THE ESSENTIAL DIRECTORY FOR ORGANISED PARENTS
OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2018
Hypno-Birthing, Parenting Tribes, Fall Fashion, FREE Music Classes, +MUCH MORE!
BI-MONTHLY | ISSUE 64 | OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2018 | WWW.FAMILYGOLIVE.COM
t’s officially Autumn and we all have Halloween and Bonfire night on our minds (Christmas for some of us- but it’s a tad too early for that kind of stressful thinking! Isn’t it?). Speaking of Halloween we have some spooktacular face-painting inspo (page 44) for you to get creative with. And with Bonfire Night also coming around fast, we have some sparkling party ideas, easy enough for everyone to throw the best party in town!
For those who like to escape the Christmas panic of last minute shopping and finding the biggest turkey on the market, we have some phenomenal Xmas getaways (page 38/39) to take advantage of this Winter (I know we said it’s too early but holidayplanning does take time!). This brand new issue is exploding with exclusive offers, must-have essentials and a plethora of incredible competitions that are not to be missed! Grab a coffee, light the fire and enjoy all what this magazine will bring to you.
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5. HYPNO-BIRTHING Ever dreamt what relaxing labour would be like? Have you tried hypno-birthing? 6. BACK TO SCHOOL EXCITMENT What to do when the ‘back to school’ excitement comes to an end by Beautiful New Beginnings 7. GATEACRE TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE Four weeks, twenty three students, two countries and one hell of an Adventure! 9. PARENTING TRIBES Do you see a lot of ‘Instagram mums’ each morning? What tribes you can pick for the other parents at your little one’s school gates?! 12 & 13. CLUBS AND CLASSES Keep busy with your little ones this Autumn with our fantastic array of classes perfect for families and children! 17. RESONATE MUSIC HUB Free music classes (yes free!) in Liverpool. 20 & 21. SUNDAY FUNDAY GALORE! Do you spend your sundays dwelling on Monday’s back to work commute? Put away those thoughts and make your sunday a fun day with a little help from us! 22-31. OUT AND ABOUT Even if the weather isn’t so good at least you will never be stuck for things to do this Autumn. 32. RESTAURANT REVIEW Delicious snacks, meals and drinks from our our all time favouite! 38 & 39. TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY Are you looking for a jolly good holiday this Christmas? Our top destinations will leave you tingling with excitement (even if your bank account isn’t too eager). 40. FALL FASHION At long last- Autumn is here! It’s time to pack away your summer essentials and dig out your favourite jumpers, stylish trousers and your best pair of boots you own! 42 & 43. HOME SWEET HOME Are you considering buying your first house? Check out all the reasons why you should with Just Mortgage’s! 45. PARTY AROUND THE BONFIRE Throw the best Bonfire party in your neighbourhood with Family Go Lives’s top tips! 48. HALLOWEEN PARTIES Have a ‘bloody’ good time at our top chosen Halloween parties in Liverpool.
Our pick of some of the cutest pram suits around this autumn
JOULES BABY SNUG FLORAL PRAM SUIT, £42.95 - £47.95, John Lewis www.johnlewis.com
QUILTED NEWBORN BABY PRAM SUIT £69.00, Polarn O. Pyret www.polarnopyret.co.uk
BABY WADDED PRAM SUIT - GREY MARL LION £30.00, Dapper Baby www.dapperbaby.co.uk
GREY STAR BABY PRAM SUIT £233.00, FENDI www.childrensalonoutlet.com
BABY ROSE PRAM SUIT £50.00, Mayoral www.cherubsonline.co.uk
SNUGGLY GREY PRAM SUIT £45.60, Absorba www.thebabyroom.co.uk
CHECKED PRAM SUIT £45.00 Mamas and Papas www.mamasandpapas.com
DISNEY WINNIE THE POOH HOODED PRAM SUIT £11.00 George www.direct.asda.com
UNISEX PADDED BABY SNOWSUIT £189.00, Tartine et Chocolat www.childrensalon.com
HypnoBirthing... RELAXATION, VISUALISATION AND MINDFULNESS TECHNIQUES
reathing exercises have long been part of antenatal classes. Hypnobirthing takes this and adds relaxation, visualisation and mindfulness techniques to help you concentrate on your body and the birth of your baby. Hypnobirthing can be used with all other types of pain relief and be added to your birth plan.Methods and techniques used in hypnobirthing:
Breathing deeply, through your nose and out through your mouth, can help you stay calm and reduce discomfort in labour.
Visualisation is where you imagine the birth of your baby and what you want to happen. It can be something really specific or more general, like a feeling you want to have. For example, you could picture what it will feel like to hold your baby skin to skin after they’ve been born. It’s like a rehearsal in your mind to help you feel more prepared and positive.
DEEP RELAXATION / MEDITATION
Meditation may help you concentrate on your body and baby during labour, while ignoring any extra noise or external things going on around you.
BENEFITS OF HYPNOBIRTHING • Hypnobirthing can help you manage stress hormones, such as adrenalin, and reduce anxiety, which should lead to a calmer birth. During labour, your body produces a chemical called oxytocin, which helps progress your labour. Stress hormones affect the production of oxytocin and make your labour longer. • Managing stress may also help to reduce some of the fear and pain experienced during labour. • In some cases, hypnobirthing has been shown to make labour shorter! • Practising hypnobirthing – whether it’s at a class, with a book or CD – may help you to feel more prepared and in control when labour starts. • It may help you cope with anxieties if you had a previous
traumatic birth experience. • Hypnobirthing may reduce the need for drugs and medical intervention. However, you can have additional pain relief as well if you want to. • It can be added to any birth plan and the techniques can be used wherever you give birth – in a hospital or birth centre, or at home. • Hypnobirthing may benefit you after birth too, with some evidence showing that it can lower the chance of postnatal depression. • Hypnobirthing can help your birth partner play a more active role during labour. Disadvantages to hypnobirthing: Practising hypnobirthing does not mean unexpected things won’t happen. A birth free from medical interventions or complications can never be guaranteed! However, learning to relax and stay calm may help you feel more in control during labour if things don’t go to plan.
What to do when the excitement of starting school wears off... ummy, I think I’m ready to go back to Chrissie’s now.’ My little boy Harry announced around the beginning of October. Chrissie was our very much-loved childminder. As a parent, of course I was a little worried about my son’s announcement – had something happened in school that had made him upset? My mind was a blur of questions and the dreaded ‘mum guilt.’ As an Early Years Reception Teacher, I know that this happens all too often and is something experienced by many, many parents and children.
It’s important to remember that children don’t have the same realisations and emotional intelligence that we as adults do. It hits many quite hard around October time. The dawning realisation that ‘starting school,’ means being there every day now and not in that comfortable nursery or childminder setting that they’d grown to love. There is plenty you can do to help your little one
through this tough time. If your child is struggling going into school, make sure to plan something exciting just for you two, Simple activities picked by your child can help give them a focus that will help them through the day. You could also try drawing a little heart in the centre of their palm – and one on yours. As you walk to school holding hands, charge up your ‘cuddle buttons.’ When your little one is feeling like they need a cuddle they can press their button and get a little cuddle from you. They’ll know you’re thinking of them. Likewise, when you’re thinking of them they know you can press your button and get a little cuddle from them. It’s a great visual reminder for children that you are with them always. Try to keep in touch and plan play dates with old friends from their previous setting. Letting your child know there’s still a way of keeping in touch with old friends and that they will still see them will really help them as they transition into school life. Visit the previous setting after school one day with your child in their new uniform if possible. Seeing that their
old friends aren’t there now either will also help them to understand it’s all the older children that have moved on, not just them. Ultimately, this phase will pass. The first term in school for children is unbelievably busy, with lots of new rules to learn, new friendships to make, there are bound to be some wobbles and times that are overwhelming. Carolyn Whitehead is a mum of three children and founder of Beautiful New Beginnings – Liverpool’s Independent Antenatal and Practical Parenting Courses. With over 11 years teaching experience and special educational needs experience she runs a range of classes and courses which aim to support parents from pregnancy right through to school age. For further information visit beautifulnewbeginnings.co.uk or find us on Facebook @Beautiful.new.beginning or Instagram @beautiful_new_ beginning
Gateacre Take on the Challenge our weeks, twenty three students, two countries and one hell of an adventure! World Challenge became the ‘Gateacre Challenge’ of the summer where we embarked on the trip of a lifetime at Manchester Airport flying to Johannesburg and travelling across to Swaziland and Mozambique.
We began our expedition with a four day trek across the Malolotja nature reserve absorbing the scenery as we walked and taking on the challenge of wild camping each night. As reward for our efforts we ended the four days with a canopy tour across a valley which certainly raised the team’s adrenaline and had us all buzzing with excitement. A stay at our favourite campsite came next at the Milwane nature reserve where we all agreed we would have like to have stayed for longer. Hot showers and a BBQ seemed liked a luxury and to be surrounded by animals and tremendous views topped off the experience. Next up we spent six nights camping on the ground of the school where we worked during the day. Half the team helped to build a classroom and the other half worked with the children. This was an emotional challenge for us all to see how little the students had, both in school and out of school. There were no resources to teach with at the school at all not even a blackboard. Even more overwhelming was seeing how their lives had been affected by the loss of family members to HIV and AIDS and to see our students work alongside the children with positivity and humility was a very proud experience. It was a very sad day when we waved goodbye to the staff and students that we had formed such strong bonds with but we have stayed in touch and plan to continue to help however we can. Time for our next and final four day trek across the Lubombo Mountain trail. We all agreed that this was the more difficult of the two treks and we were all physically and mentally spent at the end of it so time for another reward it
was and off we went to Kruger National Park for two days of Safari fun! Elephants, giraffes and plenty of zebras were spotted amongst many more species, some of which we had never heard of before! The final week of adventure we were so excited to travel across the border to Mozambique and we got to stay in a bed for one night in Maputo, leaving the tents packed away for a night much to everyone’s delight! A pillow and a mattress - words can’t describe how we felt! Very early the next morning we started the 8 hour bus journey to Tofo, a little piece of paradise for us all to enjoy after all of our hard work. Whale watching, beach walks and swimming were the agenda in Tofo and lots of rest and relaxation after such a tremendous month away from home. Needless to say we were all so sad to leave Mozambique after spending a week in the sunshine but it was time to board the plane home... The students’ anticipation to see their family and friends again after limited contact and such a long and eventful trip was clear the entire 16 hours of flying back home. Waiting at the school gates were very proud parents ready to congratulate and welcome back their amazing children.... An experience none of us will ever forget!
