Your child’s springboard to confidence! Spring/Summer 2021
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Welcome WELCOME to the Tumble Tots National Club! Be prepared for a great year filled with plenty of excitement for you and your little one! Make sure your Tumble Tot (or Gymbob) wears their T-Shirt of Confidence to classes as all their classmates will be wearing theirs too. You will find more top tips on page 5 of this handbook. Our specially designed, brightly coloured, wooden and foam equipment will help your child develop their physical skills of agility, balance, climbing and co-ordination. Each class is tailored to the age and stage of a child’s development which you can read more about on pages 6 – 7. As a member there are all sorts of opportunities for them to participate in various activities that we do on top of regular classes. Don’t forget to tick these off as you go on the checklist on page 11. The tasks will be challenging but lots of fun and our fully trained staff will help to guide and encourage your child through their sessions. We’ve teamed up with carefully selected partners to bring you fantastic offers, discounts and competitions, exclusively to our members. You will find some of these on pages 13 and 14 but be sure to regularly check our Member Offers website regularly as it will be updated every month throughout the year! On the site you’ll find more great offers, competitions and the latest product news from our partners and much more: www.tumbletotsmemberoffers.com We hope you have a wonderful year and we have no doubt that your little one will enjoy being a Tumble Tot or Gymbob this year.
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Contents Our Programme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Top Tips in our Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Objectives & Benefits 6 Months – Walking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Walking – 2 Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2 – 3 Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 3 Years – School Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Gymbobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Class Safety Measures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Membership Handbook Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Tumble Tots Member Offers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Certificate of Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 6 Ways Children Can Keep Active . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Letting Go of Lockdown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Storytime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 England’s Wildlife Escapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 What is a B Corp Brand? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
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Member’s Website At www.tumbletotsmemberoffers.com you will find a selection of fantastic offers, discounts, competitions and features created to help you save money, find the latest products and services for you and your family and to provide you with further benefits of being a Tumble Tots member. We’ll be adding new content every month throughout the year, so please check back regularly so you don’t miss out! TERMS & CONDITIONS Tumble Tots and Gymbobs are registered trademarks of Tumble Tots (UK) Ltd, 49G Pipers Road, Park Farm, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 0HU Tumble Tots Members Handbook is published by LincolnBrody Ltd, 98 Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, Essex RM11 1JS. Design Copyright © LincolnBrody Ltd, May 2021. All rights reserved.
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Our Programme Our programme aims to develop children’s ‘Skills for Life’. It helps them grow into confident adults, that understand and enjoy the importance of leading healthy active lifestyles. On the day of your trial, you will have experienced a fraction of the potential that Tumble Tots has to offer your child in the future. Today’s equipment is only a small part of the apparatus and the layout is changed every two weeks. This gives us the opportunity to concentrate on different skills and to intensify the challenges as the children develop within the programme.
The basic philosophy is to ‘build selfconfidence’ by helping develop the physical learning of the child. This is achieved by focusing on four important areas: General motor skills Social awareness Self assurance Self discipline They gain this through: A structured development programme Ongoing challenges A fun and happy atmosphere Well trained and enthusiastic staff A safe environment Age Groups: 6 Months - Walking Walking - 2 Years 2 - 3 Years 3 Years - School Age Gymbobs (School Age - 7 Years)
Top Tips in the Classes When your child receives the membership pack, put their name on the T-Shirt and encourage them to wear it in classes to feel part of the club!
Parents are fully responsible for their children in the under 3’s classes. We ask that you work directly with your child, encouraging and assisting where necessary. Support your child by holding the back of their T-Shirt so their hands are free for climbing and to aid balance.
Barefoot is best (and safest) for children as this helps with their development. Grown-ups can wear shoes if they aren’t high heels or heavy boots as these can hurt small fingers or toes.
In the over 3’s classes, grown-ups are not actively involved but must always remain on the premises.
Please dress children in suitable leg wear to allow for better movement and avoid jewellery or any clothing that can catch on the equipment.
Children are asked not to eat or drink on the equipment but if they need refreshments, you are welcome to take them to the waiting area.
If your child uses a dummy, please ensure they take it out before classes to protect them from potential injury.
Please do not take any photographs or videos during the classes and refrain from using mobile phones so your child has your full attention.
