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MARTHA ALEXANDER

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Journalist Where do you live?

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I live in Battersea, aka Nappy Valley!

Harlesden, NW10. Favourite thing about winter?

Favourite thing about winter?

Welly walks, log fires, pub lunches and the excitement of Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas with the kids.

What’s on your Christmas wish list?

Healthy, happy children and a pair of personalised slippers from Rae Feather.

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I’m a sun worshipper so, Christmas really. That said, I love coldweather grub: stew, soup and red wine.

What’s on your Christmas wish list?

I want a dramatic dress from The Vampire’s Wife, but failing that I’d settle for a generous Waterstone’s voucher.

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PYJAMA PARTY Choose from a host of on-trend prints to coordinate your sleepover style it your ini

Yolke’s AW19 kids’ range continues to reflect the styles of the core womenswear line. The Little Dreamers collection, made from luxe, soft silk and cotton, is comprised of 10 beautiful prints that also appear in this season’s grownup range, so you and your mini-me can do stylish bedtime twinning. The bold florals, stripes and animal prints are sure to bring her sweet dreams and a peaceful night’s sleep. £70, yolke.co.uk

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Fearless Flamingo produces feel-good prints and products that encourage mindfulness and everyday positivity in children. Hand-drawn by mum-ofthree Charlie, each print is colourful, thoughtful and engaging. The range includes motivational prints such as This Kid Can, Kindness Always, and personalised alphabets for each letter. From £17, fearlessflamingo.com

KEEPING KOOL WITH KENZO

The AW19 collection from Kenzo Kids embodies fantastical stories from the world of movies and the classic Kenzo east-meets-west style, fused with a sporty and youthful edge. Offering a kaleidoscope of pattern, colour and texture, the collection will bring some stylish fun to your little one’s wardrobe this winter. The four unique themes; Super Kenzo, Crazy Jungle, Japanese Flower and Dragon, feature exotic floral motifs, mythical dragons and the iconic Kenzo tiger and eye symbols. From £24, childrensalon.com

Having found that 1 in 5 school children wear the wrong shoe size, Start-Rite is encouraging parents to make sure they get the right size. An ill fit can lead to foot problems and have a negative impact on concentration. startriteshoes.com

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here’s something quite magical about matching with your mini-me, never more so than with luxury nightwear brand Desmond & Dempsey’s new kid’s line. Featuring several of the brand’s most familiar prints, like the Sansindo Tiger and the Howie pineapple in the softest cotton, these pyjamas are perfect for family lounging and are available in adult sizes and for children aged between two and nine years old. I’m always looking for interesting toys to keep my kids happy and they don’t come more entertaining than the new Zig & Go collection from Djeco. There are five action-reaction-construction game sets, each with three different circuits that are wacky, surprising and spectacular. Spectacle aside, Zig & Go is designed to teach children focus, patience and adaptability. British eco-brand Toastie, has designed yet another brilliant line of functional outerwear which comes in punchy ochre, copper and fluro cherry hues. The Cloud Puffer is the star of the range: super lightweight, machine washable and thermo regulating, you can shop a different shade for each child. It even comes with a packaway bag! Add a little magic to this year’s yuletide with Meri Meri’s stunning festive range. Featuring everything from tree decs and crackers to the most stunning dressingup bits, featuring everything from capes to halos, it’ll certainly bring Christmas cheer for the whole family!

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After seven years of stocking her fave kids’ labels, Mama Owl founder, Anna has launched her own cotton, wool and silk range, Siskin. Sustainably made using natural materials in an earthy palette, the unisex, transeasonal line has been made to last and feel wonderful. The new Mama Owl store in London will also stock the line. From £12, mamaowl.net

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Named one of John Lewis’ top 10 toys for Christmas 2019, the Toniebox combines playing and listening in a innovative way. Little ones can place a tonie character on the box and a story or song will play. We’re giving away a Toniebox, complete with a selection of tonies and a creativetonie, worth £109. Enter online at littlelondonmagazine.co.uk/ competitions

Iconic French eyewear brand, Thierry Lasry is celebrating Barbie’s 60th anniversary this year with a range of limited-edition dolls, all wearing retro-modern shades by the designer. Featuring three classic Fashionista Barbies and one Ken, the line pays homage to the first Barbie, designed in 1959, who wore a pair of chic cateye sunglasses. thierrylasry.com

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Chegasta Kids’ clothing range designs are inspired by nature and an active outdoor lifestyle

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Created in Russia, Chegasta Kids is a family-run childrenswear project driven by timeless comfort, practicality and aesthetics rather than fashion. Sustainably made for a better future for children, the comfy, durable clothes are designed with outdoor adventure and all-yearround wear in mind, with straps and linings that can be tucked away to easily transition from winter to summer. chegasta.com

Tremendous things are in store for budding Matildas and Charlies, as Vision Express launches a new magical range of original and exclusive Roald Dahl glasses for children. visionexpress.com

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WIN! One of five bundles of Christmas stories from Simon & Schuster A bedtime story at Christmas time is the most magical of all, and we’ve teamed up with Simon & Schuster to offer five bundles of enchanting, festive stories for little ones. The bundle includes The Snow Dragon by Api Elphinstone, The Night I met Father Christmas by Ben Miller, A Cat’s Christmas Carol by Sam Hay and Helen Shoesmith and A Very Corgi Christmas, also by Sam Hay and Loretta Schauer. To win one of five festive bundles, head to our website for further details. Enter online at littlelondonmagazine. co.uk/competitions

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Banjo Robinson is the magical travelling cat helping thousands of UK children discover the joy of writing. Through the personalised subscription service, kids will receive a personalised letter from Banjo and are encouraged to reply to him. Amagical correspondence ensues, improving literacy and language skills, welll as general knowledge. From £5.15 a month, banjorobinson.com

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Make sure you don’t miss out on the family-friendly delights of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland

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colourful floats will be coming together to celebrate. The parade, which is free to attend, kicks off from 12pm today. lndyp.com

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If you’re a fan of Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea (let’s be honest, who isn’t?), don’t miss a special National Trust exhibition dedicated to this iconic tale at Knole in Kent. Held from 9 November until today, it marks the book’s 50th anniversary.

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What to do and where to go in the capital over the next two months

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December

Ballet’s Nutracker opens today. Running until 5 January, this enchanting production will see Tchaikovsky’s popular score played live against a backdrop of exquisite performances.

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Where better to start your festive celebrations than Godstone Farm? Running until 24 December, families who visit the Surrey attraction will have the chance to create Christmas crafts and decorate cookies in Wiglet’s Workshop, and even meet the man in red within the farm’s magic grotto.

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Christmas Jumper Day

If you’ve not yet visited Winder Wonderland in Hyde Park, it’s not too late – the market will be open from 21 November until today, and this year’s event features the tallest transportable wheel in the world.

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Christmas Jumper Day is back! And thousands of people across the UK, including nurseries and schools, will be donning their boldest festive knits in aid of the annual fundraiser for Save the Children. Register online to get your free fundraising pack.

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Head to Fucina in Marylebone for the Italian eatery’s last ever Bambini Sunday, which has been running every weekend since September. Hosted in collaboration with party pros Sharky & George, there’ll be a children’s menu, plus arts and crafts. fucina.co.uk

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Be entranced by more than 100 extraordinarily talented dancers at the London Coliseum as The English National

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Head to the Natural History Museum as the attraction’s famous ice rink returns, set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building and surrounded by fairy lights. It’s open all winter, but today’s your last chance to visit, so don’t miss out. nhm.ac.uk

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GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS, LONDON PALLADIUM

This much-loved fairytale will be performed by a star-studded cast at the Soho theatre from 7 December until 11 January. Look out for Paul O’Grady, Julian Clary and The One Show’s Matt Baker, with

riotous comedy, thrilling stunts and special effects. palladiumpantomime. com

classic gags, wisecracking performances and incredible set design. This year’s show, which

DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT, HACKNEY EMPIRE

Pantos at this East-End theatre are considered the cream of the crop; expect

runs from 23 November to 5 January, should be no different, and this hometown story is sure to go down a treat. hackneyempire.co.uk

CINDERELLA, LYRIC HAMMERSMITH Dick Whittington and His Cat

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From 16 November to 5 January, this West London

theatre will play host to a more contemporary pantomime, so don’t expect dated quips or oldfashioned tunes.Lyric shows are generally packed with modern pop songs, young actors, subversive twists and plenty of puns, and little ones always love it. lyric.co.uk

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INTERVIEW

Her two daughters always make a beeline for Holland Park’s massive playground

Sophie and musician husband Jamie Cullum have two daughters together

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Sophie’s mother Tessa has also written children’s books

Portobello Road Market is the perfect place for trying on old hats

Madame Badobedah is op ie s rst c ildren s boo t e aut or as already ritten four adult no els

Wahaca in Covent Garden is a regular day-out pitstop

Her grandfather Roald Dahl wrote many classic children’s books,including The BFG

The Little Angel Theatre’s puppetry is a family favourite

Sophie enjoys reading her daughters her childhood favourites

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INTERVIEW

My Little London

S O PH I E DAH L THE AUTHOR AND FORMER MODEL TALKS BOOKS, DAYS OUT WITH THE KIDS, AND HER FAVOURITE HIDDEN GEMS IN THE CAPITAL Sophie loves reading and shopping for books across the capital with her daughters, Lyra and Margot

away from The Little Angel Theatre! Wahaca in Covent Garden is great if you want to see a musical, and I’d recommend Lily Vanilli in Hackney for its crazily good cupcakes.

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You’ve just released your first children’s book, Madame Badobedah. What can you tell us about it?

It’s a mystery story about a little girl called Mabel, who lives in a B&B called The Mermaid Hotel, which is by the seaside and owned by her mum and dad. One day, an enigmatic old lady checks in, with all her worldly possessions and a collection of animals. Mabel suspects that she’s a supervillain on the run from the police, and goes on a quest to catch her out. They end up developing an unlikely friendship and embarking on fantastical exploits together. You’ve been writing books for adults since 2003. What inspired you to write for children?