Parenting Tribes nstagram mums’, ‘handbag dog mums’ and ‘activewear mums’ are some of the most popular new parenting tribes on the school run this year, it has emerged. Researchers who carried out a detailed study revealed there are now 11 types of parent to be found at the school gates.
CLIPBOARD MUM- Swapped a high-flying career to be the PTA CEO. Stands by the gates to charm / browbeat other parents into signing up to the PTA board, to run stalls at the school fete, to organise the cakes sales, sew school play costumes and hand over cash for charity runs. Revered and feared. Other mums run when she starts striding over. WHATSAPP MUM- Always late, always disorganised, depends on the class WhatsApp group for absolutely everything. Usually found WhatsApping at 9pm on a Sunday night to get homework which has to be handed in on Monday morning. INSTAGRAM MUM - Arrives polished and preened with three pictureperfect kids. Bouncy hair, dazzling megawatt smile, endless supply of enviable, fashionable new clothes. Snaps a ‘what I wore on the school run selfie’ each day. HANDBAG DOG MUM- Carries a small teacup dog in a large and blinging designer bag. Dog gets more love, fuss and after-school treats than the kids.
ACTIVEWEAR MUM -Always clad in tight Lycra and the latest mesh-panel leggings. Runs to school, jogs on the spot at drop off, and can’t wait to ‘drop and dump’ so she can get on with her exercise regime. CRAFT MUM - Always brings in recycling and expertly done homework craft creations. Feared at bake sales for producing handmade, perfectly iced and decorated cupcakes. Wrinkles her nose at your Tesco packed sponge cakes. VEGAN ECO MUM - Lovely and well-meaning but playdates and parties are a minefield - no plastic, no eggs, no sugar, no dairy, cleaneating, no artificial anything. You spend the entire time trying to keep her curious kids away from the ice cream and cake. WORK AT HOME TRENDY DAD -Often seen in cycling gear or dressed like an aging hipster in T-shirt and shorts. Talks loudly about his freelance work and invites himself to the mums’ coffee shop meet-ups.
DRIVE-BY MUMS - Harassed and stressed, they park on the double yellow lines outside the school gates and throw the kids out of the car before roaring off. Kids always still munching on a slice of toast as they haven’t had a proper breakfast. Can either be in PJs or in work suits. SCOOTER GRANS AND GRANDADS - Heroic golden oldies who’ve swapped retirement for hardcore childcare duties so mum and dad can work. Always seen slowly making their way home laden with children’s scooters. GOOD ENOUGH MUMS - Always makes drop-off by the skin of her teeth, usually feed the ‘beige rainbow’ at playdates, often in jogging bottoms with hair in a messy topknot but loves her kids before anything else.
SECONDARY SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
COMMON MYTHS s your child due to start Year 7 in September 2019? The closing date for Year 7 admissions is 31st October 2018
I APPLY AT THE END OF YEAR 6 FOR A SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACE. NOT TRUE You apply at the beginning of Year 6. The Local Authority common application must be submitted by 31 October each year either online or by paper application form upon request. MY CHILD WILL AUTOMATICALLY GO TO THE LOCAL SECONDARY SCHOOL. NOT TRUE There is no automatic transfer from primary to secondary – you MUST complete a local authority common application
either online or by paper application form upon request.
BECAUSE I’VE LET THE SCHOOL KNOW I WANT MY CHILD TO GO THERE, I DON’T HAVE TO FILL IN ANY FORMS. NOT TRUE You still need to complete your home local authority’s common application. Some schools do have a supplementary information form - if they do, you will need to complete this AND your home authority’s common application. I HAVE A CHILD IN THE SCHOOL I WANT, SO MY CHILD WILL AUTOMATICALLY GET A PLACE. NOT TRUE Some schools do give priority to those with older brothers/sisters in the school, but there is NO GUARANTEE. PARENTS HAVE TO BE GIVEN A PLACE AT THE SCHOOL NEAREST TO HOME. NOT TRUE If you don’t apply, other people who have applied
will more than likely have taken the places. IF I NAME THE SCHOOL THREE TIMES ON THE PREFERENCE, I WILL HAVE MORE CHANCE OF GETTING THE SCHOOL. NOT TRUE Don’t repeat the same school, this will not increase your chances of a place and you would be disadvantaging your chances of securing an offer of place at other schools for which you may meet the criteria.
MEET THE HEAD AKA - STEPHEN BRIERLEY from St Margaret’s CE Academy
his Issue we speak to Stephen Brierley of St Margaret’s CE Academy...
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HEAD OF ST MARGARET’S ACADEMY? Since September 2013. Previously I’d worked in 6 other schools around the North of England, – I was Headteacher at Archbishop Blanch School from 2003 to 2007. I can honestly say that of all the areas where I’ve taught, Liverpool is the most exciting: the Heads of the secondary schools work very collaboratively, swapping ideas and offering each other advice. Their companionship makes a rewarding job doubly good! HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE ETHOS OF THE SCHOOL? WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL? First and foremost, St Margaret’s is a Church of England school. Christian values run right through everything we do – they’re ‘hard-wired’ into our very identity. It’s a school with a long tradition of academic excellence, but even more importantly with highquality pastoral care as well – young people are far more than brains and characters, they are souls too! Just as Liverpool Heads’ collaboration makes Liverpool a great place to be a Head, so St Margaret’s staff
collaboration makes St Margaret’s a great place to work too – the staff here work together (and socialise together!) very effectively. HOW DO YOU ENSURE THE STUDENTS REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL? We always try our best to ensure every young person reaches their potential – and the secret to that, I think, is to work hard with each youngster to find their talents so they can be nurtured. For some, it’s obvious that they have a talent for Maths, say, or for sport or music; but for others, the talent may be less obvious – maybe they’re great at empathy, or at being a friend to those in need, or at encouraging others. Those talents need to be identified and nurtured just as much as the more obvious ones! – and that’s what we strive to do. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Working with the young people. Unusually for a Headteacher nowadays, I still teach – last year I had a Year 9 Maths group for three hours a week. They were a great group of young people, and many of them made real progress over the year – even those who sometimes convinced themselves they couldn’t do Maths! WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU FIND THE STUDENTS AT ST MARGARET’S ACADEMY LEAVE WITH? That’s a really good question, because school is about so much more than GCSE or ‘A’-levels. I know that many
young people leave our school having made life-long friends – that’s why we chose ‘friendship’ as one of the Christian values we cherish most. I’d like to think that ‘endurance’ is something else our young people have learnt (again, that’s another Christian value we particularly celebrate) – although to be honest, any young person who’s successfully navigated the new GCSEs and ‘A’-levels that have been introduced recently will have had to show a fair amount of that! WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT SCHOOL? I used to enjoy all the extra-curricular activities that my school offered – particularly the singing, for example. As far as school subjects go, I fondly remember one teacher who not only taught me Maths, but also managed to teach me to love Maths – to the extent that I still enjoy thinking up puzzles etc to try out on those I teach (eg “What’s the 21st letter of the alphabet, counting from the back?” – which is a neat question because most people say “E”, which is wrong!). That’s what I want St Margaret’s youngsters to acquire too – a real love of learning – so that learning isn’t something that stops once they’ve taken their last exam in a subject!