Before you leave and in the case of severe weather conditions, please check your emails, our website or Facebook page for closures.
Do not let children onto the equipment before or after classes. Please move to the waiting area so we can set-up safely for the next class.
Make sure you arrive in plenty of time and register your child at the desk. Please take your child to the toilet before classes begin to save interruption (this is especially important for the over 3’s classes). If you need to bring a sibling along to class, please be aware that they are unable to participate or play on the equipment as they will not be covered by insurance. We recommend bringing something to occupy them such as a book or colouring.
Objectives & Benefits During this time the safety of parents, children, Franchisees and staff remains paramount and we have taken the essential measures to ensure that those attending classes remain as safe as possible whilst still enjoying and gaining the full benefits that our wonderful programme has to offer. All of the measures that we, Tumble Tots (UK) Ltd., and our Franchisees are taking are based on official advice and guidance, these measures are temporary and will be routinely reviewed and adapted in accordance with future advice and guidance. Please check with your franchisee regarding their local measures.
6 Months – Walking
Walking – 2 Years
The 6 Months – Walking class offers you and your baby a relaxed and fun environment to help assist with key developmental milestones. Our 30-minute class will provide you with equipment to help make Tummy Time enjoyable, engage your baby in Sensory Play, help to build confidence in taking a first step and even start to build memory skills for climbing safely!
The Walking – 2 Years class offers your little one a 30-minute class where they can learn to control their bodies and movements following a circuit of Tumble Tots equipment! The circuit aims to build a child’s fundamental movement skills whilst allowing them to build their confidence and learn in a playful way. As we are not able to use our Co-ordination Equipment, you will be sent a weekly Activity Sheet to help build your little one’s co-ordination skills at home.
2 – 3 Years Our careful planning has meant that the 2 – 3 Years Class remains as close to what we all know and love as possible. Tumble Tots who attend the class will be given the opportunity to engage in a structured physical play class, developing their climbing, balance, agility and co-ordination skills. The class aims to challenge and further each child's individual and specific capabilities.
3 Years – School Age Our careful planning has meant that the 3 Years – School Age Class remains as close to what we all know and love as possible. Tumble Tots who attend the class will still be given the opportunity to engage in a more structured and independent physical play class which continues to challenge their specific and individual physical capabilities. Whilst attending classes, parents/carers must remain socially distant between one another whether this is in a separate waiting area or the class environment.
Gymbobs Gymbobs can take part in a 45-minute class which has all of the same aims and objectives as ever before. Our Gymbobs will continue to build their strength and stamina using complexed equipment setups to help, they will also continue to have the opportunity to take part in Warm Up Games and carefully constructed Relay Races! *Please note that not all our centres run Gymbobs classes, parents must remain on site for the 3 Years - School Age and Gymbobs classes, annual membership applies, class prices vary across the country and pre-booking is required.
To keep you, your Tumble Tots, Franchisees take time to read and observ Only enter the class/venue when instructed to do so by a Tumble Tots team member. Please follow the directional arrows and the Entrance and Exit signs that have been put up around your class/venue environment.*
Please maintain a safe social distance between other parents and staff members whilst in the class/venue environment.*
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Please use hand sanitiser when entering and exiting the class/venue environment, handwashing facilities are also available at each venue. Tumble Tots staff will be engaging in frequent cleaning procedures as well as frequent hand sanitising and washing procedures.* 8
s and teams safe during these times, please ve the following information: Class sizes will be temporarily reduced, and we ask that only one parent/carer comes along to a class. Parents are fully responsible for their Tumble Tots in all classes and are not required to actively participate in the 3 Years – School Age class but, must remain onsite at all times whilst adhering to social distancing measures.*
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Please avoid bringing any personal belongings into the class environment.*
Adults who are able should wear a face mask or covering in line with official Government guidance.*
*By becoming a Tumble Tots member, it is your responsibility, as the parent or guardian, to maintain current Government social distancing measures whilst attending Tumble Tots classes. Please check with your franchisee regarding their local measures. 9
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Membership Handbook Checklist To help you and your little ones get the most out of this year’s classes, we’ve compiled a handy checklist of achievements to complete for each class. 6 Months – Walking
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Tumble Tots Member Offers Once again, we’ve teamed up with a selection of terrific partners to bring you loads of fantastic offers and discounts. Every partner listed here will have their own page on the Member Offers website and we will be adding new offers and product news throughout the year so please visit www.tumbletotsmemberoffers.com regularly so you don’t miss out! And don’t forget, there are also lots of fabulous offers from the autumn/winter edition still valid on the website too! Click on the company name to visit our partners’ pages on the Member Offers website, or simply visit their website directly by clicking on their address.