I think it was having children of my own and reading them the books I loved as a child, like Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, Eloise by Kay Thompson, and a fantastic book called Miss Rumphius by author and illustrator Barbara Cooney. One day, I saw a picture of Mabel in my head, barefoot, walking back from the beach, and with that, the story of Madame Badobedah started forming in my head. For me, books always start with a picture. Writing for adults is so different, as you have less space and need to get to the point more quickly. Did you worry about writing for children, given your family’s heritage?

Oh god, my family’s heritage is such that I’d never do anything if I thought about that too deeply. I’d lie in bed moaning and rocking, and never leave my house! I tend to just get on with it. I’ve already written four books for adults, so it didn’t feel like a weird stretch for me. It actually felt very organic and exciting. LITTLELONDONMAGAZINE.CO.UK

What are your favourite days out with the kids?

What do your children – Lyra and Margot – think about the book?

They really like it, which is a relief. Their favourite question to ask me is, “But is Madame Badobedah a real villain?”. That seems to be the universal question from children who read the book. Which other books do you enjoy reading to your children?

We love Astrid Lindgren, who wrote Pippi Longstocking, along with many other brilliant books. We’re also big fans of JK Rowling, David Walliams, Judith Kerr and Jill Murphy. The most enchanting picture book that I’ve given to everyone recently is called Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love. It’s a beautiful book. I also really like I Want My Hat Back by John Klassan and My Big Shouting Day by Rebecca Patterson.

They’re very park-focused! I love Hyde Park, as it has so many hidden corners. There’s a sweet little café on the Lancaster Gate side of the park that’s good for an ice cream on a sunny day. The playground in Holland Park is huge and fun, and you can walk to Portobello Road afterwards to try on old hats, then head to Lucky Seven for milkshakes and diner food. And on a rainy day… the Science Museum in South Kensington, hands down. Which London bookshop do you most enjoy visiting?

I’m a huge fan of Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street. The staff there are so knowledgable about what they have, and they always make fantastic recommendations. For an epic kids’ independent book shop, look no further than Ottie and The Bea in Blackheath. The owner, Julia, has a heavenly selection of eclectic kids’ books, along with toys and some great childrenswear.

What’s your favourite ‘hidden gem’ in London?

What else have you got in the pipeline for the rest of the year?

The Little Angel Theatre in Islington consistently produces great, funny and interesting puppet theatre. It’s quite hidden away and it’s totally magical.

I’m writing my next children’s book and appearing at various festivals with Madame Badobedah. And of course, I’m still juggling life, children and various feral animals. I currently have my eye on a pet duck… L

Where are your favourite places to eat as a family?

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Madame Badobedah by Sophie Dahl is on sale now, £12.99, published by Walker Books


BOOKS

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8-10 YEARS

That’s Not My Polar Bear

Stories for every Season

The Snowman

BY FIONA WATT & RACHEL WELLS

BY ENID BLYTON

BY MICHAEL MORPURGO

Shiny claws and squashy noses, there are lots of textures to explore in the quest to find your perfect polar bear. Be prepared for a fluffy surprise ending.

ILLUSTRATED BY BECKY CAMERON

ILLLUSTRATED BY ROBIN SHAW

As the winter sets in, find the perfect story for every season in this beautifully illustrated collection of traditional tales.

A sublime story inspired by Raymond Briggs’ original, as breathtaking and magical as when it was first told.

£6.99 • Usborne

£19.99 • Hodder Children’s Books

£6.99 • Puffin

Angel on the Roof

Look Up at the Stars

Small in the City

BY KATIE COTTON & MIREN ASIAIN LORA

BY SYDNEY SMITH

BY SHIRLEY HUGHES

What your heart desires may not be as far out of reach as you imagine. This melodic story about searching for stars is the perfect, cosy bedtime read.

In the silence of a fresh snowfall in the middle of a big city, Small embarks on an important journey across town. Minimalistic, picture-book perfection.

Illustrated throughout by the inimitable Shirley Hughes, this gently life-affirming story is a treasure to be relished. It will inspire kindness and fill you with hope.

£12.99 • First Editions

£12.99 • Walker Books

£12.99 • Walker Books

Hansel & Gretel

Starbird

Frostheart

BY BETHAN WOOLLVIN

BY SHARON KING-CHAI

BY JAMIE LITTLER

This mixed-up adaptation of a familiar fairytale turns the story on its head in the most delightfully anarchic way. A mischievous treat for the eyes.

An idyllic folktale woven by an expert storyteller and illustrated with a magical touch. This shimmering story about love and freedom will fill your heart with joy.

Amazing illustrations spill from the pages of this winter adventure. From start to finish, this book will have young readers hooked and thirsty for more.

£6.99 • Two Hoots

£12.99 • Two Hoots

£7.99 • Puffin

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INTERACTIVE

Flip Flap Frozen BY AXEL SCHEFFLER

With 121 wacky animal combinations to investigate, this fun, flip-flap book introduces inquisitive minds to crazy creatures from far away frozen places. £8.99 • Nosy Crow

Little Sticker Dolly Dressing Snow Princess BY FIONA WATT & ANTONIA MILLER

Unlock your imagination and dress your princess in outfits fit for royalty as an enchanting wonderland beckons.

ILLUSTRATION: MIREN ASIAIN LORA

£5.99 • Usborne

Snow Queen Magic Painting Book BY SUSANNA DAVIDSON

Perfect Christmas Day entertainment unfolds with colourful illustrations revealed with just a dash of water. £5.99 • Usborne

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EMMA O’DONOVAN COSIES UP WITH THE BEST BOOKS FOR THE CHANGE IN SEASON


BABY AWARDS 2019

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RE AD ON TO FIND OUT WHICH BR ANDS AND PRODUCTS HAVE BEEN CROWNED BEST IN THE COUNTRY, AS WE GIVE THE INSIDE SCOOP ON THIS YE AR’S PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS CEREMONY

fter months of planning, nominating and voting by you, our loyal readers, the great and good of the pregnancy, baby and children’s industry came together in October to celebrate the Baby Awards 2019, in partnership with Care. Held at luxury venue Searcys in Knightsbridge, the evening saw a 120-strong crowd enjoy free-flowing champagne and delectable canapés as Baby and Little London publisher Caroline Scott and editor-at-large Kate Freud, took to the stage to announce this year’s much-deserved winners and runners up. Set up to champion excellence in every area of the industry, the awards comprised 23 categories in total, covering everything from pregnancy to fashion, newborn essentials to food, travel and toys. And while many of these were chosen by public vote, four of

the winners were specially selected by our panel of judges; vlogger and Celebrity Dad of the Year Jonathan Saccone-Joly, TV and radio broadcaster and Baby magazine columnist Neev Spencer, talent manager and illustrator Jakki Jones, co-founder of maternity-friendly brand Clary & Peg Edwina Gieve, and Baby’s editor-at-large Kate Freud. Our high-profile panel of judges came together at the wonderful family members’ club Maggie & Rose in Kensington, where the mums and dads rigorously tried and tested the products, highly scoring the products new and old that have added something to their own parenting journeys. We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate our winners and nominees, all of whom are at the top of their game and deserve to be applauded.

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BABY AWARDS 2019

T H E J U D G E S CAT E G O R I E S

Meet our panel of high-profile judges who are industry experts

NEEV SPENCER

JAKKI JONES

JONATHAN SACCONE-JOLY

KATE FREUD

EDWINA GIEVE

TV and radio broadcaster Neev is best known for her awardwinning shows on KISS FM

TV and PR extraordinaire, Jakki Jones is married to Kelly Jones, of rock band Stereophonics

Nearly 2m subscribers follow the daily life of Jonathan and his wife Anna on their YouTube channel

Fashion and beauty journalist by trade, Kate is editor-at-large of Baby and Little London

Edwina is co-founder of Clary & Peg, maternity friendly, vintageinspired womenswear

“I thoroughly enjoyed judging the Baby Awards. Meeting the other judges and getting to look over so many exciting new products from the industry was great fun.” N E E V S PE N C E R

“It was such a pleasure to be a judge at this year’s Baby Awards. It was so much fun discussing the various entrants with my fellow judges, discovering exciting new brands and supporting brands I’ve personally loved and championed over the last few years.” JAKKI J O N E S

“I love that I was introduced to new brands making things that I need and want in my life... so much clever innovation alongside the beautiful and the useful.”

“All the categories at the awards this year were so strong, it was impossible to choose! But I’m delighted Newbie won Brand of the Year as I love how it has made organic cotton affordable for everyone.”

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BRAND OF THE YEAR

Newbie

This award pays homage to the hard work and dedication involved in launching a new business. With its high quality, stylish and imaginative designs, Swedish brand Newbie is rocking the baby and kid world. After launching in the UK in 2017, this is a brand that appreciates timeless children’s clothing, yet values the importance of keeping things affordable, too.

RUNNER UP

Shnuggle

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BEST PRODUCT

BEST NEW BRAND

BEST NEW PRODUCT

When you combine Bloom and Blossom’s beautiful products with the world of The Very Hungry Caterpillar then a truly awardwinning range is created. The products are all designed to help your little ones sleep tight and dream big.

A clever invention for today’s breastfeeding mums and their babies, nanobébé’s core focus is to improve the entire process of feeding breast milk from a bottle. The American brand, which only launched into the UK market this year, showcases innovation and clever design features in every product, making nanobébé a true standout brand in the feeding category.

The Elvie breast pump is the world’s first silent, wearable breast pump. This clever contraption fits in your bra so that you can pump in peace, whenever and wherever. Run wild, lead a seminar, go to the cinema, all while expressing. The pump pauses when the bottle is full, and the handy app will help you to monitor milk volume and track your pumping history. This product is a real game-changer.

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Bloom & Blossom The Very Hungry Caterpillar Baby range

Nanobébé

BBHugme Nursing Pillow 37

Aristot

Elvie Pump

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Actress Ali Bastian with Sophie from Tiffany Rose and Neev Spencer

Presenters Kate Freud and Caroline Scott

All the nominees wanted to leave with one of these coveted awards...

