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Winter 2013 - Issue 24


Interview with Ricky Groves Christmas on a Shoestring

Christmas Card Craft Project ComplimentaryTherapies DuringPregnancy


Five Family Tickets to Thurleigh Farm

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Welcome to the Winter Issue of Jolly Tots

‘Tis the season to be Jolly and it’s not long now before that fat man wearing red with a white beard will hopefully be coming down our chimneys (subject to being good of course)! How exciting especially for your little one’s – providing they’re old enough to grasp what Christmas is all about. Maybe not so exciting however to those of us who are not made of money and Christmas is just another obstacle getting in the way of a healthy bank balance! With that in mind Emma has written her article ‘Christmas on a Shoestring’ to give you ideas of keeping your Christmas to a reasonable budget so you don’t start the New Year in debt. We have also introduced a new feature to this magazine. Heidi, who has been writing her articles around childcare, has exhausted the topic a bit so we decided to give her a change in direction and she has put together some great craft ideas you can do with your little one’s. This issue we will show you how to make fab Christmas cards. I’ve been swanning around again meeting yet more celebrities. This time it’s the lovely Ricky Groves – remember Gary Hobbs from Eastenders? Well Ricky lives locally and will be appearing in panto in Peterborough so I thought I’d catch up with him and have a chat – full interview on page 8 and if you fancy seeing him in the flesh then see page 26 where you can get money off panto tickets which he is starring in! Jenny’s article in this issue is all about alternative therapies during pregnancy and there’s a piece about the fab new compliamentary therapies unit at Hinchingbrooke hospital. And if you have problems with your little one’s sleep patterns then don’t despair as Jane has got some helpful advice for you on page 21. Have a good look through and while looking don’t forget to enter the Thurleigh Farm competition where you could win one of five family tickets! You can’t beat a farm visit when you have little ones! We hope you enjoy this issue and wish you a very very happy Christmas and fun in the snow!

Emma Perry

Heidi McFadyen

Jane Roberts

With over 16 years Mother to three, Jane Our feature writer is mother to Gregory and childcare experience in owns five children’s has many strings to her nurseries and nanny- day nurseries each ing, Heidi holds the with out of school and bow. Emma is a writer, title of Professional holiday clubs and also proofreader and former Nanny of the Year AJJ Recruitment Ltd primary school teacher. a specialist 2007. Heidi also writes for several publications recruitment agency. on childcare issues.

Jenny Barrett

Mother to three boys, Jenny has been teaching ante-natal classes for over ten years for the NCT. Four years ago Jenny started up Mantenatal - antenatal classes for dads-to-be.

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What Gregory Did Next


Interview with Ricky Groves


Give the Gift of Reading

Complementary Therapy



Ask Jane: Sleeping


Heidi’s Craft Project

Competition Winners

Money Off Beauty and the Beast Panto


Hinchingbrookes Therapy Service Christmas on a Shoestring

Win Thurleigh Farm Tickets



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Gregory is fortunate enough to live right beside a nature reserve. We often go for walks, during which he asks lots of questions about his observations on his surroundings because as he gets older, his curiosity about the world around him is growing. Over the last few months, we've talked a lot about the seasons; learning about the changes that each one brings and things associated with them.

Starting last winter, we observed how cold it was and how the trees were bare. We saw how beautiful it looked when the snow was thick on the ground and felt excited as we discussed Christmas and its meaning. During spring we noticed how the land was turning greener and we were starting to feel a bit warmer. Summer saw us blackberry picking and enjoying the generous amounts of sunshine and in Autumn, Gregory was amazed at how all the greenery turned to shades of amber and red as we collected conkers. And now that it's Winter again, Gregory's Grandma asked him what he's learned about the changing seasons this year. Confident that he'd give a well constructed answer from his experiences in the great outdoors, I nodded at him to share his knowledge as I saw him hesitate. "In Spring I could have ice cream again because it was too cold in winter, then in summer Father Christmas went on the beach where he watches everyone playing to see if they're being good on their holiday. Then in autumn Father Christmas gets his note book out to write down his list of everyone who's getting presents, then in winter, it's Christmas and we'll get our presents. And I want a wishing machine." Yes, this year, I did a fine job of educating him about the seasons!


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RICKY GROVES By Chrissy Brown

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I recently seized the opportunity to catch up with Ricky Groves, best known for playing the loveable character Gary Hobbs from Eastenders, but if you're not into your soaps and prefer a bit of ballroom dancing then you may recall him from Strictly Come Dancing in 2009 where he lasted a whole 10 weeks. Gary lives locally in St. Neots and will soon be adorning the stage at The Cresset in Peterborough where he will be starring in the pantomime Beauty and the Beast so what better time to interview him for our winter issue of Jolly Tots.

On meeting Ricky, I naturally want to call him Gary. I think with any longstanding characters from soaps it's difficult to separate the character from the person but also when he talks, Ricky's accent is very similar to Gary’s and comes across as the kind and loveable guy that Gary's character was. I instantly warm to him and couldn't help myself asking Ricky if he was anything like Gary:

'I played Gary Hobbs for nine years in 850 episodes and I think aer five years I started to turn into him! I tried to make him a loveable, likeable chap; sort of unlucky in love with a heart. I do miss him and also miss the people and friends I made during my time on the show.’ While on the subject of Gary Hobbs, I slipped in a question one of our readers, Andy Shaw of Eynesbury, asked, ‘How did you feel about leaving in a boat instead of a taxi in Eastenders; is that classed as a step up?’ Ricky seemed to like this question replying, 'I since found out in its 26 year history, I'm the only one who's left on a boat, so I don't know if it’s a step up or down from a taxi!’. When asking Ricky if he would

return to the square, he said he would love to and has an idea of Gary returning after winning some money only to find out it's only £5000 on a scratch card! I’m sure all you Enders fans out there would love to see Gary back on our screens so perhaps we should club together and start a campaign!

One thing I wanted to know was how difficult it was for him learning his lines for Eastenders. Ricky answered: 'The brain is like a sponge the more you use it the more it can improve but there were some times when try as I might, I just couldn’t retain the lines.’

I was curious to know what Ricky did before Eastenders and when and how he had got into acting. Ricky explains that he had a career as a chef before landing his part in Eastenders (ooooh we all love a man who can cook!) and it was not until he was 25 that he got involved in acting. It, like many things, all started with a girl he met. He tells me how he was helping her out with an amateur dramatics company and one day he was asked if he wanted to be in a scene. Ricky obliged and said he developed a taste for acting and the rest is history. He then auditioned at several drama schools and successfully landed a full time place in one called 'The Poor School' that operated evenings and weekends. Ricky must be a bit of a natural as he said he was never really involved in drama at school although shared

that he once entered a talent competition when young at The Caravan Club and came second. I missed a trick and wish I had asked what his act was! I then had to ask the stereotypical question that I'm sure all actors are asked: 'What actors inspired you?' to which he promptly replied:

'I was very influenced by Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins, both Londoners with a none affected style.’ Since Eastenders, Ricky has been on Celebrity Master Chef and I wanted to know if his skills as a chef helped him in any way. Ricky spoke about how it was a funny time for him and he didn't really enjoy the pressure that Master Chef put on the contestants and said he thinks he left that part of his life behind in the kitchen.

Master Chef was not the only celebrity show he appeared on, many of you, like me, would have been cheering him on when he took to the dance floor in 2009 on Strictly. Ricky shares how Strictly will always be at the top of his life memories and said it taught him a lot about live television. He says the experience was amazing and anyone would be crazy not to do it if asked. I wondered if he had put on his dancing shoes since but sadly after the tour his shoes were hung up to gather dust. He explained how it is hard to replicate

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the training but he still chats to Erin Boag, who was his partner on the show, from time to time. He said she's not doing Strictly this year as even she says it takes its toll and it affects her own tour with Anton.