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6 Ways Children Can Keep Active For 3 Hours A Day!
The NHS physical activity guidelines says that children under 5 should be active for at least 180 minutes each day Tumble Tots
Tumble Tots are committed to helping to build the healthiest generation in history. The NHS physical activity guidelines says that children under 5 should be active for at least 3 hours (that’s 180 minutes) each day! There are all kinds of ways in which your little ones can keep active for the recommended amount of time. Here are some of our favourites: 16
Climbing helps to develop children’s fine motor skills, improving their grasp and grip. Climbing requires focus and concentration as well as hand, feet and eye co-ordination. Children must put their hands and feet in the correct places if they are to successfully mount a piece of climbing equipment. Whilst climbing up and down on smaller apparatus is a good start, as your little one grows up they will need more of a challenge to further develop these skills. Skills for Life! Climbing builds crosslateral skills which are needed when little ones develop their handwriting skills.
Jumping is a great way for children to use all key muscle groups in their body. But it is the core muscles that benefit the most from jumping, as these are the muscles used when jumping or landing. Jumping from one spot to another is great for a child who wants that extra challenge. Why not encourage your little one to imagine they are frog, jumping from one Lilypad to another? Skills for Life! Core strength is essential for all kinds of activities including riding a bike, climbing a ladder or even playing twister!
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3. ACTIVE PLAY
Active play activities such as hide-and-seek are loads of fun! But there are also cognitive benefits to these activities. It raises children’s curiosity, their spatial awareness, and offers physical challenges which aim to increase their agility and balance skills. With small groups of children tag is great at developing a variety of physical skills as well as fair play and teamwork. Skills for Life! Searching for objects develops problem-solving skills transferable to the classroom.
4. PLAYING WITH OBJECTS
Playing with objects is great before children start walking, especially if those objects stimulate more than one of the child’s senses. Putting a toy in front of a baby, who is not yet walking, encourages them to reach out and grab it. Playing with objects also teaches little ones about object permanence, the idea that objects exist even if they cannot be seen or heard. Skills for Life! Research shows playing with objects that stimulate children’s senses builds nerve connections in the brain pathways, supporting language development. 19
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work together building the fundamental skills for ongoing development. Tunnels are great ways to encourage children to start crawling, especially if you are on the other side encouraging them all the way.
Crawling is a really important stage in a child’s physical development. It develops their balance, gross and fine motor skills and handeye coordination. It also makes young children co-ordinate both their upper and lower body. Crawling is also super important for a baby’s brain development as both sides of the brain
Skills for Life! Crawling builds up a child’s confidence to explore new places, building independent confidence.
6. CATCHING & THROWING
Catching, throwing or rolling balls and other objects is a great way for children to develop their agility and hand-eye coordination. This activity is super fun inside or outside and can use a variety of objects including balls, flying disks and bean bags. To improve these skills further why not add a bucket to the equation and encourage your little one to throw an object into the bucket. This will also develop persistence skills. Remember to watch out for your child’s hand preference as that may start to reveal itself during these activities and always encourage them to use both sides of their body. Skills for Life! Catching and Throwing gives a child more control over their eye movement, making it easier for them to focus on their reading.
Letting Go of Lockdown
New research from infant formula brand Kendamil, has found that 42 per cent of new mums are concerned that their lockdown babies will struggle socially when the world re-opens. Over a third (37 per cent) admitted to worrying about their little one’s lack of social skills. Parents of children under two years old were most concerned.
The survey reveals that: Top post-pandemic parenting fear is
children’s inability to socialise. Almost a third (30) per cent of mums dread public temper tantrums. One in four mums used the pandemic as an excuse to limit visitors. Parents saw chores as ‘me time’. Respondents were asked whether they thought the pandemic had an impact on parenting – a slim 16 per cent felt that it hadn’t. Interestingly, 42 per cent said it had a positive impact, while exactly the same number said the impact was negative.