Rachel Riley shows off her award

Winner of best product Bloom & Blossom

Awards party

It was time to celebrate and enjoy the party at Searcys, Knightsbridge

Baby Awards 2019 judge Jakki Jones

Winners Natural Baby Shower and Merino Kids strike a pose

Kate Freud with Annabel Karmel

Editor Rebecca Moore with BabyBoo and Little Tummy

PHOTOGRAPHY: PERFOCAL.COM

Congratulations to award winners Mori

A rather proud Jamie Robinson from BabaBing!

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BABY AWARDS 2019

AWA R D W I N N E R S

B E ST S K I N CA R E B R A N D

Find out who came top in the rest of our categories B E S T F A M I LY T R AV E L C O M PA N Y

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BEST INTE RIORS BRAND

BEST SKINCARE BRAND When founder Joanna Jensen realised she couldn’t find products to help with her daughters’ fine hair and sensitive skin, Childs Farm was born, and since 2010 the brand has been delivering kid-friendly, free-from toiletries.

Integra Baby

Simpson Travel

Mamas & Papas

The impressive ergonomic Integra Baby carrier offers optimal support and comfort. Coming in three sizes, the adjustable buckles ensure an easy and close fit, plus the stylish prints are easy on the eyes, too.

From flights to car hire and a friendly face to greet you at the airport, Simpson Travel offers holidays in beautiful Mediterranean locations, complemented by a unique collection of boutique hotels, villas and apartments.

From little touches like silent soft close drawers to a range of stylish collections that suit your family’s taste, space and budget, Mamas & Papas truly offers it all.

RUNNER UP Love Radius HoodieCarrier

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MORI

This young company continues to flourish, and is now an essential brand for every new parent. Curating a luxury range of sleep essentials, it also continues to put sustainability at the forefront of its agenda.

B E ST C H A N G I N G BAG

ooobaby The Urban Backpack

BEST CHANGING BAG

ooobaby The Urban Backpack The stunning Italian leather ooohbaby Urban Backpack is practical yet stylish. With six interior compartments, a keyholder, two exterior pockets and detachable straps, this bag is your perfect companion for adventures with baby. RUNNER UP StorkSak

St James Leather Convertible Backpack

RUNNER UP Emile et Rose

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HotTea Mama

HotTea Mama offers a range of six functional and unique herbal blends created to support each stage of pregnancy and motherhood with the help of a delicious cuppa! RUNNER UP Bravado

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Medela Swing Maxi Flex

The most flexible double pump available, using Medela’s new researchbased Flex technology that’s proven to get 11 per cent more milk.

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Rachel Riley

British designer Rachel Riley has been creating classic designs for children for over 20 years. Rachel’s timeless fashion never goes out of style, allowing her pieces to be cherished and passed down as family heirlooms.

RUNNER UP

Elvie Pump

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LoveBee

B E ST M AT E R N I T Y P RO D U C T

HotTea Mama

RUNNER UP Martinhal

RUNNER UP Cam Cam Copenhagen

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BEST FOOD BR AN D

Annabel Karmel

Adding significant value to the lives of parents, Annabel Karmel’s nourishing meals helps little ones get the nutrition they need, while offering a helping hand in the kitchen.

B E ST I N T E R I O R S B R A N D

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BEST N EWBORN PRODUCT

The Shnuggle Bath The soft foam backrest, sturdy non-slip feet and innovative Bum Bump to keep newborns in a safe reclined position make this an early-days winner.

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BabyBoo Sleeping Bag BEST TE ETHING PRODUCT

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Natural Baby Shower

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INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR Known for being the voice of British radio, Neev is the highest profile British Asian female broadcaster in the UK. Her award-winning shows on KISS FM UK has established her as one of the UK’s most loved broadcast personalities.

Helping to regulate baby’s temperature to stop them from overheating or getting cold, the Merino Kids Go Go Sleeping Bag ensures the most comfortable and safe slumber for baby.

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Merino Kids Go Go Sleeping Bag

RUNNER UP BINIBAMBA

Natural Baby Shower is built on its dedication to championing all things natural and organic. This is where you’ll find eco brands that are best for your family and the environment.

RUNNER UP Piccolo

RUNNER UP Weleda

BEST SLE E PING PRODUCT

BEST FE E DING ESSENTIAL

The clever three-stage design makes the Bumbo Multi Seat suitable to use from six months to three years. Use as a floor seat, strapped to an adult chair in place of a highchair, or as a booster by removing the pad – genius!

Childs Farm

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BEST PUSHCHAIR

BabaBing! Raffi Travel System

The first stroller from British brand BabaBing! the Raffi boasts a true one-handed fold, all-round suspension, luxe fabrics and a goodsized shopping basket. RUNNER UP Mamas &

Papas Ocarro Pushchair

Matchstick Monkey The innovative lightweight silicone teether with the clever bumps on the back of the monkey’s head to apply teething products to the hard to reach molars is a teething super hero. RUNNER UP Foreo

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Sleepyhead of Sweden Cabana Kit Lightweight and portable, the Sleepyhead Cabana Kit allows for easy travel, and ultimate protection whether chilling in the garden or flying long-haul. RUNNER UP Littlelife Baby Cooling Pad


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HALLE BERRY MAY BE ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST INSPIRATIONAL ACTRESSES, BUT THIS COMES A DISTANT SECOND TO WHAT SHE DEEMS HER MOST PIVOTAL ROLE IN LIFE, AS A MOTHER, KAREN OVERTON DISCOVERS

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s parenting types go, Halle Berry takes a strong, dominant, independent approach, certainly if her film roles are any sort of reference. Only very rarely will you see the 53 year old cowering away in a romcom or emotive thriller – instead, her movie modus operandi is rather more centred towards high-octane action in the form of X-Men, Bond, Catwoman and Kingsman. Yet, to assume the three-times married Ohio-born actress, philanthropist and campaigner doesn’t possess a calm, affective side is to do her a disservice. Sure, the tempestuous, feisty personality is always there, bubbling under the surface, but no sooner does she begin to speak of the love, commitment and total absorption she has in the lives of her children – Nahla, 11, and Maceo, six – that you gain the truest, lightest, gentlest reflection of this big-screen heavyweight. “I think you can be many things as an actress, or in fact in any other job, no matter what it is – you can bluff you way through that and no one need ever know,” she begins. “But when it comes to parenthood, to being a mother… there is only one person you can ever be, and that’s yourself.” In fact, maybe the truest side of Halle Berry was the one we witnessed with tears rolling down her cheeks as she accepted the 2002 Academy Award for Monster’s Ball for Best Actress – ironically, one of the few movies that saw her embrace emotional twists and turns, playing a struggling widow and single mother with heart-breaking candour. It’s notable that after a real surge of mainstream success leading up to X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006, she began to slow down her work. “I chose to reassess my life,” she says. “I had done so much in such a short space of time, and soon enough there was this beautiful girl, Nahla, in front of me, and the realisation was that I needed to stop.” Her daughter, from her relationship with French Canadian 48

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model Gabriel Aubry, is very much in the imprint of Halle herself. She is confident, considered and has inherited her father’s height. Meanwhile, Maceo, the actress’s son from exhusband Olivier Martinez, the French actor, is an effortlessly adventurous youngster. “Maceo loves his clothes, martial arts – he’s sporty, he’s into everything… he’s a boy!” she says. “For Nahla, I love spending time with her, mother and daughter. She’s at an age where we can shop together, chat about girl things – it’s such a pleasure. “It has worked out well. I’ve truly invested in my children and would have so regretted it if I hadn’t. It was only right for my priorities to change because those years have been sweet.” Fortunately, Hollywood has welcomed the actress back with open arms as she enjoys a career renaissance culminating in this year’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. “It’s interesting that so many of my characters are strong, complicated, determined women,” she says. “I like to think of myself in those terms. I’ve been a fighter all my life and I want my kids to find their own way, too. As I say to them, it’s so important to find something you are passionate about.” Even Halle’s commercial ventures – she launched a budget lingerie line, Scandale, and previously worked with low-cost German shoe brand Deichmann – suggests she has never moved too far from the reality of the average working mother. Her own upbringing came in the midst of violent passages between her parents, and she has spoken at length about the incredible role model provided by her mother, Judith. “My work ethic, tenacity and courage is all thanks to her,” she says. Halle, who has also followed a strict philosophy on fitness and health, has a sugar-free diet, but rather than just a vanity pursuit, it is an essential way of life after she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 19. “It was almost a blessing for me, because it took me down a path where I had health and diet as a central part of who I was. And if I failed to live up to that, I could be in big trouble.” As for the future, it’s kids only… for now. Last year, she took to Instagram wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan, ‘No More Boyfriends’, yet, more recently, was in a relationship with British music producer Alex Da Halle stars alongside Kneau ee es in er latest l Kid. “I no longer believe in 'John Wick: Chapter 3 that magical marriage – I’ve arabellu proved it doesn’t necessarily work out the way you want it to; but that alone doesn’t mean you cannot move forward and have a wonderful life with those who matter the

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most – your children. There is no relationship above that. In fact, the positive experiences have just made me focus more on my children, and I am so grateful for that. They are the ones who make me a better individual and give so much meaning to my life. They offer so much joy.” By her own admission, that joy came relatively late – Halle had her first child at 41, but believes she made the correct decision to wait. “I was right to hold off. Your job as a mother is to pay close attention to who you are and what you can offer, and I just don’t think I would have been as good a mother in my twenties or even in my thirties. It took me time to figure out so many things in my life – who I was, how to become happy – before I could reach the point where I could be the kind of mother I wanted to be.” While the actress has flirted with the idea of living in Paris – in part influenced by her relationships with Aubry and Martinez – the family of three remain in LA. Beverly Hills certainly fails to provide the cultural and amorous je ne sais quoi of the French capital culture, but it is perfectly convenient for film projects. Indeed, in the immediate aftermath of Maceo’s birth, Halle had to take her son on the set of TV series Extant, something which fuelled her advocacy for breastfeeding. “I didn’t really have a choice because I’d been nursing Maceo from day one, and I believe very strongly in it. Breastfeeding is such a gift from nature and no woman should be made to feel uncomfortable about looking after her child. “I was proud to breastfeed on set – it was a good statement. Overall, I am very conscious of living in a way that will inspire my children,” she says. “I want to love them, teach them and help them grow up with a sense of curiosity and generosity that will carry them through life.” L