Clubs & Classes: OCTOBER / NOVEMBER
Editors Choice! RESONATE MUSIC HUB Resonate Music Studios is a perfect opportunity to learn a new instrument, join a band, sing in a choir or play in an orchestra with other young musicians from across Liverpool. Resonate Hub, Liverpool, L5 5AF 0151 330 5130 www.resonatehub.co.uk WATERBABIES- BABY SWIMMING The world’s leading baby swimming company and most recommended to parents by other parents. Babies can start swimming lessons from birth. Various pools across Liverpool 01925 243 643 www.waterbabies.co.uk HOLISTIC HARMONIES- SINGING MAMAS CHOIR Come along and join a group of women who enjoy singing. Let go of any previous judgement you’ve had about your singing voice; everyone can sing! There is no focus on performing, no music notes to read, just singing by ear. Every Tuesday at Big You Little You, Aigburth. Every Monday at The Joseph Lappin Centre, Old Swan. www.holistic-harmonies.com/
STUDIO 76 ACADEMY PERFORMING ARTS CLASSES Professionally taught classes in many different dance genres, singing and drama for young performers aged from 3 years +. 76/78 W Derby Rd, Liverpool L6 9BY 0151 263 1116 www.studio76.org.uk/academy/ LTS ACADEMY Classes in various dance genres, drama, musical theatre, singing and gymnastics are available at Liverpool Theatre School. Suitable for 3 years+ Aigburth Road, Liverpool 0151 728 7800 YOGADOESIT Wirral, Merseyside and Liverpool Children’s disabled Yoga Tutor for schools/parties/private sessions, also teaches children with disabilities. 0151 677 2563 www.yogadoesit.co.uk MUCKY MONKEYS MESSY PLAY Let your child express their creativity and get messy at one of Mucky Monkeys sessions in Liverpool. Children can dive into the world of paint and make their own artwork to take home at the end of the day. 07921808763 www.facebook.com/ muckymonkeysmessyplay/
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BEAUTIFUL NEW BEGINNINGS ANTENATAL COURSE Running for 6 weeks and led by 6 different pregnancy experts our unique, modern course aims to support you through your pregnancy journey and beyond.he next course starts on 21st May. Classes are held at West Derby Millennium Centre L12 5JP 07702 286 493 www.beautifulnewbeginnings.co.uk
KIDZ PLACE Kidz Place After School & Holiday Club opens on 22nd-26th October and will run from 8am-5pm. All children aged 5-11 years are welcome. £10 per day. www.Kidz-Place.org ALLCOACHING ALLcoaching is a fun, energetic sporting class which has regular sessions for both children and
Clubs & Classes: O C T O B E R / N O V E M B E R parents. Keep an eye out for more sessions to come! Alderfield Drive, Liverpool 07715997641 www.facebook.com/ ALLcoaching.al/
LIPA - PERFORMING ARTS CLASSES Performing arts school. Runs Saturday classes and holiday courses. Mount St. Liverpool, L1 9HF 0151 330 3009 www.lipa.ac.uk
Editors Choice! LOVE POTTERY Love Pottery will be at the fabulous Sticky Fingers to create some keepsakes of your baby’s hand and footprints. Perfect for Christmas gifts and memories to keep forever. 14th16th November. Lawrence Road, L15 3HA 07407642170 www.facebook.com/ lovepotteryliverpool/ MATT FIDDES MARTIAL ARTS WIDNES Self defence, anti-bullying and Martial Arts classes for people of all ages from 3 years old and upwards. 0800 035 4660 www.mattfiddescheshire.co.uk KUMON WOOLTON Kumon study aims to ensure that every child develops a love for learning. We offer maths and English programmes to help students of any age and ability to progress their skills and build key foundations for learning. 0151 374 2484 www.kumon.co.uk/woolton/ DEAF ACTIVE - DISCOVERY CAMP Discovery Camp is a great way to keep your kids occupied after school while making new friends and having lots of fun in their free organised activities. Joseph Lappin Centre Mill Lane, Liverpool L13 5TE 07858 686 079 www.deafactive.org/schoolholidays
LFC FOUNDATION- RESPECT 4 ALL Respect 4 All is the LFC Foundation’s flagship football programme designed for people with complex and additional needs. 0151 432 5689 www.foundation.liverpoolfc.com KOOKY CREATIVE WORKSHOPS Get hands on and create your own keepsake with Kooky Creative Workshops for children aged 7+. Sessions will take place at chosen locations throughout the year. www.facebook.com/ kookymadewithlove BABY BOOK CLUB This eleven-week course is designed to help new parents to develop their reading skills and techniques while encouraging their babies to engage with different books. Each session includes discussion and sharing time, book recommendations and reviews, individual and group reading, and fun activities linked to the weekly core story. www.thebluecoat.org.uk/ content/baby-book-club MESSYDAYS MessyDays offers messy and sensory play for children from birth to ten years. The sessions are an hour of fun, free-choice messy and sensory play with a nice warm bath to finish. Based in St. Helens. Weekday, weekend and school holiday sessions’ can all be booked on a flexible basis. 07453 364818 facebook.com/messydaysplay
NIPPY NETBALLERS Netball coaching session Nippy Netballers run three sessions - Teeny Tots 4-6yr and Mini Netballers 7-9yr Liverpool college L18 and St. Paul’s church, L10. And also Nippy Netballers session for yr 6+ at St Julie’s. www.nippynetballers.co.uk HELLO PANDA Hello Panda, Mandarin school. The First Montessori Chinese language school in Liverpool & Wirral. It is better to start young. The research has shown that children under 12 years old have an amazing capability to learn and absorb a new language and being bilingual can help a kid develop their brain in a new way. Contact Hello Panda for a Free Trial lesson! at: St. Edward’s College L12 1LF 0800 031 4383, 07849511673 www.hellopandamandarin.co.uk VELOCITY WIDNES - TODDLER TIME & BOUNCE & EAT During toddler time the park is open for toddlers between walking age and 4 years, it allows the little ones to jump at their own pace and comfort. Toddler Time runs Mon-Fri from 10am – 2pm. Bounce and Eat Mon - Fri, from 4pm , All ages welcome £12 for 1 hour inflatables plus a child meal. Unit 1, Easter Park, Bennetts Lane, Shell Green, Widnes WA8 0GW 0151 424 8613 velocitygb.com/park/widnes/ LE PETIT ATELIER The little French workshop: fun French workshops for parents & tots, from tiny babies to preschoolers. Keep up to date with pop up events around the city @ lepetitatelierfrancais 07854 810974 www.bookwhen.com/lepaf
Meet Rachel, the voice behind
HOLISTIC HARMONIES achel is a multi-talented entertainer and professional certified infant massage instructor who has recently started a hugely innovative business which cleverly weaves together her life experience, desire to help her community and a love of children. It’s this organic approach which has allowed Rachel to structure a programme designed to support, educate and entertain parents as well as babies, toddlers and preschoolers. It has since helped pave the way for the most idyllic name too Holistic Harmonies.
‘From a very young age I got a thrill from anything to do with singing and movement, it didn’t matter what, I just loved to move my body and use my voice… I just couldn’t stop.’ It quickly became a passion and a vocation, yet I’d always felt drawn to being around babies and children too. The doors for performing jobs were often tightly locked when I knocked… yet I have never had to search for jobs with children; the doors have always flung open! I followed these pathways and ended up working as a nanny and a music teacher in between jobs. These jobs kept me going and over the years I have worked for Gymboree, Monkey Music and Tick Tock Music as well as being a nanny for families with babies as young as 4 weeks old. ‘I studied contemporary dance at Middlesex University and afterwards gained a Masters in Professional Performance from Millennium Dance theatre school.‘ I had many wonderful experiences in my 20’s; touring Italy with Fame the musical, working with contemporary dance choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller on a personal acting project. I also performed with Caburlesque on Britain’s Got Talent and reaching the semi-finals and even worked as a body double/stand in for Ginny Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1 & 2) which was a career highlight.
I always wanted to live in London; I wanted to be near the bright lights and part of the scene. I came to study and train and then never left! 15 years later, I’ve had a million different jobs, an incredible array of experiences and made lots of friends. However, I have begun to spend more time in Liverpool and feel the city is sky rocketing! There is also now a huge family scene, with all kinds of activities and courses on offer. ‘The idea for Holistic Harmonies comes from everything I have ever done in my life and career.’ I have trained in a few different areas that all complement each other, so I decided to call my business Holistic Harmonies. Music, movement and massage all work in a sub conscious way that bring healing, bonding, growth, joy, and an uplifting holistic experience. My programme at Holistic Harmonies brings all of these together; designed specifically for the families I work with who might like to try all these strings to create their own bow, to play their own harmonies!
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to find out more visit: www.holistic-harmonies.com www.facebook.com/holisticharmoniesliverpool www.instagram.com/holisticharmonies familygolive.com
FREE Music classes
YES FREE! esonate, Liverpool’s Music Hub, funded by Arts Council England, operates as a gateway for Liverpool’s young musicians, meaning over 14,000 pupils in Liverpool have regular access to outstanding music opportunities which will impact on their lives and enhance our city. This fantastic organisation is offering FREE music sessions to children.
Upon reaching grade 2 there may be a small cost associated at around £4 per session. Children will get a phenomenal chance to perform in theatres such as the iconic Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool and learn alongside other talented young musicians from across the city The team at Resonate are extremely passionate about all children, no matter their background having access to music lessons. Their drive and spirit to provide this option to many across Liverpool is wonderfully commendable and we are so proud to introduce this wonderful team to the readers of Family Go Live. * At each rehearsal you will get the opportunity to work with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic musicians to build on your orchestral technique and ensemble skills, and work on a wide range of musical styles * You will get access to a broad
range of activities, genres, skills development and progression opportunities including working with world class artists and musicians * You’ll perform every term, and at least once a year in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall * You’ll get to meet and rehearse with like-minded peers and contribute to the development of the ensemble. RESONATE SINGERS Resonate Singers Meet on Tuesdays 4-5pm at Bellerive FCJ Catholic College, Windemere Terrace Liverpool, L8 3SB, or on Thursdays 4-5pm at Notre Dame Catholic College, Great Homer Street Liverpool, L5 5AF, RESONATE ORCHESTRAS Resonate Orchestras are children and young people who are learning a string, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument at grade 2+ are welcome to join Resonate Orchestra sessions take place on Tuesday evenings 16.15-18.30pm Bellerive FCJ Catholic College Windermere Terrace, L8 3SB. Or Thursday evenings 16.15-18.30pm at
Notre Dame Catholic College Great Homer Street, Liverpool L5 5AF YOUNG DADA ENSEMBLE Young DaDa Ensemble is targeted at young people who are disabled, deaf or living with long-term illness or conditions who are interested in playing in a band and learning morning about music. Weekly workshops for young people aged 11-25 who have some music experience to form a music-making group. The group meets on Mondays from 4pm to 6pm at Resonate Liverpool’s Music Hub during termtime. The young people will decide on the genre and style of music, advised and guided by professional musicians, working towards Arts Awards and a celebratory performance.
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For further information on booking a place for your child with Resonate call 0151 330 5130 or visit www.resonatehub.co.uk where you can find out loads more about RESONATE and book online
Road Safety Week ... ny parent will tell you that keeping their child safe around roads is a constant worry. With more and more traffic on our roads, families are often torn between encouraging children to be more active by cycling and walking, and a fear of letting them near dangerous roads.
