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Hardy’s most important role As far as cool dads go, Tom Hardy hasn’t just read the script… he wrote it! He has the clothes, the roughly groomed exterior, the bravado and the most chequered of pasts – yet, as he reveals, his devotion for children is unrelenting.



y his own admission, Tom Hardy still isn’t quite the man with ‘the plan’. Sure, he’s got ambition, he’s got ideas, but for the first time in his life he’s happy to sit in the moment, neither mulling over a rather lively past nor thinking too far into the future. “Fatherhood, right now, is the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced,” he begins. “When you start raising your own kids, you learn very quickly how hard it is there are no guidebooks that are going to tell you how to be the perfect parent and it can be really tough. But it’s also the most awesome and rewarding experience of your life.” Hardy is also quick to reference what was, at times, a turbulent upbringing, and you sense his role as a father has helped him compartmentalise the errors he made when growing up. “Fatherhood has definitely made me see my time growing up – and that part of my life with my dad – in a completely different way,” he continues, “and I’m so grateful for that. It’s opened up my eyes and things have become much clearer.” Hardy and wife Charlotte Riley –

who met on the set of Wuthering Heights in 2009 – live in London and are currently pregnant with their second child. Their first, a boy, was born October 2015, and it is a marker for the actor’s passionate desire for protect his brood that his name has never been revealed. He also has another son - 10-year-old son, Louis, from a relationship with former girlfriend Rachael Speed.

nitely as defi owing h d o gr erho “Fath see my time f my o e t r m made and that pa – in a – d da up th my nt life wi etely differe l p com way,” Of course, for a man who has been through so much, Tom Hardy certainly knows his mind when it comes to the challenges in life, movie-making included. Legend, in which he played both Kray twins was, he says, “the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced as an actor”. As for Dunkirk, the 41-year-old admitted he was torn in half by the reality of

what our forefathers achieved, with the film and its people “staying with me for life”. In 2015, Hardy proved his studio mettle in Mad Max: Fury Road, and has also distinguished himself in a series of indie films including Locke, The Drop, Bronson, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He is also known for his work as the villainous Bane in The Dark Knight Returns. Now, in new film Venom, the actor – who notes Gary Oldman as his ultimate screen hero – acquires the powers of a symbiote, and is required to release his alter-ego, ‘Venom’, to save his life, in an all-action horror-strewn movie that combines sci-fi terror with superhero ethics and CGI. It’s another trip into the darker side of movie making – perhaps a conveniently timed build-up to next year’s Mad Max sequel, The Wasteland – yet there is reason to believe his professional choices are perhaps just a form of therapy, and even a gift to his kids. “I have to say, I’m not dark at all in my own life,” he says. “I love my family, my home life, and I love my dogs. If I’m working on a film, I live in that world that I’m creating through my character and

that’s where I need to be. But once it’s over, it’s like the stroke of midnight and the carriage turns into a pumpkin and I get to go back to my real world which is my family.” Where Venom is concerned, you definitely sense Hardy has an eye on the movies his children will see him in when they are old enough. As it stands, the film – which is released in the UK on October 5 – would scare the living daylights out of most kids, but Hardy wants to impress there is a youthful element within it, something that obviously led him to take the role. “You look at it and it’s really the same as a cartoon. Kids love the Spider-Man ideal, they love characters who morph, and there’s a really human element to this, and that’s what I loved about it. “I knew I could do it justice, and having the responsibility over such a brilliant Marvel character is a nice thing and I’ve thrived off that. The people, young and old, who love this genre are so passionate, so knowledgeable and so supportive. “And yes, I do sense that my moods are definitely changing,” he says, referencing the effect having children has had on him and his choices.”

And yet, the actor’s most important contribution will always be in the flesh, rather than in big-screen form. “Always,” he laughs. “I take my responsibility as a father very seriously. I love being a dad and having Louis, firstly, in my life changed my perspective on a lot of things. “From the very first moment, you stop thinking selfishly and you dedicate yourself to the happiness and wellbeing of your child,” he says. “Looking ahead, the plan is simple - I want to be able to spend more time with my children in the future, not less. In fact, even if my career would suddenly fall apart I could be very happy just being a dad and living a much simpler life.” And it’s clear Hardy wants a much more harmonious upbringing for his kids than he was afforded. “My parents suffered a lot with me and it was hard for them to see me get into trouble and seem lost in life. But they stuck with me the way families do. “I needed to learn a lot about life, and having my own children changed me forever. Now my father and I are able to sit down and talk about everything, and that’s what I want for my kids.”

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Brunching & Lunching

two courses it’s the perfect choice for a From family get-togethers to lunch with the girls – girlie catch-up or quick refuel on the go. Brunch is big in the States and these guys it’s not all racks of ribs and giant burgers here folks! showcase it perfectly. Think piles of fluffy The lunch menu offers a great value selection of smokehouse classics and Southern favourites along pancakes, crispy chicken topped waffles with a tasty range of lighter bites and at just £10 for and giant plates of breakfast favourites. Wash it all down with bottomless coffee’s or even a mimosa or two and start your weekend in style! Lunch is served Monday – Friday from 11am – 5pm and you can grab breakfast or brunch every Friday through Sunday from 9am to midday. ‘We always saw Hickory’s as somewhere to go for a big family get together or special treat but the new lunch menu mean’s its really affordable to pop in during the week for a quick catch up. My mum’s and I’s new favourite lunch date.’Katie Capper – Busy Mum and Excellent Daughter

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VIK’s (very important kid’s) RULE!

Family fun is at the heart of the offering here and the guy’s ‘cradle to grave’ ethos is evident in everything they do. Kid’s really do rule here and grown-ups can relax from the moment they step foot inside the door. From the recently refurbished outdoor area, complete with covered play areas, yard games and ping-pong; to the ever-popular cinema room – the team are hand-picked and well trained in the art of ‘kid-control’ which all helps parents relax and little uns’ have a ball! The kids menu is a bit of a triumph too. Designed by Mum’s its packed with Smokehouse treats but has an array of healthy eating options along with a few more ‘grown-up’

Go ‘Beyond The Burger’ At Hickory’s Smokehouse in West Kirby and discover a restaurant packed with family fun, sizzling sport and date night delights....

To say these guys are sport’s mad is an understatement! The bar area and ‘grown-up’ zone to the right of restaurant comes complete with multiple screens and some perfect ‘viewing’ spots for any of you sports fans. From rugby to football and basketball to tennis, sport is very much the star of the show bar side. NFL virgin? Fear not team Hickory’s are almost evangelical about the USA’s national game. From September to February Sunday night is football night with games shown on every screen, including every game on the Red Zone streamed live. If you don’t know a touchdown from a scrimmage – do not fear, the bar team are well versed in the rudiments of this addictive game and will guide you through the basics. So, sit back, grab a bucket of wings for only £5 and a bucket of Miller Genuine for just £10, choose your team and ROAR! ‘As a pretty obsessive NFL fan I love nothing more than sharing my passion with guests – although some might say boring them to tears! In all seriousness, American football is the most-high energy, fast paced and addictive sport ever. I promise you, one game and you’re hooked! GO RAIDERS!” Tom Schofield – Hickory’s GM and NFL Nerd

choices for our not-solittle lovelies. For those of us who have experienced the fabulous Southern inspired food A selection Hickory’s, we already know this place is a super-authentic Smokehouse of marvellous with a menu packed full of Southern style treats and barbecue delights. milkshakes, From mouth-watering meats, cooked low and slow in the smokers super-smoothies to decadent desserts and brilliant brunches his place serves and a fab frozen up the very best Southern American staples; but more custard station completes than that – it’s good for the soul! the family vibe - an all-round restaurant experience for the whole family! ‘With an eleven and two-year-old it’s Date Night Dreams! usually hard to find a place that suits The planets may not align very often but both but the vibe at Hickory’s is just right. if you can grab a sitter on a Friday night Enough street cred for the (almost) teenager head down to Hickory’s for some date and plenty to keep a busy two-year-old night shenanigans with a difference at the entertained!’ legendary Southern Style Happy Hour Ali Hunter – Busy Mum & Gin Fan on Friday nights! Ok, so none of want to be a ‘cheap date’ but the 2 for 1 cocktails and cool live music is a vibe is not to be missed. The bar comes to life every Friday night as the bar team mix, shake and stir some amazing cocktails whilst the whole place buzzes with live music. Grab dinner beforehand, or some bar snacks whilst you just go back to being you, and Mum and Dad take the night off! ‘As much as we adore our boys we also love a night off! We love Hickory’s as it’s the boy’s favourite but also a great place to just chill and enjoy a few amazing cocktails!’ Cher Arnott – Boutique Owner and Cocktail Queen


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Autumn Menus


Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, there are few better times in the food and drink lovers’ diary than Autumn. The ingredients of the season – chestnut mushrooms, crisp and tangy apples, ripe juicy blackberries, locally grown beetroot – are peppering menus across the region. Here are some of our favourites.

