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Contributors We asked our contributors about their favourite things about summer…

Andrea Mara Day-trips, ice-cream, and getting really excited when there are three hot days in a row, believing it’ll go on forever. But my very favourite thing of all - beyond anything else - is the break from making school lunches.

Dawn Geddes Lazy mornings with the kids during the school holidays, long summer nights and not having to worry about a coat when I go out.

Michael Atkinson The many long warm balmy summer evenings spent sipping wine outside with a barbecue (oops, forgot I live in Edinburgh, so just the one evening . . . )

The summer is finally upon us, many people’s favourite time of year. With longer days, better weather (we hope) and lighter nights it’s the chance to indulge in dining al fresco, enjoy family days out and be entertained by the ever-growing Fringe programme. We were chatting with Tall Stories (they’re bringing The Gruffalo’s Child to Edinburgh this year) and when they first came 20 years ago, the children’s section of the Fringe programme was tiny! Look at it now! Whether you’re spending your summer daytripping across the country or you are off somewhere sunny and exotic, we wish you a fabulous couple of months of rest and fun. See you all in September!

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Fountainbridge is THE family hub of Edinburgh! Dining, bonding and entertainment, all under one roof for the whole family AT THE FOUNTAIN.. Here at The Fountain Bar, we’re committed to being family friendly and all children are most He welcome. Please see our menu of activities below to see how we can help keep your little ones entertained whilst allowing you to relax, eat, drink and be merry!

Select from our’s yummy children menu and then choose their favourite entertainment…

Kids Activity Pack – drawing, puzzles, stickers and crayons in a handy themed pack! Mini DVD Player with headphones and a selection of U DVDs Toy Chest! Duplo and mini figures to stimulate their imaginations! and easy learning Wipe Clean drawingsaur s and Animals Dino a, Pepp books – Tomy Mega Sketcher

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Your chance to win

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When is a holiday not a holiday?

By Andrea Mara

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Mum’s New World

Innocent Positivity

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Little Person, Big Adventure

By Dawn Geddes

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Are we there yet?

Make your long journey fly!

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Wrestling a collapsible pram

By Michael Atkinson

24 Summer Days Out

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Hobbies

Day tripping across the Lothians!

The Drama Hoose

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Trust Jojo

If you need advice…

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Shopping for…

Back to School

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How did the world begin?

According to kids

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Health

The Fresh Life

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What to do July & August

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Festival Fun

For all the family

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Megamakers is a fantastic children’s activity club, running Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 August 2017 for primary school age children. Based on the theme of inventions, come and join in games, challenges, crafts, songs, and Bible stories, each day from 10am to 12.30.  Held at Christ Church Edinburgh, 68 Britwell Crescent, EH7 6PT. Sessions are free but please register (or ask any questions) on 07732618589 or megamakers. cce@gmail.com.  Registered charity number SCO46474

An Excel lent Holiday Camp Excel Sports Academy runs six weeks of holiday camps in July and August and 1 week in October. They are located at St George’s School in Murrayfield and welcome all children aged 5 - 15 years. Their friendly experienced staff coach the children each day and follow a structured timetable. Choose their All Sports or one of their Excel+ camps - Art, Tennis, Gymnastics, Dance, ComputerXplorers, Sports Leaders (Levels 4 or 5), Rock School or Swimming and Diving. For queries and booking go to www.excel-sports.co.uk

Grease is the word… Come join Razzamataz Edinburgh in a week filled with fun at Corstorphine Old Parish Church. Learn Grease the musical themed dances, songs and drama scenes. It’s the perfect place to make friends and have fun. Contact Zoe on 07946405788 for more information. Spaces are limited so book now to avoid disappointment. www.razzamataz.co.uk

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Oi Musica Oi Musica’s Summer School (July 31st - Aug 4th) at Edinburgh College, Milton Road, is an exciting and fun week for young people aged 10+ exploring the music of Carnival in Brazil and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. All abilities are welcome from total beginners to experienced players of brass, woodwind, drums and percussion. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop street-drumming skills, learn to play in a parading horn section and put together a show with opportunities to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe! www.oimusica.co.uk

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news New Classes at

Monkey Music Great excitement as Monkey Music increases existing classes to include a new Corstorphine venue on Mondays, Comely Bank on Tuesdays, Murrayfield on Thursdays, and as they re-open Saturday morning classes at LifeCare. All existing classes will continue to run. Monkey Music will also hold an Open Day on Monday 14th August (10am - 12pm) in St Ninian’s Church, Corstorphine for lots of new Monkeys to enjoy a trial session prior to term starting. To book your Open Day place or a free trial class contact Rachel on comelybank.corstorphine@monkeymusic.co.uk or go to www.monkeymusic.co.uk. Monkey Music classes are also available five days a week in Edinburgh south. For details of all new and existing classes contact Abbey on morningside.pentland@monkeymusic.co.uk.

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Movement for Pregnancy The Birth Dance Experience is a new class that offers supportive dance movement for pregnancy; to tune in to your body and baby, in a relaxing and safe environment, with the accompaniment of a live musician. Free classes run at The Royal Botanic Gardens, The Restoration Yard, The Salisbury Centre and the Parent & Pregnancy Centre. For info and to book email birthdanceexperience@ gmail.com and find out more on Facebook @Birth Dance Experience

New Song and Rhyme Library Bookbug, Scotland’s national book gifting programme run by Scottish Book Trust, has unveiled a brandnew Song and Rhyme Library housed on their website, providing a searchable online catalogue of fun demonstration videos for parents, carers and Early Years practitioners. These videos aim to help audiences discover new songs and remember forgotten favourites. www.scottishbooktrust.com/ songandrhyme made JUL / AUG 2017

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Soreen launches new

Disney Mini Loaves Each mini loaf (30g):

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Soreen, the iconic and much loved malt loaf maker, has created new Mini Loaves. A perfect treat for little hands to enjoy on-the-go. Soreen has partnered with beloved Disney characters Elsa, Olaf, Woody and friends to feature across Mini Loaves packs in major retailers, perfect for lunchboxes, pockets and school bags.