Road crashes are the second biggest cause of death for youngsters aged 5–19, so it’s easy to understand why road safety is such a pressing issue for many families. The good news is there are lots of things that can be done to improve road safety at a local level and Road Safety Week (19-25 November) is an ideal opportunity to bring people together to work towards safer travel for everyone. Road Safety Week is coordinated by road safety charity Brake, with support from the Department for Transport and headline sponsors Devitt Insurance Services and Ford. This year’s theme of Bike Smart focuses on the importance of protecting those on two wheels, who are some of the most vulnerable road users. As well as providing free age-appropriate resources to run activities with children at home, school or in groups, the charity will be calling on decision makers to prioritise cycle friendly infrastructure. Making our roads safer and providing better routes away from traffic is key to help you and your little ones continue exploring the world around them without fear of being injured or killed. Register now at www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk to take part and receive free resources or campaign for safer roads in your area. And if your child is aged under seven, then get them involved with Brake’s Beep Beep! Day on Wednesday 21 November. Each year thousands of tots and infants are engaged with road safety basics while raising awareness among their community. Make sure their nursery or school is aware of it as they can access lots of free games and activities to run with your child and their friends. Cycling as a family is good for your health and good for the planet. And it’s fantastic fun. Let’s all work together to keep our cyclists safe.
Cycling as a family is good for your health and good for the planet. And it’s fantastic fun. Let’s all work together to keep our cyclists safe. ROAD SAFETY WEEK 19–25 November 2018 www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk
BEEP BEEP! DAY Wednesday 21 November 2018 www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/beep
Water Babies, give your baby a splashing start ... wimming is one of the few things your baby can do from birth, and as well as being fantastic for them, it’s also one of the healthiest activities for you too. In water, little ones are able to exercise every muscle in their body – including some they wouldn’t yet find on land.
Alison who runs Water Babies Liverpool explains, “Whilst the emphasis in our sessions is on strengthening the bond between parent and child, having fun and increasing the confidence of both you and your little one, swimming
from birth is also excellent for their development. “During their first year of life, a baby’s brain grows more rapidly than at any other time, with every movement they make helping to strengthen this growth. Despite looking gentle, swimming provides a complete physical workout, strengthening the heart, lungs and respiratory system which, in turn, aids development of the brain. What’s more, regular swimming can enhance their awareness while improving eating and sleeping patterns – a definite bonus for parents!” Contrary to widespread belief, your baby doesn’t need to have completed
their immunisations before entering the pool, but if you have any concerns check out the NHS Choices website. The only exception to this rule is if your baby was born premature, as their own internal immunisation system may not yet have fully developed. If this is the case, then you should check with your doctor before taking them swimming – as you should if you have any other medical concerns. For more information about baby swimming or Water Babies classes please contact 01925 243643, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Perfect Sund ost of us lead busy lives, filled to the brim with work, get togethers, to do lists, kids parties and family/ friends’ events. And the weekends? They’re no exception to the rule. Fridays are a whirlwind of fun and then next thing you know, it’s Sunday evening, you’re packing kids lunches for the next day left wondering where your weekend went!
Even though the jam-packed weekends can be lots of fun (and something we take total enjoyment in now and then), finding a quiet moment reserved to our own is nearly impossible in our busy adult lives. And then there was Sunday! Sundays have historically been noted as the day of rest and recuperation. Lately, idealizing the perfect Sunday has become almost an obsession. Most of us can agree that an ideal Sunday feels slow moving, unintentional and includes some aspects that are soul feeding and relaxing. Sounds perfect doesn’t it? Are your eyes getting dreamy yet!? Here are a few of our picks for precisely the absolute perfect Sunday.
WAKING UP NATURALLY
How great does it feel to not wake up to the buzz of your alarm clock? Waking up with your natural sleep cycle, cosying up in those extra warm
blankets while you daze in and out of consciousness. It’s all so dreamy and decadent. Us adults seemingly drool over the idea of getting a good 7-8 hours of restful sleep. Doesn’t catching up on those hours or z’s seem like the perfect thing to do on a Sunday morning? Granted, you may be interrupted from this idyllic setting by a kid or two jumping on top of you – but bring them into the cosiness with you and ‘get them to read a story or two in bed altogether!
A SLOW-MOVING MORNING
No deadlines, no due dates, to rush to get out the door, just an hour (or two!) spent moseying around your home. What you fill your time with is your prerogative, maybe grab a coffee on the sofa whilst the kids watch some Sunday morning T.V. Maybe you’ll even have it in bed! I mean, does it get any more luxurious than that?! It’s like the beautiful Instagram shots we double tap have come to life! Perhaps you’ll get a full English on the go, but hey, no rush! That unmistakeable smell of bacon through the house on a crisp Autumnal morning is truly one of the best.
OLD SCHOOL SUNDAY RELAXATION
Add a soul nurturing book or magazine into the mix and it’s about to get extravagantly relaxing. Maybe gather all the family together to build a jigsaw over cups of tea and biscuits. How about a long and chilled brisk walk, all wrapped up in beanie hats and scarves talking and laughing together for as long as your heart desires.
A WALK TO THE PUB
A typically British tradition, a few pints and a Sunday Roast at the local! Maybe your local with have a
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playground outside for the kids to play in before being called to their lunch whilst you can relax and watch the football over a glass of wine or a pint of lager. This is an incredibly relaxing way to spend a few hours and nip back home again with a lovely little buzz.
A FAMILY MOVIE
The perfect end to your relaxing Autumnal Sunday would be a family friendly movie all snuggled up on the sofa together. Whilst bath time and lunches may be a work in progress in drips and drabs throughout your
2 hour movie of choice (maybe a Disney animated one that everyone is sure to get on board with!) you can bring in a few of the snuggest blankets you can find, light the fire or a few candles, maybe even make some hot chocolate and have the ultimate chill before your working week begins. And there you have it, the perfect recipe to the perfect Sunday! What a gorgeous way to spend a day.
Out & About: OCTOBER
THE LOVELY BONES What? A theatrical adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel about life after loss. Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead. When? 1st-6th October Where? Everyman Theatre, Liverpool www.everymanplayhouse.com KYLIE GOLDEN TOUR What? Kylie, who always raises the bar with her live performances, promises a brand new extravaganza for this production which will be centred around her new album ‘Golden’, although of course her amazing back catalogue will be embraced. When? Wed 3rd October Where? Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool www.echoarena.com
GIANT SPECTACULAR What? In collaboration with Liverpool City Region, Liverpool and Wirral will host the largest street theatre event to take place in the UK this year which will once again see these spectacular giant visitors journey around Merseyside. Don’t miss it, it’s a must see attraction When? 4th-7th October When? Liverpool and Wirral www.giantspectacular.com
WANNABE: THE SPICE GIRLS SHOW What? Introducing Wannabe, the Spice Girls Show. Spice Girls remain the biggest girl band of all time with 9 number 1 singles, 80 million record sales, World tours, movies and a musical to their name. Featuring your favourite Spice Girls hits, the Wannabe show recreates the era of Girl Power giving you a 90s night out to remember! When? Fri 5th October Where? Ellesmere Port Civic Hall, CH65 0AZ www.ents24.com RHYME TIME What? Shake up your Saturday morning with a rhythm and rhyme session in Big Art for Little Artists. This fun 30 minute session will include new, familiar and forgotten songs. When? 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th October Where? Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk AAAAAAAAAAARGH! DINOSAURS! What? A young troll girl finds herself defending the town from a gang of destructive, deadly dinosaurs! Recruiting allies – a goblin wizard and flame breathing dragon – does she have what it takes to save the day and calm these dangerous dinos’ raging reign? When? Sat 6th October Where? The Atkinson, Southport www.theatkinson.co.uk
Out & About: O C T O B E R BILLY’S MUSICAL VOYAGE What? Take part in a fun filled story about a sailor called Billy who travels all over the world and discovers the many exciting musical instruments to be found in different countries! Suitable for young children and their families. When? Sat 6th October Where? Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
THE CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL LIVERPOOL What? Stock up on the good stuff for your family and friends. Full of delicious treats and Willy Wonka inspired characters to keep the kids (and big kids) entertained all day. When? 13th-14th October Where? Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool www.eventbrite.com
MUSIC AT THE MUSEUMSHANTIES What? Enjoy a fabulous performance from the Liverpool Shanty Kings who will be entertaining you with English, Scottish and Irish folk tunes as well as the classic sea shanties that powered British ships around the globe! When? Sun 7th October Where? Museum of Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
AFRICAN EMPIRES What? Find out more about amazing civilisations in West Africa throughout history and create a crown like Mali’s Mansa Musa or your own beautiful Benin Bronze, in this free family activity with a member of the Education team. When? Sun 14th October Where? International Slavery Museum, Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
HORRIBLE HISTORIESTERRIBLE TUDORS What? So it’s time to prepare yourselves for two amazing shows with Horrible Histories live on stage! Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips! When? 10th-13th October Where? Floral Pavilion, New Brighton www.floralpavilion.com
THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS What? English company 1927 presents a blending of live music, performance, storytelling, film and animation about urban paranoia. When? 17th-20th October Where? Everyman Playhouse, Liverpool www.everymanplayhouse.com
FARMAGGEDON What? Welcome to the original fear farm! With four unique scare attractions, an interactive