Next I wanted to know what Ricky thought of the judges. He told me that the Strictly judges have a lot of carte blanche with how they judge you and went on to say it has to be entertaining honest and fun. He added that sometimes people don't like being told the truth but the public also have a say by voting, so luckily the public can save you after the judges have been mean!

Ricky has also appeared on Celebrity Family Fortunes and Celebrity Coach Trip so I asked Ricky (still resisting the urge to call him Gary) if there's any celebrity TV shows that he would not go on, he replied 'I think the jungle would be hard but fun but I'm not sure about being shut in the Big Brother house. I would be weary of not having any control over how you are portrayed as you could be edited to come across as a baddie.’

After growing up in North East London, I was interested to know the reason Ricky moved to St. Neots. He explained how he moved to the area 10 years ago while on Eastenders. He said that filming took place at Elstree in Borham Wood which is just down the A1


and he wanted to move to a quieter place with fresh air and thought this area was a nice one to commute from. He likes the parks, the pubs and said the train line into Kings Cross is great as you can be there in an hour and added that this place now feels home to him. I asked if he has any hobbies and he shared that he partakes in fishing and golf adding that he's better at the latter and also finds that fishing relaxes him whereas golf frustrates him!

I had a couple more questions for Ricky before I moved on to chatting about the pantomime, starting by asking him what his favourite quote is. ‘It's Oscar Wilde:

'We are all born in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars'. I then wanted to know what thing he would most like to accomplish in his life to which he told me how he would love to travel and visit all the wonders of the world and thinks he would find travelling very inspirational.

I'd been so intrigued to know about all the above that I had not yet touched on his upcoming part in pantomime. Ricky is enthused as he tells me about the character he is playing. Yes I am playing a character that has been made up

called 'Silly Billy', he's like Buttons in Cinderella but he is more thick.

Ricky explains how he loves being in panto as you get the audience’s reaction which you don't get with TV and said he works hard to put as many smiles on as many faces that he can as he enjoys making people happy. He will also take risks to do it and said that if it means he dies on stage then so be it! I guess nothing ventured nothing gained. He said the panto is aimed at the whole family and urges all of you Jolly Tots readers to go and see it. I know I certainly will be going and after meeting him, am certain that he will easily be able to put a smile on my face when he plays Silly Billy.

What a loveable guy and thank you Ricky for being such a lovely person to interview! Ricky will be appearing in Beauty and the Beast at the Cresset Theatre, Peterborough from 14th 30th December 2013. Tickets available from the box office: 01733 265705 or book online at:

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Complementary Therapies During Pregnancy

By Jenny Barrett

Most pregnant women suffer from one of the many side-effects of growing a baby at some point, from backache or nausea, to conditions requiring medical help, such as Hyperemesis Gravidarum (severe morning sickness) or blood pressure issues. For some expectant mums, whose symptoms fall between these two groups, there may be an attraction in using complementary therapies, either to cope with some of the symptoms, or just as a way to relax.

Magazines and newspapers often contain adverts for a huge range of complementary treatments and many target pregnant mums. They include acupuncture, homeopathy, osteopathy, reflexology and massage. You may be aware of mums who say they have found such treatments helpful for everything from morning sickness to pelvic pain, and I certainly know of many mums who have found a massage a wonderful way to relax whilst pregnant. Or it might be that you are pregnant and have the opportunity to go on a spa day for a special birthday or a friend’s hen party. Many of these include massage and other complementary treatments and indeed mum-to-be packages are widely advertised.

But how do you know what is appropriate and safe for you and your baby?

It is very difficult to find detailed evidence about the effectiveness and safety of these treatments. In some cases this is because research has not been carried out, or because small studies make it difficult to make general conclusions. This does not mean that the treatments are not safe or appropriate, just that we don't always have the evidence to show that. One area that you can take care with though, is ensuring the therapist that you see is properly trained, especially in issues around pregnancy. Some good questions to ask (either directly, or by looking at their literature or website) would be: The therapist’s length of training (and whether it was full- or part-time) How pregnancy related issues were covered in the training The therapist’s experience of treating pregnant women with the same condition you have How the therapist keeps up-to-date with new research in the area Which professional body the therapist belongs to How the therapist is regulated, if at all Whether the therapist has insurance

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Since November 2012, midwives who have been specially trained have been offering have to be overdue (ideally as a complementary therapy service to some mums who have gone past their expected close as 7 days), low risk and due date. not be under consultant care. If The treatment itself incorporates a combination of complementary therapies such as acupressure (stimulating points on the shoulders, hands and ankles), reflex zone therapy (stimulating the pituitary zone on the feet) and aromatherapy massage of a formulated 3% blend of oils. The aim of the clinic is to reduce the number of medical inductions for overdue mothers and to enhance maternal satisfaction within antenatal care. The clinic is a first in this region, but a very similar service elsewhere demonstrated 67% of first-time mothers who used the clinic delivered with no induction needed, and 78% of second (or more) time mothers.

The service has recently been expanded to enable mums booked with Hinchingbrooke midwives to receive the treatments at community venues, saving them from travelling to the hospital. Tara Pauley, the lead midwife on the project said “The feedback from women who have visited the clinic is extremely positive and we’ve seen a reduction in the number of women requiring medical induction of labour which is a fantastic outcome.� If you are interested in this clinic, speak to your midwife.

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Christmas on a Shoestring

This morning, before settling down to write this article, I decided to sit down and calculate how much money I had spent on Christmas last year. On Christmas day itself, we had entertained my mother and father in law, which brought the number of people celebrating Christmas at my house to the grand total of five. Included in my calculations were Christmas presents, decorations, food and drink and all the necessary paraphernalia that becomes part and parcel of the festive season. I am stunned to report, that I spent just over ÂŁ1000 (and that is just the total of things that I can remember 11 months later!) From new cutlery to a gargantuan real Christmas tree, my shopping list (and whimsical purchases) were mostly unnecessary and could have been culled sensibly had I restrained myself and avoided getting carried away with Christmas spirit.


That said, I decided to write this article to make your Christmas a more purse friendly affair...and hopefully to save me from myself! Eat Someone Else's Food

Christmas dinner is not just about a turkey and a few sprouts. Your shopping list can become quite an elaborate affair when you begin to add all of the desserts, nibbles and alcohol, not to mention the dressing for the dining table. If you have guests staying, you also have to think about breakfast and supper; the cost of food really does add up. With this in mind, if you get an invite to somebody else's house for Christmas day, accept enthusiastically (even if it does mean watching Great Aunt Maude using her one remaining tooth to wrestle with a pig in blanket). Grin and bear it and think of all the money you'll be saving!

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However, we can't all escape the role of 'Hostess with the Mostess', and if you really must play the part, then you need to think about how you'll avoid spending a fortune on a few hours of over indulgence. Tell Lies About Your Turkey

There has been much coverage over the past few years on how cheaper brands come out best in 'Best Food' polls; Aldi winning many of them. It seems that from Christmas cake to fat turkeys, you no longer have to pay premium prices to get the tastiest treats. It's worth taking the time to search online for consumer opinions as the more reviews you read, the more confident you will be about your menu's impressive prowess. It's also worth taking a look at this link if you're not already a member: This site is a savvy shopper's dream as it allows you to compare prices as you fill up your trolley, giving you the totals from each of the Big Six Supermarkets as you go along, meaning that you end up buying from the one with the lowest total. If your turkey ends up coming from one of the lower cost supermarkets, simply dispose of the packaging carefully and tell your guests it was from Waitrose; they'll never know the difference. Buy Cheap Booze and Glamourise it.