The Storyhouse


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The Storyhouse’s Kitchen offers a taste of the delicious Levant, and its Autumn menu is its best yet. The cafe in the newly opened Chester theatre is inspired by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours. Harissa spiced sausages, crispy halloumi drizzled with tahini, butter bean pul biber and a warming batata harra of cumin spiced potatoes herald the colder days. Brunch is served from 8am-4pm and includes Jordanian Ara’yes with allspice, parsley and flatbread, as well as Shakshuka baked egg, with tomato and pepper sauce, feta. For something sweeter, don’t miss the orange blossom frozen terrine with honey and pistachio or the warming chocolate, coffee and cardamom torte with sour orange peel. It’s excellent value, with mains coming in at around £7.50 and small plates at around £3.50. The children’s menu is impressive too. Alongside more traditional roasted chicken and pizza pitta they offer pea and mint hummus with carrot, cucumber, crispy pitta sticks, and a falafel, hummus and khobez wrap. Again, this is around the £3.50 mark. Make a day of it with their programme of family friendly shows, including the return of the popular parent and baby cinema screenings. Cancel the babysitter, and enjoy the latest releases on the big screen every Wednesday at 11am in the company of other parents and their babies. Free tea or coffee included. The husband and wife team behind the multiple award-winning Lunya in Liverpool and Manchester has opened Lunyalita at the Royal Albert Dock. Peter and Elaine Kinsella’s new ‘baby Lunya’ offers Catalan-inspired breakfasts, with newer takes and healthy, light options such as smashed avocado, roasted tomatoes and white asparagus. Or, for chilly mornings there’s porridge with orange blossom honey, stacks of pancakes, spicy chorizo, crushed hazelnuts and chestnut honey. Lunchtimes offer huge over-stuffed sandwiches, large salad bowls, a daily large dish - everything from a paella to Catalan Scouse - with a ‘when it’s gone, it’s gone’ policy. Other dishes include Huevos Rotos – a big one-stop dish of a large bowl of fried patatas bravas, choice of toppings finished off with two fried eggs broken up so all the yolks run through. Or, if you’re feeling sociable there’s a range of giant deli sharing platters, ranging from about £12 up to £22. Tapas starts at around a fiver and main meals at around £10. Children are well catered for, with most of the tapas dishes being offered in children’s portions and there’s even

a mini platter for your budding gourmand. As with the two larger Lunya sites, breastfeeding mums are made very welcome and always offered a free drink on the house. Manchester’s coolest bar has launched its new haven in the heart of Spinningfields, Sunset by Australasia. This relaxed terrace makes for a stylish hideout. Designed by award-winning interior designer Michelle Derbyshire, it oozes Miami-cool and laid-back Ibizan vibes, located right in the heart of the city. As you’d expect from Australasia’s little sister, it offers impressive sushi and seafood, taking inspiration from Australian cuisine and Pacific Rim flavours, made using locally sourced seasonal produce. Tempting new additions include shabu shabu broth-style dishes served in hot granite bowls, delicious Japanese kakigori desserts flavoured with elderflower and hibiscus, as well as exotic afternoon teas, which feature savoury and sweet bento boxes. Cocktail lovers can look forward to indulging in sparkling spritzers with rhubarb and ginger, green apple martinis or a lavender negroni, served to the soundtrack of the resident Sunset house DJ. Afternoon teas start at £22.50, sushi at around £10 for six and bento boxes at £15. On Hoylake’s bustling high street, The Quadrant has had a new lease of life. Formerly a district bank and more recently The Portrait House, it’s a grand old building with an outside dining area where customers can sit and watch the world go by, and enjoy the famous Wirral sunsets. Co-owned by two of the Portrait House’s former head chefs - David Williams and Adam Bowers, plus David’s wife Amy, there’s a real emphasis on local produce. They are a fully-fresh restaurant and change the menus seasonally, and in some cases daily, to make the most of the best local ingredients - including fish caught that morning on Hoylake’s coast. They’ve recently added small plates to the menu, with tapas-style dishes such as chorizo, honey and sesame seeds and homemade Thai crab cakes, which come with a slick of sweet chilli dipping sauce and fresh lime wedges. It’s excellent value too, with 3 for 2 on the small plates up until 6pm every day and two courses for £16.95 available all week and up until 6pm Fridays and Saturdays. Don’t miss the cocktails too, which are worth a visit on their own!


The Quadrant


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Self-catering short breaks Leafy walks, country pubs, long bubble baths, here’s to making more of autumn weekends. Book one of these beautiful boltholes and soak up the sensory delights of the season.

Natural retreats, Nefyn, North Wales

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Natural Retreats Llŷn Peninsula consists of a collection of fabulous luxury self catering cottages on the stunning North Wales coast, perfect for a relaxing and secluded family holiday. With all the luxury touches, these stunning cottages offer both spectacular sea views and fresh country air. Set amongst the rolling hills of the lush Welsh countryside and overlooking sparkling blue sea, it is the ideal base for a Welsh holiday. Situated on the edge of Nefyn Bay in an area of outstanding natural beauty, activities are plentiful. The cottages are perfectly equipped for families, couples looking to escape it all, groups, golfers and even four-legged friends! With wood burners, cosy sofas and beautifully finished bathrooms, Natural Retreats provides a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of day to day life. With Snowdonia nearby and nearly 100 miles of coastline stretching around the Llŷn Peninsula, you’re never too far from a glorious beach.

beautiful rolling countryside between two outstanding rural gastropubs, this beautiful, luxurious, rustic and cool upcycled barnlette is the ultimate weekend escape. Complete with covered glass outdoor area (the cabin), containing chill out zone, eating area and a double ended roll top bath so you can relax in the bubbles and gaze at the stars. Inside you’ll find another double ended roll top bath, log burner, fully equipped kitchen, sitting room, ground floor kingsize bedroom, wet room and mezzanine kingsize bedroom looking down onto an open plan kitchen, diner and sitting room below. Equipped with a supersized flat screen TV, surround sound, a library of DVD’s and a coffee table in the form of a 1940’s trunk filled with all sorts of nostalgic board games, this is, without question the ultimate weekend destination. One night stay’s from £269 (two night stays apply for weekends)

The Piggery, Salcombe

The Piggery is a cool yet quaint converted piggery which is set at the end of a private lane in the rolling hills of South Devon. The Piggery has all your baby and toddler needs upon request. Surrounded by a stunning countryside backdrop with views to satisfy the soul, this cool bolthole is the place to kick back and get away from it all. Set close to the South Devon coastal path this is the perfect spot from which to explore the local area. A short drive and you will find the trendy town of Salcombe; known for its outstanding natural beauty with rolling countryside, stunning coastal views; this picturesque town has become a hub for sailing and water sports. Salcombe town itself is lined with boutique shops, high street brands and independent producers, as well as local art galleries and gift shops. With some of the best restaurants and bars in Devon serving locally caught seafood and locally farmed produce, and even an award winning Salcombe Gin, The Piggery offer a cool place to stay for the perfect autumn escape.

WWW.PARENTFOLK.CO.UK The Shireburn Arms The Ribble Valley is a perfect getaway for a night away – an area loved by walkers, cyclists and foodies alike. A network of impossibly pretty villages set in glorious countryside, it feels like a world away from Liverpool and Manchester, rather than a short drive. Located in the picturesque village of Hurst Green, The Shireburn Arms is a 17th Century country pub with rooms, offering stunning views, beautiful accommodation and excellent locally sourced food and drink. The team has lovingly restored original wooden floors, old fashioned radiators and cosy fireplaces, with roaring log fires in the colder months, keeping every bit of rustic charm. Featuring original architectural features, the design is a look-book of the most tasteful paint and wallpaper trends.

Bedrooms are wonderfully airy, with plenty of space to kick back and relax. Scandi-inspired white and grey and accents of colour, wooden beams and a feature windows, it’s like stepping into the pages of an interiors magazine. For a peaceful night’s sleep, slip between crisp cotton sheets, rest your head on a feather pillow and curl up beneath a super-soft goose down duvet. En-suite bathrooms have huge fluffy white towels to wrap yourself up in. Then wake up to a hearty breakfast before setting off to explore the glorious countryside on your doorstep. There’s even a family room, complete with a large double and single bed, and they have a number of dog-friendly rooms too, for when you want to take the whole clan.

The Vicarage

Nestled in the Cheshire countryside, just a short walk from the picturesque village of Holmes Chapel, this Grade II listed inn is perfectly placed for those wanting to explore and enjoy the leafy Cheshire countryside. The Vicarage attracts customers from near and far, those with muddy boots and those without. The 17th Century hotel has 20 individually designed bedrooms and three signature rooms, all with bespoke touches, mini libraries, free WiFi and luxuriously comfortable beds. Rustic country-inn style decor combines with high ceilings, exposed brickwork and beams and soft king-sized beds. Signature rooms have freestanding roll top baths and

roomy walk in showers. Each room boasts 42 inch 3D TVs, Nespresso machines, Tea from the Manor and coffee from Cheshire company, Jaunty Goat Coffee. The Vicarage is a food-led destination, headed up by executive chef, Steven Tuke. Guests can enjoy a seasonally inspired menu featuring only the finest, locally-sourced ingredients from the farmers, gardeners and foragers of Cheshire. The hotel’s afternoon tea consists of a selection of finger sandwiches on fresh Mandeville’s bloomer, fruit scones, homemade cakes and tarts, served alongside loose-leaf teas, Arabica coffee and a glass of fizz served in the Vicarage’s lounges, restaurant orconservatory. As a package, it makes The Vicarage an attractive destination.