zombie paintball experience, with new areas added every year, plus, movie-grade special effects, professional makeup and seasoned scare actors, Farmaggedon remains one of the most terrifying October nights you will ever experience. The only question is can you handle the fear that awaits down on the farm? When? 19th - 31st October Where? Farmer Ted’s Farm Park, Flatmans Lane. L39 7HW www.farmaggedon.co.uk
HALLOWEEN HEADGEAR What? Come along to a monthly family workshop at Sudley House.This month you will be creating spooky Halloween headgear. Choose from Day of the Dead headbands or Halloween crowns. When? Sat 20th October Where? Sudley House, Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
MAGICAL WOODLAND 2018 What? Back for October 2018 the Magical Woodland! An interactive light and music experience with live performances set in a 15 acre Cheshire Woodland. Experience the beauty and magic of the woodland as never before! Ticket Prices: Adults - £14.95 Child - £12.50 (Under 14) Family - £50.00 (2 Adults & 2 Children) Kids under 4 years old FREE! When? From 20th October Shows are daily at:17:00, 17:20 17:40 18:00, 18:20 18:40 Where? Magical Woodland Blakemere Village, CW8 2EB Chester, Cheshire www.blakemerevillage.com
Editors Choice! SPOOKY WELLY WALK What? Brush your fangs, comb your fur and put on your wellies and your scariest halloween costume to celebrate the horrifying holiday at Sefton Park this October! With plenty of fun activities and things to do all in the one place- it’s a perfect event for everyone! When? Sat 20th October Where? Sefton Park, Liverpool www.roycastle.org
Editors Choice! CILLA THE MUSICAL What? The story follows the extraordinary life of the ordinary teenage girl from Liverpool, Priscilla White, and her rocky, yet incredible, rise to fame. By the age of just 25 she was recognized as international singing star Cilla Black and would go on to become Britain’s favourite television entertainer headlining series’ of Blind Date, Surprise Surprise and many more. When? Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th October 2018, 7:30pm Matinee at 2:30pm on Wed, Thu and Sat Where? Floral Pavilion, New Brighton www.floralpavilion.com THE MONSTER HALLOWEEN BALL! What? The beautiful Palm House in Liverpool’s Sefton Park will play host to some fiendish family fun this Halloween as the Lantern Company prepare to host three days of workshops, mini parades, dance-offs and more! Taking place across October half-term, the events will be split into both day and night time fun. By day, little beasties of all ages
are invited to come and have fun making a fabulous monster mask or create a Lantern to join the mini Halloween Parade!. Then at dusk, prepare for the Mini Monsters Party! Dressed in the best Halloween finery, join in the mini Halloween Parade around the grounds of the Palm House, before getting ready for the evening party. When? Wednesday, 24 October Where? The Palm House Sefton Park Liverpool www.palmhouse.org.uk SPOOKY TOUR What? Join the spooky guide for a family friendly tour of the Lady Lever Art Gallery and hear some of its scary stories. When? Wed 24th October Where? Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk THE ASTONISHING VACUUM CLEANER ADVENTURE What? Interactive show aiming to inspire the next generation of problem-solvers, creative thinkers, engineers and scientists. When? 25th-26th October Where? Unity Theatre, Liverpool www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk CRAFTY’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR What? The show where every child receives a Trick Or Treat present! From the team behind
Out & About: O C T O B E R Easter Bunny’s Eggs Factor, Santa’s Christmas Wish *and Marty MacDonald’s Farm * comes a brand new show for 2018 Each Halloween, Crafty the Crow invites all his friends to see the treasured Golden Pumpkin at his Halloween Spooktacular… When? Thurs 25th October Where? The Atkinson, Southport www.theatkinson.co.uk
Editors Choice! EXPLORE AND DRAW What? Feeling inspired? Feeling creative? Find demonstrators on gallery who will have everything you need to create a piece of art inspired by their collections. Have a go! A relaxing and fun activity to try together. When? Fri 26th October Where? Museum of Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
STEPBACK 80’S What? Some of the leading stars of 80s music will come together to appear at this top revival gig. Music fans will be able to turn back the clock as Tony Hadley, Bonnie Tyler, ABC, Paul Young, T’Pau, and Katrina from Katrina & the Waves take to the stage performing their famous anthems. The StepBack 80s Concert will bring together iconic acts of the 80s performing back-to-back under one roof. When? 28th October Where? Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool www.echoarena.com THE GREATEST SHOWMAN VOCAL WORKSHOP What? The Greatest Showman Vocal Workshop. Fun for all the family. Tickets Child £7, Adult £10 When? Sun 28th October Where? Village Hall, Rufford www.skiddle.com/whats-on
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS FAIR What? An exclusive Christmas shopping experience with an unrivalled collection of over 825 independent boutique retailers and designer-makers. Tickets start from £14.50 When? 29 October – 4 November Where? Olympia London www.spiritofchristmasfair.co.uk NATIVITY THE MUSICAL What? Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School, they’re attempting to mount a musical version! Only trouble is teacher Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film! When? Wed 31st October- Sun 4th November Where? Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool www.nativitythemusical.com
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CREAM CLASSICAL LIVE What? Clubbing goes classical as the 60-piece Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra play dance anthems that made superclub Cream world famous. When? 26th-27th October Where? Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk
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WED 3 Kylies Golden Tour @ Liverpool Echo Arena
National Hair Day
National Inner Beauty Day
World Mental Health Day
National Chocolate Day
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Giant Spectacular @ Liverpool and Wirral
Billy’s Musical Voyage @ Merseyside Maritime Museum
Music at the Museum- Shanties @ Museum of Liverpool
The Chocolate Festival Liverpool @ Liverpool Olympia
Horrible HistoriesTerrible Tudors @ Floral Pavilion
Spooky Welly Walk @ Sefton Park
24 Spooky Tour @ Lady Lever Art Gallery
Crafty’s Halloween Spooktacular @ The Atkinson
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National Family Literacy Day
National Doughnut Day
I Love to Write Day
French Toast Day
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The Missing Light @ Everyman Theatre
Lights Out Liverpool @ International Slavery Museum
Mirai @ Picturehouse at FACT
Sparks in the Park @ Sefton Park/ Newsham Park
Once Upon a Time…@ Walker Art Gallery
21 English National Ballet: Derek Deane’s Swan Lake @ Empire Theatre
28 Star Wars: A New Hope with Orchestra @ Liverpool Echo Arena
Shakespeare Schools Festival @ The Capstone Theatre
Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show @ The Atkinson
30 Beauty and the Beast @ Unity Theatre
Out & About: NOVEMBER
THE DARK SIDE OF LIVERPOOL What? Discover Liverpool’s most famous ghosts, hear its most grisly stories, and be taken on a journey that ends at the awe-inspiring Gothic Anglican Cathedral on this unique 1.5-hour historical ghost tour through the city’s colorful cultural quarter. When? Every Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Where? Meeting point Outside the Philharmonic Pub, on Hope Street. www.getyourguide.com MIA BIG SING VOCAL WORKSHOP What? Enjoy an afternoon or evening with like-minded people singing songs from the smash hit MAMMA MIA When? Friday 2nd November Where? Bootle Cricket Club, Liverpool www.eventbrite.co.uk
SCAREFEST 2018 What? Are you ready to join Alton Towers at this year’s terrifyingly fangtastic Scarefest event with spooks, frights and thrills for everyone? This unmissable event takes place on selected dates in October/November when the Resort becomes home to Halloween. When? 2nd November Where? Alton Towers Resort www.altontowers.com
ULTIMATE FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR What? Join Alton Towers for a spectacular Fireworks event, that will dazzle and delight! On November 3rd & 4th, this sensational display will be your last chance to experience the world beating rides and attractions before the 2018 season comes to an end. When? 3rd-4th November Where? Alton Towers Resort www.altontowers.com ONCE UPON A TIME… What? In a magical place called Big Art for Little Artists, tales of wondrous lands, enchanted kingdoms and mythical characters are told. Join a storyteller for fairytales, traditional stories and family favourites. When? Every Sunday Where? Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk THE MISSING LIGHT What? Two elderly friends embark on a journey to banish their loneliness in an inventive puppetry show for children created by Mark Arends for Make Mend and Do. When? 2nd-3rd November Where? Everyman Theatre, Liverpool www.everymanplayhouse.com MIRAI What? Fact the Sweet natured anime from Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Wolf Children) about a boy who travels through time via a magic garden. When? 2nd- 4th November Where? Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool www.fact.co.uk
Out & About: N O V E M B E R BLAKEMERE’S BONFIRE AND FIREWORK DISPLAY What? Blakemere Village is to celebrate Bonfire night on 2018, with two professional Firework displays from Nemesis Pyrotechnics LTD. The Family Entertainment area will include a Small Fairground Food Outlets, Outside Bar & Live Entertainment. Due to phenomenal demand last year, tickets are on a pre-booked basis only. tickets £4pp or £12 for a Family of 4 When? Saturday 3rd November 5.30pm till Late. Where?Blakemere Village Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich www.blakemerevillage.com WILLO THE WISP AND THE FIRE SPRITE What? New fairy tale adventure where new students at the Wizard School must embark on a quest to find the Wisp and save Princess Ember. When? Saturday 3rd November Where? Croxteth Hall Walled Garden, Liverpool www.mateproductions.co.uk BONFIRE NIGHT ROCKET WANDS What? Come along to the monthly family workshop at Sudley House. This month families will have the opportunity to create sparkling rockets to light up your Bonfire night. When? Sat 3rd November www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk LIGHTS OUT, LIVERPOOL What? Meet Jim Coleman, the sailor turned ARP warden, to hear some of the heroic tales that happened at sea during the Battle