Encapture the spirit of Christmas and enchant your guests with the scent of some cheap red wine and a few spices! Mulled wine can be made cheaply and easily and is always a crowd pleaser. It's fine to use the lowest priced red wine that you can find as once it is boiled down with the spices in it- nobody will ever know that it's not a vintage Burgundy. Get yourself an inexpensive packet of mulled wine spice mix from the supermarket, add it to your plonk and you'll have yourself an impressive festive tipple! Go Wild in the Pound Shops Ailes

Last year, I bought a large silver star for my tree from a well known local supermarket for around ÂŁ5. A few days later I saw an identical one in the pound shop. No prizes for guessing how much I could have saved if I'd have shopped around a bit! While I was there, I bought a whole selection of trimmings for the tree and the house. It's more than worth having a good rummage. Granted, some of the stuff in these shops might not be the best quality in the world; but much of it is great,

especially things like tinsel and tree garlands. While you're there, have a good look around and pick up other things that you'll need for the day. Items like tin foil, turkey trays and napkins can be picked up for much less than you'll pay in the supermarket. And don't forget stocking fillers for your little ones! Points Make Prizes

Well maybe not prizes exactly, but they do make for some purse string relief. Save up your shopping points all year round and you'll find that you have a nice little pot to spend on Christmas. Many supermarkets do some special seasonal deals and Christmas savers clubs which are becoming more and more competitive. Despite the fact that during the year you may have paid a couple more pence for items at shops with loyalty schemes, there's nothing quite like the feeling that you get when you think you're getting something for nothing - and personally, as a consumer, I'm quite happy to let myself believe I'm getting freebies when I redeem points! Look out for Boots 3 for 2 on gifts and Tesco Points Exchange schemes where you get more freebies than at other times of the year! Voucher Hunting

When shopping online, or taking the family for a festive day out, do not click any payment buttons or pile the children into the car before searching for voucher codes online. A simple Google search for the name of your item/shop/place, followed by the words 'voucher code' will suffice. So many people don't think to look for these before they buy, which is a pity as you can save a lot of money by taking a few seconds to see if there's anything up for grabs. Manipulate Guests into Bringing Wine and Let Them Think it was Their Idea

There are several ways that this conversation can go. The first might be led by them asking if they can bring anything along on Christmas Day. If you don't care about being polite, then simply reply 'Yes please' and proceed to give them a list of treats. However, if you'd like to adopt a less direct approach, say something along the lines of 'No, it's fine, I've pretty much got everything in, except the cheese board, but will probably get that at some point.' Your guest will then chip in with 'Oh, I'll bring that then!' Alternatively, if your guest is not the type

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to take hints easily, then you might want to say 'I've looked for Bollinger everywhere and can't seem to find a bottle, could you have a look in your local supermarket please?' Deprive Your Children

While your little ones are exactly that, there's no better time to spend very little on them without them noticing. Let the grandparents splash out and spoil them while you feel smug about having only spent a fiver on a singing bit of garish plastic. They're too young to know who's bought them what or how much has been spent and, as they get older, they'll soon start demanding bits of expensive technology, so do yourself a favour and take a spending break while you can get away with it! Alternatively, do something similar to what I just did for my son's birthday. He needed a new bed, so I bought a mid sleeper with a fun tent surround and told him that it was playhouse bed. He thought it was the best present in the world, yet it was just a tarted up piece of furniture that I needed to buy anyway. I did however, buy him something to open; Jenga...but a fake version that cost me £3.

have people that you buy for every year, fill up a corner of your wardrobe with gifts for next year after raiding the shelves in the boxing day sales. The only downfall to this is, if you're anything like me, you'll forget you've bought these things and find them three years later whilst searching for a lost glove. Finally...

Set your budget and stick to it. It's very easy to get carried away with the excitement of Christmas and spend unnecessarily. If you think that you may fall into the frivolous spending trap, set aside a few pounds for your 'miscellaneous' pot. Don't become enticed by the shiny, glittery products that line the shelves and so often seduce us. Just last month, I threw away the untouched, luxury range, glamourously presented Christmas pudding with a 'use by' date of February 2013. It took me a long time to dispose of the neglected item that nobody was ever likely to eat - simply because chucking 20 quid in the bin is hard to do...

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Imagine how delighted Nanna will be when your two year old gives her a canvas painted with a 'snowman', rather than the usual box of Highland shortbread! Home made gifts can be a fun and inexpensive way of treating your friends and family to a present made with love. There's a world of hand made opportunities out there and it's possible to make gifts for just a pound or two each. Have a good look online and in craft books and pull out things that you can buy inexpensive materials for. Do Your Christmas Shopping on December 26th!

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“Ask Jane”

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How can I get my child to sleep the whole night through? Mother to three and owner of four nurseries, Jane is on hand to use her pearls of wisdom to answer all your questions. If you would like to ask Jane anything relating to raising your children then please get in touch by emailing

Sleeping the Whole Night Though?

As far as parents are concerned, one of the key milestones for a baby is ‘to sleep through the night.’ I always believed that if you got your sleep then you could put up with almost anything from your baby or child during the day. I still believe it’s the best thing a parent can do; get the bedtime routine right and the daytime one will work itself out. Here’s the secret.

If your baby or child is still not going to sleep or is waking up in the night after medical causes have been ruled out and medication is not to blame, then may I suggest you try the ‘pick up, put down’ method? Simple but effective, its principle lies in you making night time a very boring time for your little one, where you prove to him/her that there is no advantage whatsoever in staying awake. Disclaimer: The answers given are Jane's opinion and it's always advisable to check with the relevant authorities and the latest guidelines.

Easier said than done? First steps, the bedtime routine. The elements of the routine (e.g. bath, teeth, book, reading) need to be done around the same time every evening and end up in the child’s bedroom which should be neither too warm nor too cold. A night light, comforter and dummy are optional extras. Completion of the routine is achieved with your baby being tucked up in bed and you can go downstairs having satisfied yourself that your baby’s needs have been met. Now to establish that being awake at night time is ‘boring’. Your baby cries. You return and pick up baby and then you put baby back in bed almost immediately. You leave the room. Repeat as necessary. Eventually baby will soon give up and go to sleep, having realised that Mum or Dad are still around if they are genuinely needed but that they are no fun to play with when it’s sleep time.

This ‘pick up, put down’ method can be used at any time of night or indeed at any age (you may just need to pat an older child to avoid it becoming an exercise in weightlifting). This principle has worked on my children and for those parents to whom I’ve recommended it but if you have real concerns then you could speak to a sleep specialist (yes, they do exist!) Lastly, try not to let your little one take a nap too near bedtime or take a furtive sip from your coffee mugO

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Puddle Ducks is a warm, welcoming pre-school for children aged 2 years to school age, set in the grounds of Overhills Primary School. We are currently open from 8.30am to 3pm but hope to extend our opening hours to 5pm and the Breakfast Club is coming soon! If you would like your child to join our group please call (01480) 869370 or email us at We look forward to hearing from you. Ofsted No: EY269313 Ofsted rating: Good Reg Charity No: 1054697 Preschool Learning Alliance Member 19592

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Jolly Tots Directory What to do and where to go

Art & Craft




Baby / Toddler Playgroups

Days Out

Development Drama


Family Eating Out

Reading / Story Time Special Needs Sports

Toy Library

Wildlife/Animals Art & Craft

Crafty Monkey 12, Moores Walk, St. Neots Pottery painting and craft studio. Baby hand and footprints, make a bear, birthday parties and more! Open Mon Sat 9.30am - 5.30pm. Contact (01480 219222)

Messy Play Scout Hut, Ramsey. For Under 5’s to develop their creative side. Soft play: Tues 9.30am – 11.30am, Wed 1pm-2.30pm. General Play: Fri 9.30am – 11.30am (term time). Call: Sarah Abraham (01487 813279).