BOLTHOLES Beautiful The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa

Standing proudly in its own beautifully landscaped grounds the hotel is ideally located just a five minute drive from Chester’s historic city centre, and a stone’s throw from the border of Wales. Privately owned and family run, this four star hotel offers 73 ensuite bedrooms and two restaurants. There’s been an inn on the site since the eighteenth century when John Leigh was granted a licence to sell ale in 1768. It was both a hotel and a working farm and was renamed The Grosvenor Arms in 1874, when much of the current site was built. It changed hands several times, and for a while was owned by the Duke of Westminster, before passing to the Nelson Family in 1994. Renamed The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel, it now has the Palm Court Restaurant, Bar & Piano Lounge, which offers British and European cuisine, along with afternoon tea and brunch, while Nelson’s Bar, the hotel’s gastro-pub, offers traditional ales and bar meals. The spa, Kasia, is worth a visit, with its blingy Roman style swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. There are also treatment suites, relaxation rooms, a couple’s VIP suite, a well equipped gym, outdoor tennis court and a nearby golf course. It’s family and dog friendly, so you can all spend the night, or sneak away as a couple for a relaxing getaway in luxurious surroundings.

ParentFolk’s Jade Wright gets away from it all for a night in the best country pubs, grand hotels and cosy inns a stone’s throw from home.

Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa

The trophy cabinet is groaning over at Thornton Hall following two more national awards this summer. After winning Best Tasting Afternoon Tea of the Year Awards, the hotel is also celebrating inclusion in the top 50 list for hospitality across the globe according to the LUX Life publication. That’s on top of its 5 bubble status from the Good Spa Guide, and Best Luxury Beauty Spa in the World Luxury Spa Awards, plus an impressive collection of awards for the restaurant. The perfect spot for a night getting away from it all, the four-star family-owned hotel, set in beautiful gardens in one of Wirral’s most attractive villages, Thornton Hough, is the former seat of the Leverhulme family. It has its own health club and spa, with magnificent 20m heated indoor pool, fitness suite, spa-pool, steam and sauna rooms, exterior hot tubs. It’s a foodie paradise too. The Lawns Restaurant is renowned for its international cuisine, with an extensive selection of wines from around the world to accompany the a la carte and tasting menus. Downstairs the furnishings mix French-style furniture and neo-Victorian fabrics to good effect. Its bedrooms are handsome, luxurious spaces, with crisp linens, heavy duvets and spacious bathrooms. If you have cash to splash, garden view rooms have a balcony or terrace overlooking the grounds and the countryside beyond. Best of all, everything works: from the TV in the bathroom to the high speed wifi and the instantly hot monsoon showers. Towels are thick. Beds comfy. It is serenely quiet. It’s a perfect place to escape from it all. Eat, drink, swim and relax. Just prise yourself away long enough to explore the gorgeous Wirral countryside.

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Family Travel:

NYC with tween & teen

NYC with kids is about as fun as it gets – but depending on the age of your offspring, it’s definitely worth planning your trip in advance. ParentFolk hit NYC with a tween and teen in tow and discovered that you really can get a taste of New York on a mini city break.

One World Observatory If you’ve already previously visited The Empire State Building or the observation deck at The Rockefeller Centre then you’ll be needing a new position to view the city. Welcome One World Observatory at One World Trade Center. You’ll speed up all 102 floors in just 47 seconds so you’ll need to brace yourself for the elevator ride up (as well as for the admission price). Yes it’s impressive, yes it’s worth seeing (once), but we had seen, done it and avoided buying the t-shirt in under 30 minutes and after buying fast pass tickets to avoid more Manhattan queuing, the $67 ticket (per person) plus city tax meant there wasn’t much change from $200. Choose your city viewing point carefully!

9/11 Museum 9/11 was before teen and tween came along. This etched date now forms part of New Yorks history, and a timeline of changes to how we live today in the free world. Visiting the 9/11 Museum is an emotional experience, but also a educational one. The historical exhibition has three key parts, exploring the day of 9/11, before 9/11 and after 9/11, It tells the story of what happened on 9/11, including the events at the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon and tells the story of Flight 93. The exhibition explores the background leading up to the events and examines the aftermath as well as life since that day. The museum answers many questions for young minds, the enormity of what happened that day, and how and why life has changed since. Due to the nature of this exhibition it may not be appropriate for younger visitors, but tween and teen found the visit insightful as well as moving. The memorial exhibition will stop you in your tracks, as it commemorates the lives of those who perished on September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993, allowing you to learn more about the men, women and children who died.

The Oculus Designed by Spaniard Santiago Calatrava, The Oculus is one outstanding piece of architecture. His design inspiration was a child releasing a dove, and whilst a bustling station, shopping mall and event space, the message of light beyond darkness shines through. Westfield World Trade Center Mall replaces the PATH station that was destroyed during 9/11 in 2001. This incredible 800,000 square foot building cost an eye-watering 4 billion dollars, making it the most expensive train stop in the world. With its sleek and modern design, it’s worth a visit just to view the architecture alone.

Time Square An oldie but a goodie. The classic NY tourist trap is still in full swing. It’s overcrowded, noisy, and yet somehow still brilliantly captivating. Instantly recognisable it’s the ultimate photo opp, with visiting art installations and an observation deck for capturing the perfect photo this is where to see the bright lights of the city. Brooklyn Bridge FREE! Not much in NYC comes without a cost, a ticket, or an opportunity to upgrade, but this was genuinely one of the highlights of our trip. We visited in August when city temperatures hit 107 degrees so the walk across the bridge with the river breeze was a welcome respite from the heat. Jump the subway over to Brooklyn and follow the walking trail to the bridge, then admire the Manhattan skyline as you walk across (stopping for all the hot spot photo positions of course)

The High Line The High Line is a blooming piece of living art. One of the most unique spaces in NYC. Once a railroad built in 1934 to transport goods through NYC industrial district, the High Line is now a botanical beauty and must see attraction. You’ll easily spend an afternoon walking this Meatpacking District public park. With cool littlefolk friendly industrial playgrounds, you’ll also find a heap of pop up family events, and plenty of art installations. A must see when visiting Manhattan.

City Bus Tours There’s a lot of ground to cover, especially on mini-break, so the variety of City Bus Tours are ideal. Prebook a ticket to make the biggest savings, then use your 24 or 48 hour pass to hop on and hop off around the city. The loop tours are superb and also a welcome respite when pounding the pavements becomes too much. We loved the benefit of the colourful commentary, hearing anecdotes about the history of NYC whilst passing well known landmarks and local neighbourhoods.


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Chelsea Market Hands down a family favourite for ParentFolk, boasting food halls and cool indie shopping Chelsea Market is without question one of NYC’s most vibrant venues. Every whim is catered for here. Whether you fancy coffee and indulge me cakes, or local street foods, oysters or even a cheese board, they’ve got it covered. This historic site (and former home of the National Biscuit Company) is a cool hang out for locals and a hot spot for foodies too. The local traders sell everything from handmade jewellery to vintage vinyl, you’ll lose yourself in people watching, browsing the boutiques and the delicious food offerings. Easy to spend a whole afternoon here. Look out for pop up events too!

Central Park More free fun, and much needed time out from the noise of the street, make sure you allow enough time to fully explore Central Park. Depending when you visit, you’ll be led by the season. Visiting in the height of summer dictates messing around on the lake, with pleasure boats to hire, or kicking back and relaxing with an ice cream whilst listening to the many musicians who bring the park to life. Winter seasons see ice skating, roasted chestnuts and picture perfect scenes. You can hire bikes locally to explore the park, but use is only permitted on the bike trails which in someway mean you miss the heart and soul of what this urban escape has to offer.

Broadway Broadway is a must when visiting NYC with kids. Yes you have to choose an age appropriate performance, but with so many leading shows available. You can join the (long) queue in Time Square to bag tickets to same day shows, but most hotels have a concierge who’ll be well connected and usually be able to score you tickets during your stay. Alternatively a great tip we picked up is that many theatres make a number of on the day tickets available each morning, so if you want to put the jet lag to good use, get up and out early and save yourself a small fortune.


Half Term Sunshine

Get away for some lingering rays of summer sunshine this October half term. Whilst these resorts may not maintain their sweltering August temperatures, there’s still plenty of warmth and poolside fun to be had before winter.