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These Rudolph-inspired pancakes are perfect for Christmas morning

Rudolph Pancakes By Annabel Karmel Prep Time: 15 minutes • Cook Time: 20 minutes •Makes: 4 stacked pancakes

INGREDIENTS: • Pancake batter • 100g plain flour • A generous pinch of salt • 2 eggs • 150 ml milk • 50g melted butter • Cooked bacon rashers • Blueberries • Strawberries • Maple syrup to serve METHOD Sift the flour with a big pinch of salt into a mixing bowl, make a well in the centre and add the eggs. Use a balloon whisk to incorporate the eggs into the flour and gradually whisk in the milk. Stir the mixture until smooth but don’t over mix. Use a heavy based 15 to 18cm frying pan and brush with melted butter – you can use a pastry brush for this – and when hot, pour in about 2 tbsp of batter. Quickly tilt the pan from side to side until you get a circular layer of batter covering the base of the frying pan. Cook the pancake for about one minute, then flip it over – you can use a spatula for this – and cook until the underside is lightly flecked with gold. Continue with the rest of the batter and make pancakes of varying sizes and shapes as in the photograph (for the smaller pancakes you will only need 1 to 2 tbsp of batter). Brush the pan with melted butter when necessary. Stack the pancakes on top of each other and arrange the bacon rashers as antlers and add blueberries for eyes and a strawberry for the nose.

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Take your family festivities up a notch with these fun and easy-to-plan ideas ELF REPORT CARDS CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHILDREN IS ALWAYS A BUSY BUT JOYOUS TIME, and nothing beats seeing their little faces light up as they tear into their stockings in the morning, and enjoy all the festive food and games with close friends and family. What with all the yuletide chaos be sure to put 13 December in the family calendar for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. Check out some festive options (left). If it’s your turn to host this year, organising ahead of time is the best thing you can do to take the pressure off. Why not establish a theme to help you plan the menu and décor? I love the idea of a cosy aprés-ski-style party, complete with Scandi touches, hot chocolates and faux-fur blankets and cushions – and don’t forget to have that fire burning! Or you might prefer more of a winter wonderland, with white icicle-style lights

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Welcome… A toddler’s triumphant first attempt to build a sandcastle, the first ‘holiday friend’ your child makes at the poolside, that initial heroic tumble on the nursery slopes... One thing’s for certain: you can’t beat a family holiday. And that’s why we’ve been busy travelling the globe (needs must, hey!) to put together this handy guide. From near-and-far travel inspiration to the very coolest kids’ clubs, we want to ensure that you and your little ones get the relaxing getaway or exciting adventure you deserve. Wherever you land on the map, wishing you the happiest of holidays!

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Why you need to look no further than Devon and Cornwall for the ultimate family staycation steps to holiday success Richard Webber goes in search of the most lavish all-inclusive family resorts where luxury isn’t compromised Want the best of both worlds? We find the top kids’ clubs across the globe Ready to hit the slopes with kids in tow? Check out our selection of the best family-friendly ski resorts

Feeling adventurous? The world’s best thrill-seeking holidays for the whole family

My travels We catch up with Call the Midwife actress Helen George to talk family trips

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IN NEED OF A PERFECT GETAWAY? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN DEVON AND CORNWALL, SAYS DEVON RESIDENT Becky Dickinson, WHO CHECKS OUT FOUR OPTIONS FOR YOUNG FAMILIES

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or the quintessential break, without the hassle of airports and check-ins, but with mesmerising views and endless possibilities for fun and adventure, you can’t beat Devon and Cornwall. From the calm turquoise waters of the English Riviera, to ancient fishing villages and winding coastal paths, to frothing waves and soft sandy beaches, the only difficulty is deciding where to go. This beautiful corner of England is where memories are made and time stands still (at least for a week or two). So if you’re looking for that elusive combination of fun and relaxation – for adults and children alike – combined with fantastic food and unrivalled luxury, the following four options have it all in (buckets and) spades...

THURLESTONE HOTEL, Kingsbridge, Devon

The South Hams region, in deepest Devon, is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our base there was the idyllic Thurlestone Hotel, where our room came with a sea-view balcony. Thurlestone boasts sheltered beaches and unspoilt surroundings, without the bustle of its more famous neighbour Salcombe. The hotel has indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, a golf course, table tennis, badminton and a children’s playroom. Food is also firstclass. The breakfast buffet had everything from smashed avocado to a full English – although for the children it was all about the DIY waffle station. prideofbritainhotels.com, thurlestone.co.uk

Golf is just one of the activities on offer at Thurlestone


FOWEY HALL, Fowey, Cornwall

For a family getaway ideal for children and parents alike, Fowey Hall, on the south Cornish coast, ticks all the boxes. Our vast family suite overlooked the estuary; flanked by rhododendrons with boats bobbing on the water, it was like gazing out at a postcard. This well-preserved manor house-turned-hotel has everything: a restaurant serving seasonal Cornish food, a complimentary crèche, a spa and endless places for children to play. Fowey is just a short walk from the hotel. Its name rhymes with joy – an apt description for this ancient fishing port full of colourful cafes. Fowey Hall Hotel is part of the Luxury Family Hotels collection. luxuryfamilyhotels.co.uk

Childhood unplugged at Fowey Hall

CARY ARMS AND SPA, Babbacombe, Devon

As we turned into the Cary Arms and Spa, in the sheltered haven of Babbacombe Bay, on the south Devon coast, there was nothing but ocean in front of us. This luxury boutique de Savary hotel offers a selection of chic selfcatering cottages, as well as a glass-faceted sea-facing spa. Nestled into the hillside, our aptly named ‘Smuggler’s Cottage’ provided everything we needed, from board games to a children’s den, and a welcome hamper including sticks of rock for the children and sloe gin for the grown-ups. The South West Coast Path sits literally on the doorstep and is ideal for long walks, which can be followed with a feast of local fish, seasonal veg and indulgent desserts at the hotel’s excellent restaurant. caryarms.co.uk

THE ESPLANADE HOTEL, Newquay, Cornwall

As the most searched for Cornish resort on Google, Newquay remains one of Britain’s best loved holiday destinations. Its seven soft sandy beaches, with their glorious waves, are popular with families and surfers alike. The Esplanade is a contemporary hotel, just a pebble’s throw from Fistral beach – a perfect spot for sandcastle-making, sand dune-jumping and surfing. The hotel has a surf school and surf hire on site, so there’s no excuse for not getting wet. And there’s a pool and Jacuzzi to relax in afterwards, plus a soft play area and outdoor pirate ship for young ones. The sea-facing restaurant serves delicious fare, and there’s an adjoining bar with live music for night owls. Well, when on holiday… esplanadehotelnewquay.co.uk

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ZANZIBAR, The Residence

Cocooned within tropical gardens and fringed by a milelong beach, The Residence immerses you in secluded beauty. At this luxurious villa resort just off the coast of Tanzania, you and your family will find a world of relaxation and high-class hospitality. Check out the onsite boat house and jetty, where guests can try exciting water sports, including kayaking and pedal boats. Afterwards, unwind on the beach or with poolside ice cream and fruit skewers! Activities for kids include cooking classes, Swahili lessons and volleyball games. Parents can relax, too, with yoga sessions, babysitting services, bicycle and buggy tours and a beachside infinity pool. Where do we sign up? Powder Byrne offers seven nights for a family of four from £4,400, including transfers (not flights). Under twos travel free. powderbyrne.com

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Dreams Punta Cana

MAURITIUS, Heritage Le Telfair

Set amid the Heritage Bel Ombre Estate, this vast 2,500 hectare resort offers a safe, idyllic setting for a family holiday. The verdant topography, long white beach and azure waters are a picture-perfect backdrop. And now Heritage Resorts offers family experiences, including spa days with mini facials and manis for the kids, family picnics in its nature reserve, cooking classes, outdoor theatre and cinema. With a dedicated kids’ club, too, children can play while parents indulge in spa sessions, watersports or a romantic dinner. From £952 per person per night, based on two adults and two children sharing a suite. heritageresorts.mu

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A lush tropical paradise overlooking a pristine beach with turquoise waters – say hello to Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa, which offers a picturesque view from every guest room. Enjoy unlimited luxury with a choice of themed restaurants, chic bars and a swimming pool that winds its way from the lobby to the beach, complete with swim-up bar. Live nightly shows complement the daily activities, including snorkelling, volleyball, bike riding and horse riding. Young ones will love The Explorer’s Club’s outdoor cinema, sandcastle competitions, playground and pirate ship waterslide. The Holiday Place offers seven nights from £869 per person, including flights and transfers. holidayplace.co.uk


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MALDIVES, Kuramathi

Kuramathi is located on one of five islands within the tiny archipelago of Rasdu Atoll. Villas are scattered across the isle’s lush gardens, never-ending beaches, or poised over water. With much of the island relatively untouched, families can explore deserted beaches and virgin vegetation. A kids’ club will keep children occupied during the day with treasure hunts, nature walks and beach activities. In the grounds, there is a whale seesaw, swings, slide, jungle gym and sand pit. Outdoor sports include badminton and table tennis. Kuoni offers seven nights full board in a beach villa, including flights and transfers, from £1,893 per person (based on 2019 departures). kuoni.co.uk

