriacou

FB: /maria.pomi1 IG: @favourgodmother email: Tel: 07983620244 variety of different textured, coloured, and flavoured sweets and chocolates or just specific ones, and ribbons and stickers are added to compliment your theme. The Favour Godmother can provide sweet and chocolate filled cones, tubes, cubes, baby bottles, mugs, vases, cocktail glasses, cups, themed treat bags, 16 part selection boxes, sweet and chocolate towers, party packs and baubles, crackers and wreaths too. All gifts are sure to go down a treat.

The Favour Godmother can deliver locally or post nationally.




Mira Demeter Photography Outdoor Children & Family Photography Cake smashes Model Headshots

Mira Demeter IG: @ mira_demeter_photography email: Telephone: 07976374412

I am a Children & Family Photographer, based in Enfield but happy to travel further afield. My areas of expertise are: •Outdoor Children & Family Photography • Cake smashes • Model Headshots • Business/Personal Branding & Headshots • Weddings & Christenings & Parties My objective is to capture the real you - be it children, family or a headshot photoshoot. I Iook for special moments, interaction and connection - my style is documentary but I am happy to include some posed images of you looking at the camera too. Just be yourself & relax. I also offer quality prints, photo books & wall art. I have a disclosure. I am fully insured.

Review: “Mira took the time and effort to get to know our family and to capture us at our best. The shoot was fun, the results fantastic. I can highly recommend Mira for an unforgettable, unique family photo shoot.”



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Thymari Greek Restaurant Greek Restaurant Gluten Free Party Hire

Christina Argyrou IG: thymari_hadleywood email: Tel: 0208 275 0268

Thymari is a contemporary Greek restaurant located in the exclusive area of Hadley Wood, close to the station. It offers an extensive range of dips and mezedakia all made on the premises – also catering to gluten free customers as well as vegans and vegetarians. It offers many meat and fish grills, a range of salads and also mayirefta (traditional baked dishes). Thymari has a delicious desserts menu, featuring many favourite Greek options, again all made by our kitchen. We have an inexpensive and healthy children’s menu. We are a favourite for private functions. We can cater for a sit down meal for 65-70 people and a standing up function for up to 100 people. We have mid-week deals for souvlaki wraps, also look out for our live Greek music and meze nights.

Opening times

Tuesday- Friday 5:30pm – 11pm Saturday 12:30pm – midnight Sunday 12:30pm – 5pm


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Going Out and Events 62

Meet the cast

Millfield Theatre is proud to continually receive amazing feedback from their Christmas Pantomimes year after year. Alongside the backstage work, the talented cast is astonishing; powerful and very entertaining. This has not happened over night, in order to create a pantomime that is high end and of an amazing quality, the cast have to be talented.

This year Millfield Theatre is proud to announce their cast for this year’s Christmas. Find out about the cast here. Lottie-Daisy Francis as Beauty

Lottie-Daisy Francis began her career training at LAMDA and the Urdang Academy, studying musical theatre. Some of her theatre credits include: Princess Alice in Puss In Boots (Hoxton Hall & Dugdale Centre); Friend 2 in The Quentin Dentin Show (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Cast Album; Camilla Morgan in It Tastes Like Home (Tristan Bates Theatre) and many more. Recently, Lottie-Daisy has moved into television and film, working on ‘Alan Carr’s New Years Eve Spectacular’ in 2017, and the new British movie ‘The Bromley Boys’ in 2018.


James Edge as The Best/ Prince Phillipe James trained at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and graduated in 2015. Since graduating, James has been busy working with the Birmingham Rep in Multiple ‘Foundry Nights’, a Workshop of ‘Vilehalla’ and performed as Phillip in ‘The Cage’ which won “Best Piece of the Night” by a guest panel of judges. James has performed multiple shows at The Old Joint Stock. These include Macduff in ‘Macbeth’, Jacob Wiley in ‘Billy Young - A Life On Death Row’, Jason in ‘Ordinary Days’ and most recently Richard in ‘Thrill Me’ national tour of ‘The Marriage of Kim K’. The production was nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award and completed its run at the Arcola Theatre. London. 64