Maldives: The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort

Officially opening 1st October 2018, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort will be located on the coral island of Miriandhoo in the Baa Atoll, to the north of Male. The first property in the Maldives to be designed by Italian architects, the resort will feature 70 villas and suites, 41 on island and 29 overwater. Poised over the sea on stilts and with an area of almost 200 square meters each, the overwater suites are amongst the largest a resort has to offer in the Baa Atoll region, perfect for families. The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort will be situated in the Baa Atoll, the first and only UNESCO biosphere reserve, allowing families to discover a rare and protected area of the Maldives. Located in the very heart of the island, children will be spoiled for choice with the Westin Kids Club® offering an abundance of interactive activities designed to educate as well as entertain. Nightly rates at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort will start from £608/800 Dollars for two people on a B&B basis. For more information or to book visit

Santorini: Tamarix del mar suites

A popular property with families Tamarix del mar suites is just a two minute walk from the beach. A beautiful property close to the black-sanded beach of Kamari, this guest focused property is a haven for families. With both and indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a hot tub, gym, restaurant and children’s playground, this property offers all of the modern amenities without losing the charm of traditional Greece. We love that each suite is unique and beautifully decorated. Just 2.5 miles from Santorini Airport you’ll be poolside before you know it! For reservations: Tamarix del mar:

The Algarve: The Magnolia, Quinta Do Lago

Where Palm Springs meets the Algarve, a firm favourite of ParentFolk, the Algarve still offers a warmer climate in October. With less crowds in Quinta Do Lago than the summer months, this exceptional luxury resort offers first class dining, as well as world class sports facilities. Quinta Do Lago is set in a stunning nature reserve, with cycling tracks, nature trails and of course a breathtaking coastline. The Magnolia is a hidden gem of a property. Cool Palm Springs vibes are echoed in the pastel interiors, and the candy striped towels and sunshades, dress the heated pool to perfection. The hotel offers a choice of rooms, as well as seven cool and quirky 2 bedroom cottage properties. What this boutique property lacks in size it more than makes up for in guest experience. Their cocktail list is enviable and the kids will love the poolside eats too! The perfect place to head for some half term down time. For the latest deals to make your reservation:

Oman: Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Perched 2,000 meters above sea level amidst the majestic Jabal Akhdar of Oman, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, offers a wealth of learning experiences and opportunities for families wanting to not only catch some rays while away, but also expand their horizons. All activities can be tailored to the age and ability of the guest. From landscape photography and painting masterclasses, to traditional culinary sessions, stargazing, local village hikes and the Ultimate Jabal Activity Wall, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar have something to suit every interest and age of traveller. The hotel offers hands-on photography lessons, where happy snappers can learn to capture the vast and microscopic spaces of Al Jabal Al Akdar’s striking scenery with top of the range equipment. For the less tech-savvy, the hotel uses the awe-inspiring Hajar Mountains for painting masterclasses. Audiences can learn creative

colour combinations, how to dilute with water for special effects, and how to use different brush types to create a memorable masterpiece. For any parents that have never quite mastered the culinary world, they can enrol themselves, and their children into Spice Spoons, Anantara’s cooking school. With no light pollution, the hotel is the ideal location for a younger guest’s first foray into stargazing. Get lost in the galaxies for 30 minutes, with an expert guide. For families wanting a more active learning experience, they can join the three-village trail hike, following old paths that link the age-old mountain villages. Follow in the footsteps of the local guide, admiring terraced farmland and ancient falaj irrigation systems, fossilised coral and a traditional working rose water distillery. Take home knowledge on the traditional Omani culture and delight friends with historical tales. Dare

WWW.PARENTFOLK.CO.UK devils will love the chance to scale the Ultimate Jabal Activity Wall and explore thrilling new heights on Oman’s first mountain zip line and one of the highest climbing routes in the Middle East. Learn how to efficiently scale the rock face, as well as using the new Via Ferrata course – snaking nearly 200 metres across the cliff edge, the steel cable allows intrepid climbers to use their hands and strategically placed metal steps to traverse the vertical rock face, before navigating jagged rock formations, ladders and vertical stairs. This might not be a skill to use at home but it definitely provides a heart-pumping learning experience participants are unlikely to forget! With all these learning experiences coupled with five-star service and an unforgettable setting, there’s no better place for a family holiday with a difference. For reservations, please call +968 25218000 or email Nightly rates at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar start from £278 on a B&B basis in a Premier Canyon View Room.

Princesa Yaiza Suire Hotel Resort, Lanzarote

Located on the beautiful Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort offers a range of luxurious rooms, including spacious family suites, and an incredible Kikoland kids’ club to keep children entertained this summer. The Kikoland Kids’ Club boasts large children’s play area and sports facilities with basketball and tennis courts, a climbing wall, beach volley ball court and designated children and family swimming pool. With designated kids’ clubs for children aged 0-18, Kikoland caters to children of all ages. With their kids happy and entertained, parents are free to relax on the beach, indulge in pampering treatments at the Thalasso Spa Centre and dine on delicious local tapas at Princesa Yaiza’s Isla de Lobos restaurant. Rates for a Basic Superior Room at Princesa Yaiza start from £169 per night including a buffet breakfast, based on two people sharing. For further details or to book, visit or call 0034 928 519 300.

Saint Lucia: Marigot Bay Resort & Marina

Surrounded by luscious natural vegetation and the bright turquoise of the Caribbean Sea, Marigot Bay Resort & Marina effortlessly blends original personality, bespoke design and gracious personal service. Offering 124 impeccably designed guest rooms and suites, 2 infinity pools, a swim up bar, a Rum Cave, the Auriga Spa and multiple dining options, find paradise at Marigot Bay Resort. Set in a secluded natural harbour and surrounded by luscious natural vegetation, Marigot Bay Resort & Marina in Saint Lucia, is not only home to luxurious accommodation, but also wild and exotic landscapes. There’s an array of adventure activities available to guests staying at the resort. From hiking up the Pitons 2,619 feet above sea level, to exploring the island’s largest rainforest and discovering St Lucia’s exotic wildlife by land and by sea, your Personal Assistant at Marigot Bay Resort can provide a curated itinerary of experiences guaranteed to thrill all adventure seekers. Marigot Bay Resort & Marina ( ; +1 758-458-5300) offers rooms from £1,136/$1,510 per night on a B&B basis for a Resort View Two Bedroom Suite.

Tenerife: Baobab Suites

A beauty of a property, this white all-suite hotel perches on a hilltop overlooking the coast of Costa Adeje and the mountains. Its minimalist style is a refreshing alternative to the predictable Tenerife high rise accommodations. There’s a cool beach club vibe to this property, a welcoming ambience and plenty to make sure you have a memorable family break. Whilst the private pools might make you reluctant to wander too far, you’ll find 3 restaurants, 2 communal pools, an incredible kids play space, plus hair and beauty salon all situated within this five star property. Just a short walk takes you to Playa del Duque, one of south Tenerife’s best beaches. With upmarket shopping, plenty of dining and a great selection of bars, there’s lots to keep ParentFolk happy – and with Siam Park, a world class water park just a short taxi ride away, we’re pretty sure this holiday destination ticks the boxes for littlefolk too. For availability and reservations:

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Motherhood Interview

ParentFolk talk to Deborah James about motherhood and making the most of now.



t’s one of every parent’s worst nightmares, but Deborah James was determined to tell her children the truth: she had stage four bowel cancer and the prognosis wasn’t good. “Cancer isn’t a swear-word in our house,” explains the 36-year-old mum of two. “It’s become part of our lives. It’s two years now. I’m very aware of how lucky I am to still be here. I’ve already outlived my prognosis. “My son says ‘you shouldn’t still be alive,’ and he’s right. They know I am probably going to die. It’s a lot for them to take in but it would be a lot worse if I kept it a secret from them.” Deborah admits that talking to her children, Hugo, 11 and Eloise, eight, about her cancer has been difficult. “Most women with the kind of cancer I have don’t live past a year, so we had to have that conversation,” she says. “If I get another year I know I will be very lucky. “I had an 8% chance of living five years when I was diagnosed. I’ve already beaten the odds and I would love to continue beating the odds, but that isn’t in my hands.” Deborah was working as a deputy headteacher, training to be a head, when she started to feel unwell. “I was working 16 hour days and that takes its toll, but I still thought something wasn’t right,” she recalls. “I was losing weight and my bowel habits had changed. There was blood in my poo. “I went to the doctors and they sent me away saying it was haemorrhoids, then when I went back they suspected Crohn’s disease. Eventually I got to see a specialist and had a colonoscopy. I asked if it was bowel cancer but I didn’t hit any of the criteria. I was young, fit and vegetarian. My consultant said if he had a list of possible diagnosis, cancer wouldn’t be on it. Sadly he was wrong.