Uniform? School bag? Pencil case? Eye examination? Most children assume that the way they see is normal so you cannot rely on them to tell you if things are wrong. Children should have their eyes examined every two years from their pre-school year. You should also look out for the following; headaches and sore eyes, difficulty concentrating, using fingers to track text or losing their place when reading, having issues with coordination for example when playing ball games, squinting or closing one eye when reading or watching television and showing sensitivity to light or the glare from a screen. Cameron Optometry offer the most comprehensive (and fun!) eye examination available and it’s all free-of-charge. Book in with an award-winning optometrist today by calling 0131 225 2235.

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How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk We all have struggles with our children; whether it’s getting them to sleep or stopping them hitting. Sometimes we just end up shouting at them. Do you want to change this? Sarah Parkes at SP Coaching can help reduce tantrums so you have a calmer house. Her workshops are designed by award winning authors Faber and Mazlish. Many have read the book, but until you join a group it can be difficult to put into practice. Book at www.howtotalk.co.uk. Early Bird Discount until 15th August! “Finally, my son stopped undoing his car seat while I’m driving!” Mum of 3

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Bring your kids (and their shiny uniforms) to our studio and we’ll create images of them that you’ll love. Shoots available from £25. Book in now for August.

At Cameron Optometry we have the expertise and technology to ensure your child has the most comprehensive eye examination available, giving you complete peace of mind. Visit cameronoptom.com/children for further information.

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Everyone invited! The Fountain invites mums, dads and nannies with kids of all ages to come and enjoy an easy afternoon. Your little ones can choose from a specially created kids menu that hosts a whole load of healthy and yummy eating accompanied with kids’ play packs that’ll keep them entertained whilst you catch a moment of peace (maybe?!). They also have tablet devices for your kids to watch shows and play exciting games, but don’t worry they can’t rack up a mighty bill. Perhaps your family includes a fourlegged pooch? Well, guess what? THEY CAN made JUL / AUG 2017

COME TOO! The Fountain welcomes dogs and they might just find themselves a little treat! www.fountainbar.co.uk

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news New Travel Counsellor David Bishop is a local personal travel counsellor, and is excited to have just started his own travel business. After 12 years in the industry, he is extremely well placed to offer expert personal and professional advice on travel with kids. He lives in Bruntsfield with his wife Wendy and 22 month old daughter Summer, and whilst David has always loved to travel, the arrival of his daughter has certainly changed the amount of baggage he takes with him now! However, it has not diminished that need to explore the world and open her eyes to new experiences and places. If you would like

to take your family on a travelling adventure call David on 0131 516 3920 or 07896 496727 or email david.bishop@travelcounsellors.com. www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/david.bishop

Splashtastic Holidays Ribby Hall Village believe that luxury self-catering holidays can be affordable. Set in over 100 acres of beautiful Lancashire countryside, only 15 minutes away from Blackpool and Lytham St Anne’s, Ribby Hall Village is the perfect location for a family getaway. You’ll love their self-catering holiday cottages and larger group accommodation, as well as activities for the whole family, awardwinning dining and unforgettable entertainment. To top it all off, this year, they’ve unveiled a new £1.6 million Leisure pool! Complete with themed children’s splash zone, racer slides, two hot tubs and luxury sauna and steam rooms make this a real family attraction. For more information call 0800 107 0522 or visit ribbyhall.co.uk

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Bliss Edinburgh for babies born too soon, too small, too sick

One in ten babies born every year in Scotland is premature or sick and needs life saving care in a hospital neonatal unit. That is 5,800 babies and the number rises every year. Bliss Scotland was established in 2009 to provide support to those babies and their families. Earlier this year NHS Lothian agreed to allow Bliss volunteers into the NeoNatal Unit at the ERI. Sian, Carolyn and Dionne, all mums of preemies, are there Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 – 2 pm to chat, advise and provide information. Due to severe pre eclampsia and Hyperemesis Dionne was c-sectioned at 27 weeks. Alesha arrived on 01/07/09 at 11:54am weighing 865grams (1lb 14oz). “We had lots to overcome but she is nearly eight now and thriving. I’m delighted to give back and help other parents on their ‘preemie’ journey.” www.bliss.org/bliss-scotland

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Date Night with Maid of the Forth Date nights for busy parents need to be a night out to remember! The Maid of the Forth team offer the ideal solution with their sunset music cruises. Set sail and enjoy live music from Scottish folk band, Pure Malt, as the sun drops against the iconic backdrops of Edinburgh and Fife. The famed 3-hour cruise, which is an annual sell out, departs from South Queensferry on the 7 and 28 July, 11 and 25 August, and 15 September. For those that prefer Jazz, there’s an alternative 3-hour cruise featuring live music from resident band, Maid of the Forth Stompers. Sailings take place on 22 July, 5 and 19 August, and 8 September. During all evening music cruises, passengers have the opportunity to pre-order food from the BBQ, with vegetarian options available; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased from Maid’s bar. www.maidoftheforth.co.uk

Bear Grylls fans have the chance to learn bushcraft survival skills of their own in the beautiful surroundings of Dalkeith Country Park. Run by experts from Primal Bushcraft and Survival, adults and children (aged eight and over) can take part in day courses or family weekend courses to learn about surviving in the wild. www.primalbushcraft survival.com

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family festival field The family-friendly festival scene is growing every year as parents embrace the relaxed staycationwith-entertainment option, so why not banish boring green and navy tents and truly stand out from the camping crowd. FieldCandy’s high-performance 2-3 person ‘A’ frame tent is designed to last, with a high quality breathable and cool inner tent and a flysheet which is 100 per cent waterproof and UV fade resistant. www.fieldcandy.com