The study of 1,005 UK mums with children aged five or below also found that a quarter of mums (24 per cent) are nervous about seeing other parents managing better than them postpandemic, and 69 per cent of newborns missed out on bonding time with grandparents. 23
Top 5 parenting struggles in lockdown were:
To help parents feel confident getting out and about, Kendamil have created a series of guides, with contributions from child experts. You’ll find tips and advice on everything from helping develop your child’s social skills to packing for a day trip with a baby. They are available free on their blog.
L ost bonding time with grandparents or other family members. Not being able to arrange playdates.
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Top 5 silver linings for parents were: Spending more time with children.
Enjoying more quality time in your ‘bubble’. Eating more meals as a family.
Noticing more about children’s personality. Being around for more of the ‘firsts’.
Top 10 pandemic parenting coping strategies Allowed their child more screen time.
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Storytime Here’s a selection of our favourite books out now or coming soon... Cat's Cookbook: A Tales from Acorn Wood story (Lift-the-flap book) Julia Donaldson (author), Axel Scheffler (illustrator)
Lift the flaps and join in the fun with Cat's Cookbook, a new story in the Tales from Acorn Wood preschool series by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.
Cat wants to learn to cook. Will she find a book to help her in Acorn Library? Lift the flaps to find out, and then join Cat and all her friends for a special surprise!
With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, Cat's Cookbook joins the first four stories in the Tales from Acorn Wood series - Fox's Socks, Postman Bear, Rabbit's Nap and Hide-and-Seek Pig - which have been delighting parents and children for over twenty years. Publisher: Pan Macmillan. Published 29/04/21.
That’s not my bunny…
Fiona Watt (author), Wells (illustrator)
Meet five adorable bunnies in this lovely new edition of the springtime favourite, complete with shiny edges. Babies and toddlers love the best-selling That’s not my… books with their bold illustrations, patches to stroke, and a mouse to spot on every page, all designed to develop sensory and language awareness. Available in all good bookshops Publisher: Usborne Publishing. Out now.
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Poppy and Sam and the Lamb
Sam Taplin (author), Simon Taylor-Kielty (illustrator) Little children will love the irresistible fluffy lamb puppet in this delightful novelty book. The little lamb is lost, and Poppy and Sam follow it around Apple Tree Farm as it tries to find its way back to Woolly the Sheep. There are lots of fun details to talk about in the busy illustrations, and of course there's a little yellow duck to spot on every page. Publisher: Usborne Publishing. Out now.
Don’t tickle the pig!
Sam Taplin (author), Ana Martin Larranaga (illustrator)
You'd better not tickle the pig... because it just might oink if you do! Little children won't be able to resist pressing the soft touchy-feely patches to hear the different farm animals in this delightful novelty book. At the end the animals make their noises along with a hilarious rendition of Old Macdonald Had a Farm. Publisher: Usborne Publishing. Out now.
The Whale Who Wanted More (Hardback) Rachel Bright (author), Jim Field (illustrator)
Under glittering waves of a vast ocean blue, a beautiful world is hidden from view. And there, in the cool and the quiet of the deep, a great, gentle giant was stirring from sleep...
A stunning undersea tale of friendship, community and discovery from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside.
Humphrey the whale is on a quest: to find the one perfect object that will make him feel complete. He roams far and wide, gathering endless undersea treasure as he goes. Yet, no matter how many goodies he accumulates, Humphrey still doesn't feel content. Could it be friendship, not possessions, that will really make Humphrey's heart sing?
A sparkling rhyming tale that encourages sharing and kindness, this heart-warming story of friendship is perfect for reading aloud. Publisher: Hachette Children's Group. Published 29/04/21. 35
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The Boys (Hardback)
Lauren Ace (author), Jenny Lovlie (author)
The boys had been friends for as long as they could remember and a little while before that. They were like brothers.
Follow the adventures of four boys as they grow up, forming bonds of friendship to last a lifetime - even if they are occasionally put to the test... Publisher: Little Tiger Press Group. Published 01/04/21.
Chris Haughton (author & illustrator)
From Chris Haughton comes a funny, suspenseful and keenly observed cautionary tale about pushing boundaries and indulging your more mischievous, cheeky side (when nobody is looking).