the eaten b y d lrea love “I’ve a d I would he n t odds a ue beating n n i t ti to con ut that isn’ b odds, nds.” my ha “It was stage four cancer by the time they found out. It had spread to my lungs. It took six months for them to find out what was wrong and all that time the clock was ticking.” According to Bowel Cancer UK,

announced she had just days to live. “It’s nice to think Rachael knew that before she died,” says Deborah. “It’s very cool to have done that, and now the challenge is to take it forward. “Rachael was an amazing broadcaster and a great friend. There’s no way we would ever replace her, but we’d like to keep the podcast going to continue her work. She was one of those kind of people who made things happen. “Cancer can make you feel very helpless but I’ve been lucky to have a voice with it and to be able to hopefully help some other people. You have to make some use out of the rubbish situation.” Early diagnosis is key in all cancers, it seems. “The best thing we can all do is try to catch the symptoms early,” she says. “In terms of bowel cancer it’s about knowing your body. “The main things to watch out for are: - Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo - A change in bowel habits - Unexplained weight loss - Extreme tiredness - A pain or lump in your tummy “But everybody is totally different so if you don’t feel right don’t go away until you have an answer.” more than nine out of 10 people diagnosed with stage one bowel cancer survive five years or more. By stage four, that figure is less than one in 10. Just before Christmas 2016 Deborah got the news she’d been dreading and together with husband Sebastien they told Hugo and Eloise what was happening. As the new year began, the family prepared for surgery. “I’ve had operations on my bowel and on my lungs,” says Deborah. “It’s something you kind of get used to. You have to.” Deborah started blogging about her experiences and set up Twitter and Instagram, under the name Bowel Babe. “Essentially, I wanted to talk about poo,” she laughs. “Poo is a really important indicator of health. People are often embarrassed to talk about their bowels. Women are probably better now about checking their breast although I think there are still issues around diagnosis for a lot of the gynaecological cancers. But people forget about poo, and bowel cancer is the second biggest killer in terms of cancer.” As well as raising awareness of the

warning signs of cancer, Deborah has plenty of other passions too (“wine, and clothes, and running, and shoes and lipstick - oh and did I mention wine?!”) Another being the beautiful photos she posts of herself - in gorgeous dresses - enjoying holidays with Sebastien, Hugo and Eloise, all smiling at the camera. “My son doesn’t really want to be on Instagram at the moment whereas my daughter loves it and wants to be on it all the time,” she laughs. “They like it when I talk about poo - they think that’s very funny. But it’s not all doom and gloom - life goes on and we want to enjoy every minute.” Some of the pictures also feature Deborah’s friends and colleagues, Rachael Bland and Lauren Mahon. Together they created You, Me and the Big C, a Radio 5 Live podcast about what it’s really like to live with cancer. Their matter-of-fact, bright and breezy discussions about the realities of living with cancer encouraged others to speak openly about their illness, giving a much-needed forum. The podcast reached No 1 in the iTunes chart earlier this month, just as Rachael

Deborah has recently had the news she dreaded - after her surgery and chemotherapy the cancer has returned. Last week she returned to hospital for more surgery. She’s chronicling her treatment in newspapers and magazines, alongside campaigning tirelessly to spread the message about early diagnosis. “I miss teaching every day,” she says. “If things were different I’d love to go back and become a headteacher, but I’d have to be able to commit to the next five years and in honesty I can’t say I’ll still be here. “Instead I write from home and I have a lot more flexibility. I still do 12 hours a day but I can juggle things more easily. If I want to be working at 3am that’s OK. I have been massively lucky because I have loads of help from family. I don’t have to do the school run on top of everything else, because I have that support. I don’t shy away from that. “Everyone asks how do I juggle everything, and I have to be really honest and say I couldn’t do it without the help I get. My advice to anyone with cancer is to take all the help you offered. You can’t do it on your own.” It’s a hard road ahead, but she is ready for the fight. She says it very simply: “Seeing Rachael die so bravely was an inspiration, but I still want to live.” Follow Deborah’s story at


Out and About BOOK EARLY: WINTER FUNLAND BRINGS CHRISTMAS TO EVENT CITY THIS DECEMBER. The UK’s largest undercover indoor theme park is coming to EventCity this Christmas, and this year it’s going to be bigger, better and more festive than ever before. Winter Funland is an all-encompassing festive extravaganza for all the family, that brings together a fantastic sparkling line up of rides, entertainment and seasonal magic. Opening 7th December, there’ll be two sessions every day with incredible fairground attractions, plus a new ice-trail so you can take to the ice to make some magic memories with the kids. Boasting a new 1000 seater auditorium, sit back and be entertained at Winter Funland with live shows from a line-up including TV star Andy Day with his Odd Socks band, Frozen, and the Winter Funland Circus. Delivering an unforgettable experience this Christmas, Winter Funland is about bringing you together with friends and family, and it won’t cost the earth either. With one all-inclusive admission ticket, there’s nothing extra to pay

once inside with all of the fun including the live shows, ice skating, and rides included in your entrance tickets - plus did we mention that children under the age of three go free too! But, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa, which is why the big man himself is taking residency at Winter Funland this year appearing in the must see Grotto, complete with live reindeer – and yes the grotto experience is another must see that’s included in the admission ticket. With over 3000 free car parking spaces for your convenience, all the magic of the festive season under one roof, an all inclusive admission ticket, this year’s Winter Funland event is set to be the biggest and best yet, plus you can combine your visit to Winter Funland with Christmas shopping at premier shopping destination, intu Trafford Centre, just across the road. Prebook your tickets today for the ultimate Christmas experience

HALLOWEEN FUN AT THE WHITE HORSE, CHESTER Located within the Paddock at Chester Racecourse, The White Horse family gastro pub is hosting a half term of Halloween fun. On Saturday 27, Monday 29 and Wednesday 31 October little ones are invited to test their scientific skills making magical potions and cosmic slime. For more information visit

FAMILY FUN EVENTS AT MANCHESTER SCIENCE FESTIVAL FAMILIES visiting the Manchester Playground at the Science and Science Festival this year can pedal Industry Museum where they can for their power, experiment with discover environmentally friendly virtual reality and tackle the future fuel cells and fire them up to problem of plastic as dozens of snap a selfie with a thermal camera, family-friendly science events spark explore a virtual wind farm using into life at venues across Manchester. drones, make their own solar Manchester Science Festival director powered car and meet Electricity Antonio Benitez said: ‘This year’s North West’s Bright Sparks team. Manchester Science Festival The Waters Wacky Lab at the programme features an incredible Science and Industry Museum on range of events tackling some big October 24 will feature quicksand, issues in really exciting ways – I’m magnets and megastructures, while confident that there really is at Electricycle Avenue on October something for everyone.’ 25, a cycling extravaganza created Events across the festival include Big by Manchester Science Partnerships Fish Little Fish’s Animal at Manchester Technology Centre, Fantastical family rave on October families can get on their bikes to 28, the Ugly Animal Roadshow at pedal for power before enjoying a Gallery Oldham on October 27, and talk from author and TV Deep Ocean Lab featuring YouTube personality Dr Emily Grossman, and Blue Peter science sensation diving into a treasure hunt, and Greg Foot at the Lowry on October meeting some very special cycling 22. guests. The University of Salford’s GameLab is back for another weekend of puzzles, problem-solving and experimental gaming at their MediaCity campus on October 20 and 21. Play around with everything from virtual reality to eSport, have a go at coding drones and see first-hand how cutting-edge research in science, tech and media is changing the world. Or families can visit the Power

Every day throughout the festival there will be hands-on activities led by real-life scientists at Pi: Platform for Investigation – Powered by Siemens. Activities include exploring how awesome animals have inspired engineering breakthroughs, finding out what skeletons are lurking in the closet of human evolution and zooming around a ‘driving with diabetes’ simulator. And for the first time the Platform for Investigation will be taken over by much younger scientists, as children from Abraham Moss Warriors present their findings from a summer of scientific discovery that’s included investigating hydraulics, testing reaction times and guillotining chocolate. The Manchester Science Festival is produced annually by the Science and Industry Museum.

WWW.PARENTFOLK.CO.UK HALLOWEEN AT THE ICE S’CREEEEEAM FARM! Dust off your spell book and get ready for some bewitching half term fun at Betty Butterscotch’s School of Magic… Betty Butterscotch is back at the Ice Cream Farm and recruiting pupils for her Halloween School of Magic! Join Crazy Daisy and friends as they learn to enchant, bewitch and become witches and wizards at one of Betty’s spooktacular classes. The interactive show which takes place in The Playhouse this half-term promises some all-singing and dancing fun for little folk plus a few Halloween suprises along the way! DRESS TO IMPRESS: All pupils in fancy dress will be entered into a draw to win a VIP Play Pass worth £100. The Detail Bit…25-minute performances are available from the 29th October to 2nd November. Although you can book on the day, pre-booking online is advised. All online bookings will receive a single play Play Pass worth £4.50 on entry! While all ages will enjoy, the performance is recommended for children aged over two years old.

THE GIANTS ARE COMING! The Giants are coming back to Liverpool for the final time. A free show named Liverpool Dreams will take place 4-7 October. French company Royal de Luxe said the Giants would walk 20 miles starting from St George’s Hall Plateau and Fort Perch Rock in Wirral on 5 October and ending at Canning Dock on 7 October. The event is part of Liverpool 2018, marking the 10th anniversary of the city’s spell as European Capital of Culture.