CORFU, Ikos Dassia

On the island of Corfu, contemporary Mediterranean style meets traditional Greek hospitality in the tranquil surrounds of Ikos Dassia. Framed by fragrant woodland, this luxurious resort, which opened its doors in 2018, has dazzling views across the Ionian Sea. The beachfront setting ensures that each of the 411 luxury rooms, suites and villas come with views. There’s much to excite children of all ages, with a packed programme of events and games, including mini discos, gymnastics, Olympic Games and treasure hunts. Adults can play tennis or unwind with yoga. And a stay at the hotel comes with a one-off complimentary use of a Mini Cooper to take a spin around the island’s sites. From £312 per night for family room. Flights not included. ikosresorts.com

ANTIGUA, Curtain Bluff

Set on a rocky promontory, this privately-owned hotel fulfils all your family’s expectations. Its 72 luxurious rooms and suites with private balconies or terraces overlook the Atlantic beach’s gentle surf. Down on the idyllic white sand, guests can enjoy a host of activities, including windsurfing, scuba diving and snorkelling. On dry land, sports such as tennis, golf and squash await. With the onsite kids’ club, little ones can fish on the dock, make ice cream and design their own T-shirts. And for parents, there is a spa where you can indulge in beauty treatments, yoga and Pilates. Tropic Breeze offers seven nights from £9,180 for two adults and two children sharing a junior suite, including flights and transfers. tropicbreeze.co.uk

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SOUTH AFRICA, Kwandwe

This private game reserve in the heart of South Africa’s unspoilt Eastern Cape offers a magical family safari. Not only will kids experience a Lion King-style adventure of their own, spotting giraffes, elephants, zebras, warthogs et al, they’ll also enjoy interactive educational activities tailored to each age group. These include learning about animal behaviour and kite building, while younger kids will be fascinated by the Bugs & Bones walk, a great way to stretch little legs while searching for creepy crawlies and animal tracks. If that wasn’t enough, they can also try sand art, fishing with a ranger and pizza-making. Familyfriendly accommodation includes safari villas and suites at Ecca Lodge. Prices for a private family villa (based on six guests) from £2,500 per night. Flights not included. kwandwe.com

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Dreams Playa Mujeres Surrounded by secluded, powder-white sandy beaches and turquoise Caribbean waters, this resort boasts 502 lavishly equipped suites, 13 bars and a host of swimming pools, including two infinity pools with breathtaking sea views, six whirlpools, a kids’ pool and waterparks. Activities include beach volleyball, stage shows and snorkelling. Two kids’ clubs offer theatre shows and sandcastle contests, while daily adventures focus on nature, science and technology. Teenagers, meanwhile, can hit the climbing wall, enjoy bonfires and take kayak tours. The Holiday Place offers seven nights for two adults and two children sharing a junior suite from £1,079 per person, including flights. holidayplace.co.uk

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THE ST REGIS, MAURITIUS Mauritius is a dream for families, full of all-singing, all-dancing resorts. The St Regis is one of the best – and at The Kite Flyers club, kids run wild on treasure hunts, toast marshmallows and learn to cook, with butlers on tap to ensure their every need is met. Seven nights in an Ocean Junior Suite, on a half-board basis, costs from £4,198 for a family of four. sallyandalice.com

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ROME CAVALIERI, ITALY This luxury hotel packs a punch when it comes to family fun. Before braving the crowds at the nearby Coliseum, kids in the hotel’s IT Club can swot up on sword-wielding, Latin and fighting etiquette during private gladiator lessons. Other destination-appropriate fun includes pasta and pizza-making, and riding mini Vespas. The Sunday brunch is legendary, and there’s a separate room for children. Rooms from £209 per night. romecavalieri.com

BELLA MARE, GREECE Making full use of its stunning beachfront location, the adventurefocused Dolphins club at the Bella Mare Hotel in Corfu is all about encouraging freedom for children, and leaving the adults to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Immersive and hands-on activities include sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Tribe is a separate programme aimed at teens, offering Ride a Vespa? A must-do for a Roman holiday

Bella Mare’s Dolphin club offers children the chance to try watersports


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SONEVA KIRI, THAILAND With chocolate rooms, ice-cream parlours and open-air cinemas, there’s a lot for young guests to like at Soneva Kiri. The Den is a favourite with kids’ club connoisseurs. Its sustainability-minded bamboo playground weaves like a manta ray through this palm-filled idyll. Musical jamming sessions and rainforest walks are a few of the things on offer. A Bayview Pool Villa Suite costs from £700 per night. soneva.com/soneva-kiri

ROUND HILL HOTEL & VILLAS, JAMAICA

Jamaica’s Round Hill Hotel is an idyllic retreat for families

workouts, chillouts and even mocktail-making classes! Seven nights costs from £780 per person, including flights and transfers. simpsontravel.com

CHÂTEAU ST PIERRE DE SERJAC, FRANCE Surrounded by Languedoc’s rolling vineyards, St Pierre de Serjac is a fairytale setting for a family holiday, with free-range fun in the bilingual kids’ club, plus den-building and archaeological digs. Busy days justify movie nights, leaving parents to dine in peace. Seven nights in a two-bed residence costs from £2,483. serjac.com Parents can relax at Martinhal Sagres

Jamaica’s most iconic hotel and perhaps its most child-friendly, Round Hill is set in a private bay and 30 acres of lush grounds. The Pineapple and 7-Up kids’ clubs keep children of all ages busy with locally-inspired activities from reggae lessons to watersports. An Oceanfront View Room costs from £354 per night, based on a family of three sharing. i-escape.com/ round-hill-hotel-villas

MARTINHAL SAGRES, PORTUGAL High above the dunes on one of the Algarve’s most undeveloped stretches of coast, the Martinhal Beach Resort in Sagres caters to all ages. The area for kids has a crèche for tiny ones, activities including cookery, dolphinwatching and T-shirt painting, and a Sports Academy, where older children can hone their windsurfing, tennis and football skills. One night costs from £171. totstotravel.co.uk

GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA Grootbos has perfected responsible luxury travel in South Africa’s Overberg region, a few hours from Cape Town. Lodges look over the wild sands and caves of Walker Bay. Young

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The Forest Lodge at Grootbos Nature Reserve looks out across Walker Bay

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guests can garden and horse-ride, while older kids can explore on bikes. One night, with meals, soft drinks and most landbased activities, costs from £1,380 for a family of four. grootbos.com

&BEYOND KICHWA TEMBO, KENYA A safari might not spring to mind when pondering a relaxing family break, but &Beyond has it covered; its WILDChild programme offers mind-enhancing activities from fishing to animal tracking, to picking fruit and veg in the kitchen garden, and even making bows and arrows with Masai warriors. A Tented Camp costs from £1,150 per night for a family of four. andBeyond.com


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WHAT TO DO La Plagne is one of six ski resorts linked by a shuttle bus along a steep mountainside. The vast and gentle pistes are perfect for families, and each resort also has a snow kindergarten, where little ones aged three and up can learn to ski. Off the slopes, thrill-seekers can try skidooing, paragliding or the bobsleigh run, while parents and children will love La Plagne’s Igloo Village.

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This Colorado resort is full of charm, with four mountains that are accessible with a free shuttle bus. Glide across acres of glistening snow while your little ones get stuck into ski school. If you don’t fancy skiing, fly fishing, hot-air ballooning and sleigh rides are some of the other activities on offer. There’s also a babysitting services for parents-only evenings.

Chalet Delphine offers families space and privacy

WHERE? North America SKI RANGE: 2,473m to 3,813m PISTES: 237km LIFT PASS: Under-sevens go free

WHERE TO STAY Hotel Aspen, hotelaspen.com Molly Gibson Lodge, ski-i.com

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WHERE? France SKI RANGE: 1,350m to 2,738m PISTES: 150km LIFT PASS: Under-fives go free Soak up the après-ski sun from Hotel Austria

WHAT TO DO Set in Three Valleys, the biggest interconnected ski area in the world, grown-ups can visit slopeside piano bars and spas, while kids enjoy the Village des Enfants’ child-friendly slopes.

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WHERE TO STAY Chalet Elan, espritski.com Hotel Les Sherpas, scottdunn.com

Hotel Les Sherpas has easy access to the nursery slopes

WHERE? Austria SKI RANGE: 1,450m to 2,450m PISTES: 280km LIFT PASS: Under-eights go free

WHAT TO DO Lech has access to loads of skiing, with free buses to the resorts of Zürs and St Anton, as well as a gondola link to Warth’s slopes. Just 200m above Lech is Oberlech, a car-free, skiin/ski-out area. Tired of skis? Hire a toboggan at the Oberlech mountain railway.

WHERE TO STAY The Goldener Berg, scottdunn.com Hotel Austria, powderbyrne.com

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Picturesque Tremblant is an ideal resort for beginners

WHERE? Italy SKI RANGE: 1,200m to 2,970m PISTES: 180km LIFT PASS: Under-eights go free

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WHERE? Switzerland SKI RANGE: 1,730m to 3,300m PISTES: 350km LIFT PASS: Under-sixes go free

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Once a well-kept secret, this region has been growing in popularity, especially with families. Which is no surprise, since it offers great skiing opportunities at every level. For young learners, there’s a nursery and ski kindergarten for full/half-days, allowing parents to ski the world-renowned off-piste.

Corviglia, one of St Moritz’s five ski areas, is well suited to families; there are lots of blue runs. Many of the hotels offer daycare services, have children’s restaurants and can arrange babysitting and ski school. Also lots of ski-in/ski-out options, and a snow park where mini freestylers can try out obstacles.

WHERE TO STAY Chalet Valverde, espritski.com Chalet du Lys, crystalski.com Gressoney lies at the heart of Monterosa’s ski circuit

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WHERE? Canada SKI RANGE: 230m to 875m PISTES: 81.9km LIFT PASS: Under-threes go free

WHERE TO STAY Nira Alpina, powderbyrne.com Saint-Moritz Roi Soleil, clubmed.com Stay in contemporary Alpine chic at the Nira Alpina hotel

WHAT TO DO This traffic-free resort in Québec is one of the best for beginners. Board the heated gondola to scale the mountain before gliding down, while little ones perfect their snow skills with first-class instructors. Go dogsledding for a fun, off-slope adventure.