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MADE Recommends… Bundle Beds

Whether it’s sleeping over, camping out, guests, festival fun or overnight adventures, Bundle Beds provides the ultimate sleeping alternative to a conventional bed.  The fully bundled bed comes complete with a deceptively slim but super-comfortable self-inflating mattress, a built in luxury duvet and pillow and soft, cosy 100% jersey cotton sheets for a great night’s sleep. bundlebeds.com

Beanie & Bears

Beanie & Bears collections feature beautiful bikinis, tailored trunks, one piece swimsuits and, new for 2017, rash vests. All come in a range of bold colours and playful prints with a focus on perfect fit and an emphasis on quality and durability. The signature neon trim anchors the collection and remains one of the most effective ways to immediately spot your Bean or your Bear in a crowd. www.beanieandbear.com  made JUL / AUG 2017

The Adventure Belt:

The revolutionary new belt-to-belt system providing hands-free peace of mind for parents, whilst keeping children happy and allowing them a sense of independence. www.more-2-explore.com Reviewed by Louise, mum to Jack, and Claire, mum to Finty.

Louise Jack (2) refuses to wear traditional reins or sit in a buggy, so it was with immense relief we discovered The Adventure Belt. He actually loves this fun new belt! He plays away, putting things in the little pouch, but when we’re out on a busy street, or in a crowd, I can link his belt to mine and I have peace of mind he can’t run off. Then, when it’s safe for him to wander, we simply disconnect the bungee and his adventure continues… Claire Finty (4) is the same. I find it really useful when we’re in the airport or a busy shopping centre, and my hands are full with bags or a trolley. I can link our belts together, Finty is safe and I still have two hands to push a trolley. It’s much better than reins, and she loves the little panda pouch. There are lots of colours to choose from.

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Baby Equipment Hire

Step It Up The new term of Step It Up Dance starts on Monday 14th August in nurseries and community venues from Musselburgh all the way to Murrayfield, and many more places in between. This award-winning urban dance company, formed in Edinburgh in 2012, has an expert, friendly team delivering their unique hip hop curriculum to tots and teens every week, as well as highly active birthday parties every weekend! Find out more about this innovative company and book your child’s trial classes or fun-filled birthday party at www.stepitupdance.co.uk

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Established in 2007, Tom Thumb has been taking the stress away from mums and dads who are visiting or living around Edinburgh, by providing a full range of baby and toddler equipment to hire on a short or long-term basis. Visitors to Edinburgh can hire anything they need while they stay here; local parents who don’t want to invest in expensive equipment only for their child to grow out of it can rent a wide range of products. A meet-and-greet can be arranged at Edinburgh Airport, or equipment can be delivered throughout Edinburgh and surrounding areas. For more info go to www.tomthumbbabyequipmenthire.co.uk

TuTu Tots

At TuTu Tots, tiny dancers from age two are introduced to musical movement along with a participating parent or carer at this fun, friendly class. Sessions are drop-in so no pre-booking or term commitment, just come along and join in. Tutus are provided. This class is also great for older pre-school children who still enjoy parental support or those learning English as a second language. Pay on the day or multi class discount. 07772 504958 waterfrontdance.co.uk

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To win a family ticket (up to 4) to see any Pleasance Kids Show just answer this question:

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There are plenty of Pleasance Kids shows on this Festival – from the Showstopper’s Kids Show, to Tall Stories’ The Gruffalo’s Child and Les Petits Theatre Company’s production of David Walliams’ First Hippo on the Moon. Pleasance Kids are also back at the EICC with The Polar Bears Go Up! In its ninth year, Pleasance Kidzone is still the only dedicated child-friendly venue on the Fringe - with pram shelters, a nappy change, giant inflatable igloo theatre and weatherproof art-pods. There’s also arts & crafts, face-painting, visits from performers, and ad-hoc storytelling sessions!

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What’s your ideal holiday? If you had asked me ten years ago, the answer was easy. Reading good books, getting some sun, sleeping in, eating out. Basically relaxing. I didn’t need to go to the warmest beach or the hottest club – my needs were simple. Or so I thought. Until I first tried holidaying with a baby.

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ooking back, I think if even one person had pointed out that holidays are different with children, I might have been less shocked by what followed. But most of my friends didn’t have kids yet, and I had no nieces or nephews. Of course, you may be reading this thinking it should have been starkly obvious that holidaying with children is an entirely different experience, and I can only agree with you – I don’t know why it wasn’t abundantly clear, but at bit like pretty much everything else with parenting, it wasn’t. So off we went, my husband, my elevenmonth-old baby girl and me, to spend a week in an apartment in Spain. We were worried about the flight (and rightly so as it turned out) but once we touched down in Malaga, we were home-free and ready to holiday. Except of course for the bit where we had to push the buggy up a steep hill to get to the apartment - we’d been there before but couldn’t remember the hill being such a monumental challenge. We took turns pushing, huffing and puffing while my daughter sat happily inside,

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promising ourselves a cool glass of white wine on the balcony once we arrived. Except of course, as we soon discovered, eleven-month-olds like to crawl around and pull things down on top of themselves – they’re not really fans of watching their parents drink white wine on balconies. So instead we set about childproofing the apartment and the wine stayed in the fridge. We’d have a glass while getting ready to go out, we promised ourselves. Except of course getting-ready-to-go-out time coincided with the baby’s dinner-time, so instead of putting on mascara while sipping a crisp Pinot Grigio, I was chopping peppers and cooking pasta. We did eventually get out the door, around an hour later than planned, but at least the baby was fed and happy in her buggy. As we set off down the hill, I wondered what had possessed me to wear heels, but at that stage we were too hungry to turn back. Everything would be fine once we were sitting down eating, with the baby sleeping quietly beside us. Except of course, she was still wide-awake