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Baby & Me The Hub, Cambourne. 0-2 years (older siblings up to school age welcome) Friday 10-11.30. £1.50 rne Baby Lounge - Time for Health 8 Station Road, St Ives, PE27 5BH. For babies up to 15mths. Fri 10.45am – 12.00pm. Refreshments, buggy space and toys Baby Lounge Extra - For 0 2yrs. Fri 3.00p.m to 4.15 p.m. Cost: £3. Call: (01480 461411).

Baby Playtime Brewster Avenue Children’s Centre, 10, Brewster Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9PN. For 0 - 12mths. Tues 9.45am - 11.15am, just drop in (term time). Stay and Play, 0 - 5yrs 1.15pm - 2.45pm. Book your place (term time). Call: (01733 452600).

Brampton Baby & Toddler Group Brampton Community Centre. For 0-5 yrs. Every Mon 9.30am -11.30am (term time). Cost £2 per session. Arts & crafts, role play, singing, floor toys for all ages. Healthy snacks and drinks. Call Katie on (01480 355433). Follow us on Facebook. Brewster Babes Post Natal Group Brewster Avenue Children’s Centre, 10, Brewster Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9PN. For 0 - 6mths. Varied programme of guest speakers and subjects. Fri 1.15pm - 2.30pm. Just turn up. Call: (01733 452600).

Busybees Baby & Toddler Group Great Staughton Village Hall For 0 - 5 yrs. Weds (term-time) 10.00am - 11.30am. Cost: FREE. Fruit and drink for the children, Arts & Crafts and floor toys for all ages. Call: Lyanne 01480 357540

Busy Bears Fun Time The Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St. Neots PE19 2BH. Newborn - 5 yrs. Wed & Fri 10am-11.30am (term time). Cost: £2.50 per child, £4 family ticket. (01480 388922). Butterfly Children’s Centre Winhills School, off Duck Lane, St. Neots PE19 2DX. For age 0-5, Mon - Thurs 8.45am - 4.45pm. Fri 8.45am - 1pm. Contact: (01480 358350) Chatterbox Toddler Group Memorial Hall, School Lane, Alconbury. Fri 9am - 11am. Juice/hot drinks and biscuits provided. Call: Vicky Brown (07775 777091).

Colne Toddler Group Colne Community Hall, East Street. Fridays during term time. 9.30-11.30am. Birth up-to school age. £2.00 per family. Includes refreshments. Contact Charlotte Daleworth (01487) 843925. Cyril’s Acorn Club One Leisure St Ives, Westwood Road. For 0 – 5 yrs. Soft play equipment, climbing frames, tunnels, slides, hoops, bean bags and balls. Thurs 10.30am – 12.00pm term time only. FREE for under 1’s. Call: (01480 388500).

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Daffodil Children's Centre Godmanchester Primary School, Park Lane, Godmanchester, PE29 2AG Open Mon-Fri 9am-3.30pm (01480 375116)

Fenstanton Baby & Toddler Group Church Centre, Fenstanton. Meets every Wed (inc. school hols), 10am 11.30am.Sessions cost £2. First is free. Come along or call: Becky (01480 493067).

Folksworth Toddler Club Folksworth Village Hall, Folksworth. Tues 10am - 11.30am. Call Hege Moller-Green (01733 240049). Funky Monkeys Farcet Salvation Army Church. For age 0-5yrs. Tues/Thurs 9.30am - 11.30am (term times). Cost: £1 per family. Call: Captain Beverley (01733 240130).

Houghton & Wyton Toddler Group Houghton & Wyton Memorial Hall, St. Ives Road, Houghton, PE28 2BJ. Arts & Crafts on Tues 10am - 11.45am (inc. holidays). Craft, free play and singing. Refreshments available. Cost: £2 per family.

Multiple Births Group Daffodil Children’s Centre, Godmanchester Community Primary School Mon 10am - 11.30am (term time) (01480 375116).

Jigsaw Juniors The Jigsaw Centre, Orton Malborne, Peterborough PE2 5PW. For pre-school age. Toys, books, activities and messy play. Wed 1.30pm-2.45pm. Run by Orton Children’s Centre (01733 452690). Bookings only. Leo’s Pre-school Mornings One Leisure St Neots. Relaxed and sociable sessions which include use of Leo's Funzone plus other fun activities.Term time only. For reduced prices, times and dates visit

Little Angels Berkley Street Methodist Church, Eynesbury, St. Neots PE19 2NB. Newborn - 4 years. Wednesdays (term time only) 1pm to 2.45. Free play with lots of floor and table top toys. Refreshments provided, no fee just donations. Call Ellice (01480 474062) email: Little Lambs Toddler Group Salem Baptist Church, High Street, Ramsey PE26 1AB. Toddlers: Every Thurs 9.30am-11am (term time). Call: Jo Smith (01487 711109).

Little Monkeys House of Fun One Leisure Ramsey, Abbey Road. For Under 5’s. Bouncy castle, ball pool and soft play area. Wed 9.30am – 11.30am (term time only). FREE for 6 months or under. Call: (01480 387900)

Mini Movers Kingsgate Community Church, 2 Staplee Way, Parnell, Peterborough PE1 4YT. For newborn - pre-school, Wed 10am 11.30am (term time). Art, craft, singing and trips. Cost: £1.50 per family, includes drink/snack for all. Call: Kim Connor (01733 311156 via church office). Moonlight Hare’s Baby & Toddler Group Peterborough Museum First Thursday of month (term-time only). Story and rhyme; handle real objects and enjoy a craft activity. Suitable for 2 - 5 year olds. £2 per child (babies free). Contact: Carol Law to book special EY group sessions: (01733 864 700)

MOMS Club of Huntingdon Playgroups/Playdates, Park days, Outings, MOMS Night Out, Crafts, Activity Groups & More! Supporting moms with kids of all ages. Email m. Follow us on Facebook Mucky Pups Playtimes, Ferriman Road, Spaldwick, Huntingdon PE28 0TQ. Newborn - 5yrs. Fri 1.30pm - 3pm (term time). Bring a piece of fruit. FREE (01480 890077)

Mummas & Bubbas Meet Up British Legion, 210 Broadway, Yaxley, PE7 3NR. Mondays in term time: 10.30 11.30. Cost £1. Contact Lou: 07710 465711 Needingworth Little Tigers Baby & Toddler Group Needingworth Village Hall. For 0-5 yrs. Mon 10am -11:30am (term time only). Call: Sarah (01480 469294).

NCT Bumps & Babes St Jude’s Church Hall, Cranford Drive, Netherton, Peterborough For pregnant parents and babies up to one year. Tues 1pm-2.30 pm. Cost £1 per family. Join us for coffee & tea, chat, play, postnatal support, and mum2mum breastfeeding info (0844 243 6240, press 1).

Orton Wistow Toddlers Orton Wistow Community Centre, Napier Place Peterborough PE2 6XN. Newborn pre-school. Indoor and outdoor play. Tues 1.15pm - 3pm (term time). Cost: £2 per

family (includes drink/biscuit). Call: Lynn Whitfield (01733 237727) Poppies Children's Centre Brampton Primary School, The Green, Brampton, PE28 4RF. Open Mon-Thurs 9am-12pm (01480 376191) Puddleducks Mums n Tots Overhills Primary School, Kimbolton, PE28 0HY. Tues 9am - 11am. £3 per family, includes drink and biscuits. Contact Mandy 01480 869370.