Three little monkeys, and their big monkey, are sat high up on their branch in the forest canopy. "Ok, monkeys! I'm off," says the big monkey. "Now remember. Whatever you do, do NOT go down to the mango tree. There are tigers down there."
Mmm ... mangos! think the little monkeys. They LOVE mangos. Hmm ... maybe ... maybe they could just look at the mangos? That'd be ok, right? Publisher: Walker Books Ltd. Published 01/04/21.
Nature Trail: A joyful rhyming celebration of the natural wonders on our doorstep (Hardback) Benjamin Zephaniah (author), Nila Aye (illustrator)
A joyful celebration of nature and the wonder of the world around us by legendary poet and performer Benjamin Zephaniah, one of The Times' top 50 British post-war writers. At the bottom of my garden, there's a hedgehog and a frog, And a lot of creepy-crawlies living underneath a log . . .
All around us, from parks to gardens and flowerpots to pavements, there's a world of wonder just waiting to be discovered. Why not look a little closer and see what you find?
This joyful celebration of nature reminds us all to take a closer look at the world around us, and enjoy the wonder of nature wherever we find it. Packed with animals and minibeasts galore, this imaginative rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud. Publisher: Hachette Children's Group. Published 01/04/2021. 37
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The BRIO Builder open-ended construction system offers endless possibilities for children to design and build their own creations time and time again. those small pieces. With the BRIO Builder range, children are free to explore their ideas in unlimited ways with a system that is not only built to last a lifetime, but could be the start of a lifetime’s love of learning and discovery too.
Watching children putting the pieces of a construction set together is fascinating, and it should be. It’s not just a car, a robot or a house they’re making – you’re seeing them make incredible discoveries and developmental steps with every stage of the play. Whether they’re planning their imaginative creations or practicing fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination as they build, there are big connections to be made among
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Everything that is inside a BRIO Builder box has been carefully designed to inspire children to think outside the box. Budding engineers, 40
“The possibilities are endless when children start building in this open-ended construction system. Now they can bring their toy creations to life with motorised movement too.” Dan Nordlund, BRIO Designer architects and designers can unleash their imaginations as they plan, investigate and problem-solve their way to builds that reflect their unique creativity and personality. As they play, they’re not only experimenting with early science, engineering, maths and technology ideas, they’re also using their amazing artistic creativity to design their builds too – the beginnings of STEAM learning. Every day can tell a different story as they design, build and rebuild time and time again.
their own designs. The inspirational leaflet included within each set is just the beginning of their journey as they grow in confidence and let their imaginations run wild. Like all BRIO products, the sets are created using FSC-certified wood from responsibly managed forests along with other high quality and durable materials to enhance functionality. All sets are compatible and suitable for children aged 3 years and older.
The BRIO Builder range is available in toy stores nationwide and online, with prices starting from RRP £16.99. Please visit Brio.uk for more information.
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BRIO Builder sets contain the tools and components for children to begin constructing
Choose from a range of BRIO Builder sets including; BRIO Builder Motor Set Take the action to a new level with the addition of a battery-powered motor to bring movement to Builder creations. With 121 pieces.
BRIO Builder Starter Set A great place to start putting construction ideas to the test with this BRIO Builder Starter Set. 49 sturdy pieces are included in a handy storage toolbox, including components and tools. BRIO Builder Activity Set Budding engineers will have more than enough to let their design ideas run wild with a huge 211 pieces in the Builder Activity Set.
BRIO Builder Construction Set 136 building components in this set, including easy-to-use tools such as hammers, screwdrivers and wrenches. 41
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England’s Wildlife Escapes World Wildlife Day took place at the beginning of March and with England’s countryside and coast home to some of the world’s most amazing animals, you don’t need to go far or put on virtual reality goggles to have a close encounter. With thanks to Visit England, we’ve rounded up a handful of our most fascinating wildlife, locations and experiences to inspire and plan your next wild(life) escape away….. SEE THE SEALS, DOLPHINS & WHALES AS THEY BASK ALONG ENGLAND’S COASTLINE Donna Nook Seals, Lincolnshire
Britain is home to around 40% of the world’s population of seals, and one of the best places to see them is at Lincolnshire’s Donna Nook National Nature Reserve, covering more than 10 kilometres of coast between Grainthorpe Haven and Saltfleet and home to around 3,000 grey seals. The best time to witness them is in November and December when the seals give birth to their pups. The designated viewing areas at the foot of the sand dunes offer the perfect vantage point to spot the fluffy white pups from a safe distance. For further information: www.lincstrust.org.uk/ get-involved/top-reserves/donna-nook
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beaked Dolphins are also now being seen every year on the coast in increasing numbers.