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when we arrived at the restaurant, and after a few minutes staring around, she wanted out. So she spent the entire meal sitting on my knee, putting her hand into my Prawns Pil Pil or sitting on my husband’s knee, trying to eat his steak. Was it in any way like the relaxing, romantic holiday meals we were used to? Nope, and I still had to make it back up the hill in my heels. At home, we decided we’d get the baby down to sleep, then sit on the balcony and finally open that bottle of wine. Except of course in an unfamiliar travel cot in an unfamiliar room, it took her far longer than usual to settle. In the end, my husband fell asleep with her in the bed, and I slept in the other room. The parents who had emphatically proclaimed having kids wouldn’t change a thing

were both out for the count by nine o’clock. And the surprises kept coming – the first one at 5am the following morning when my daughter woke even earlier than usual, something she continued to do for the whole week. The apartment was too small for turn-taking lie-ins, so each morning all of us got up. The sun was hotter than expected and we were worried about our fair-skinned daughter, so sunbathing was put on hold. Our planned trips to the beach were replaced by walks on the seafront, and the books we’d brought lay untouched at the bottom of the suitcase. A week later we went home every bit as tired as we’d been flying out, but armed with new knowledge about what to expect when holidaying with kids. Except of course, then we had another child,

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and this threw up a whole host of new challenges and even less rest. By the time our third child came along, I was reluctant to go anywhere at all, but my husband booked us into a campsite in Brittany, and off we went on the ferry. I’ll never forget those two weeks in our little mobile home – listening to the rain pelting down on the roof, watching the puddles grow outside, while three small children huddled inside. Getting up three, four, five times a night to my youngest – never a good sleeper anyway, but determined to show us exactly what he thought of his tiny room in a tiny mobile home in rainy France. I went home from that holiday a shell of my former self, wondering what possessed us to go anywhere with three kids under five. Thankfully, my husband is braver than I, or

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perhaps more optimistic, so we did try again – but this time with no expectations. I was ready for no sleep, no downtime, no lie-ins, no nights out. We chose a holiday focused entirely around the kids – swimming pools, ponytrekking, petting zoos, and bicycle-hire. A barbecue on the deck so we didn’t have to brave restaurants. A little further south, so we had more

chance of sun. And it worked. The kids loved it, the sun shone, they were busy all day, and slept all night. Each evening after we got them down, we would sit out on the still-warm deck as the charcoal embers faded in the barbecue and the crickets sang. And we could finally take those dusty books out of the suitcase and open that long-awaited, much anticipated bottle of wine. n

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oom, zoom, zoom. We’re going to the moon!”. I should think the whole of Edinburgh heard me bellowing those much-loved (ahem) lyrics over the breakfast table this morning. There I was, caffeinated up to the eyeballs, wide eyed with a beaming smile and quite frankly, nearing hysteria. When I’m really tired, I find myself overcompensating for my depleted energy levels. I’m so keen for the kids not to notice that I turn into Timmy Mallett on Pro Plus. But then Jack said something that burst my over-exaggerated, fauxfun-loving bubble: “No mummy. We’re not going to the moon. We’re going to Oscar’s house.” My son’s genuine, raw joy that we were going to visit his friend combined with his positive belief that we really could get to moon if we chose to, took my breath away. I instantly didn’t need to pretend that I was loving life. Of course I still felt absolutely poleaxed with exhaustion, but my laughter was 100% real. You see, we’ve had a couple of difficult months. My granddad very sadly passed away, and to lose our patriarch has been a struggle for the whole extended family. But my two-yearold’s innocent positivity has really taught me a thing or two about grief. After overhearing me talking about his great granddad, Jack wheeled out a handmade wooden bike that had been created and gifted to him by “papa papa”. He started tearing around the kitchen on it, gleefully skidding round and round the island. Granted, he nearly flattened his little brother, but disaster was averted and it was a really joyful moment. When we visited my nana, Jack’s great grandmother, now living alone, Jack told us that “papa papa” was “at work”. Thanks to my little boy, instead of focussing on our loss I take huge comfort in remembering everything granddad still is to all

of us. In my mind too, he is grafting away in that big woodworking shed in the sky. Next came my husband’s pneumonia. Flu became a stay at the Western and a month or more of recovery. You’d think there would be no positives at all to be had from this situation. Au contraire! Jack is thrilled that daddy is in bed all day and wants to be just like him. So I’ve leapt on the opportunity to get Jack out of his Grobag and under a big boy duvet. Bedtime is no longer a battle of wills. I now have a very contented little chap who loves nothing more than to snuggle up in bed with his book until he nods off, “like daddy does”. As a natural worrier, my son’s innocent positivity has been a godsend to me. Why overthink situations that you can’t change? Why dwell on the negatives when we can fly to the moon? His shrewd recommendation that “chocolate will make daddy better” has also been supremely useful. It obviously applies to mummy too. n

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EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL: WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? www.edbookfest.co.uk Aug 12th - Aug 28th The Edinburgh International Book Festival’s leafy, family-friendly tented village in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End invites young minds to question, imagine and wonder. The hundreds of events in the Baillie Gifford Children’s programme includes interactive performances with favourite authors, comic creating workshops, hands-on crafts and games, debates about issues that older children care about and daily free activities.

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or have a picnic (you don’t have to buy a ticket) and it also runs a large children’s bookshop and a free drop-in play area. Browse and buy tickets to events on www.edbookfest.co.uk. Tickets are £5 for most children’s events, plus daily free events.