of the Atlantic, as well as here in Liverpool in the May Blitz of the Second World War. When? Sat 3rd November Where? International Slavery Museum, Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk CRAFTERNOON What? Spend a relaxing afternoon making crafts inspired by the huge variety of displays and objects exhibited in the museum at this fun family craft session. When? 3rd and 17th November Where? Museum of Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk DAY OF THE DEAD What? Death is a lively, colourful celebration in Mexico. During the celebrations Mexicans fill their cemeteries and streets with skeleton and skull decorations, bright flowers and candy. People prepare special foods, play music and dance to honour the spirits of those who have died. Come along and find out more. When? Sunday 4th November Where? World Museum, Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk BABBLING BABIES What? Pop along to the Walker Art Gallery with your little ones for singing, stories and sensory activities. These sessions have been specifically designed for pre-crawlers under the age of 12 months and will provide stimulating activities to support you baby’s early communication and physical development. When? Every Wednesday Where? Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA What? Hear all of Queen’s greatest hits when Queen Extravaganza, the ‘official’ tribute band created by Roger Taylor and Brian May, return to the UK in late 2018. When? Mon 5th November Where? Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool www.liverpoolphil.com SPARKS IN THE PARKS What? Liverpool’s two fireworks displays will pay tribute to the armed forces this year, as the November 5 theme is ‘Salute to the Services’.Taking place at Sefton and Newsham Park, the free illuminations both start at 7.30pm and will be synchronised to inspiring music related to the Services. When? Mon 5th November Where? Sefton Park & Newsham Park, Liverpool www.cultureliverpool.co.uk
SPOOKY SPEKE What? Enjoy a hearty winter dish and sweet treat to calm your nerves, followed by a torchlight tour of the hall to discover the tales of its previous inhabitants. Who will you meet in the dark? When? Wednesday 7th November Where? Speke Hall, Liverpool www.nationaltrust.org.uk
NEW LIVERBIRDS AND THE ADVENTURES What? Join the storyteller to hear the tale of the Liverpool built yacht New Liverbird and her crew of young adventurers. What did they find on their journeys and what will happen when they return home? When? Saturday 10th November Where? Maritime Museum www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk JUNIOR RANGERS TRAINING CAMP What? The training camps run every Sunday for FIVE weeks. You can choose from Sunday morning sessions (10.30am – 12 noon) or Sunday afternoon sessions (2pm – 3.30pm). Each week you will explore different parts of the zoo and learn about the animals and conservation work. There is lots of fun activities planned! When? 11th Nov-9th Dec Where? Chester Zoo www.chesterzoo.org
Editors Choice! ABSOLUTE BOWIE What? There will only ever be one David Bowie, he was unique in every way and an inspiration to millions. Absolute Bowie, Europe’s Finest David Bowie Tribute continue to celebrate the life and music of the Starman with a spectacular show uniting Bowie fans across the UK. When? Fri 16th November Where? O2 Academy, Liverpool www.academymusicgroup.com
DIRTY DANCING AND GREASE NIGHT What? Fab duo with the hits from the iconic movies Grease & Dirty Dancing at this great venue in the Baltic triangle. When? 17th-18th November Where? Blundell Street Music Lounge, Liverpool www. blundellstreetliverpool.com SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL What? A unique arts-education initiative enabling young people to perform abridged productions of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. When? 21st-22nd November Where? The Capstone Theatre www.thecapstonetheatre.com
MARK THOMPSON’S SPECTACULAR SCIENCE SHOW What? TV astronomer and author mark Thompson explores the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex generating dustbins, vanishing beakers and exploding Pringle tubes. When? Sat 24th November Where? Atkinson Theatre, Southport www.theatkinson.co.uk
Editors Choice! ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET: DEREK DEANE’S SWAN LAKE What? English National Ballet brings the timeless classical ballet to life in Derek Deane’s enthralling production. Be captivated by the romance of Prince Siegfried’s love for the Swan Queen Odette, and the drama of their battle against the evil sorcerer Rothbart; and fall for the magnificent sight of ballerinas in white tutus moving in unison. When? 21st-24th November Where? Liverpool Empire Theatre www.atgtickets.com HOME ALONE: IMMERSIVE XMAS CINEMA! What? This is a Cinema Experience like no other. A full sensory experience where you’re able to touch, taste and smell the world of the movie, Home Alone. When? Fri 23rd November Where? Seel Street, Liverpool www.eventbrite.co.uk
THE SNOW QUEEN What? Here’s a freezin’ to be cheerful Regular writers Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton unite with musical director Greg Last to bring the usual music and mayhem to this chilly tale. When? 24-30th November Where? Everyman Theatre, Liverpool www.everymanplayhouse.com VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS WEEKENDS What? There’s nothing quite like Speke at Christmas. Experience the sights, sounds and scents of a traditional Victorian Christmas and enjoy lots of family activities to help get you in the festive mood. When? Sat 24 Nov + 5 other dates 10:30am-16:00pm Where? Speke Hall Liverpool www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Out & About: N O V E M B E R
CUSTOMS CONTRABAND What? A smuggler’s hoard, here for you to get your hands on! Discover more about the contraband collections and learn about the ways of the smuggler with their handling collection. When? Sat 24th November Where? Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk TRUST10 RUN Join us for Trust10 which is held on fourth Sunday of each month. You can run on your own or with running friends or family. When? Sunday 25th November Where? Speke Hall, Liverpool www.nationaltrust.org.uk TUCK SHOP What?Offering Family Friendly Eleganza & serving up true Drag Queen Realness…music, dance & comedy with some of the best drag names on the circuit When? Sunday 25th November Where? Camp and Furnace, Liverpool www.campandfurnace.com
CHARLIE HIDES- OUT LIVERPOOL What? You’ve seen her on RuPauls Drag Race and now you can see her at OUT Liverpool! 18+ When? 25th-26th November Where? Out! Liverpool Showbar & Club, 34 Cumberland Street, Liverpool www.eventbrite.co.uk THE FLYING BEDROOM what? Little Light and awardwinning author Heather Dyer join forces to present this classic adventure tale through dance theatre, projection and immersive sensory experiences. When? 27th-28th November Where? Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold www.little-light.co.uk/the-flyingbedroom/ STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA What? Enjoy the original Star Wars on the big screen, accompanied by a live symphonic orchestra performing the iconic music score, composed by John Williams. When? Wed 28th November Where? Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool www.echoarena.com/
EXPLORE AND DRAW What?Feeling inspired? Feeling creative? Find demonstrators on gallery who will have everything you need to create a piece of art inspired by their collections. Have a go! A relaxing and fun activity to try together. When? Fri 30th November Where? Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk BEAUTY AND THE BEAST What? The fairytale classic brought to life on stage. A perfect theatre performance for both children and their families. When? Fri 30th November Where? Unity Theatre, Liverpool www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk INTERNATIONAL NETBALL ENGLAND V UGANDA What? Watch the England Roses play on home soil for the first time since winning gold at the Commonwealth Games on 27 November at the Echo Arena! The world number twos will face Uganda ahead of the big game next year. When? 27 November Where? Echo Arena Livepool www.echoarena.com
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Grand Central Food Bazaar he Grand Central Food Bazaar is truly a unique dining experience. Having undergone a massive refurbishment and no longer providing clothing and trinkets for the goth community of Merseyside, it now showcases some of the best inventive chefs that the city has to offer. You will undoubtedly be spoiled for choice as you enter another realm of culinary experiences.
The general feel upon entering the Grand Central is quirky, dreamlike and enchanting. The colours are psychedelic whilst not detracting from the sheer magnitude and class of the Grade 11 listed building itself. The first striking piece that immediately draws your attention is the impressive stand-alone bar. A 360 experience with many unusual lagers, beers, wines and cocktails all ready to be tried and tested (believe us, we tried!). The staff upon arrival are attentive and interested. We were immediately informed about the interesting set-up of the bazaar and that we could ultimately choose from any one of the copious amounts of restaurants and bars to eat from at this impressive food hall. Whilst enjoying the vibrant atmosphere, we were next greeted by a lovely waiter from AJ’s Sui Mai. He informed us of the plethora of tasty aromas in the form of deep-fried
Asian food options his residency had to offer at GC. We opted for a mixed Sui Mai platter to share, which consisted of pork with onions, chilli’s and garlic, cheesy pork with cheddar and mozzarella and fillet of pork with shitake mushrooms and scallops. These little delicacies were incredibly moreish and wonderfully satisfying (especially accompanied with the cheeky Brooklyn beer to wash it down!) Our eyes next led us to the vegetarian and vegan friendly fast food GC residents, PICNIC. Former newcomers to the Baltic Market, Picnic is a new healthy food concept that’s taking over the city. Their menu boasts an entirely delectable selection of food options, the mind is truly captivated and vegan or not, the original healthy options available are appealing to the wider audience. We took some recommendations from the incredibly personable chef behind the counter and ordered the siracha sweet potato fries with Halloumi, olives and hummus. This wonderful selection of interesting foods all placed together in an eyecatching wood fried oven board. The infusing of tastes together was sensational and were demolished
in all but a matter of minutes (Don’t judge us!) Truly, saving the best (and we mean BEST!) to last, is the popular spicy harissa veggie burger. What a stunning concept, with just enough spice to banish any chills this Autumnal season seems to be showcasing. With a complete ‘real’ burger look and texture, you could certainly be forgiven for thinking this is a non-vegan burger! With an acoustic singer/songwriter and a guitarist performing on the lower level of GC, and the wonderful acoustics carrying their way through to every diner accompanied with the mood lighting which is totally captivating, the ambiance is that of complete coolness and relaxation. All in all, the Grand Central Food Bazaar includes superb value for money, pleasant staff, attentive service and a wonderfully charming gastronomic experience.
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Best friends from Liverpool land parts in Cilla The Musical UK tour! wo friends from Aigburth are celebrating after landing dream roles in the UK tour of Cilla the Musical. Alex Patmore (23) fought off tough competition for the part of Bobby Willis in the smash hit musical, while best friend Tim Lucas (23) landed the role of his brother, Kenny Willis. The pair, who trained in musical theatre at Liverpool Theatre School, landed the roles after impressing Bill Kenwright and his team during the London auditions for the show. Alex and Tim, both former pupils at St Michael in the Hamlet Primary School and St Margaret’s Academy, have been best friends since childhood and they still live two doors away from each other in Aigburth.