WHERE TO STAY Place St-Bernard, crystalski.co.uk Le Westin Resort, marriott.com

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FEELING ADVENTUROUS? Rebecca Moore UNCOVERS THE WORLD’S BEST THRILL-SEEKING FAMILY TRIPS

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hey say never work with kids and animals, but how about holidaying with them? There’s nothing quite like seeing your little explorers’ faces as they get up close and personal with the Big Five: lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhinoceroses. Some camps will take preschoolers (be sure to check policies beforehand), but keep in mind that in order to reach any safari resort you’ll be travelling for at least 10 hours in total. The ideal age for your child’s first safari is around seven or eight – not only by that age are children more engaged with the world around them and ready to appreciate the experience, they’re

also more adept at travelling, being flexible with mealtimes and better behaved when out on long game drives. When you’re there, try to incorporate a mix of activities into your days, including walks, horse riding and cultural activities. Tswalu Kalahari offers one of the largest private game reserves in Africa, with all the big-game characters, or head to Madikwe – currently the fifth largest – which is home to more than 8,000 animals. There are many other lesser-known areas worthy of exploring, too, such as those in Namibia, where you’ll find zebra, rhinos and giraffes, not to mention a significant cheetah population.

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MADIKWE LODGE For two holidays in one, combine the charming Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge with the luxury Heritage Le Telfair Resort in Mauritius. From £11,765 based on a family of four. turquoiseholidays.co.uk

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Now, which direction? Different companies offer different routes, so do your research, bearing in mind that new routes are being added all the time. Typically flotillas sail around the Caribbean, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Mallorca, France and Turkey. Wherever you go, expect relaxed social settings, vibrant beaches, warm water with ample swimming and snorkelling time, and plenty of new friends. If you find that you want more freedom, bareboat charter sailing – whereby no crew or provisions are included – may be more your style. Or perhaps a grander option, such as a family cruise, could be just the ticket. For something closer to home, bob along on a rented barge on the UK’s picturesque canals. The world really is your oyster!

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nce seen as a strictly adults-only getaway for glamorous couples and their equally fashionable friends, setting sail en famille is now easier than ever, with more and more family holiday specialists adding it to their portfolios. And it comes as no surprise, as there’s loads of fun to be had on and off the water, from upbeat island hopping on a luxury yacht, to kitesurfing and beach parties. You may even decide to buddy up with another family and create a flotilla, where a group of yachts sail together. Relax and soak up the luxury surroundings of your own yacht, taking comfort from the fact your flotilla skipper will ensure you don’t drift into troubled waters.

Hop aboard and set sail along the Dalmatian Coast. This marine village in Croatia makes the perfect base. From £2,515 for a Sunsail 36i on the Hvar flotilla. sunsail.co.uk

EDEN ROC RESORT Eden Roc in Rhodes, in partnership with sailing school Asconautica, offers a variety of courses starting from beginners’ taster sessions. From £199 per night. edenroc.ch

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ave your children reached an age where they want to trade sandcastles for something a little less sedate? If you have a real water baby on your hands, a surfing holiday may be just the ticket. Each child is different, but generally speaking, those aged around seven or eight are usually ready to embrace the ocean. Unless you’re a pro yourself, be sure to check them into surf school or organise private lessons – the sea has so much to offer but, of course, safety is paramount. Before you pack your passport, you may want to consider a coastal adventure closer to home. Cornwall has a plethora of beaches for surfing opportunists, plus a multitude of great surf schools. Britain’s very own ‘Surf City’, Newquay, has been

attracting thrillseekers for more than 80 years, with Fistral Beach coined as the birthplace of the British surf scene. If you’re after guaranteed sunshine, ripcurling waves and a short-haul flight, Portugal makes a brilliant destination for family surfing. Try to visit during the summer months, when the waves are much calmer. For a safe place to start, and home to some of Portugal’s most consistent surf beaches and schools, try Peniche – around 50 miles north of Lisbon – or Ericeira, also on the western coast. If you want to travel outside of Europe there are many options further afield, too. Morocco’s Atlantic coast, Taghazout, has become quite the family surf spot, with a number of brilliant beaches, or head to the vibrant Punta Mita in Mexico.

Boasting the longest stretch of sand in Portugal, this luxury Algarve resort is the perfect place to take up surf lessons or chill out on the beach! From £143 per family, per night. totstotravel.co.uk

SURF MAROC Located on Taghazout oceanfront, Amouage is an authentic haven of waves and yoga. Or check out Surf Maroc’s villa offerings. From £1,596 for a family of four. surfmaroc.com

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Next holiday for Wren could be to Thailand When it comes to buying clothes for Wren, Helen is a huge fan of Zara Kids Cotton-blend dress £14.99, zara.com

Wren’s father is Helen’s Call the Midwife co-star Jack Ashton

Did you travel anywhere nice this summer? We went to Fowey Hall in Cornwall, which is part of the Luxury Family Hotels Group, and it was wonderful. The hotel group caters for families really well, so any of the normal problems that present themselves when you have children just disappear. We loved the baby-listening service, too, which meant Jack and I could enjoy a meal and a glass of wine in peace, knowing Wren was totally safe. How do you like to spend your days on holiday? I always like to do a bit of everything, but I hadn’t realised how much that would change when you have a baby or a toddler. We’d never want to go away anywhere that’s too hot, as Wren has red hair and fair skin, so we can’t spend too much time in the sun. I think that’s what’s great about having kids, though – you start rediscovering the things you used to do when you were a child. We’ve recently started

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We catch up with the Call the Midwife star and mother to baby Wren, to talk family holidays and travel essentials going to a lot of National Trust properties and exploring lots of castles together, and I’m really enjoying that. Poolside or beachside? I love the idea of lying on a beach and reading a book all day, but that becomes more difficult when you have a little one! Our holidays have become a lot more active since we became parents.

Organised packer or last-minute madness? I’m pretty organised. If I haven’t started prepping what I’m going to take on holiday two days before I go, I feel really unprepared. There’s nothing worse than being on a Greek island and realising you’ve forgotten something, and there’s nowhere nearby that sells what you need.

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Do you have any go-to travel essentials? For Wren, I always take Huggies Little Swimmers nappies, and a good baby wash. I love Neal’s Yard Baby Bath & Shampoo, as it cuts through the grease of all the suncream you’ve been layering on their skin throughout the day. Wardrobe-wise, her staple is definitely Zara Kids, as the clothes are easy and stylish. Then for myself, I take a hair mask to stop my hair getting too dry, and I always take a face mist when I’m travelling. At the moment, I have Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir Face Mist, which keeps me feeling fresh. Where’s next on the hit list? After I’ve finished filming Call the Midwife and rehearsing for a play I’m in, I have a few weeks off over Christmas, which I’m so excited about. I’m hoping to travel somewhere a bit further, perhaps to Thailand. I’d love to take Wren to Lapland over Christmas one day as well, but she’s a bit young at the moment, so we’ll have to wait for that one!

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s the weather drops, sun protection gets little air time. But did you know that to avoid longterm sun damage and the risk of developing skin cancer, sun cream needs to be applied all year round? “Any sunburn on children’s skin is especially worrying, because young skin is much thinner than that of an adult, making it far more susceptible to damage,” explains Childs Farm’s consultant dermatologist, Dr Jennifer Crawley. “Sunburn in childhood dramatically increases the chance of skin cancer in later life; it really is imperative that parents take the right steps to protect their little ones when they are outdoors whatever time of year.” With more than 10 years’ experience in dermatology, working from the University College Hospital London, Dr Crawley believes re-education is needed when it comes to sun protection and is urging people to get out of the mindset that sun cream is just for holidays abroad or for peak heatwaves. “I think we need to really make the point when we are talking about sun protection, it’s not just blistering heatwave sun; we are talking about UV light,” Dr Crawley says. “Getting sunburn just once every two years can triple the risk of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. That’s why it’s so important to be applying sun cream all year round. Skin cancers take a long time to occur and this is because of an accumulation of UV damage over time, making it fundamental to protect skin from an early age.” But how do you know when enough is really enough? “One of the main problems we find is that people don’t apply an adequate amount,” says Dr Crawley. “We recommend at least two teaspoons for the head and neck area and two tablespoons for the body. But you can’t apply too much, so use it liberally.” Many of us are aware that sun cream does wear off so will apply twice during the day, but does that cut it? “While this is a good start, sun cream really does need applying more than twice, particularly on very hot days,” explains Dr Crawley. “It’s

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THE GOLDEN RULES also important that whatever your skin type you use one with a high SPF of 30+ that will protect against both UVA and UVB rays, and to make sure the sun protection is suitable for eczema-prone or sensitive skin if you suffer with those conditions.” Reassuring those who enjoy being outdoors, Dr Crawley believes the sun shouldn’t stop the fun. “Everyone should be able to enjoy the outdoors, so don’t let the sun hold you back, just reapply, reapply, reapply!” Childs Farm’s new 30 SPF suncare range is exclusively available at Boots Sun Shop, along with the 50 SPF range, and both are suitable for sensitive and eczema-prone skin. Find out more at childsfarm.com

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Dr Crawley’s top tips for sun safety • On hot days and when you’re abroad keep little ones in the shade between 11am and 3pm when the sun is hottest • Cover any exposed skin with sun cream even on cloudy days • Use a high factor SPF 30+ suncream, with protection against UVA and UVB rays • Reapply numerous times throughout the day, especially after swimming • Pay particular attention to forgotten areas such as the shoulders, back of the neck and behind the ears when applying • Where possible, cover up skin with a hat, loose fitting clothing and sunglasses • Always keep babies under the age of six months out of direct sunlight • For those who have sensitive or eczemaprone skin, use a product that has been clinically tested as suitable


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CHRISTMAS TREE FELT DECORATIONS You will need: • Scissors • Felt • Pins • Needle • Thread • Stuffing (or cotton wool) Method • Cut out two Christmas trees from the felt and pin them together. • Using a blanket stitch, stitch the two Christmas trees together. Leave a space at the bottom. • Put the stuffing inside and finish sewing up the last part of the hole. • Make a loop at the top with thread so that you can hang the decoration.