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Hundreds of events for children in a family-friendly tented village with cafés, bookshops, bars and big grassy areas to sit and enjoy the atmosphere, play and have some fun. Book & browse events: www.edbookfest.co.uk

Favourite authors Cressida Cowell, Tony Ross, Chris Hoy, Julia Donaldson, Julian Clary, Vivian French, Kristina Stephenson, Greg James, Adrian Edmondson, Anthony Horowitz, Robert Muchamore, Cerrie Burnell, Nick Sharratt… Best-loved characters Winnie the Pooh, the Gruffalo, Dirty Bertie, Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, Hugless Douglas, Pip and Posy and many more… Hands-on activities Comic workshops, sing-alongs, big draws, crafts, bookmaking, storytelling…

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Highlights of the Book Festival include How To Train Your Dragon creator Cressida Cowell, introducing her much-anticipated new The Wizards of Once series; Gruffalo writer Julia Donaldson with singing, dancing and rhyming fun; BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words competition judge Frank Cottrell Boyce presenting his latest heartwarming tale; and Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy with his Flying Fergus series. Nick Sharratt, Clare Balding, Axel Scheffler, Adrian Edmondson and Julian Clary will join them, along with a host of authors from across the globe. Kristina Stephenson celebrates 10 years of her popular Sir Charlie Stinky Socks books as she leads a series of fun events exploring illustration and performance, including a drama workshop where you get to help her devise a play. Other performances to look out for are Grinagog Theatre with Row Your Boat and Giddy Aunt Theatre, who use puppetry and storytelling to explore our responsibility to the planet. The Book Festival has green space to sit, play


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BRIC K CIT Y New Lanark www.newlanark.org June 28th - Sept 10th, 10am - 5pm Brick City is a celebration of some of the world’s favourite buildings and urban icons including the Colosseum in Rome, St Pancras Station in London and L’Arc De Triomphe in Paris recreated solely using LEGO Bricks. The exhibition includes a display of over 60 fantastic models made from an estimated halfa-million LEGO Bricks; and a ‘Self-led Play Area’ where visitors can have fun building their own LEGO creations. Visitors can also book to take part in LEGO® Robotics Workshops using the latest technology to build and program amazing creatures that can move using motors, gears and wheels. Accessible Sessions are available on the 13th

July and 3rd August, 9 -11am. These quiet and sensory friendly morning sessions will not be open to the general public, making them more suitable for visitors with autism and additional support requirements. Tickets MUST be booked in advance.

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MAID OF THE FORTH South Queensferry www.maidoftheforth.co.uk Enjoy family time with a Maid of the Forth cruise from South Queensferry to the historic island of Inchcolm; ramble around the monastic abbey, explore the trails, relax on the beach with a picnic, spot the seabirds and enjoy the spectacular views. Refreshments are available on board the family-run vessel, which contains two spacious

WHAT’S FOR SNAC K? Scottish Seabird Centre North Berwick July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 28, 29 Aug 4, 11, 12 What’s for Snack? (ideal for age 2+) is an interactive puppet show with Seabird team member, Craig the Crab. With sing-a-long fun, young visitors will be asked to help Craig who has eaten some marine litter by mistake. He will be joined by some of his seaside friends who will aim to help him get rid of his sore tummy.

This Summer, the Seabird Centre is dolphin-tastic and crab-alicious! North Berwick 1 July – 14 August www.seabird.org Scottish Charity no SC025837

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OCEAN- A -RIFIC Scottish Seabird Centre North Berwick July1st - Aug 14th (No events Sat 22 July or Sat 5 Aug) Older kids (aged 6+) are invited to attend Ocean-a-rific with Dr Dolph Lingerin-aboot. With scientific experiments, music, games and gaffs, visitors are invited to help dolphins understand what is happening to the seas around Scotland. As well as daily events, there’s a range of family-friendly activities in the Discovery Centre! Special trails for dolphins and puffins; expert mini talks on a range of seabirds; as well as the Kids’ Zone and Kids’ Corner.

was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences. Visit and spot cuddly corgis hiding around Britannia. Clarence the corgi is back and the whole family can join in so keep a look out and, at the end of your tour, receive a badge and enter a prize draw to win a special prize!

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CUDDLY CORGI TREASURE HUNT Royal Yacht Britannia Ocean Terminal, Leith www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk June 5th - Dec 31st Bring the whole family to Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction this summer. The Royal Yacht Britannia

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This exciting adventure play park is a fun day out for the young and young at heart. With a jellybelly, sunken trampolines, go-karts, ride-along tractors, foot-golf and a picnic area, it’s easy to spend a day at Conifox having a blast. Their on-site bistro and BBQ are perfect for grabbing a snack or enjoying lunch, and if you visit on a Sunday, their Sunday Roast is definitely the order of the day. Please note, adults are expected to play, bounce, ride and join in too!


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wonderful world. Bless her, she tried, for my sake, to love it as much as I did, but in the end she just wasn’t convinced. In a world that houses smart phones, iPads, Playstations and Sky TV, a whole chapter on turning someone upside down just wasn’t cutting it. Nowadays, with the click of a few buttons she can star in her own pop video, create a land of her own, build houses, run farms and hang out with her friends through a screen. I suppose I should be grateful, because if she is anything like me (and she is), after reading The Magic Faraway Tree for the first time she might have climbed the tree at the bottom of our garden, fallen out of it and broken her scapula.

Dear Jojo My 8 yr old still won’t fall asleep unless I sit with him. Will this ever end? Robert, Dalry Dear Robert Probably, yes. But having set the precedent of sitting with him then it’ll be what they are used to. You can try edging nearer and nearer to the door but chances are you will have to “sit” this one out until your presence becomes not cool, which is circa 10 years old!

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HOW DID THE WORLD BEGIN?