Rainbow Toddler Group 83A High Street, Huntingdon Community Church Centre PE29 3DP. Newborn – 4 yrs. Tues 9.30am – 11am. Cost: 50p per family, refreshments provided (01480 411665)

Ramsey Children's Centre 25 Great Whyte Ramsey PE26 1HG. Open Mon, Tues & Thurs 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-12.30pm and Fri For more details call (01480 379420) or

Roxton Tots Roxton Village Hall. Fridays 0930-1130 Climbing and ride on toys. Craft table. Baby area. Song time. £2.50 (one adult, one chil). 50p per extra adult or child over one. Refreshments included. Call Andy on (07795431766) or join our closed group on Facebook 'Roxton Tots'. St Ives Children’s Centre Wheatfields Primary School, Nene Way PE27 3WF. For 0 – 5 yrs. Mon 9am - 3pm. Tues - Wed 9am - 5pm, Thurs 9am - 4pm, Fri 9am - 12pm. Call: Fran (07776 494 100). St. Ives Christian Fellowship Parents and ToddlersBurleigh Hill Community Centre, Constable Road PE27 3ER. Newborn – 4 yrs. Thurs 9.15am – 11am (term time). Call: Jason Street (01480 463161). St Mary's 0-5 Playgroup Comrades Club, 58 Cambridge Street, Godmanchester. PE29 2AY For 0-5 Yrs. Every Thursday 9:30-11:30 (term time) £2.00 per family. Craft, free play and singing. Toys for all ages. Drink and biscuits included. Call Stacey (07876191982). Email:

St Neots Rural Children’s Centre Little Paxton Primary School, Gordon Road, St. Neots PE19 6NG. For age 0-5. Open Mon - Fri 8.45am - 12.45pm. Contact: (01480 357540).

Smiley Tots Parent & Toddler Group Yelden Village Hall, Spring Lane, Yelden MK44 1BA. Every Wed 10am-12pm (term

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time). Come and play! £2 per family inc. drink & snack. Call: Vicky (01933 317220) The Daisy Children’s Centre Papworth Everard & surrounding villages. For more information about their current programme, call: (01480 831423).

The Eatons Children’s Centre Bushmead Primary School, Bushmead Road, Eaton Socon, St. Neots PE19 8BT. For age 0 - 5. Various courses and support for parents. Open Mon - Thurs 8.45am - 4.45pm. Fri 8.45am - 1pm. For more details (01480 358340) Thistle Tots Thistle Drive Playcentre, Wessex Close, Stanground PE2 8HZ. For 0 - 2yrs. Thurs 1.15pm - 2.30pm and 2 - 5yrs Fri 10am - 11.15am. To book (term time) call: (01733 452610). Tiddlers and Toddlers Jubilee Hall, Eaton Socon, St. Neots. Est. 30 yrs. Friday 9.30am – 11.30am (term time). Call: Margaret Birchall (01480 215695) Benny (07980 810313).

Tiddlywinks St. Andrews Church, Alwalton, near Peterborough PE7 3UU. For Under 5’s and their parents/carers. Mon 9.30am-11.30am (term time). Singalongs, stories, toys and refreshments. Call: Liz or Malcolm Ingham (01733 239289).

Tot Stop Stanground Baptist Church, Chapel Street, Stanground PE2 8JG. Toys for babies, toddlers and pre-school children, craft activity, singing and refreshments. A friendly and welcoming group. Fri 9:45-11:45 (Term time) Call: Jane Carter (01733 310411) Tots Praise, St. Neots Parish Church, PE19 2BU. 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month 10.30-11.30. FREE. Bring your little one to play and take part in a children's interactiveChristian mini service. Term time only. For further details contact Jane on 01480 350137

Warboys Under Fives Toddler Group High street, Warboys, PE28 2TA. Newborn – 5 yrs. Fri 1pm – 3pm. Cost: £1.50 for first child, 50p for each additional child. Toys, games and refreshments. Call: (01487 823190)

Westwood & Ravensthorpe Children’s Centre offer support to local families that include fun, play activities. Based at Highlees and Ravensthorpe Primary School, Call: (01733 266425) for more information.


WhoLet the Dads Out St Mary’s Church Eaton Socon. A chance to have some fun with your preschooler, eat some bacon,meet some other dads, even read the newspaper! 3rd Saturday of the month at 9am. Term time only. Cost £1 per child. Contact



AJJ Recruitment. Nannies, maternity nannies, event childcare and babysitters. Call (01767 688713)

Nice Nannies Now 40, Station Road, Warboys, Huntingdon, Cambs PE28 2TD. Childcare for all ages. Call: Helen (01487 823516)  General

Baby Café Brewster Avenue Children’s Centre, 10, Brewster Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9PN. Help and advice on breastfeeding from health visitors and nursery nurses. Mon 1pm 2.30pm (plus baby weighing). Telephone before arriving. Call: (01733 452600 / 01733 774537). Jigsaw Centre, Orton Malbourne, PE2 5PW. Thurs 1pm - 2.30pm. Call: (01733 452690 / 01733 237209). Baby Café Local Stanground Children’s Centre, 31a Chapel Street, PE2 8JF. Tues 1.30pm 3pm NCT Breastfeeding counsellor visits every week. Please telephone before arriving. Call: (01733 452610). Families and Childcare Information Services. Local childcare info. Peterborough (0800 29 89 121) Cambridgeshire (0345 04 54 014)

Days Out

 Adventure/Soft Play

Active Antics Highlees Primary School Hall, Ashton Road, Westwood PE3 7ER. For 0 - 4 yrs, Wed 10am - 11am (term time only.) Fun movement activities. Build sensory and motor skills. Call: Lynn Boness (01733 295864). Activity World & Toddler World Padholme Road East, Peterborough,

PE1 5XH. Indoor play. Separate Toddler World. Open 9.30am – 5.30pm. Closed Tues. Cost: from £4.95. Birthday parties. Call: (01733 314446) Big Sky Adventure Play 24, Wainman Road, Shrewsbury Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough PE2 7BU. Soft play area for under 4yrs. Open 9.30am – 6pm (term time), Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun 10am – 5pm. Cost: Under 4’s - £4.90, age 4+ £5.90, adults £1.30. Birthday parties. Call: (01733 390810)

Cracker Jacks 3 Foundry Way, Eaton Socon, St. Neots, PE198TR. A play and party venue in St. Neots for 0-12 year olds. Call (01480 477515) Dave the Clown’s Fun House The Cresset, Bretton Centre, Rightwell Peterborough PE3 8DX. For 0 – 8 yrs. Soft Play Centre. Mon 10am – 1pm. Call: (01733 265705).

Eat ‘N’ Play Huntingdon Road, St. Neots PE19 1XG. Large play area (max height 1.45m/4’9”) Separate toddler area. Open 11am daily. Cost: £3.75. Weekends/hols £4.25. Call: (01480 471611) w w w. Houghton Mill Houghton, Huntingdon PE28 2AZ Kids of all ages will be fascinated to see a working mill in action, with lots of hands on fun too. Beautiful grounds and boat rides. Ideal for a family day out.