Tim is thrilled to be playing Kenny Willis in the UK tour of Cilla the Musical alongside his good friend Alex. He said: “I feel so blessed and so grateful. It’s fantastic to get such a big part and it makes it even better that me and my best mate get to play brothers on stage. “We’ve done so much together over the years from going to the same schools as kids, training in musical theatre at Liverpool Theatre School and even working at the same pub until we both landed parts in the UK tour of Cilla the Musical.” Alex, who plays Bobby Willis, explained: “We both had our first audition for the show on the same day. I was originally auditioning for the
role of Kenny, while Tim auditioned for Bobby but we were asked to swap parts. The director then invited us to read together and we obviously had great chemistry on stage but we didn’t tell them we were mates until the final audition with Bill Kenwright. “We both found out at exactly the same time that we’d be joining the cast. As we live just two doors away from each other, we both ran outside straight away and we were jumping up and down celebrating together. This is our first big break since graduating from Liverpool Theatre School so it was like winning the lottery. I couldn’t be happier!” Maxine Ellis, Principal at Liverpool Theatre School, said: “Alex and Tim have always been very talented performers with real potential. As students at Liverpool Theatre School, they were a lot of fun to be around but they always worked extremely hard.
“Celebrating the success of our graduates means so much to me and the rest of the staff at Liverpool Theatre School. We’re all absolutely thrilled for them both and I am delighted that their hard work and dedication has paid off. I know I will be brimming with pride when I watch them perform in Cilla the Musical.” Alex and Tim graduated from Liverpool Theatre School in 2015. The Aigburth theatre school is only one of two places in the north west to offer students the highly regarded Trinity College London diploma in both professional musical theatre and professional acting. The college has also been selected as one of a handful of training organisations in the country to offer The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation scholarship. Visit www.liverpooltheatreschool. co.uk to find out more about Liverpool Theatre School. The UK tour of Cilla the Musical runs until 1st December and the show will be returning to Merseyside from 23rd - 27th October when it will be on at The Floral Pavilion in New Brighton.
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Maritime Dining Room ituated on the top floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Maritime Dining Room offers modern, locally-sourced food, all freshly-made by our team of talented in-house chefs. You can enjoy a fantastic range of dishes while admiring stunning views of the Royal Albert Dock and Liverpool waterfront
The delicious and decadent afternoon tea includes a selection of savoury modern favourites, delicious homemade cakes and delicate pĂ˘tisserie, accompanied by freshly baked fruit scones served with homemade fruit conserve and fresh cream, served with an individual pot of loose-leaf tea. If you want to indulge or celebrate, why not add a quarter bottle of prosecco? Sunday roasts Sundays are always best spent catching up with family and friends over a delicious roast dinner. Relax and enjoy our two-course Sunday roast while taking in the stunning waterfront views. Follow your Sunday roast with your favourite dessert, such as a fabulously indulgent sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce.
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to life!. Music fans will be able to turn back the clock as Tony Hadley, Bonnie Tyler, ABC, Paul Young, T’Pau, and Katrina from Katrina & the Waves take to the stage performing their famous anthems. So dust of the leg warmers, crimp those ponytails and get ready to enjoy an evening of nonstop 80s. For further information check out www.echoarena.com/whats-on
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The most wonderful places to spend the most wonderful time of the year A VERY MERRY CHRISMOUSE AT DISNEYLAND PARIS Jump for jolly joy as Disneyland Paris becomes enchanted by an unexpected sprinkling of seasonal spirit! From 10th November 2018 to 6th January 2019. Disneyland Park has donned its festive best to make this Christmas a real cracker! Disney Characters offer the warmest season’s greetings whilst the giant Christmas Tree lights up the sky and every imagination, granting Christmas Wishes all season long. Last Christmas, Disney’s Christmas Parade saw Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Woody and Buzz Lightyear make their way down the streets of Disneyland® Park dressed in their festive best on spectacular Christmas-themed floats. Disneyland Paris is a great option for the whole family, with the added benefit of not having to far to travel by plane you can rest assured that you and the whole family will have an unforgettable experience you will cherish forever. Those memories that you will always look back on fondly, the magic of that Christmas seasons paired with Parisian magic. A chance to bring all your little one’s dreams to reality and truly give them something that they will cherish for a long time to come. www.holidays.disneylandparis.co.uk
LAP CHRISTMAS UP AT LAPLAND With fantastic Lapland getaways, you can embrace the spirit of Christmas on an adventure like you’ve never experienced before. With many different Lapland experiences to choose from, you will not be short of many fairy-tale destinations. Whether you’d like to meet Santa and his furry woodland friends, go exploring on a sled or discover a secret village, there’s something for everyone. Maybe you’ll discover the natural wonder of the Northern Lights on Santa’s Sleigh-Bell Sleepover, after spending an afternoon playing in the snow with the family. Couples can also avail of this wonderful experience too, whereby you can go on an adventure packed with exhilarating excursions and cosy meals by a roaring fire and crack open a bottle of wintery red wine to warm the soul
after a day in the snow. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a perfect holiday for you to create the most magical Christmas yet. I mean, who can honestly say no to a husky sleigh ride?! www.thomascook.com AN ENCHANTING CANADIAN CHRISTMAS Winter in Canada is a season to be looked forward to: a time of cold, crisp days, white landscapes and blue skies. View the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), cosy up in front of big log fires with hot chocolate, go out on snowshoes or travel with Husky dogs. Frozen lakes, waist deep snow, wildlife tracking, the howl of a wolf and the crisp clear air. Dog sledding to snowmobiling and, of course, plenty of skiing. These are just a few winter delights and you can enjoy a day’s adventure as part of a winter fly-drive or stay at a comfy, cosy hotel or resort with a variery of winter activities. Located on the north shore of Rice lake in the Kawartha countryside, Elmhirst Resort is a family run business spread over 240 acres with year-round activities to offer. Comprising of 30 cottages situated along the property’s own mile of shoreline, you have islands and beautiful lake views right outside your door. Complete with decks, docks and fireplaces, these cottages provide the perfect way to relax. For the more adventurous there are many outdoor activities to enjoy, such as horseback riding, kayaking, sightseeing flights and a spa. The resort runs with a commitment to homegrown, with gardens of herbs and vegetables stocking their restaurant and pub; they even have
their own Black Angus beef. They are open and welcoming at any time of the year. Rooms There are 30 cottages situated along the shoreline, ranging from one to five bedrooms. www.elmhirst.ca/packages NEW CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCES IN NEW YORK Experiencing Christmas in NYC with kids is like having whipped cream on your hot chocolate! From tree lighting ceremonies to magical shop window displays, to ice skating to Christmas tunes and Santaland, there are endless magical things to do in New York at Christmas. Although, visiting just after Thanksgiving brings big crowds, it’s also a wonderful time to visit NYC as it’s when the tree lighting ceremonies start, the Christmas lights and decorations are turned on, and the crazy Thanksgiving sales are still lingering. Bryant Park is this delightful square surrounded by the New York skyscrapers, including an eyecatching American Radiator Building, and the New York Public Library. At this time of year, it also offers wonderful opportunities to ice-skate with the kids or with your loved one. During Christmas in NYC, Bryant Park also has the Winter Village, which has the ice skating rink, a giant Christmas tree, and food kiosks. You can sit on the edge of the rink and watch the kids (after you’ve had fun skating with them) and sip on a hot chocolate or glass of wine and enjoy the Christmas music. Of an evening they have a live band playing the tunes.In between the skating, you can also check out the artisan Christmas markets in the open-air village selling jewellery, decor, home wares, Christmas gifts and local food and drinks. www.virginholidays.co.uk
From tree lighting ceremonies to magical shop window displays, to ice skating to Christmas tunes and Santaland, there are endless magical things to do in New York at Christmas.
Autumnal Fashion Picks 2018 At long last- Autumn is here! It’s time to pack away your summer essentials and dig out your favourite jumpers, stylish trousers and your best pair of boots you own! Or if you’re intrigued by the latest trends for your new Autumn wardrobe fix check out our top picks below!
WHITE LEOPARD PRINT KNITTED JUMPER Get snug and stylish with this fabulous leopard print jumper from River Island Who said animal print was out?! www.riverisland.com / £38
RAISHMA AUTUMN FLORAL DRESS Attend your new-season events in stunning style with this dress from Raishma. Paired with stylish heels for the ultimate look. www.johnlewis.com / £110
BLACK COATED HIGH WAIST SUPER SKINNY HALLIE JEANS Refresh your take on high waisted denim with these black coated skinnies. Style with a neutral bodysuit and heeled sandals. www.newlook.com / £26
BLACK LEATHER CHELSEA BOOTS Rock up in these stunning boots and the whole place will be talking. Plus they will go with just about anything! www.next.co.uk / £46
LEOPARD DOUBLE BUCKET BAG Big enough to fit in your everyday essentials, this animal print bag not only does the job, but looks super cute too! www.accessorize.com / £30
PRINTED LEATHER HIGH HEEL ANKLE BOOTS Whatever the weather- these ‘make a statement’ heels are every woman’s wardrobe essential. www.zara.com / £96
AUTUMN the best time of year for a mind and body overhaul
fter the glorious summer we have just had which was the UK’S joint hottest on record, we have had ample opportunity for BBQ’s, days at the park enjoying ice-cream and ice cool gin and tonics. Many of us will have been enjoying the weather so much it has in fact put us off stepping foot in a gym as we have just wanted to be outside and soak in all this British summer has had to offer this year. However, now with the kids returning to school and the mornings and evenings are a bit cooler, we are once again starting to look at those trainers we have thrown to one side for the last few months and wondering how to start again or if we should in fact implement a new ‘back to school’ routine of our own.