At least seven species of dolphin swim the waters around the UK. England’s south coast is home to the white-beaked dolphins that put on a show, performing their flips, jumps and dives, and getting friendly with the local boats. Join St Ives Boat Services on their Four Seasons pleasure boat. The tour gives you the chance to get as up close as possible to pods of Common and Bottlenose dolphins and very often, they’ll accompany you as you make your way along the coast!
Pricing from Adult: £90.00 www.blueskywildlife.com/tour/above-and-belowphotography-trip/
BIRD WATCHING ON LAND AND AT SEA... Farne Islands’ Puffins, Northumberland
Puffins (or as the locals like to call them ‘Tommy Noddy’) gather in their tens of thousands on Northumberland’s Farne Islands between April and July to breed and nest. A full day trip on one of Billy Shiel’s Boats will allow you the chance to appreciate the wonder of these beautiful species and their comical gait. Sailing along Inner Farne and Staple Island you’ll not only get the chance to see the Puffins as they nest and search for food but over 20 other species of breeding seabirds, including Guillemots, Razorbills and Eider Ducks.
Pricing from Adult: £15.00, Children: £10.00, Children under 16 years go free (off-peak only, max 2) www.stivesboatservices.com/dolphin-watching
Whale watching, North Yorkshire Coast
Once known for its whaling fleet, Whitby is now thankfully becoming famous for its whale watching. In summer Minke Whales appear, following the Mackerel shoals. These fantastic mammals are the most regularly seen large cetacean along the coast and Harbour Porpoise can be seen throughout the year and on most whale watching trips. Bottle-nosed and White-
Pricing from Adult: £40.00, Children £25.00 Boat trips available May–July For further information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/farne-islands/features/ puffins-on-the-farne-islands www.farne-islands.com/trips/all-day-bird-watch-trip/ Puffins at Farne Island
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Above: Rye Harbour Nature Reserve courtesy of Barry Yates/Sussex Wildlife Trust
The centre will transform the way visitors engage with the natural and cultural heritage of the reserve, with an exciting and innovative programme of activities, education, training and conservation projects. The 1,110 acre reserve is one of the most biodiverse places in Britain with 4,200 plant and animal species recorded, including over 200 rare or endangered birds and mammals. It is also home to a range of historic buildings, among them Henry VIII’s Camber Castle and the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House.
Red Squirrels, Merseyside
While we’re accustomed to seeing grey squirrels almost everywhere, our native red squirrels are a pretty rare sight. Pushed out of the country by the introduction of American grey squirrels, there are only a few places left in England where these rusty-red squirrels can survive. Visit Formby, Merseyside and take the designated National Trust Red Squirrel Walking Trail where you’ll catch a glimpse of them feasting on hazelnuts and pinecones.
Due to launch in April 2021. For further information visit: ryeharbourdiscoverycentre.org.uk/discoverycentre-project
TO THE COUNTRYSIDE, FORESTS AND ESTATES FOR A SPOT OF DRY LAND WILDLIFE WATCHING…
Wild boar making a comeback at Forest of Dean
As you wander through the woodlands of Forest of Dean make sure to look out for wild boar. These once common species were hunted to extinction around 300 years ago but now, thanks to both accidental and deliberate releases, they have made a return to the forest. Though they are pretty elusive, which can make them tricky to spot, there are a few clues that’ll tell you if any are nearby, including their hooved footprints and trees coated in mud (they enjoy a good old scratch against the bark).
Deer Watching in Cheshire
Lyme Park’s not only home of Pride and Prejudice but an array of wildlife from migrating Scandinavian birds to fairytale-like fungus, with its star players being its resident red deer. Deer have been at Lyme Park for over 600 years and continue to play a pivotal role on the estate. Designated walks take you around the grounds where you’re almost guaranteed to see a deer or two wandering about or grazing.