Alex Scott Fairley as Witch Heather Alex is delighted to be appearing in pantomime at Millfield again! He has previously appeared here as (deep breath) Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk, Abanazar in Aladdin, Ronnie Hardup in Cinderella, Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty, King Rat in Dick Whittington, The Demon King in Mother Goose and Madame Fifi in (a different) Beauty and the Beast. Alex has just finished appearing at Pitlochry Festival Theatre as Mary Sunshine in Chicago, James Joyce in Travesties, and Lieutenant Spicer in Quality Street. His other credits include Round The Horne (Apollo Theatre); The Shakespeare Revue, (UK Tour); Stiles and Drewe’s The Three Little Pigs (UK Tour); Blood Brothers (Phoenix) and an extortionate list of fantastic, international performances. Quite a long time ago, Alex studied English at Jesus College, Oxford, and he still works as a proof-reader and translator, for everyone from Volkswagen to the University of Bern. His translation work for the stage includes Der Grüffelo for Junges Theater, Bonn. Guido Garcia Lueches as Louis Guido is a Uruguayan actor musician, working in the UK stage since 2015. Training: Instituto de Actuación de Montevideo, and Associated Studios in London. UK credits include It Happened in Key West (Charing Cross Theatre), Ordinary Days (Soho Theatre), Into the Woods (Chelsea Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Oxford Shakespeare Co), Narnia (Brentwood Theatre), Julius Caesar (Brighton Fringe), and the new musicals Fidel (Iris Theatre), CHE (BEAM2018), Illegals: The Game Show (Waterloo East), A Brand New Start (Tristan Bates), The Curse of Love (Bread & Roses).

Paul Cleveland as Madame Fifi Paul is currently researching and writing his first one man show ‘Dressing Them Up’. His theatre credits include: Widow Twankey in Aladdin (The Curve, Slough), Burford in House Guest (Chesterfield, Sidmouth & Theatre Royal, Windsor), Paul in Absent Friends (Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield) and an amazing list of credits which includes performances in Greenwich Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Royal Opera House, London Palladium and Dominion Theatre! Adam Braidley as Gaston Adam trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He since went on to perform as Joe/Dick in GUY - The Musical (UK Tour), Lead Singer for Holland America Cruise Lines, U/S and played John in Britten in Brooklyn (Wilton’s Music Hall); Dick in Dick Whittington (Britannia Theatre, Chatham); Flight (Opera Holland Park). Adam has also appeared in ASDA commercial.

Philip Lee as Professor Philip trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London Previously in pantomime Philip has played: Will Scarlet in Robin Hood, Clive the Camel in King Tut - A Pyramid Panto and Grendal in Beowulf. Theatre credits include: Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S Pinafore UK tour, KoKo in The Mikado at King’s Head Theatre, Alfredo in La Traviata at the Soho Theatre and on tour, Dick Dauntless in Ruddigore for Charles Court Opera, Mr Snow in Carousel for Opera North at the Barbican and many many more.

Thursday 29th November - Sunday 6th January 2019 Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton N18 1PJ Suitable for ages 3 - 103! Tickets £21 & £18 Concessions Family Ticket for two adults & two young persons £74 Box Office: 02088076680


Fun junction Play & Party Centre 2018

Indoor Fun Outdoor Fun Party planning

Hale Osman FB: /funjunctionplay Tel: 01992628422

Fun Junction is a family run indoor and outdoor play & party Centre with one big ambition: to provide the best experience for you and your children. It’s not just about the Children at Fun Junction. We know you will love our freshly prepared food, so if it’s a quick snack or a meal, we’ve got a great selection available including Hot and Cold drinks in our 70 + Seater Café You can book a party or privately hire the whole venue. We hold midweek cooking, phonics, science and dance sessions which include free use of the soft play. Fun Junction are open for children with Special Education Needs and their siblings. It is a session where Parents can share advice over a drink. These sessions run every Monday during term time 4pm-6pm. Join our Facebook page to read our 4.9/5 amazing reviews. 66

Flip Out Brent Cross Leisure IG: @flipoutbrentcross email: Tel: 020 8050 2391

Trampoline Arena Indoor fun Flip Out Brent Cross is the ultimate trampoline arena! With over 60 trampolines you’re guaranteed to have the best time ever. From the epic ninja obstacle course to the laser maze, we have such a fun destination for all ages! Unlimited Mini Flipper sessions are perfect for under 5s. You can stay as long as you want between 9AM and 3PM weekdays. From our trick park, down

the tumble track, into the foam pit there’s just so much to keep your little ones busy! Our promise to keep under 5s on the move and enjoying themselves whilst you get a much needed break away from the ‘to-do list’! Enjoy costa drinks from the café plus stone baked pizzas. Why not pick up a kids lunchbox to help fill hungry tummies. Come and make a day of it inside the arena!