...ACCORDING TO KIDS It all started with tiny germs that stuck together. Elizabeth (10)

When the world started there were only dinosaurs and volcanoes. Bombs flew out of the volcanoes and then the dinosaurs got extinct. Luke (6)

God made cavemen first. Didn’t like them. So he started again and made people. Katie (10)

Nobody really knows, but it started when God wasn’t alive. Robyn (5)

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The world started by people getting born out of an egg. Jude (6)

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The world started happy, but it’s not now because there’s always fighting. Harrison (6)

It all starts with Daddy’s egg cracker - its job is to find the egg and make a baby. Daisy (5)

Do you want the real answer? - there was a Big Bang and the world appeared. Benjamin (7)

God started the world to be kind. Donato (5)

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BABY & TODDLER BREAKS INCLUDE: NEW Family Fun Pool. Complete with interactive water features, splash zone, water slides and water fountains. Parent & toddler swim sessions High chairs & travel cots Selected children’s meal deals The Woodland Trail Indoor soft play area Outdoor adventure playground Character story time, play time and coffee morning, messy time and family film time

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10.30am - 12pm. Crazy Cactus Fun @ Doodles, Marchmont. Messy creative fun with clay and glaze in a funky cactus desert theme. Runs until July 21st for ages 7+. Also on July 31st - Aug 4th.

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Step It Up Dance Camp @ Broughton High School. A fun-filled holiday camp with lots of dancing, team games, creative tasks and active fun. Other dates available, email hello@stepitupdance.co.uk

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3pm Alice Through the Looking Glass @ Inveresk Lodge Garden. A fanciful and fabulous theatrical treat for all ages in the beautiful outdoor setting of Inveresk Lodge Garden. www.thebrunton.co.uk

10am - 5pm Brick City @ New Lanark. A celebration of all things LEGO! Buildings, robots, exhibition and a play area. Fun for everyone but book in advance! www.newlanark.org

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Magic Fest @ Summerhall runs July 1st - 8th, with over 80 live magic shows. Under 5s go free to family-orientated morning sessions (10am - 2pm).

7 8 Mum and dad can enjoy a sunset music cruise on board The Maid of the Forth with live music, BBQ, drinks and stunning scenery. Check www. maidoftheforth.co.uk for details and other dates

Kids go FREE this weekend @ Jupiter Artland. All under-16s will gain free entry as well as arts and crafts drop-in activities throughout Saturday and Sunday.

10.30am - 12pm Citizen Science - Summer Holiday Fun @ Hopetoun House. All ages and abilities welcome. Autism friendly. Booking essential via 0131 319 3956

10am, 1pm & 4pm Mister Maker and The Shapes LIVE! @ King’s Theatre. Join CBeebies’ Mister Maker in his hit live theatre tour. There’s a big ‘make’ to take part in and lots of audience participation. Best for ages 3+.

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3pm Stockbridge Duck Race. The 2017 little yellow plastic bath ducks will be launched from Stockbridge and will race to Falshaw Bridge.

10am - 5pm Scotland’s National Airshow @ Museum of Flight, East Fortune. RAF Aerobatic team the Red Arrows will make a high-octane return, topping the bill on the event’s 20th anniversary line-up

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Happy 1st birthday, Moo Music Leith Portobello & Central! Celebrate at St John’s Rc, Portobello with lots of music, craft and cake! Open to all Moover’s, past & present. www.moo-music.co.uk

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This summer the dolphins and crabs take centre stage with an interactive science show and puppet performance for families. What’s for Snack? (for ages 2+) is an interactive puppet show with Seabird team member, Craig the Crab; whilst older kids (6+) are invited to attend Ocean-a-rific with Dr Dolph Lingerinaboot. With scientific experiments, games and gaffs, visitors are invited to help dolphins understand what is happening to the seas around Scotland. In addition to the daily events, there will be a range of family-friendly activities in the Discovery Centre including special trails for dolphins and puffins; expert mini talks on a range of seabirds; as well as the Kids’ Zone and Kids’ Corner.

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10am - 12.30am MEGAMAKERS @ Christ Church Edinburgh, Britwell Crescent. FREE activity club for primary school age children. 8 - 12 Aug. Call 07732 618 589.

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10am - 12pm Monkey Music Open Day @ St Ninian’s Church, Corstorphine. Meet the teachers and have lots of fun. To book email Rachel at comelybank.corstorphine@ monkeymusic.co.uk

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12.15pm Children Are Stinky @ Assembly George Square Gardens. Incredible acrobatics, lighting-fast hula hoops. For more dates & info see MADE’s Festival Fringe feature on pages 38-45

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Friday Saturday Sunday 4 5 11am & 2pm Bambino Beats Summertime Boogie @ Stockbridge Church. A fun boogie and singalong for under fives. For more dates & info see MADE’s Festival Fringe feature on pages 38-45.

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Hundreds of events for children in a familyfriendly tented village with cafés, bookshops, bars and big grassy areas to sit and enjoy the atmosphere, play and have some fun. Tickets are £5 for most children’s events, plus daily free events. Favourite authors Cressida Cowell, Tony Ross, Chris Hoy, Julia Donaldson, Julian Clary, Vivian French, Kristina Stephenson, Greg James, Adrian Edmondson, Anthony Horowitz, Robert Muchamore, Cerrie Burnell, Nick Sharratt... Hands-on activities Comic workshops, sing-alongs, big draws, crafts, bookmaking, storytelling...

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THE GRUFFALO’S C HILD family, physical theatre tallstories.org.uk Pleasance Courtyard - Venue 33 Aug 2-4, 6-8, 10-15, 17-20 10.30am For ages: 3+ no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood… Join the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark wood. She follows snowy tracks and encounters mysterious creatures – but the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... does he?

C HILDREN ARE S TINKY children’s shows, circus, comedy www.circustricktease.com Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3) Aug 3-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-28 12.15pm (45mins) For ages: 3+ High-calibre circus, a rocking soundtrack and genuine belly laughs have propelled this Australian acrobatic duo to a non-stop multi award-winning world tour. Expect daredevil stunts, incredible acrobatics, lighting-fast hula hoops, loads of laughs and mischievous fun that will leave adults and children with their jaws on the floor, hooting for more.