The kids after school dinners are now being thought out and we are managing to think potentially more healthily than we have done all summer. Which makes sense as autumn is the time of year where we feel reinvigorated. Interestingly. The difference between participants’ brains in spring, compared to autumn, was the equivalent to four years of ageing! (Just saying!) So, if you feel like this is the time of year to delve into something new and you’re feeling focused and energised, go with it! TIME TO GET FIT: Unlike January, by autumn you’ve had a good dose of vitamin D from the summer months and your holiday, which will have helped with energy levels. And while January runs can be freezing and summer ones intensely hot (especially this summer!), autumn is the perfect time to get outside and exercise – the evenings are still light, it’s still pleasant and the seasonal changes are beautiful. Recent research showing it takes 21 days to form a habit, by implementing something now it means getting in shape in time for Christmas will be easily attainable. At which point you will truly enjoy giving yourself a well-deserved break without feeling guilty that you haven’t put the work in beforehand. TIME TO EMBRACE AUTUMNAL FOOD: If you’re already missing barbecues and salads, make the most of what the season has to offer, the sudden abundance of delicious and healthy autumnal food is more than enough compensation. Keep an eye out for the likes of artichokes, beetroot, squashes, pumpkin, carrots, celery, courgettes, celeriac, kale and runner beans to get you into an autumnal state of eating.
A slow cooker at this time of year can be a God send with the ability to batch cook soups, stews and casseroles on the go. You can then freeze them, so you always have a quick and healthy meal ready for nights you don’t have time to cook or the kids have clubs and classes and you need to be in and out of the house in a hurry. Boosting the immune system to ward off winter colds, aiding with this will be eating lots of whole fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans, peas and lentils), minimally processed grains and zinc. TIME TO RE-SET: Autumn is also a peak time for career changes and adults signing up to new courses. It’s the month to hit re-set on everything from your stress to your diet, fitness, career and relationships. It’s the natural pause in the year that we all need, to take stock of where we’re heading.
We are so ready for the change of seasons and possible life changes to accompany it!
There has never been a better time to review your mortgage! Are you considering buying your first home? Has your current fixed rate ended or due to end? Think your bank will give you the best deal? Not sure if you can get a mortgage at all? With current mortgage rates at the lowest level they have been for the past decade, now really is a great time to see if you can reduce your monthly payments by remortgaging to a lower interest rate? It always pays to shop around for your mortgage, but this can be a confusing and time consuming task, with many people settling for what their own bank can offer them or staying with the same lender for years. Allowing a broker like myself to do this for you, not only allows you to shop around but takes the hassle out of the process. I have helped many people buy their first home, escape their lenders standard variable rates, borrow more money for home improvements and purchase investment properties*
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Top Tips for Moving House ack early – Don’t leave this till the last minute! The time it will take you to pack all your items depends mainly on their number. However, in most of our articles with packing tips, we state that you should start the packing process as early as possible. So, for a large house, two months should be enough if you pack one box a day. For smaller homes, one month should be just fine. This isn’t an exact number, but you get the idea!
Start with rooms you least need – It makes sense to pack the items you don’t use on a daily basis first. Seasonal items you’re currently not using such as garden tools, coats and Christmas decorations are perfect examples. Pack one room at a time - This is one of the most important packing tips which for some reason often gets neglected. Doing
this will help you stay organised and will later tell the movers, or anyone unloading, which box goes where. (Although it is common for most of us to pick at multiple rooms at a time!) Declutter – Don’t be a hoarder! If you don’t need or use things and are just moving ‘for the sake of it’, consider changing it up and selling or giving some things to friends or family. Perhaps you consider it a form of payment as you will have surely roped them into help you move! Do not overpack your boxes – The last thing you want moving in to your new home is a back injury! This packing tip alone will save you a great deal of pain… literally. Fill empty gaps - Use old newspapers, packing papers, or just old rags to fill gaps in the boxes. This should secure the items for the ride.
Label your boxes - Write the contents of each box with a marker. Write on the sides of the boxes and not on top, as this will make it easier to recognise them if they’re are stacked. It’s also advisable to use a different colour for every room, (imagine being this organised!) Prepare a box of essentials – This is a box you can refer to as soon as you move to you new home, perhaps include some mugs and tea bags, coffee – maybe even your kettle! Some bathroom products, kids favourite toys, anything that will make your life a little easier for those first few hours after the move.
Paint Your 3 Face this Halloween! alloween is such an exciting time for both children and adults too! It’s a time where all our nightmares come to life and dressing up as a witch, vampire or something spooktacular is socially acceptable (perfect for horror film fanatics and children who just want to have fun!). With a little help from Snazeroo, halloween costumes have never been so easy to achieve! Check out their best selling packs to create the ultimate terrifying designs.
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For the adventurous face painter, the Ultimate Party Pack is great for a Halloween party and makes up a huge range of faces. It features 11 spooky colours, as well as brushes, glitter gels and a step-by-step guide to help create little monsters, witches and vampires in no time.
3. SPECIAL FX FACE PAINT KIT - £11.50
The FX kit has everything you need to create some truly gruesome designs for any Halloween party. The moulding wax is great for sculpting fake wounds and the gel blood makes cuts and scars look terrifyingly realistic. The kit also includes burgundy face paint, spatula, sponge and a handy guide to create the perfect design.
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For face painting that’s clean and easy, Snazaroo’s Brush Pen range is an industry first. Removing the need for need for separate water and brushes, the smart combination of paint and brush with a precision nib gives increased control and accuracy. The mess-free product is handbag-friendly and designed to be used on the go. Available in five different themed packs, the Halloween Pack contains a spooktacular combination of black, white and orange.
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The Mini Theme Pack range combines favourite face paint colours into handy palettes to help turn little ones into little monsters in no time at all. The bite size packs come with all the tools needed to recreate spooky looks at home. With ten different styles in the range each pack includes three colours, a brush, a sponge and an easy step-by-step guide. The Halloween packs can transform little ones into ghoulish vampires or a scary witch in minutes. 44
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onfire Night can include many different types of celebrations and after a neighbourhood walk taking in all the sights and sounds, everyone needs a good old ‘Guy Fawkes’ celebration party to end the night! Check out Family Go Live’s guide to the perfect nightcap everyone will look forward to!
It seems a lot more complicated than it is! Simply pop out to your nearest shop, buy two pre-made chocolate cakes (one slightly smaller for layering), chocolate fingers, flakes and matchmakers. Pile on the sticks and add some fire (place in sparklers for the ultimate explosion of light!). Voila! There is your crowd-pleasing bonfire cake!
SNUGGLE UP BLANKETS AT THE READY!
Everyone dreams of snuggling up beside the bonfire wrapped in the arms of a loved one (if you’re lucky!). Sometimes however the single life requires snuggling into a warm cosy blanket. So, make it easy for the singletons at your party and throw in a basket of blankets to keep the chills away. Depending on how strapped for time you are, add in a little sign reading ‘For the Chilly Nights’ or ‘Snuggle Me up’. You never know, you may just find romance under the warmth of the snuggle blanket!
SPARKLE AND SHINE!
Sparklers are everyone’s best friend on Bonfire Night! They provide light, fun and are the source of all things beautiful on this one special evening. To save the constant “where are the sparklers?” (which we’re sure all parents have at one point or another!) , simply dig out a cute little jar, add some pebbles and throw in a handful of un-lit sparklers ready for action! Be sure to put them out of reach of small children, last thing we want is to have an unwanted fire display right in your backyard!
IT’S S’MORE ABOUT THE DRINKS!
So whilst the adults are sipping on a warming glass of shiraz or their favourite craft beer, it’s important we consider the little ones and the T- totals (thats if there are any!) at the party! As building your own bonfire in the garden may be a little risky- it can be hard to toast your own marshmallows if there is no flame! Go the extra mile of consideration and stir up your own tasty S’mores Hot Chocolate. All you need is cocoa powder, lots of milk and plenty of marshmallows to go around. Throw them all in a mug, set it alight and there you go- the perfect treat for the perfect party!
SIT BACK AND RELAX…
Hosting a party is sometimes a lot more stressful than it appears to be, so it’s important you sit back and enjoy it too. Once all the hard work is done and your guests are comfortable you will find that the “Can I get a drink?” or “Where is the bathroom?” questions will fade and everyone will treat your home like their own. This is your time to relax and give someone else (usually your partner!) the oh so exhausting job of being the host!
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WHAT HAPPENS AT A FAIRYLAND PARTY? Fairyland Parties will transport you and your guests to another world full of princesses, superheroes, pirates or whatever characters your child adores. Fairyland Parties will bring to life their favorite fairytale characters. We provide activities such as face-painting, balloon modelling, and party games. WHAT MAKES FAIRYLAND PARTIES SO SPECIAL? All our professional princesses and superheroes are professionally trained singers and dancers. All are DBS checked and we have public liability insurance. Most of our professional princesses and superheroes can also play musical instruments such as violin, piano, trumpet, guitar etc. WHAT SORT OF THEMES DO YOU HAVE FOR BOTH BOYS & GIRLS? For girls we have wide range of princesses, Barbie, trolls, cheerleaders and many more. For boys, we have wide range of superheroes, princes, crusaders, football, vampire, dinosaurs and many more. WHERE DO THE PARTIES TAKE PLACE? At your chosen venue or your home WHAT AGE GROUP ARE YOUR PARTIES SUITABLE FOR? Young age children to adult parties WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PARTIES? Our packages start price from just ÂŁ99.
HALLOWEEN PARTIES VELOCITY HALLOWEEN PARTY What? Inflatables fun with a spooky Disco and games. When? Wednesday 31st Oct, 6-8pm, How much? £15 2 hours FUNTOWN HALLOWEEN PARTY What? 2 hours fun with a entertainment, music and games. Hot food included. When? Wednesday 31st Oct, 6-8pm How much? £14.95 Children / £4.95 Adult SPACE WORLD HALLOWEEN PARTY What? 2 hours fun with a entertainment, music and games. Hot food included. When? Wednesday 31st Oct, 6-8pm, How much? £14.95 Children / £4.95 Adult OTTERSPOOL HALLOWEEN PARTY What? 2 hours fun with a entertainment, music and games. Hot food included. When? Wed 31st Oct 5-7pm How much? £16.99 Children / £5.99 Adult
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