For further information visit: nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme-park-house-and-garden/ features/wildlife-at-lyme-park
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Bison at The Wildwood Trust ©Tom Cawdron
fungi in a setting that feels as wild and dynamic as the African bush. There’s also the chance to stay in one of the treehouses, shepherd’s huts, tents or yurts, or the option to pitch your own in their exclusive Wildland campsite.
Bison at Blean Woods, Kent
The Garden of England is soon to introduce Bison to its woodlands, as a way to promote stronger habitats. Known as ecosystem engineers, the Bison will help to change the environment through natural behaviours – like eating bark and creating dust baths – to help restore wildlife to the Blean Wood area. Once they’re settled in, you’ll be able to see the bison from Blean Woods’s public footpaths as well as from raised viewing points.
Pricing from; Adult: £40.00 (dusk walk, April - May). Overnights start from £245.00 (midweek, low season), Treehouse from £415.00 (midweek, low season) www.kneppsafaris.co.uk/safaris Visitors are advised to always check individual websites for the latest information, as events and openings are subject to change. National restrictions may still be in place at some locations.
For further information: www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/wilderblean
Knepp Safaris, Sussex
Check out www.visitengland.com for the latest guidance.
One of the largest rewilding projects in lowland Britain, Knepp Safaris gives you the chance to get up close to wild ponies, cattle, deer and pigs as they roam freely around 3,500 acres in Sussex. Offering vehicle-based safaris, guided walking tours as well as the Dusk and Dawn tours of the landscape to marvel at the splendour of the thousands of birds, mammals, butterflies, beetles, reptiles, plants and
For more inspiration check out visitengland.com/escape and follow @visitengland on social channels #VisitEngland #EscapeTheEveryday All images courtesy of Visit England/Visit Britain except where stated
Discover the new Baby Jogger® Summit™ X3 Jogging stroller. Launched in March, Summit™ X3 is suitable for strolling from 6 months and for jogging from 9 months.
Discover its features below:
Premium fabrics with reflective accents on canopy and harness covers
We at Baby Jogger® have never stopped pushing to find more solutions that allow parents to experience life with baby by their side. From strollers that fold into your hands to strollers that adapt to your growing family—we’ve got it covered. We want to go where you are going, and our strollers are designed to take you there. We pride ourselves in creating durable, high-quality products, built to withstand it all—just push a Baby Jogger stroller and you’ll feel the difference. In that spirit, we have updated our Summit™ X3 stroller with new features and a modern look, to keep you and your baby safe while strolling … or jogging! Go anywhere with this highly maneuverable jogging stroller. With its allwheel suspension, the Summit™ X3 provides exceptional performance on any terrain.
Baby Jogger’s One-hand quick fold
Large wheels with air-filled rubber tyres and allwheel suspension Hand-operated deceleration brake and footoperated parking brake
A remote front wheel lock to switch between swivel and jogging modes
Hand wrist tether to prevent the stroller from slipping away
3-panel UV 50+ canopy with side vents and two peek-a-boo windows Multi-position reclining seat, with a 5-point harness, includes a seat back vent and retractable weather cover Storage basket with all round access
Suitable for one child from 6 months up to 22kg RRP £449
Our new fashion, Midnight Black, is inspired by a trend using futuristic geometrics and reflective influences combined to create a premium active aesthetic. As with all our products, we at Baby Jogger® pride ourselves on the quality and durability or our strollers and offer a lifetime warranty on the frame. We have also developed compatible accessories, to meet any needs you might have: a belly bar, a weathershield and a parent console are available for purchase separately. For more information on this product or on any other Baby Jogger® products, please visit our website: www.babyjogger.co.uk 50
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What is a B Corp brand? Hannah Reiss explains… To reduce your environmental footprint you might recycle, compost food waste, buy secondhand clothes, cut back on meat and swap flying for taking the train. Then there are the social issues in the world that are becoming increasingly important to us such as advocating for equal rights, attending protests, donating to local charities or even reaching out to an elderly neighbour who might be lonely or shielding. We are confident that these actions create a positive impact in the world - and yet when it comes to choosing brands to buy from, it’s difficult to know how our pounds can have real purpose. You might look out for products with recyclable or biodegradable packaging, but is that business also prioritising the welfare of its workers and suppliers? You’re enticed by an activist brand, campaigning to raise awareness about urgent social issues in the world, but is it measuring its environmental impact across its production chain too? Despite more of us looking to shop from brands that align with our values, only 10% of
Many of us are becoming more conscious about the impact we have in the world. Our desire to protect the planet and contribute to society so that future generations can live a happy and healthy life means we make daily choices that can create a positive impact.