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SARAH & DUC K’S BIG TOP BIRTHDAY children’s, puppetry sarahandducklive.com Underbelly Med Quad (Venue 302) Aug 2 - 20 (not 14) 11.10am (55mins) For ages: 2-6 The BAFTA-winning CBeebies duo live on stage in Scotland for the first time. Join Sarah and Duck, along with all their favourite friends including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, John and Flamingo and Umbrella, as they plan a circus-themed birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. But when the weather turns windy and the big top is blown away, will Sarah and Duck be able to save the day? Told through a fantastic blend of inventive puppetry, charming storytelling and toe-tapping music, Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take families and children on a magical theatrical adventure.

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DR ZEIFFAL, DR ZEIGAL AND THE HIPPO THAT C AN NEVER BE C AUGHT children’s shows, theatre, comedy www.mouthsoflions.co.uk Assembly Roxy (Venue 139) Aug 3-14, 16-21, 23-28 10.15am (1 hour) For ages: 1-12 Calling all hippo expert enthusiasts! Awardwinning family comedy that will have kids storming the stage. Join Dr Zeiffal on the hunt for the hippo that can never be caught! Featuring: the Invisible Hippo Blanket, the Hippo Google Googles and a blizzard of Hippo packaging. Expect belly laughs, belly flops and fantastical falls in this brilliant new adventure created by Mouths of Lions.

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Stockbridge Church - Venue 317 August 4-6, 10-12 11am & 2pm (1 hour) For ages: 0-5 Bambino Beats is already a hit in Edinburgh and Lothians, with little ones loving their popular music and sensory classes. So it’s with great excitement that Amy and Clare are also doing a special Festival Summertime Boogie! They’ve packed their suitcases for a summertime full of your favourite songs. Come and join them for a boogie and a singalong and celebrate the summer holidays.

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SNIGEL AND FRIENDS children’s shows, dance, interactive www.carolinebowditch.com Dance Base (Venue 22) Aug 4-6, 8-13, 15-17, 22-27 Times vary (40 mins) For ages: 0-1 Snigel, the inquisitive snail, is preparing to go on an adventure. Before they set off, join Snigel in their cozy home underneath the leafy canopy; a colourful, sensory world where Snigel’s insect friends come to visit. They dance and play in the undergrowth and help Snigel pack for their journey while listening to live music, singing lullabies and uncovering secret treasures.

DAVID WALLIAMS’ THE FIRS T HIPPO ON THE MOON children’s shows www.lespetitstheatre.com Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) Aug 2-14, 16-20 12.00pm (1 hour) For ages: 3+

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From number one bestselling children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of three and up. Two big hippos. One enormous dream. Who can make it to the moon first? Three... Two... One... blast off!

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and stress free way to get there. We boarded the train armed with food, colouring books, games and tablets for the journey which takes four and half hours! That’s a hell of a lot of games of Uno for anyone to play, but thankfully the excitement got us through! When we left the train at Kings Cross Station, the girls’ excitement levels had reached fever pitch. But for me we were about to embark on the part of our journey that I was most apprehensive about – riding the tube. Thankfully it was 3.30pm, so we hadn’t entered rush hour and our tube

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journey to Green Park was only a few stops away. With one child and a suitcase each, we managed the journey easily and the girls were fascinated with the hustle and bustle of the underground station. We got off at Green Park and made our way to our abode for three nights, the beautiful fivestar Athenaeum Hotel on Piccadilly, which was just a few minutes walk away. We were staying in one of the hotel’s Residences – a gorgeous apartment which is attached to the hotel but comes with its own front door. The magnificent red brick town house, looked like it was straight out of Mary Poppins and inside was every bit as wonderful. Equipped with its own kitchen and living area, our apartment had everything you could possible want or need. The hotel’s children’s concierge even left toys, games, a frisbee and bird food in case we fancied a walk around Green Park. The kids were particularly delighted with their bunkbeds and looked forward to the hotel’s turning in service every night, which included delicious serving of milk and cookies for made JUL / AUG 2017

them! After a good night’s sleep we were eager to explore. We headed straight for Exhibition Road in South Kensington, an area of London which is famous for its museums. We chose to visit The Natural History Museum, with its stellar dinosaur exhibitions and the Science Museum, which is full of space exhibits and cutting edge tech. While I’m glad that the kids got to experience both, we were a bit museumed out by the end of the day and if we were to repeat the experience, I would split them up into different days. At night, my big girl and I left the rest of our family behind, and went to see Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. The stage show, which is suitable for children aged 7 plus, is a prequel to the Wizard of Oz and tells the story of how Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of West, Elphaba, met. Both my daughter and I were absolutely mesmerised by the stage show and I’m sure it’s a memory that we’ll cherish for a many years to come. On our second, and last full day in London, we decided to rest our legs and

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use Big Bus Tours London to explore the city. The bus tour is perfect for tourists and includes all the sights from Big Ben and the River Thames to Nelson’s Column and the lions at Trafalgar Square. Using the hop on and hop off feature, we stopped at the famous toy store Hamleys and St James’s Park – where we enjoyed a picnic in the sun! One of our last stops on the bus was the Coca Cola London Eye. We decided that we couldn’t miss the chance to see London’s spectacular views from this iconic Ferris wheel, so we got in line and went for a ride. I found the journey onboard very enjoyable and relaxing – especially as the children were safety enclosed inside! On the day that we were leaving, we got up early to make the most of our final few hours in London. We headed over to Green Park and fed the ducks before taking a stroll through the grounds to admire Buckingham Palace in all its glory. Our train journey back was much quieter than our first journey – all four of us were thoroughly knackered! We spent it reminiscing about our big adventure to London. It may have passed by in a blur, but I know that it’s something we’ll all remember forever. n

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Pack plenty of activities to keep them amused on the train. See some travel ideas on pages 52 and 53.