MUSEUM OF ARCHITECTURE’S GINGERBREAD CITY This year, I am going to take my children to the Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City at Somerset House, which is an annual exhibition where architects create an entire city made of gingerbread. I might even kill two birds with one stone and book in at the wonderful ice rink. With gingerbread-making on one’s mind, you can often find workshops around London to do as a fun, family activity. somersethouse.org.uk

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You will need: • 1 tbsp oil • 2 medium white onions, chopped • 1 garlic clove, chopped • 1 whole seasonal squash, peeled and diced • 300g pearl barley

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• 1 litre chicken stock • Parsley, to taste • 1 tbsp butter (optional) • 3 tbsp Parmesan, grated (optional) Method • In a large saucepan, heat the oil, sauté the onions and garlic until soft. • Stir in the squash and cook for a few minutes. • Add the barley and cook until well coated. • Pour over a ladle full of boiling stock at a time. Make sure each one is fully absorbed before adding the next. Keep stirring. • It takes about 25 minutes to cook fully. I like to cover mine in parsley, butter and Parmesan, but my son is dairy intolerant, so we leave that off for him.

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You will need: • Scissors • Card stock • Embroidery thread Method • Cut out a circle from the card and make slits all around it. • Use the embroidery thread to make patterns around the circle. • You can use these as Christmas tree decorations or as present tags.


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WHAT’S BEHIND THE DOOR? Not keen on your tot eating chocolate for 24 days straight? Satisfy her sweet tooth with organic treats, as found in PLAYin Choc’s advent calendar. These dairy-free and gluten-free morsels are created with Madagascan Bourbon vanilla and Fairtrade Peruvian cocoa beans, with coconut sugar used instead of refined cane sugars. Plus, within each domino-sized box, you’ll also find a 3D puzzle toy made from recycled board, three stencils and a fact card. £55, playinchoc.com

POT LUCK Yeo Valley Organic is doing its bit to cut down on plastic; it has reduced its usage by a third, thanks to its Big Pots range. The newly packaged 340g fromage frais tubs, all made with natural ingredients, should reduce the number of parents buying smaller six-packs of yoghurt (which use more plastic). yeovalley.co.uk

CRUNCH TIME Looking for a new healthy lunchbox filler? Then let your little ones try Nim’s Kids flavoursome range of fruit crisps; they will go nuts for them. Available in Amazing Apple and Perfect Pineapple, these titbits count towards one of your child’s five-a-day. £2.79 per pack, nimsfruitcrisps.com

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t ravel WHITE CHRISTMAS With the promise of indulgent afternoon teas, warming winter cocktails and decadent Christmas trees, there are few places more alluringly festive than Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland. This five-star haven will be hosting much yuletide merriment over the seasonal period, including a performance of The Nutcracker ballet. gleneagles.com

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At MarBella in Corfu, little ones can enjoy a series of Eco Exhibitions and Children’s Workshops, where they learn about the marine life that lives nearby. Home to sea grass, sponges and urchins, Posidonia Meadows is an unpolluted grassy area on the seabed where this ecosystem can be seen in action. marbellacorfu.gr

Head to Lower Mill Estate in the Cotswolds over the Christmas break and you’ll be invited to try complimentary 3D-mask-making workshops. Great for kids and adults alike, these sessions will see guests create stag, fox and owl masks, before going on a torchlit walk, where they’ll see these animals in their natural habitat. lowermillestate.com

Say hello to peaceful days by the pool at Es Saadi Marrakech Resort, as the hotel introduces its refurbed kids’ club. Open to four-to-12-year-olds, youngsters will experience true Morocco with traditional music and dance lessons, Arabic writing, and art gallery tours. essaadi.com LITTLELONDONMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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LONDON Editor REBECCA MOORE enjoys a family trip a little closer to home IT’S TRUE, LONDON REALLY DOES come alive at Christmas time – especially when you throw two overexcited kids into the mix. My nephew and niece, Sam and Sophie, had never experienced the capital during the festive period, so I presented myself with the task to show London in all its glitzy glory. I was keen for us to be central, to take in most of the city by foot, and by choosing St Ermin’s Hotel – in leafy St James’s – we were in the middle of all the action. The four-star hotel is quintessentially charming, with its rich colours and tree-lined courtyard, looking prettier than ever as the lights twinkled from the Christmas tree by the entrance. The hotel clearly knows a thing or two about families. From the friendly welcome at check-in, to tasking Sam and Sophie with their own detective mission with a Budding Bonds package, which tests code-breaking and observational skills in and around the hotel – a great idea for keeping two budding spies occupied. We were shown our plush family room – equipped with two double beds and two bathrooms, to ensure squabbles were kept at bay. Once we’d dumped our bags, we headed into town, in true tourist fashion taking in Buckingham Palace, The London

Eye and Big Ben (even if he’s looking covered up!). To get the kids in the festive spirit, we stopped at Somerset House, laced up and took a spin – and a couple of tumbles – on the ice to the beat of Christmas songs. After several laps of the rink, we went shopping, as I’d promised a visit to Hamleys – dangerous, or perhaps foolish, before Christmas Day, but it was lovely to see so many cheery little faces. With gifts gratefully received, tired legs didn’t have far to travel, and before we knew it, we were all tucked up in our sumptuous beds. Waking fully rested, we enjoyed a hearty breakfast, before heading out for a stroll around St James’s Park, Sam and Sophie desperate to find more clues for their mission – it also allowed us to build up our appetites for afternoon tea back at the hotel. St Ermin’s tea menu uses fresh ingredients from the hotel’s rooftop garden and honey from its urban bee colony, Bee&Bee, up on the third floor. Children are well catered for, too; Sam and Sophie loved decorating their gingerbread men – although perseverance subsided when it came to eating them! Just saving enough room for their Santa lollypop, reindeer tea cake and spiced cookie mousse. L

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Sports retailer SkateHut has revealed that 61 per cent of dads and 44 per cent of mums worry about the gender suitability of their child’s hobby. However, 15 per cent more men than women would encourage their daughters to play a stereotypically male sport. SkateHut aims to break the bias that sports like BMX and skateboarding are only for boys and encourage all children to try new activities. skatehut.co.uk

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STRIKE A CHORD St Catherine’s Prep School near Guildford has recently opened its revamped Soundscape music room, featuring a magnetic wall adorned with musical notes for hands-on notation and new recording equipment. stcatherines.info

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Innovative toy company OjO’s new Smart Games and Maker Kits have been developed to stimulate curiosity and critical thinking while promoting STEM skills. The fun range includes a Mars Mission Kit, taking kids on a problem-solving journey in space. From £6.99, learnwithojo.com

A new survey has revealed that the climate change crisis is the biggest cause of anxiety for children today. 48% of children worry more about the environment than school or bullying. childcare.co.uk

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s children settle into pre-prep, it’s helpful to keep things as simple as possible, to ensure they’re confident in their new environment. My advice is to use the ‘3Rs’ to help create a successful first term. The first of these ‘Rs’ stands for ‘rules’. Children adapt to a number of rules in their new classrooms, which are there to guide them through a busy day with a class of fellow pupils they’ve often only just met. It’s important children are independent in terms of getting dressed, knowing where to place their own things, and what’s expected of them when they first arrive. They may well be learning to share with more children than they’re used to at home or in smaller nursery classes. Each classroom will have its own rules, and it’s helpful for parents to understand the basics. Are personal items, like small toys, allowed, or should they stay at home? Are parents encouraged into the classroom in the mornings or afternoon, or does the teacher prefer for you to drop and go? Back

the staff ’s decisions and aim for consistency behind home and school. The second ‘R’ stands for ‘routines’. Every school term brings with it a whole set of new routines, and the school run, extracurricular activities, and additional events like harvest festivals and nativities seem to come at lightning speed in the first year. By half term, a clear routine should be in place, and time should be built in for reading, including any books from school. It’s advised that you continue to read to your child as much as you can, as research shows that those children who are read to throughout their primary years are more likely to achieve academically and read for pleasure themselves. Establishing routines when it comes to kit and equipment, and knowing which day your child needs their PE kit or when special events are happening helps for a smooth start. Beware of WhatsApp groups among parents, as you can find yourself inundated with comments on lost blazers and speculations as to when the next ‘dressing up’ day is. Instead, rely on information from the school or

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calendar apps, and find out whether there’s a class rep system or newsletter. The third ‘R’ relates to ‘relationships’. We need to remember that these can be at the heart of your child’s experience at school. There’ll be friendships negotiated, numerous names to learn, and a chance to play and learn alongside a whole range of different personalities. Relationships with the class teacher and teaching assistant are key for both your child and you, but don’t worry if you’re not able to be at the school for the daily drop-off or collection. Instead, try to make time for a handshake and quick chat at some point, and attend parents’ evening, where you can meet other staff from the school. Here at St Catherine’s, we use a TAG system, which is particularly useful at breaktimes, when children are playing with new friends. This encourages every child to ‘Talk’ and ‘Ask’ for what they need or want, and ‘Get’ help if they’re still unsure or happy. It’s a very effective tool, and I recommend it for use at home, as well as those times when there’s upset or uncertainty. L LITTLELONDONMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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SK ATE Until Sunday 12 January One of the city’s most beautiful buildings – Somerset House – will play host to glorious ice rink once again for winter-long stint. Children over eight years can take weekend lessons at the Skate School. Meanwhile, younger kids can join the Polar Bear Club for safe skate-training sessions using stabilisers. All instructors are accredited by the National Ice Skating Association. Off the ice, indulge in a hot chocolate (or something stronger, parents) in the cosy Fortnum’s Lodge. Admission: From £11

Sylvanian Families Pop Up Shop

THE SNOWMAN

Until Sunday 5 January A shop dedicated solely to Sylvanian Families?! Parents on a nostalgia trip and children new to these woodland creatures will be more than delighted by this pop-up store in central London. There’s a selfie corner and a performance area for the characters, who are only to happy to meet and greet fans. Prepare to be charmed all over again.