INTRODUCING OUR ‘SPOOKTACULAR’ SESSION AT HICKORY’S SMOKEHOUSE! Join Us If You Dare (Mwhahaha!) Enjoy some haunted half-term fun at Hickory’s Smokehouse in West Kirby at our super-scary Halloween themed session! Following on the from the success of our seriously cool summer social, we are heading back to everyone’s favourite smokehouse, Hickory’s in West Kirby, to enjoy a whole load of freaky fun this Halloween! There will be creepy crafts, spooky art activities and face art along with a special seasonal Parentfolk playlist and plenty to keep the grown-up’s happy too. Our scary screen-printing stand will be in full swing plus we will have heaps of ghoulish games and terrifying treats in store for all our mini-monsters! Can You Handle The Spooky Trail? Before you make your creepy creation step inside the spooky trail for a spine-tingling Halloween experience! Team Hickory’s will be rolling out their legendary creepy trail – but only enter if you dare!!!! WHEN?.. – Friday 26th October from 3-6pm WHERE? - Hickory’s Smokehouse, Village Road West Kirby HOW? - To grab your place, simply call the team on 0151 559 3123. Tickets are £5 for little un’s (Under 2’s are free) and if you want a base for the day don’t forget to book a table. Join us if you dare…..(Mwhahahah!) Calling All ‘PUMPKINFOLK!’ WIN – A Meal Worth £100! Get creative, get carving and get on board WITH THE ANNUAL Hickory’s Pumpkin Carving Competition! Drop your perfect pumpkins off at the restaurant any time between Friday 26th and Wednesday 31st October to be in with a chance to win. The super-squash winners will be announced at 6pm on Halloween Night! Are You The Wirral’s Freakiest Family? Join in the Halloween fun on Friday 26th October and you could be in with another chance to win £100 meal. Channel you best Morticia or go all Gomez and you could be crowned Hickory’s Freakiest Family 2018!!!

PARENTFOLK WEEKENDER, THE MARKETPLACE EDITION, CAMP & FURNACE, LIVERPOOL Saturday 17th November 2018 The ParentFolk Weekender, the ultimate family social is back this autumn! A complete takeover of urban venue Camp & Furnace, and a special collaboration with Kids Fashion Pop Up, Kids Arcade, join us for the ParentFolk Weekender, Marketplace edition. Kids Arcade will be bringing a line-up of cool indie kids brands from the SOUTH to pop up in CAMP whilst ParentFolk’s brands from t’up NORTH will takeover FURNACE! The ultimate shopping experience for kids apparel, nursery apparel and lifestyle, plus all of the usual weekender shenanigans, activities, workshops and entertainment to keep littlefolk happy too. The ParentFolk resident weekender DJ will be bringing the beats and there’ll be contemporary Kids Art activities too including a special brand collaboration with LUSH Spa Liverpool who’ll be showcasing their wonderful children’s parties by bringing some cool workshops including bath bomb and bubble bar making! There’ll also be face art, slime workshops, family rave and storytelling. We’ll be joined by our Street Food Pop ups and of course the Camp & Furnace bar will be open too. Come and enjoy the relaxed vibe of this modern family social event, have fun hanging out with your kids. Simply purchase one admission ticket per person which includes all activities and entertainment at the event so no littlefolk asking for a constant stream of spends! Under 2s Go Free!

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THE PARENTFOLK WEEKENDER, THE ULTIMATE FAMILY SOCIAL IS BACK THIS AUTUMN! A complete takeover of urban venue Camp & Furnace, and a special collaboration with Kids Fashion Pop Up, Kids Arcade, join us for the ParentFolk Weekender, Marketplace edition. Kids Arcade will be bringing a line-up of cool indie kids brands from the SOUTH to pop up in CAMP whilst ParentFolk’s brands from t’up NORTH will takeover FURNACE! The ultimate shopping experience for kids apparel, nursery apparel and lifestyle, plus all the usual weekender shenanigans to keep the little ones entertained! The ParentFolk resident weekender DJ will be bringing the beats, there’ll be contemporary Kids Art activities, brand workshops, face art, family rave and storytelling. There’ll also be Street Food Pop ups and of course the Camp & Furnace bar will be open too! Come and enjoy the relaxed vibe of this modern family social event, have fun hanging out with your kids. Simply purchase one admission ticket per person which includes all activities and entertainment at the event so no littlefolk asking for a constant stream of spends!

THE DETAILS... ParentFolk Weekender Marketplace Camp & Furness 67 Greenland St, Liverpool L1 0BY 17th November 2018 11am Tickets £5 Under 2’s go free!



Mini Mode makes its mark during London Fashion Week

GRADUATE SARBEAR SARBEAR Photo credit: Emma Wright Photography

ISCREAM Photo credit: Santoshi Padhiar


KOH MABBY Photo credit: Santoshi Padhiar

BEBEBEBE Photo credit: Santoshi Padhiar

CHAKRI DESIGNS Photo credit: Santoshi Padhiar

LITTLE BORNE Photo credit: Emma Wright Photography

ini Mode – London’s Premier Kids Fashion Week made its mark on the UK fashion calendar, as it returned for a second season during London Fashion Week at LSO St. Luke’s, London. Mini Mode provided a unique spotlight on kid’s fashion, showcasing both established and emerging childrenswear designers from around the globe. The event included a spectacular Industry Show and Consumer Show. A glamourous affair, packed with adorable ‘mini’ models showcasing the latest childrenswear collections on the runway, complete with a selection of children’s entertainment. The Industry show featured the latest SS2019 collections on the runway with celebrities, press, VIPs, buyers, influencers, fashionistas and a few younger guests taking to the front row. The Consumer show featured see-now-buy-now collections for AW2018 and was open to the general public with excitable children, stylish parents and influencers present. Singer, TV personality and mother of two, Kimberley Walsh also debuted her new childrenswear brand Kimba Kids on the runway at Mini Mode. Founded by UK childrenswear designer, Amanda Rabor, Mini Mode’s vision is to establish a new and consistent platform for the kids fashion market that will be talked about from season to season. Mini Mode is also about empowerment and building self-esteem for kids, whilst contributing a new business and fashion model for the UK industry that promotes inclusivity on every level. Amanda Rabor, Founder of Mini Mode says: “I’m excited to have launched the second season of Mini Mode London’s Premier Kids Fashion Week and showcased a range of talented designers. The show has a spirit and vibe that celebrates inclusivity and diversity on every level. Mini Mode empowers kids and launches new talent. I’m truly passionate about breaking down barriers for the upcoming generations. We had designers from Russia, Australia, Bulgaria, Lebanon, France and I’m so proud to have so many UK designers showcase with us. It’s my aim to contribute to the kids UK market and have Mini Mode as a featured event on the kids global fashion calendar.”

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Parentfolk and littlefolk turned out in force for

The ParentFolk Weekender at The White Horse, Chester Races

The summer holidays kicked off in style with the ParentFolk Weekender, Chester. Over 700 of you joined us for our family social in the stylish setting of The White Horse, Chester. You ate and drank, and danced, got stuck into the activities, enjoyed some great shopping with our indie brands and helped celebrate the weekenders 1st birthday in true ParentFolk style. See if you can spot any familiar faces in our weekender gallery! Special thanks to The White Horse, Chester Racecourse for hosting us, to our sponsors Ginger Monkey Play for flying the flag for independents, and to CBBC for collaborating with us this summer.