Choose your hotel or apartment wisely. Finding a place which is child friendly will take the stress out of your trip and give you a chance to relax after your journey.

Walk or take buses whenever you can – part of the London experience is seeing all the sights, you don’t want to spend all your time on a bustling tube underground.

Don’t cram too much in – while you might manage to see three tourist attractions in a day, it’s too tiring and rushed for the kids.

Try to vary what you are doing – while it’s a great idea to expose them to some culture, try to mix it up with something they want to do like a trip to the Lego Shop.

Eating out is expensive, try to choose accommodation where you can eat at least some of your meals at home, or make a picnic and eat it in one of London’s beautiful parks.

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he idea of The Fresh I had attended slimming clubs Life actually came to me in the past and whilst I know one day in the shower that they work for some, I just (one of those rare moments sans couldn’t get my head round it all. children!) I had played with the I had spent the past year reading idea of ‘clean eating’ on and off how healthy good fats are for you but found it difficult to stick to, and the effect that sugar has, and would often have one piece and yet that was going directly of chocolate, declare that as a fail against what I was being told. I and plan to start again the next was eating meals that were low day. The next day would swiftly in calories, taste and nutrition I I lost weight but turn into the following Monday lost weight but I certainly didn’t and so on and so forth. Yet all at feel healthy and lost interest I certainly didn’t the same time, I knew how much very quickly! What I felt did feel healthy better I felt whilst living a healthy, work however, was the weekly nutrient-dense lifestyle; and meetings, the accountability and knowing the weight would drop sharing ideas with others, and off and my moods stabilise when I omitted sugar this is where The Fresh Life came to mind! from my diet. The Fresh Life offers weekly meetings that

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You don’t have to be an experienced hill walker to enjoy Scotland’s most spectacular views. Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park boasts a range of ‘Wee Hills with Big Views’ that can be enjoyed by people of all levels of fitness and experience. Ben A’an:

In the Trossachs, the 4km walk up this lovely peak offers a surprisingly big experience with many of the ingredients of a mountain hike such as an atmospheric forest, open moorlands, views of crags and a superb vista of the surrounding landscape at the top.

Gouk Hill:

On the east of Helensburgh, Gouk Hill is accessible by train from Edinburgh, and sits on the western edge of the National Park. The hill is 277m high and forms part of the long distance coast-to-coast walk, the John Muir Way.

Glen Striddle Hills: Also on the west side of Loch Lomond, these hills offer a fine hike from the village of Luss and to the highest point, Beinn Dubh at 657m. You could choose to simply walk out and back on the same route, or complete a 12km horseshoe circuit taking in 62

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Callander Crags: If you’re looking for something a little less challenging, these crags offer a very pleasant walk through beautiful woodlands, over the crag tops and to a cairn at 343m. Many people also take in a visit to the stunning Bracklinn Falls, a short walk up the road from the car park. www.mademagazine.co.uk


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Dundurn: In the north of the National Park, Dundurn is a rocky knoll only 112m high where a Pictish Fort once sat. Filled with local history, enroute to the top you can visit a burial ground and the remains of St. Fillan’s Chapel, dating back to the 1300s.

Conic Hill: A short but fairly stiff 361m climb beginning in Balmaha, Conic Hill offers magnificent views of Loch Lomond and its islands starting from about a third of the way up a welltrodden path. It comes with the added bragging bonus of being able to say you’ve walked part of the West Highland Way. Inchcailloch Island: If you fancy a boat trip, cross over from Balmaha to the enchanting Inchcailloch island, and then follow the easygoing way-marked trail up to the island’s highest point (85m). From here you’ll get a panoramic view of the peaks of many mountains including the iconic Munro, Ben Lomond. n

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5. Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, teamed up with East Lothian business, Lori’s Creations, to create dolphin-tastic and crab-alicious looks.

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can’t tell you that your time is now, when maybe you’re just not ready. You may need time to make this decision, maybe some events of your life may need to happen. What if you no longer find yourself excited about exercising? Does this mean that you should stop? Well if you get married and eventually realise that marriage is not ‘exiting’ anymore, does this mean you should get divorced? Absolutely not, because the idea is that you fall in love with the same person over and over again for the rest of your life, and it is similar to training. Your decision needs to be comprehensive if you want it to last. You might have desires in which you’re ok with never happening. You might have a desire to go to space, but you may also be fairly comfortable with it never happening. Is there enough desire in you to make this decision? An unbreakable decision. n

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fun classes  •  exci-ng  recipes  •  explore  new  foods    •     weekly  term  -me  classes  (2-­‐5  yrs)  •    a=er  school   classes  •  nurseries  •  birthday  par-es  (  2  -­‐11  yrs)  •     school  holiday  workshops  (2-­‐11  yrs)  •    please   contact  me  to  find  a  suitable  class     Call  Fiona  on  07900093946/  email   Fiona@cra=ycooks.co.uk  or  facebook  Cra=y Cooks Edinburgh

Leith, Portobello & Central

Come and join us to sing, dance and play!

● Scottish Fine Soaps ● Ness ● Swarovski Crystal ● Jelly Cat Toys 5 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, www.littleletterstudio.com Edinburgh, EH4 1HU • 0131 332 4605 personalised prints for children www.bliss-stockbridge.co.uk

Zumba with Nadia &

Moo Music is a great fun and interactive Mark issession no ordinary regular music for 0-5 year old exercise class, grandparents children and their parents, and carers too, where the children sing, dance, play, learn and moooove!!

it’s a PARTY! in Morningside, CarmenClasses Chalmers

and Craiglockhart Moo MusicGreenbank Leith, Portobello & Central

07852 292 335 www.zumbaedinburgh.net carmen@moo-music.co.uk nadiaalkoch@hotmail.com www.moo-music.co.uk/lap Facebook: Edinburgh Zumba

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