Admission: From £18

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Until Sunday 5 January This show receives stellar praise year after year – and with good reason. The classic Christmas tale of James, the little boy whose home-built snowman comes alive at night. The adventures the duo experience are retold via world-class ballet dancers and choreography – not to mention a stunning set and score.

Admission: Free

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CHRISTMAS TALES AT CHICKENSHED

Saturday 28 December and Saturday 3 January For budding dancers aged between seven and 10, this English National Ballet workshop, inspired by festive classic, The Nutcracker, will be a dream come true.

Wednesday 4 to Tuesday 24 December This fabulously fun show returns for another year. There will be singing, dancing, puppetry and a whole load of laughs.

Admission: £15

Chase Side, London, N14 4PE

St Martin’s Lane, Charing Cross,

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Admission: £10

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London, WC2N 4ES ballet.org.uk

A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS IN ISLINGTON Wednesday 19 December, 3pm Older kids will love this guided walk through Christmas in Victorian London. From currant cakes to dancing, old traditions and stories are cherished.

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Saturday 14 December, 11am and 2pm Suitable for children aged four and over, this charming performance is about three penguins who have never left their igloo. Until now. The power cut inside sends the birds out on the biggest adventure of their lives. Expect interactive theatre and dance. After the show, there’s even a play session for everyone to enjoy.

Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 January There are various celebrations in central London to mark the dawn of the Year of the Rat, but we recommend observing the procession outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, where parades featuring dragons will dominate.

Angel Underground Station, Upper

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DX

Admission: Free

Admission: £7

Half Moon Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, London, E1 0ND halfmoon.org.uk

THE TIGER WHO CAME FOR TEA Monday 9 December to Sunday 5 January Judith Kerr’s much-loved storybook is brought to the stage in this colourful performance. Youngsters and adults alike can’t fail to be charmed by this larger than life tiger and his infamous greed. Expect singing, dancing and plenty of fun.

NATIVIT Y THE MUSICAL Wednesday 11 to Sunday 29 December A roaring success last year, this musical is back, starring Sharon Osborne and Danny Dyer. Admission: From £20

Eventim Apollo London, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH nativitythemusical.com

Admission: From £9

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POP - UP PERFORMANCE Saturday 28 to Monday 30 December Kids aged four and above can join The Buildy-uppy Dance Show. Interactive, energetic and a bit bonkers, it’s a show like no other.

13 December to 5 January J.M. Barrie’s famous tale gets a reboot in this play-within-a-play. Mischief Theatre, which has form when it comes to presenting disruptive plays has worked its magic here, treating audiences to a catalogue of hilarious disasters. Perfect for older children.

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Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 December Historically, when the River Thames would freeze over, Frost Fairs were held on the ice. These were huge celebrations, where communities gathered. The Museum of London Docklands recreated the magic of these fairs by hosting a familyfriendly weekend of workshops, performances and arts and crafts. Expect to come away more knowledgeable of winter traditions across the globe!

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Wednesday 19 December to Sunday 5 January Circus 1903 returns to the Southbank with life-sized elephant puppets, as well as the acrobats, contortionists, trapeze and high-wire performers that consistently shock and thrill audiences. There are also new acts, including the terrifyingsounding Brazilian Wheel of Death, all in keeping with the Golden Age of Circus theme.

Until Sunday 26 January The story of Stick Man, first told by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler in the popular book, is performed on stage over Christmas and beyond, delighting audiences of all ages.

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Tuesday 31 December from 8pm The capital’s fireworks display is always spectacular, especially as it takes place over the Thames so the light reflects beautifully off the water. A magical way for older children to see in 2020.

Until Sunday 26 January When the magic of Harry Potter and Christmas collide, The Warner Brothers Studio Tour is transformed. From the Great Hall lined with beautiful Christmas trees to the Weasley Kitchen, which will see a mouthwatering feast being prepped, you’ll be wowed by set design, special effects and costumes. Admission: Under 4s free; children 5-15 £38; adults £47

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Saturday 11 January, 11am and 2pm Suitable for children aged two and above, the classic tale of Thumbelina, the girl so tiny she could ride dragonflies, is beautifully retold in this magical shadow puppet show.

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THE IMAGINATION STATION Saturday 28 to Monday 30 December Children are invited to make their own building – which will be added to a brand-new city. Creative fun in one of London’s most inspiring museums. Admission: Free

Victoria and Albert Museum,

Place, London, WC2H 7BX leicestersquaretheatre.com

NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS

Admission: £10

Thames Riverside, London, SE1

PRINCES S ALICE HOSPICE SANTA FUN RUN

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Admission: From £6

Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester

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31 January to 1 March An off-beat tale of a boy who wakes up with wings and flies away from his humdrum life. Leaving audiences with a dreamy feeling, it’s ideal for kids aged eight and over.

Admission: From £19

WIN! Tickets to the Premiere screening of the Cbeebies Special Christmas Show

Fancy some festive panto fun in the cinema? We’re giving away two sets of family tickets for four (worth £60 each) to the live Premiere of Cbeebies’ Christmas Show, Hansel & Gretel, on Sunday 24 November at Cineworld Leicester Square. Featuring lots of fun and games, including Waffle the Wonder Dog for the very first time, it’s set to be an amazing family experience, Join in all in aid of BBC Children with Justin’s sing-a-long in Need. The show will also be screened in cinemas nationwide on 30 November and 1 December, with exclusive content, including Justin’s Christmas trail and sing-a-long! To enter, visit:

Sundays 8 and 15 December This 5k route sees people of all ages including under-fives, walk, jog or run around Bushy Park. Given that everyone is dressed as Santa (costumes for under 12s is provided), it’s a sight to behold. Admissions: Under-fives go free; children from five to 15, £8; adults, £18 Bushey Park, Hampton Court Rd, Hampton, TW12 2EJ pah.org.uk

CHRISTMAS AT KEW Until Sunday 5 January, 5pm to 10pm Now in its seventh year, the 2019 winter trail through one of London’s most beautiful gardens boasts a fresh route and light installations. Dazzling laser projections across the Temperate House is a real showstopper, but there’s a whole host of glittering treats to behold.

Admission: Under 4s free; children 4 – 16 from £11; adults from £18

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Wednesday 1 January, midday London’s New Year’s Day Parade is an annual march through the streets of the West End to celebrate the arrival of a brandnew year! It’s a magnificent, unforgettable spectacle.

Friday 6 to Sunday 8 December Calling all festive foodies! This regal gathering is for you. Wrap up warm to peruse the courtyard filled with seasonal treats while listening to live music from the bandstand. You’ll even get a chance to explore the palace.

Admission: Free

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Saturday 7 December to Sunday 5 January The sequel to the hugely successful Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs finds our heroes once again thrown into the orbit of Mr T the T-Rex in a seafaring adventure full of music, puppetry and smelly sausages.

Tuesday 10 to Saturday 21 December Is it even Christmas if you don’t listen to some beautifully sung carols? More than 40 carol groups will sing for an hour beneath the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square in the lead up to the 25th. Standing beneath the towering tree (an annual gift from Norway since 1947) this not-to-be-missed scene really captures the spirit of Christmas.

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PINNOCHIO ON ICE Friday 13 December to Monday 16 December See the classic tale of Pinocchio retold on ice, as skaters perform jaw-dropping moves to scores of traditional and modern music.

Until Sunday 5 January, 10am to 10pm every day Winter Wonderland dominates the south westerly corner of Hyde Park over the festive period – bringing with it rides, restaurants and the UK’s largest open-air ice rink. 2019’s theme is A Christmas Carol, and the world’s tallest transportable observation wheel is the new star attraction. Admission: Free

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CHRISTMAS AT LEGOL AND Friday 29 November to Monday 6 January As well as all the brilliant rides and attractions, Christmas at Legoland promises youngsters the chance to meet the Big Man himself, who’ll bequeath each child with a LEGO gift. Admission: From £25

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REIMA The international communications manager talks sustainability and milestones Tell us the story behind the brand.

Reima’s roots date back to 1944, after the Second World War ended. Many new factories were being founded at this time, which opened up new opportunities for mothers to work outside the home. This was the era of the baby boom, so there was a sudden, much higher demand for durable, affordable children’s clothing. How would you describe the brand?

Reima is actually a traditional male name in Finland, and is roughly synonymous with the

idea of being brisk, energetic, honest, fair, reliable and positive. I’d say that describes our brand pretty well, too! Reima has just marked its 75th anniversary. Why do you think the brand has stood the test of time?

We’ve always aimed to keep our products durable and of a high quality. There were times when this was considered quite an old-fashioned outlook, and we struggled with the pressure to ‘go with the flow’, but now, along with the emergence of sustainability issues, our focus on creating quality, durable products is more relevant than ever before. Tell us more about the commitment to sustainability.

Durability is definitely our strong point, which is very important when making clothes using synthetic fibres. This material is by far the smartest solution for kids’ outerwear, as it has to be

water and dirt repellent. We also encourage customers to mend, reuse and resell their clothes, and our products are also designed to be washed at lower temperatures, all of which greatly affects their ecological footprint. The clothes have to be toxin-free and safe, not only for the wearer but also for the environment; this means all our fabrics are safe and free from any hazardous chemicals. We try to do more with ecological materials, too, including recycled plastic bottles, which can be used in place of polyester. Bamboo and Tencel are crucial materials for us, and in just a few years, all our cotton will be entirely organic. We also don’t use any real fur, as animal rights are hugely important to us. What’s the best thing about your job?

I enjoy being the link between our design, marketing and sales teams, helping to create our great products. I feel privileged to be able to influence and contribute to our sustainability work. What’s in the pipeline for next year?

In spring, we’ll be bringing our first monomaterial product to market, which is made entirely from one single type of material – this means it’ll be easier to recycle when it comes to the end of its life. We think this is the direction the industry should be going in where synthetic fibres are concerned. L reima.com

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Date of preparation: March 2019


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