Leo’s Funzone @ Huntingdon One Leisure Huntingdon, St Peter’s Road, Huntingdon. Indoor adventure play centre for babies, toddlers and children. A great venue for children’s parties.Free entry for adults and children under 1. Open 7 days a week. Call: (01480 388600) Leo’s Funzone @ St. Neots One Leisure, Barford Road, St. Neots. Indoor adventure play centre for babies, toddlers and children. A great venue for children’s parties. Free entry for adults and children under 1. Open 7 days a week. Call: (01480 388700) Whale of a Time - Childrens Indoor Softplay Centre 8 Viking Way, Bar Hill, Cambridge CB23 8EL Mon-Fri 10am - 5.30pm Sat & Sun 10am - 6pm (01954 781018)

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Key Theatre Embankment Road, Peterborough. PE1 1EF. Productions aimed at children throughout the year. Box office: (01733 207239).

The Cresset Theatre Rightwell, Bretton Centre, Peterborough PE3 8DX Seasonal shows for children.(01733 265705)


 Developmental Play

Babygrowz Huntingdon, St Neots & Ely. Developmental Play classes for mum and baby. Newborn to 2yrs. Call Janet (07891 676504)

Dance and Movement Brewster Avenue Children’s Centre, 10, Brewster Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9PN. For 12mths 5yrs. Thurs 1.15pm - 2.15pm. Just drop in (term time). Call: 01733 452600. Happy Faces The Crown Inn, Glinton, Peterborough For 8mths - 5yrs. Educational play, refreshments and more. Call: Claire (01733 324851). Languages

La Jolie Ronde French Open Centre, 58 Burleigh Road, St. Ives PE27 3DF. Introduction to French with songs, rhymes and games. Age 5+ Call: Anna Ireland (01480 382036). Little Language Learners St. Neots. Learn Spanish with your toddler through music, movement and rhyme. For age 0 -5. Call: Vicky Payne (07979 503269)  Music/Singing

Clap & Sing Warboys Community Primary School - Community Hall. All pre-schoolers welcome. Thurs 1.45pm - 2.45pm (term time). Cost: £1 donation. Call: Kate Smith(01487 824390). Clap & Sing / Parachute Play The Rainbow Children's Centre Sure Start Parkhall Road, Somersham For newborn – 5yrs. Song and movement to stimulate babies. Wed 9.30am – 10.30am, 10.30am – 11.30am

(term time only). Pre-enrolment. Voluntary donation. Call: Trisha (01487 741456).

Encore Concerts St. Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon. Every third Thursday of the month. These classical concerts are perfect or all ages but are aimed at babies to pre-school. Adults £5, children free. Refreshments included. Contact,

Music for Little People Fun and educational music classes for 0 - 5 years. All taught by qualified musicians and teachers. Call: Karen (01480 812469)

Musical Minis Heritage Park Primary School, Park Farm, Stanground and Alwalton From 0 - 5yrs. Music sessions for babies and toddlers. Call: Janie (01778 570340) Sing and Sign Samuel Pepys School, St. Neots. For 6 18mths. Thursdays. Learn to communicate with your baby or toddler pre-speech. Call: Julie Warriner for details (01767 691488). Tiny Talk Whaddon, Cambourne, Histon & Brampton. Baby signing classes for all babies and young toddlers. Class is 1 hr - ½ hr singing and signing followed by ½ hr social time. Call: Carol (0795 1601107) Tuneful Tots Brewster Avenue Children’s Centre, 10, Brewster Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9PN. For 0 - 5yrs. First session 9.30am -10.25am. Second session 10.50am to 11.45am. To book call: (01733 452600). Warboys Clap and Sing (including Toy Library) Warboys Community Primary School Community Hall. All pre-schoolers welcome. Thurs 1.45pm - 2.45pm (term time). Cost: £1 donation. Call: Kate Smith (01487 824390).

Wiggle Waggle Huntingdon, Godmanchester, St. Ives, St. Neots, Houghton & Stukeley Meadows. Lively, fun and educational Music dance and fitness programme for 0s to 5s. Build confidence , self esteem and fitness. . Call Sharon (01480 382103),


Antenatal Yogacise FREE Pregnancy Yoga classes at Ramsey and Somersham Children’s Centres in June/July. Call: Victoria (01954 204742)

Birthlight Hatha Yoga Classes Brampton, Godmanchester & St. Neots and Pregnancy Yoga Class in St. Neots. Call: Linda (01480 350315) Babybliss Huntingdon /Peterborough area. Infant Massage, Baby/Toddler Yoga, Baby & Child swimming and First Aid courses. Call: Kate Stewart (07857 683291)

Daisy Birthing A course for women who are between 14 to 42 weeks of their pregnancy. Keeps the body healthy and strong through yoga, breathe work, relaxations and self hypnosis. For course dates contact One Leisure St Ives (01480 388500), One Leisure St Neots (01480 388700) MamaBaby Bliss & Toddler Yoga St. Neots, Potton, Sandy and Biggleswade Pregnancy & baby yoga, relaxation and baby massage. Also Toddler Yoga classes to stimulate and entertain small children, includes movement, singing, stories and treasure baskets for 1-3 year olds. Call: Joanna (07904 374212) Pregnancy Yoga Oak Tree Centre, Huntingdon PE29 7HN. Wed 7pm – 8.30pm. Call: Barbara Moorby (01480 380307).

Sleep Clinic If you have a child over 8 mths keeping you awake at night, contact the Westwood & Ravensthorpe Children’s Centre sleep management advisor. Call: Linda Minett (01733 260833).


DramaTots - From 2 - 5yrs, younger siblings welcome, £4 per 50 min session. Call: Liz: (01480 839112)

Colin Daines MMC Magic and balloon modelling. Member of the magic circle. Family occasions a speciality (01480 212571). Just Drama Huntingdon, St Neots and St Ives. 3 to 18 year olds, £8 per hour. Call Natalie: 07870249129

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On Stage Youth Theatre School 71, Shakespeare Road, St. Ives PE27. For age 4+. Train in the performing arts in a fun and friendly environment. Call: Eve Webb (01480 461959) Stagecoach Theatre Arts School For age 4 +. Learn to act, sing and dance and build confidence. For Huntingdon classes contact: Jo (01353 667442) and Peterborough call: Ashleigh (01778 440077)

Stage Stars Theatre Academy Alconbury, Brampton, Papworth & Sawtry. Classes in drama, singing and dance for ages 2+. Contact: Gemma (07807193182) Stars on Stage UK Alconbury, Woodston & Orton Waterville. Dance and drama classes for various ages.Courses run over half term and summer holidays. For full details Contact: Sam & Hannah


 Children’s Entertainers/Parties

Butterfly Party Church St, Fenstanton Jewellery Making Parties from 4+. Make beautiful treasures to keep. Face painting and cupcake decorating included. Qualified teachers, jewellers & CRB checke. 01480 493040

Crafty Monkey MooresWalk, St Neots or Mobile Offers Pottery Painting, Build a Bear, decopatch, Jewellery Making parties for all ages. Call (01480 219222) The Children’s party and mobile creche specialists. Fun parties for boys and girls aged 1 - 11. Soft play equipment for hire, ideal for weddings, christenings etc. Call: 08456 804894.

Kreepie Krawlies Soft Play Soft play party hire at your venue (Cambs and Herts area). Call Debbie (07825 771408)

Little Beans Parties Themed parties for children aged 1 +. Call Natalie: 07870 249129 Party at One Leisure One Leisure Huntingdon, Ramsey, Sawtry, St. Ives and St. Neots.