Four teams made up the six-goal tournament, Boodles (6), Laurent-Perrier (5), Signature Living (6) and Quilter (6). With high-profile players including Mike Henderson (4) made up the team sheet. The final tournament of the year for the club provided to be a thrilling season finale with team Quilter, captained by Katie Jenkinson, taking home the silverware and the £10,000 in a fierce final game. Playing on the historic grounds of Chester Racecourse, the first semi-final saw team Boodles (6) Captained by Richard Thomas (0) triumph against team Laurent-Perrier (5), captained by Guido Basile (-1) in an impressive 12–2½ finish. Next up to take to the pitch, Signature Living (6) captained by Hadley Aylott (1) fought against Quilter (6) captained by Katie Jenkinson (0). Quilter secured their place in the final game after taking the lead and finishing in favour of 9-4. Between chukkas, guests were welcomed onto the pitch to take part in the polo tradition of stomping the divots. As a Chester Polo tradition, a silver cork was hidden on the pitch, the finder, winning a bottle of Laurent-Perrier courtesy of Eversheds Sutherland. Conditions on Saturday made for a harder playing field. The rain didn’t stop the competition between teams and the battle was as fierce as ever. Quilter had pushed into the lead by half time- at a close 3-1. Unfortunately, conditions took a turn for the worse and players were instructed by the umpires, Tony Kite and Tristan Pemble to “slow down and take it easy.” The On Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September 2018, nail biting final game saw Quilter finish on a 5-2 lead. Chester Polo Club held its annual Roodee Matchday commentator, Steven Wundke commented: Challenge Cup, this year sponsored by Boodles. “ Under these conditions it was always going to be an advantage to team Quilter who play quick, short, close contact Polo and this was the kind of game their high goal player, Christian Chaves, was brought up on and so it proved. In the first chukka, it was intense… On the balance of play, Quilter were the worthy winners.” The victorious team were joined by their team sponsors and presented with The Roodee Challenge Cup and the £10,000 prize money. Despite the weather, crowds of people came down to cheer on the teams, with families arriving early to secure a pitch-side spot. Chester Polo Club handed out free programmes and team sheets to spectators on arrival, which included all the valuable game information for those new to the sport. Over in the Family Zone between chukkas, a festival atmosphere was created as parents danced to a live DJ set, that kept spirits lifted during the afternoon as kids celebrated the end of the summer. ParentFolk added a curated family twist to the Polo in 2018, as children enjoyed their own afternoon line up of activities, courtesy of the parent publication, including screen printing polo posters, decorating pony masks, participating in flower craft and luxury treatments at the glitter bar! Younger spectators inspired to play the thrilling sport had the opportunity to practice their swing on the ‘have a go polo pony’ and enjoy the pony rides on offer. ParentFolk founder Nicola Spindler said: ‘We were delighted to collaborate with Chester Polo Club to deliver a dedicated activities and entertainment area for families at last weekend’s Polo. The Polo is such a great event for families, and there was such a sociable atmosphere. It was wonderful to see parents introducing their children to this superb sport, and there were so many wide-eyed little ones mesmerised watching the matches. We had great fun delivering the themed contemporary arts and crafts for younger visitors and parents seemed to enjoy the ParentFolk DJ who delivered a great soundtrack of beats to get down to between chukkas. We are looking forward to teaming up again next year.’ Details of Chester Polo Club’s 2019 fixtures will soon be revealed. For the most up-to date information and on-sale dates visit or follow Chester Polo Club’s official social media channels @ChesterPoloClub





Holy Frida!

Meet new high end fashion brand for Dad and lad, MANCUB, a new collection set to kit out men and their mini-me’s this season. Bringing an unrivalled and authentic father-son bond to life, this urban collectable brand sells clothes for men alongside identical mini versions for their ‘cubs’ from 6months to six years old. Prices from £60 - £166

Holy Frida is a perfect place to brighten your life and bring some colour to your home. Launched as a new platform, like an online shrine, Holy Frida is full of handpicked Dia de los Muertos, Frida Kahlo, Mexican homewares, jewellery and must have kitsch accessories. Founded by Meg, her creative eye and passion for all things Mexican and kitsch has been channelled it into Holy Frida. All items are either ethically sourced made by artisans in Mexico, or by their talented friends here in the UK. There’s a Mexican wave happening...let’s build bridges not walls.

STATE IT Family Merch Our favourtie Tee of the moment, Feeling blessed is a state of mind. Tell the world how you feel with this bold and beautifully soft organic cotton tee, created by clothing brand Family Merch. They’re all about celebrating and inspiring families through fun slogan merch. We love that the collection is printed here in the UK using fair wear organic cotton. Shop the collection

CHOOSE IT Wonderful Wunderlang Creating beautiful clothing for children, Wunderlang believe in simplicity and functional design. Comfortable and effortless. The desire to ‘do what you love’ is embedded in everything they create. A husband and wife team, who believe that building a business from home gives them the opportunity to have balance between creation and family life, allowing both to become entwined. With Sustainability is at the heart of everything they make. Every garment is made from 100% Re-cycled materials. Each piece is unique because of this. These materials are sourced locally and made in house. All packaging and labels are also made from Recycled Paper or Organic Cotton. Shop the collection

ZEITGEIST GIFT IT Isabella & Us Being a parent is tough and we all need that little reminder that we are winning and that we are doing an amazing job! And that’s where Isabella and Us. come in! Isabella and Us. are a gift shop for parents, all about promoting positive wellbeing in parents, celebrating parenting wins and focusing on daily achievements. Everything they do is all about promoting positivity through their #winningasamummy movement through campaigns, products and a Positive Wellbeing Zine for Mums. Their thoughtfully designed collections of gifts, stationary and clothing puts parents first with personalised products and gift sets. Discover more at

WWW.PARENTFOLK.CO.UK MILK IT The Milk Collective The Milk Collective is a cool and playful brand created by American born artist and screen printer Jazmin Garner. Now rooted in Liverpool, The Milk Collective is dedicated to creating unique products perfect for happy design-led families. Their mission is to become a collective of extraordinary independent brands and artists sharing our creations with the world.

LABEL IT From black and white to bold and bright. We’re loving Harvey Nichols revamp of it’s own label snacks, biscuits and tea packaging. Check out the naughty nibbles with their iridescent packaging so you can see the temptation inside, and the trendy tins are the ultimate in coffee table chic. Shortbread anyone?

Here you will find an ever growing collection of baby accessories from our iconic milk bottle rattle toys to clothing. Their range has recently expanded to include a gorgeous selection of hand printed unisex apparel for adults. All of their products are both sourced and created ethically, and crafted to the highest standard ensuring that the treats you take home are special and perfect for you.

WEAR IT Seven Feet Apart x Jamie Oliver SEVEN FEET APART and Jamie Oliver have announced the launch of Limited Edition JO-18 Unisex Sneakers. With just 400 pairs across Hi-top (£189.00), Low-top (£169.00) available in two exclusive colours. These are now available to purchase from the SEVEN FEET APART website. The news follows as Jamie Oliver made an exclusive sneaker for his wife, Jools Oliver, to mark their 18th Wedding Anniversary. To fulfil his vision of making the ultimate sneaker, he turned to his friends, UK footwear brand, SEVEN FEET APART. They worked closely together through multiple prototypes to arrive at the final design – a retro Hi top, handcrafted from the finest Italian leather and handmade in SEVEN FEET APART’s Portuguese factory. Today, SEVEN FEET APART makes premium leather and suede sneakers for men and women and a classic Goodyear Welted Brogue for men. 2018 will see the brand launch a full range of both casual and formal shoes across the staples of any wardrobe – a Chelsea, Chukka, Loafers and resort wear. SEVEN FEET APART dedicates 7% of its resources to helping young people in local communities.


Rosie And The Magical Maraca

We love the cool, quirky and totally unique gifts from Wirral based AmieAmor. Their personalised laser cut collections are perfect for gifting, and we love their new range which is focused around the arrival of new babies, with keepsake products such as laser cut Baby Milestone signs packaged in the cutest natural cotton bag.

Andrea Hornby has always loved reading to her daughter, Rosie. It was coming up to Rosie’s first birthday when Andrea decided to mark the occasion by getting her something extra special so, inspired by her love of making lots of noise (especially with anything that rattles!), Andrea decided to write Rosie her very own book, and ‘Rosie and the Magical Maraca’ was born! Rosie loved the book so much that Andrea decided to publish the book so that other parents could enjoy it with their littlefolk too.

MIX IT Wild Child London Wildchild London’s collection of Autumn Winter 2018 kids wear offers quirky, comfy, unisex casual wear with distinctive style. Their 13-piece collection for 2 to 9 years old, includes long and short sleeved t-shirts, sweatshirt, joggers, leggings and beanie hats that can be mixed and matched and shared between brothers and sisters alike. Shop the autumn collection

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Behind the brand

ParentFolk speaks to Geronimo Festival founder Simon Goldman, to find out how he makes it all work.

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Yoga that works for you Yoga brand Shakti Shanti talk to ParentFolk about the benefits of yoga and working out with friends.


ere at Shakti Shanti, we’re firm believers that all positive changes start with trying something new. In fact, it’s at the very core of what we do. Founded 12 years ago, Shakti Shanti was born out of a desire to create ethical garments that pair performance with style. In a world of fast-fashion, we wanted to offer something different. All our garments are ethicallymade in South Africa, where we are committed to supporting the local community. All of our clothing is designed with versatility and leisure in mind so all clothing can be effortlessly layered to create different looks, taking you from the yoga mat to your lunch date. Shakti Shanti means ‘Power and Peace’ and we proudly champion the positive benefits of physical and mental wellbeing. But we don’t just talk about it – we act on it. From brunch and mindfulness sessions at our UK flagship boutique, to outdoor yoga classes in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, we’re all about embracing a happy and healthy lifestyle. We love encouraging people to get into yoga and adopt a healthy lifestyle - research has found working out with a friend is not only more fun, but also has health benefits! Take a look at some of our favourite reasons to bring someone along to your next workout. 1. Motivation Whether you’re tired after a day at work, have just put the kids to bed and want some chill time or just can’t be bothered, there are many reasons we never quite get around to going to the gym! Bringing a friend along means no last-minute excuses and you’re guaranteed to feel better afterwards.