Monday – Friday (excludes weekends, bank holidays and school holidays)


Fantastic endorphin-raising fun London Time Out


Fab facilities for children and adults alike - Mumsnet


Flip Out Brent Cross, the UK’s most advanced trampoline arena - Eurosport


Chickenshed Theatre Pantomime Performing Arts School IG: @ chickenshed_uk Tel: 020 8292 9222

Chickenshed has been making groundbreaking and entertaining theatre for children and adults for over 40 years, and we offer a huge range of productions and activities across the whole year. Our theatre is located right on the border of Enfield and Barnet, and we’d love to welcome you soon! We are a friendly and creative space for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, with an absolutely unique inclusive way of working, and we are proud to present over 350 shows a year in our performance spaces – starting from playful sensory shows for our very youngest audiences (aged just 0-3!), to our long-running show Tales from the Shed (for ages 0-6) and with an amazing array of other family shows and dramas. We’re also an educational establishment, with over 200 students! We offer a unique opportunity to learn and perform in a working theatre. We provide three nationally accredited education courses – and we are rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED and in partnership with Middlesex University. 68

Forty Hall Christmas Fayres LATE NIGHT SHOPPING FRI 30 NOVEMBER, 5PM - 9PM In the stunning Long Gallery FORTY HALL CHRISTMAS FAYRE SAT 1 DECEMBER & SUN 2 DECEMBER 11AM - 4PM In the Hall The Christmas Fayres will be filled with stunning festive stalls selling wonderful seasonal gifts and other treats. A great place to start and finish your Christmas shopping!


Forty Hall Estate, Forty Hill, Enfield, EN2 9HA | 0208 887


A new musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, set in the 1930s

21 Nov - 5 Jan For ages 5+

Box Office: 020 8292 9222 70

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JTT Events 2018


Ebru Mirsili IG: @jtteventsltd email: Tel: 07545374896

Event Planner Kids entertainment JTT Events is a North London based, planning events company making large strides within the industry. Our aim is simple and true, to redefine events by providing families with a safe, fun and affordable day out with the hope of strengthening the whole community. We offer a platform to for small local business to promote their product or service and for the kids of the community to showcase their talents and skills.


“The events JTT Events LTD is absolutely amazing. I make sure I am always able to make each event! The people that run it are amazing too! 10/10 for effort every time.�

JTT. Redefining Events for Defining Moments.


New Year

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Planning for the New Year By Andrea Krase Owner and Founder of Sophia’s Diary Everything Child and Family Related in North London

The build up to Christmas is fantastic. Sophia’s Diary is on hand to give you excitement and fun in January and stop the January Blues. Why should the fun ever stop when you have a family? Let us help you find something they love doing.

A Family Day Out Booking a family day out should be on the priority list for the New Year. Life is gets so busy, it is always nice to spend some quality time with little ones. Our local theatres are always rich with family friendly shows, so this is worth looking into. Our family favourite is going to see Platinum Performing Arts Urban Pantomime at the Millfield Theatre. This year’s show is Moana and her Incredible friends. (11th – 27th January). This show will cause “mayhem in the village”, so definitely check it out. We know some some prefer outdoor venues, so do visit local treasures such as Forty Hall Estate, Myddelton House Gardens, Royal Gunpowder Mills, St Stephens House and Capel Manor. Trent Park Country Club is also an incredible family venue were a round of crazy golf can be enjoyed, then a delicious meal there too. We have some astonishing local Indoor Venues where kids can let loose and have the best time. Trampoline Arena’s such as Jump In Enfield and Flip Out Brent Cross are fantastic and also have Toddler Time

during term time, at a reduced rate too. Children can have hours of endless fun at local soft plays such as N20 Kids Club, Rye Assic Adventure Park and Fun Junction, and events are often hosted there too. Coffee and Crayons are reputable for their delicious food, offer classes and also have a soft play area too. Rainbow Creative Learning Centre is a new softplay and café. An extensive variety of fun classes run at this venue too, so do have a look. • KBO2 in Palmers Green have classes, events, after school and holiday clubs at their all from one venue. To add to the excitement, Eventful Ideas organise adult throwback nights here too. • Eat Out at a Family Friendly Venue Sunday lunches can be the most wonderful experiences at the correct venue. Kids love The Plough in Crews Hill, as it has an outdoor area for kids to play. The Winchmore, Thymari Greek Restaurant and The Farmhouse Restaurants are welcoming and accommodating to young children too.