All One Leisure sites provide a wide range of fun pool, soft play and sports birthday parties for under 5’s and juniors. Contact your local One Leisure site for details: Huntingdon: 01480 388600, Ramsey: 01480 387900, Sawtry: 01480 387800, St. Ives: 01480 388500, St. Neots: 01480 388700 or visit Ab-Fab Party Time! Fun entertainment for Babies ,Tots through to Pre Teens. Choose from: Knights & Princesses, Grease, Tearless & Fearless, Ugly Bug & Beautiful Butterfly ball or Pirates & Fairies. Call: Trisha (01487 741456)

The Birthday Football Club TBFC deliver completefootball birthday parties. Personalised Invitations, Party Bags & Personalised Homemade Cake, all included! Call Gareth: (07901 022874)

Family Eating Out

Brewster’s Fun Factory & Restaurant (Highwayman) Colmworth Business Park, St Neots also at Hampton, Peterborough. Pub restaurant. Fun Factory within, cost: £3 per child, per hour. Tots time: 10am 12pm (term time). Kids menu in restaurant. Call: (01480 408540). Frankie & Benny’s Towerfields, Kings Ripton Road, Huntingdon PE29 7EG. New York Italian style restaurant. Children’s menu. Free colouring pack. Call: (01480 437240).

Pizza Express 105, High Street, Huntingdon PE29 3LB. Children’s ‘mini’ menu. Free activity pack. Call: (01480 434446).

Dogsthorpe Community Library Central Avenue, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough PE1 4LH. Storytime: Thurs 2pm - 2.30pm. Call: (01733 864300).

Eye Library Crowland Road, Eye, Peterborough PE6 7TN. Under 5’ s storytime: Mon 10.30am 11am. Rhyme Time: Mon 11am - 11.30am. Children’s craft club, Sat 11am - 12pm. Call: (01733 864142). Hampton Library 6B Serpentine Green Shopping Centre, Hampton, Peterborough PE7 8DR. Rhymetime: Tuesday, 10.15 – 10.45am Call: (01733 864538).

Huntingdon Library Princes Street, Huntingdon PE29 3PH. Storytime: 18mths – 5 yrs, Weds 10.30am –11am. Rhymetime: 0 - 18 mths Fri 10.30am - 11am (term time).

Orton District Library Orton Centre, Peterborough PE2 5RQ. Storytime: Orton Library Storytime is every Thursday, 10 – 10.30am (all year round) and every Saturday 11 – 11.30am Rhymetime: Mon 10.30am -11am. Call: (01733 864296). Peterborough Central Library Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1RX Storytime: Fri 2.15pm - 2.45pm, Sat 11am -11.30am & 2.15pm - 2.45pm. Rhyme Time: Thurs 1.30pm-2pm. Call: (01733 864280).

Ramsey Library School Lane, Ramsey PE26 1AF. Rhymetime: 0 – 3 yrs. Tues 2pm - 2.45pm. Call: (0845 045 5225).

Reading / Story Time

Sawtry Library Fen Lane, Sawtry PE28 5TQ. Story and rhymetime: Fri 2.30pm – 3.15pm.

Cambourne Library Rhymetime and Storytime alternate Fridays from 9.30am -10.00am. Term time only. Call 0345 045 5225.

Stanground Community Library Southfields Avenue, Peterborough PE2 8RZ. Storytime: Fri 3.30pm - 4pm. Rhymetime Tues 10 -10.30am.

Bretton District Library The Cresset, Rightwell, Bretton, Peterborough PE3 8DS. Storytime: Thurs 11am -11.30am. Rhyme Time: Tues 2pm - 2.30pm. Story and Rhyme time: Sat 10.30am - 11am. Call: (01733 864291).

Chatteris Library 2 Furrowfields Road, Chatteris PE16 6DY Storytime, Tues 2:15pm-2:45pm (term-time only), Rhymetime (birth to 3 yrs), Thurs 10am-11am (term time only) Call: 0345 045 5225

Somersham Community Information Centre Church Street Somersham PE28 3EG. For pre-school children. Tues 10.30am-11am - stories & rhyme ending with a craft activity every week (term time) Special Needs (01487 840266).

St. Ives Library 4 Library Row, Station Rd, St. Ives PE27 5BW. Rhymetime: (for up to 18mths preschoolers welcome) Weds 10.30am – 11am (term time). St. Neots Library Priory Lane, St. Neots PE19 2BH.

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Storytime: Mon 2pm–2.30pm. Rhymetime:(0 - 18mths) alternate Tues 11am–11.30am (term time). Thorney Library Church Street, Thorney, Peterborough, PE6 0QB. Rhymetime: Friday 11am 11.30am. Under 5’s Storytime: Friday 11.30am - 12pm. Call:(01733 864542). Warboys Library High Street, Warboys PE28 2TA. For 18mths - 5yrs. Storytime:Thurs 10.30am – 11am.

Werrington District Library Staniland Way, PE4 6JT. Storytime: Tues & Thurs 2pm – 2.30pm, (also Thurs) 3.30pm - 4pm. Sat 10.45am - 11.15am. Rhyme Time: Fri 2.15pm – 2.45pm. Call: (01733 864282). Woodston Library Orchard Street, Peterborough PE2 9AL.Storytime: Thurs 10.30am - 11am. Rhyme Time: Wed 2.15pm – 2.45pm Call: (01733 864304). Yaxley Library Lansdowne Rd, Yaxley. Storytime: Alternate Tues 10.30am–11am (term time). Rhymetime: alternate Fri 10.30am–11am (term time only).

Special Needs

Cambridgeshire Parent Partnership Service For parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs. Confidential Advice Line: (01223 699214)


Buggy Boot Camp Postnatal outdoor workout for Mums with their buggies. St Neots and Huntingdon. Call Lindsay on 077 30302826 or email:  Cycling

Balanceability One Leisure St Ives, Westwood Road, St Ives PE27 6WU. Introduction to cycling in a safe environment. Develop cycling skills, balance, co-ordination, agility and flexibility. 6 week accredited programme for 2½ to 4 year olds. For course dates contact (01480 388500).  Dance

Joanne Brown (Formerly: Brown’s Dance Centre) Now teaching at: Tu Danse Studios, Newark Road, Peterborough

Rosettes (3-6 yr olds) - £3.75 Wed 4:30pm to 5:15pm Juniors (7-15 yr olds) - £4 on Wed - 5:15pm to 6:15pm. Call: (01733 235241 / 07843 784417).

Dance Studio The Cresset, Rightwell, Bretton, Peterborough PE3 8DX. Classes for age 2+. Babies Ballet age 3+ Fri 3.15pm - 3.45pm. Modern and tap age 4+ Sat 2pm - 2.30pm. Term time only. Call (01733 842516). Dance Supplies 20, Bridge Street, St. Ives PE27 5EG. Authorised retailer (01480 498174)

Kelly Marie’s Dance Supplies Unit 2, Fishers Yard, Market Square, St. Neots PE19 2AF. Outfit sizes from age 2. Call: (01480 477212). Linda Allen School of Dance Alconbury, Kimbolton & Spaldwick Ballet, Tap & jazz classes from 3½ yrs. Email: New Road Studios New Road, St. Ives, PE27 5BG. Dance, singing and drama. Dance parties Call : Lucie (01480 493111).

Peterborough Academy of Dance 19, Abbotsbury, Orton Malborne, Peterborough PE2 5PS. Various classes for under fives. Call: Jill Dawson (01733 234 555).