2. Support Whilst a friend is great for physical support during a workout, their presence means you can talk through what’s going on in your life and any worries, which means you go home feeling mentally refreshed too. 3. Work out anywhere Bored of the gym? You can make a workout fun anywhere with a friend! Whether it’s a run along the beach, yoga in the park or even the back garden anything is possible. 4. Try new things A bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone, right? Taking a friend along means you’re more likely to play around and feel braver to try new things. Partnering with a friend also means you can practice that difficult yoga move you’ve been dying to try out and give each other constructive feedback without feeling embarrassed. 5. Laugh and burn calories at the same time! Working out with a friend not only makes you exercise for longer, thus burning more calories. It also makes you happy and can result in a ‘runners high’, even with no running! So, if your friend needs a little motivation, why not pop into our Tattenhall boutique for a new workout outfit? Or, shop online - all customers who register their email addresses with us get 15% off their first order! Church Bank House, Tattenhall, CH3 9QE


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Alishia Thomas talks to ParentFolk about creating real work opportunities for Mothers

he trend towards motherhood and all matters maternal has been in full swing in recent years, yet despite the raised voices, the motherhood apparel and the social media movements real change has been harder to identify. ‘It’s time to stop talking and time to kick start some action’, says Liverpool mother of one, Alishia Thomas. With years of career experience and skills, Alishia Thomas believed she had plenty to offer potential employers when she decided to return to work after having her daughter. But after a year of rejections and endless negative replies, the 34-year-old marketing and brand manager reached a frustrating conclusion. “I’d had a full-time permanent job when I went on maternity leave, but then after returning to work four days a week, making up hours in the evenings and weekends, I was let go by my employer as my role didn’t fit the needs of the business anymore,” she explains. “When I looked for a new position, I felt like the fact that I’d chosen to have a baby meant I didn’t fit into the workplace anymore because I couldn’t commit to the hours that they were insisting on. “Everyone wanted 9 to 5 or 8 to 6 so even though I was more than qualified, and I was constantly getting interviews, there wasn’t a single job offer in 12

months.” Feeling under-valued and sidelined as a new mum desperately trying to get back into the workplace, Alishia, who lives in south Liverpool, decided to take matters into her own hands. She set up freelance agency M0THER, using her own large portfolio of connections to link clients with other mums freelancing in the digital, marketing and creative world. “Too many women’s skills are lost when they become mothers because traditional working hours just don’t suit them anymore,” explained Alishia. “But why should women have to sacrifice such an enormous part of their lives just because they’ve had a baby? I want M0THER to take the work stress away from mums by saying ‘here’s the job, here’s the brief, you fit the hours around your lifestyle and your family’.” For Alishia, taking control of her own work life is nothing new. She started her first business, gifting service Oh Me Oh Mama, three years ago when she was on maternity leave after having her daughter Noa. “That was really in response to my own experience because I realised when you’ve just had a baby the focus is all on them so you can feel invisible as a mum,” she says. “I wanted to do something which put the emphasis back on the mum again so I created a gift curating site primarily for expecting, new and breastfeeding mums.

“Most mums will relate to spending those early newborn days snuggled on the sofa wearing pyjamas, so we created luxury ‘Mama’ pyjamas, slogan T-shirts and ceramic travel coffee cups to keep those brews nice and hot!” says Alishia. “Because we’re pro-breastfeeding we even branded a day #TittyTuesday and created a bag for all your breastfeedig essentials called the ‘Titty Tote Bag’”

e s a tim g i w o n n “I feel en are taki m ork wo when l of their w contro ations” situ Since launching Oh Me Oh Mama back in 2015, the site has been a huge success, gaining more than 13,000 followers on Instagram and having celebrity mums such as Alex Gerrard, Sam Faiers and Rochelle Humes receive Oh Me Oh Mama gifts. But with her little girl growing up Alishia, who has a degree in creative advertising and marketing, was keen to return to her career too – which is when she discovered just how tough that can be for a working mum.

“I tried for at least a year and got nowhere, I came up against this real inequality in the workplace when it came to mothers because although I had the experience and the skills, I couldn’t be a bum on a seat for eight hours every day. “Every job I applied for wanted full-time working hours. One advert actually said ‘you are required to be at work from 8am to 6pm, this is a fast-paced, high-pressured role, if you can’t commit to the hours then you need not apply’ so that was me disqualified from the start. “I ended up taking a receptionist job near where I live because it was the only part-time job I could get but I was sick of not being able to do something I love just because I couldn’t work the hours that companies expected. “If you want to have your career back you spend so much time killing yourself trying to juggle the job and being a mum to make it all work. It’s a no-win situation because you can’t make everyone happy. “I wanted the satisfaction of having a career I loved which developed my skills rather than falling into a part time admin role. After a few tears and wondering where my career was going I realised that there must be so many other women who are going through the exact same thing. What happens to us? “I thought, why not create a community of freelance women

specialising in the digital and marketing industries? There is often a flexibility in those jobs, they don’t always require set hours, which means you could work while the baby is in bed from midnight to 3am so long as the work is done to the client’s brief and their deadline. “I had the contacts and clients, so it made sense to find the freelancers and connect the dots, allowing women to fit work into their lives rather than having to fit their lives around work.” Alishia plans to launch M0THER this October, and she is already collaborating with global mums’ community app Peanut, and has signed up freelancers who have worked with national and worldwide brands. “I feel now is a time when women are taking control of their work situations,” adds Alishia. “I want to make mothers the life and soul of this agency and to encourage them to raise businesses and babies at the same time. “I chose the agency’s name because M0THER is all about mothering the growth of online businesses and also creating a nurturing environment where women can grow professionally and personally. “The current system clearly isn’t working for mums so I’m excited to introduce M0THER to the working world, to present real opportunities for Mothers and to develop an inclusive and exciting creative business.” Join the conversation @m0ther_hq


Pushing past fear Fear in the driving seating of your life? If it must come for the ride ask it to sit quietly in the back instead. It might just transform your life. by Caroline Britton


Fear and I go way back. It was my constant companion when I was in the corporate world and kept me firmly in my place. I relied on it to keep me in my comfort zone by reminding me there was to much to risk if I did what I truly wanted to do and left the corporate world. It halted my dream of setting up my own business and if I am truly honest it distinguished my spark, my zest for life and my confidence. I kept quiet on conference calls where I could have spoken. I convinced myself I wasn’t as capable or bright as others, I squashed my desire for change by reminding myself that I was a grown up and had bills to pay and I set about doing what fear loves best - conforming. I let my attachment to my ego of working for a consultancy take charge and threw all my creativity, passion and dreams out the window. Fear was running the show and my true being, my real self just had to take a back seat and get on with it. It was for want of a better word - exhausting. Then something magical happened. I was at the check out in Sainsbury’s and someone asked me what I did. Rather than defaulting to my usual line of “I work for a consultancy’ I

said “I am setting up a coaching business.” For that split moment I decided to ignore what people thought of me and vocalised what I wanted. I did it for that inner me and as it turns out in the hope that the universe was listening.

ad nd I h I a r a e nd “...f ords a ger w n r ste lon d it no he e d i c e d call t got to s.” shot The funny thing it was like an instant energy hit - like a flame had been reignited in me and I realised that my fear of being judged, of not fitting in, of taking risks had meant that I had been settling for something I wasn’t. It was then that fear and I had stern words and I decided it no longer got to call the shots. That decision has been the best I’ve ever made. That small act of rebellion has meant that I’ve been prepared to take many more risks. I’ve left the

corporate world and set up a successful and highly profitable coaching business. I don’t settle for anything other than a complete connection with who I really am and what I really want. I embrace my foibles and the diluted, repressed version of myself has gone. I shine brightly and want you to do so too. So this article is for you. For those of you who are fearful about what people think, of change, of being who you really are. I urge you to stop fear running the show. As long as it does you are always going to find reasons not to do something, to not start that new venture or hobby, to not leave relationships or situations that are no longer saving you. Your life and you are too precious to not step up to being who you really are and who you really want to be. The world needs your authentic self and your spark. That unique, real you that is desperate to come out. Let it. Start with a small act of rebellion each day that allows positivity, self belief and hope in the driving seat. You will never look back. Caroline Britton is a coach. For more information on her please visit

Top 6 tips for pushing past fear: 1. Watch what you are focusing on as it will grow. Focus on what will go right and not wrong. What you want and not what you don’t. This is life changing. The universe will always reflect back to you what you think about, so make it positive. 2. If people want to label you as “too” something [too loud, bossy, ambitious, different] then let them. There opinion doesn’t concern you and is much more a reflection of the way they view themselves than about 5. Sit down and be honest about what you want your life to look like and you. what you are yearning for. Start 3. Think about what your higher self putting these plans into action. One step at a time. [the non scared] version would tell you when you look to make a 6. Acknowledge fear may show it’s decision that feels fearful. What head but make a commitment that it advice does he/she have? doesn’t get to make all your decisions. Thank it for it’s input, acknowledge 4. When you come up against you’ve heard it but choose to take the obstacles, see them as road of positivity instead. opportunities. People or situations which seem negative are often our greatest lesson.

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ParentFolk North West. Issue 9  

ParentFolk is a cool parenting publication for parents rocking it their own way - distributed in Manchester, Liverpool, Wirral and Chester

ParentFolk North West. Issue 9  

ParentFolk is a cool parenting publication for parents rocking it their own way - distributed in Manchester, Liverpool, Wirral and Chester