Some Time out For Mum Are you the parent that is always rushing, juggling work and family life, and never making time to look after you? This has to change this year. Sophia’s Diary is making it easy for you to have some time out. Our members include a mobile massage therapist, mobile hairdresser, make-up artist, beauty therapist, eyebrow microblading, nail and eyelash specialist. If you prefer the salon experience, we have members that have premises too. Make an effort to have some time out for you this year. If anyone is concerned about Christmas weight gain, we have a variety of fitness classes such as ((Bounce)), Bootcamp at FitBlitz Gym, Adult Dance and Yoga classes to help you get back into shape for spring. Our personal trainers have options of them coming to you and online videos too. There is never an excuse. We also recommend taking a look at the events organised by MamaClub. There are elements of socialising, well being, making new friends and fun too at their gatherings too. Let’s not forget our Little Princess - Pamper Day with Cinderella Cinderella is coming to Abbie’s Hair Salon on Friday 4th January. Little princesses can listen to stories, sing along with her, get their hair nails done and even make fairy dust. The Salon also offers a variety of different hair services for adults too, and have regularly have great offers. Buy or organise something Memorable: Do you wish that you captured a moment in time? Take time out this new year to book something to keep and love forever. Popular baby experiences are making Hand and Feet Casts, they will look 76

amazing in a bedroom, and will remind you how tiny your little one was. The Nursery Bee can personalise clothes and accessories, The Crafty Mama can make a Teddy Bear from Baby Grows, Pretty Glitter Frames make any personalised frames you desire, Bella Beau has the most beautiful personalised rocking chairs. Studio Jacqueline is the master or creating stunning personalised items from pallet wood too. Do also check out Bambino Couture, Mini Moi Boutique and Beatrix and Hugo for gorgeous children’s clothes. Phone cameras allow us to capture moments so easy now so it is vital our little ones look the part.. Carm Jewellery, Stella & Dot and Hashtag You Products have the beautiful jewellery and accessories. Lockets and crystal based products will make thoughtful gift ideas too. A family photo shoot is also something that is a must do. The end piece is something you can look at in the lounge every day, and reflect on your family journey. It is always night to plan something nice to do with your mum, sister or friend too. Our top picks are a flower arrangement workshop or make up tutorial, as they have been thoroughly enjoyable in the past.

Home The New Year can be a time to projects for your home. Visit local interior design shops for inspiration and ideas. Painting your home, new lighting, furniture, accessories or tidying up the garden can make such a difference to your home. Why not do something different and ask Blue Lotus Furniture to put some life back into your furniture? Our amazing trades team on Sophia’s Diary are honest, friendly and helpful so give them a call if there is ever an issue. Career Evaluations January is often a time to revaluate work and your career. Several parents form new business ideas then. Booking a phone call with a business coach Tiffany Charters, is often a good way to start getting some new direction. Our business services section has reliable contacts from IT, Printing, Graphic Design and Website building to help you start your own business.

Book a holiday or a Weekend Away Isn’t it a fabulous idea to book a holiday early in the year so we have something to look forward to? Our Award winning Travel Agent Marios Constantas suggests that January is a good time to book and it one of the busiest times in travel. Families may also benefit from better deals when availability is higher, and pay a lower deposit too. A UK break in a cottage or Spa hotel can also be such a treat at this time of year too.

Happy Planning for 2019. Check out our Business Directory to find local contacts for the ideas suggested



Make Believe Theatre School Performing Arts Toddler/Children’s Classes Theatre School

Vanessa Bergman

email: FB: /makebelieveenfield Tel: 0208 360 5639

Welcome to Make Believe, your local theatre school. I’m Vanessa, the branch manager, and together with my enthusiastic team, we aim to provide our students with a great platform to grow, gain confidence and prepare for a career in Performing Arts. We encourage social development amongst students, laying the foundation for life-skills which will help no matter which path you choose to go down. Whatever your preference may be; acting, singing, or dancing – we have something for you at Make Believe. Come down for a free trial and experience the fun we have first-hand! You never know what is waiting around the corner. It could be you in the spotlight!

REVIEW “Five Stars to Vanessa and the Make Believe team - the twins love Thursday’s and have grown with confidence in the two years they have been attending. Keep up the good work - cannot wait for the end of year show at the Theatre” – Alex (Mum)

Classes: Thursday, Saturday





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Sophia’s Diary is a specialist online platform for child and family related​ businesses, classes, things to do, events and places to go in N...

Sophia's Diary - Winter 2018/2019  

Sophia’s Diary is a specialist online platform for child and family related​ businesses, classes, things to do, events and places to go in N...