Saldance Theatre Arts 27, Fenlake Business Centre, Peterborough PE1 5BQ. Mums & Tots (from age 2): Thurs 1.15pm. Pre-school age: Thurs 2pm. Cost: £4 per session. Call: Nicola Storton (01733 340003) Email: Stage Door School of Dance St. B’s Hall, Yaxley. Pre-School Ballet on Tuesdays. Call: Lesley (01733 244779) Stageworks Studios The Towers, High Street, Buckden, St. Neots PE19 5TA. Toddler Dance: Tues 10am - 10.45am. Call: Pauline (01480 812626)

Tu Danse Studios Newark Road, Peterborough, PE1 5YD. Dance & movement classes for age 2 yrs+. Contact: Anita (01733 553830) E-mail: Wendy Burke School of Dance Hartford, Huntingdon and Sawtry.

Ballet classes. For age 3yrs +. Contact: Wendy (01487 822002)  Football

Dribblers Football School @ St Ives One Leisure St Ives, Westwood Road. For ages 2+ years. (01480 388500).

Dribblers Football School @ Sawtry One Leisure Sawtry, Green End Road, Sawtry PE28 5UY. For ages 3 - 5 yrs. (01480 387800).

Dribblers Football School @ St Neots One Leisure St Neots, Barford Road, Eynesbury, St Neots. For ages 3 – 4 yrs. (01480 388700).

Little Kickers Pre-School Football Classes Peterborough/Stamford and Cambridge. For 18mths – 5yrs. Children will learn sound football skills with a positive introduction to sport. For free taster session at Peterborough/Stamford call: (07976 179899) For Cambridge call Linzi: (01954 719782).  Gymnastics

Baby Gym Huntingdon Gymnastics Club, Claytons Way PE29 1UT. Class for baby walking – 2yrs, Fri 10am -10.45am; 8wks old - walking, 10.50am 11.35am, £3, term time only. Structured Toddlers - call to join class (pre-booked and pre-paid. Call: (01480 523 43). Tumble Tots For 6mths - 7 yrs. For classes in Peterborough call: Amanda (01832 272127), St. Neots & Huntingdon, contact: Ann (07906 949206), St. Ives Karen (01353 661255)  Ice Skating

Ice Tots Planet Ice1 Mallard Road,Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8YN for 18mths - 5yrs. Structured classes to introduce young children to ice-skating. Always under strict supervision from qualified coach. Cost: £4.70 first child, second child only £1.50. Sun 10am -11am. Call: (01733 260222)  Martial Arts

Black Belt Attitude Tora Kai Karate classes at various locations, For age 4+. Call: (01733 246471 / 07800 985724)

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Evolution Taekwondo Peterborough Martial Arts Academy Unit 4, Wainman Road, Peterborough PE2 7BU. Classes from age 4. Call for more info (01733 235230)

Little Ninja’s (Hicks Karate) Loxley Community Centre, Loxley, Werrington, Peterborough, PE4 5BW and Dogsthorpe Community Centre, Poplar Avenue PE1 4QF. Martial Arts Classes for age 3+. Call: Andrew Hicks (01733 810043 / 07974 196256)  Swimming

Baby Swimming Lessons One Leisure Huntingdon, Ramsey, Sawtry, St. Ives and St.Neots. For 6 - 18 mths and 18mths - 3 yrs. Introduces babies and toddlers to aquatic activities. Call your local One Leisure site for details: Huntingdon: 01480 388600, Ramsey: 01480 387900, Sawtry@ 01480 387800, St. Neots: 01480 388700 or visit

First Strokes Godmanchester Community Pool, Park Lane, Huntingdon PE29 2AG. Swimming lessons for all. (01480 375145) FREE swimming for under 5’s One Leisure Huntingdon, Ramsey, Sawtry, St. Ives and St. Neots. Free swimming for under 5’s. Call your local One Leisure site for timetables and details of sessions available: Huntingdon: (01480 388600) Ramsey: (01480 387900) Sawtry: (01480 387800) St. Ives: (01480 388500) St Neots: (01480 388700) Junior Swimming Lessons One Leisure Huntingdon, Ramsey, Sawtry, St. Ives and St. Neots. Qualified teaching staff help your child gain confidence, develop technique and enjoy swimming. Call local site for details: Huntingdon: (01480 388600) Ramsey: (01480 387900) Sawtry: (01480 387800) St Ives: (01480 388500) St Neots: (01480 388700) or visit Kimbolton School Swimming Pool Kimbolton, PE28 0EA. The pool is open to the public all year. General swimming for children under 8 years of age with parents. Lessons for over 5’s. For more info and timetable details call: (01480 862276) Water Babies Teach your baby to swim at classes in


Buckden, Cambridge and Wellingbrough. From Newborn. Call: Debi Hogston (01933 651790)

Toy Library

Huntingdon Toy Library Huntingdon Nursery School, Ambury Rd, Huntingdon PE29 1AD. Newborn – 5 years. Thurs 9am 11.15am, 12.45pm – 3pm. £1 per year subs then 25p per toy. Term time only. Call: Mary Mansfield (01480 375216). St. Neots Toy Libraries Butterfly Children’s Centre, Winhills School, off Duck Lane 01480 358350 , St. Neots and Eatons Children’s Centre, Bushmead School, Eaton Socon 01480 358350 Mon -Thurs 8.45am - 4.45pm and Fridays 8.45am - 1.00pm. St Neots Rural Children’s Centre, Little Paxton School, Mon-Fri 8.45 - 12.45 Call: (01480 358350). Toy Library Highlees Children’s Centre,PE3 7ER. Pop in any time. Baby Explorers - Fri 12.45am - 2pm. No charge and no booking needed. Call: Steph for more details (01733 260833).


Hamerton Zoo Park Nr Sawtry, Huntingdon PE28 5RE Wildlife park and adventure playground. Open daily.

Pigeons Farm Wisbech Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE6 0TD. Many Breeds Of Farm Animals and Birds, large Play Area, Restaurant and Shop. Open all year. For more details and opening hours call 01733 271020 or 01733 271414,email: or visit: Shepreth Wildlife Park Station Road, Shepreth, SG8 6PZ. Adventure playground and soft playroom for under fives. Open 10am - 5pm. Call: 01763 26 22 26.

The Raptor Foundation The Heath, St. Ives Road, Woodhurst, Huntingdon PE28 3BT. Open daily, flying displays. Cost: Under 3’s FREE. Age 4+ £3. Adults: £5. Call: (01487 741140) Thurleigh Farm Centre Cross End, Thurleigh, Beds MK44 2EE. Open from 9.30am - 5pm. Farm animals, tractor rides, adventure playgroud, quad bikes, cafe and more!

Call: 01234 771597.

Wood Green, The Animal Charity King’s Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester PE29 2NH. Animal re-homing centre. Children’s play area, pet supplies and shop. Open 10am – 4pm daily. (0844 248 8181)

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NCT Nearly New Sale Bag a Bargain Saturday 8th March 2014 11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. £1.00 Entrance Fee

10.30 entry for NCT members with membership card Medway Centre, Medway Road Huntingdon PE29 1SF

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Pre-School Gymnastics Huntingdon Gymnastics Club can offer your child the opportunity to learn new skills in a safe and friendly environment. Sessions are run by a fully trained and qualified gymnastics coach. Pre School places are available for children aged 2-3 and 3 plus. Sessions last for 45 minutes. Booking now for January!

Phone: 01480 52343 E-mail:

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ɀ Pottery Painting Fun for all ages ɀ Children and Adults Parties ɀ Build a Bear ɀ Silverprint Jewellery ɀ Wedding, Christening, Special Occasions Plates ɀ Baby Hand and Foot Prints on Pottery or Canvas For more info or to book, get in touch with our friendly staff:  01480 219222 @ or visit the studio: 12 Moores Walk, St Neots, Cambs PE19 1AG 36

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Jolly Tots Issue 23 - Winter 2013  

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