shoppers find it easy to identify the brands that are truly doing good in the world. How do we know that a brand is really walking the walk? Certified B Corporations (B Corps for short), are a new kind of business balancing profit with people and the planet. B Corps meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, legal accountability and transparency. To certify, B Corps must achieve a minimum score on the B Impact Assessment - a rigorous online tool assessing a company’s impact on its workers, customers, community and the environment. B Corps commit to transparency by publishing their score on the B Corp website and they amend their governing articles to legally embed a commitment to people and the planet, alongside making a profit. There are currently over 3,300 B Corps around the world and B Corps in the UK include The Body Shop, Abel & Cole, Patagonia, Ella’s Kitchen and JoJo Maman Bébé. In fact, the movement is really picking up momentum with the UK’s favourite TV chef, Jamie Oliver, joining the community in July this year.
working conditions. Pukka also donates 1% of annual sales to environmental charities and has committed to be carbon zero by 2030. Last year, Ella’s Kitchen published its ‘The Good Stuff We Do’ report detailing all the ways it’s helping to make the world a better place. Headlines include donating 330,000 pouches to Action Against Hunger, planting 2,000 trees with Trees for Life, and working with Fare Share to donate 100,000 Christmas meals to vulnerable families in the UK. Ella’s has also launched a programme to inspire its suppliers to start measuring their social and environmental impact too.
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We live in a world where business must be part of the solution to the world’s biggest challenges. B Corps aren’t perfect but these businesses are always doing more to make progress and improve. To maintain certification, B Corps must complete the assessment every 3 years so as a business grows and changes, it’s environmental and social performance must always be measured and managed. So the next time you’re doing your weekly shop or stocking up on household essentials look out for the B Corp stamp of approval and keep taking small steps for a better world. To browse the entire B Corp community and search for products and services, head to www.bcorporation.uk/we-are-b-corps.
What makes a B Corp a better business?
To help us answer this question, here are some well-known B Corps, using business as a force for good. The Body Shop is often celebrated for its campaigning, engaging its customers in Forever Against Animal Testing and working tirelessly to end animal testing, for good. Beyond brand activism, The Body Shop encourages its employees to take volunteering days to help with causes they care about most and it mitigates it’s shop’s footprint with recycling schemes and offsetting any energy that isn’t green. The UK’s favourite boutique mother and baby brand, JoJo Maman Bébé runs impactful initiatives across its entire business. These include supporting multiple charities, providing work opportunities to people with disabilities, being loyal to its suppliers around the world, using fabrics made from recycled bottles and launching the From a Mother to Another hand-me-down campaign. Pukka Herbs is passionate about people, plants and the planet. Through a partnership with Fair for Life, it ensures its growers and collectors around the world are fairly paid and have good 55
Discover your adventure... SEEKERS is a multi-award-winning magnetic scavenger hunt game that encourages children to search for various objects in their environment. Hunt for the items on the magnets and flip them over once discovered. For Ben & Holly fans – head outside into your own little kingdom with this branded version of the game.
SEEKERS is an add-on game providing endless scavenger hunt adventures. Additional magnet sets are available to use with the starter set magnetic board. Current add-on magnet sets include...
AT THE PARK
SHAPES AND COLOURS
ALPHABET SET COMING SOON!
seekers - the magnetic scavenger hunt game
SUCH A FAB SET!!! This is such a fantastic idea to help keep children busy when out and about. We loved looking for the items! I also think the price is great value and I love that I can buy additional packs for it which I will definitely be doing! Would definitely recommend and think it’s a fabulous addition to our walks! Mrs K Neale - Amazon review 2021
discover more at www.seekersgames.co.uk
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Carry on the fun at home and practice the actions to all your favourite Tumble Tots songs and rhymes! Visit www.tumbletots.co.uk to buy the CDs or search ‘Tumble Tots’ on Spotify, YouTube, Amazon or iTunes.