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The local guide for your under 5s

free Christmas 2012 ‘What’s On’ Guide! Interview with Denise Welch & Bobby Davro Making Parent Guilt Work For You

and much, much more...

Photograph taken at the Ice Rink at Beckworth Emporium

WIN Family Theatre Tickets Ticket for ‘Wicky Bear’s Christmas Party’ Time for Tots 2013 Desk Calendar!

Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby, Rushden, Thrapston and Surrounding Areas


Humbug!

Tue 11 December – Sun 13 January

Following our previous christmas events for the very young, Down The Rabbit Hole and Through The Wardrobe, comes this playful, interactive adventure

TIcKeTS £7.50 IDeaL FOr cHILDren ageD 6 anD unDer

THe gruFFaLO’S cHILD WeD 13 & THu 14 February

“Fun, DaFT anD a LITTLe Scary!” TIME OUT

Following hot on the heels of the The Gruffalo’s sell‑out tour and its monstrous west end success comes The Gruffalo’s Child – with attitude!

Recommended for ages 3 and above TIcKeTS £12, Family Ticket £40

(max. 2 adults with 2 children)

crazy HaIr

WeD 3 – SaT 6 aprIL

Bamboozle presents Crazy Hair, an adaptation of neil gaiman’s delightful children’s story with captivating songs and fast moving action.

TIcKeTS Please contact Box Office for details

mOve, maKe & DO

SaTurDayS 11.15am – 12.15pm

An hour of weekend fun for the under 5s and their family combining a varied and fun‑focussed programme of dance, music, art and drama.

TIcKeTS £6 per child, per session (up to two accompanying adults free)

Box Office 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk


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Winter 2012 Hello and welcome to the Winter issue! The issue where we bring you the low-down on all the Christmas activities and events taking place, and what a bumper guide we have for you this year. A whole 7 pages of Christmas activities to enjoy with your children! Not to mention some great gift ideas from local crafts-people/retailers. At times of economic hardship it’s important to support local businesses so please do bear them in mind when doing your Christmas shopping. There’s also a Christmas feature on pages 30 to 31 looking at different traditions from continental Europe at Christmas time - ever heard of Knecht Ruprecht or Los 3 Reyes Magos? No? Then turn to page 30 for a very interesting read. Soul Attention Counselling Services have written another very interesting article for us on page 33 “Making Parent Guilt Work for You”. I’m sure what Rachel has written will strike a chord with many of you. If you have a question you’d like to put to Rachel for the next issue then please do send it in, either to us or directly to Rachel. If you’re looking for somewhere new to go with the children we highly recommend Greentrunks in Great Cransley. Turn to page 7 to read our full review. Whatever you do this winter we hope you have a good one and enjoy a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with your loved ones. Until the spring.... Vanessa

Contents 4 Tots News 7 Greentrunks Bugtopia 9 Interview with Denise Welch & Bobby Davro 10 Clubs & Classes 12 Featured Class: Li’l Dynos 19 Events Diary 21 Christmas 2012 Guide 28 Unique Gift Ideas 30 Christmas Traditions 33 Making Parent Guilt Work For You 34 Party Services 35 Business Opportunities 37 Weekly Activities Timetable 43 Northampton High School 44 Northamptonshire Breastfeeding Alliance 45 Special Offers 46 Competitions Page 47 Index

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Tots News

New Breastfeeding Lounge in Kettering’s Newlands Centre

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ettering’s Newlands Shopping Centre has undergone a comprehensive redevelopment of it’s customer toilets and surrounding area. The new facility will completely replace the existing provision, providing a modern clean environment, with baby changing facilities in both men’s and ladies toilets, a fully equipped disabled toilet and uniquely, a private and comfortable area in part of the existing lobby for breastfeeding. The design and furnishing of this element is being done in consultation with leading breastfeeding charity La Leche League (www.laleche.org.uk) and will be one of the first such facilities in the UK. It will include soft chairs and a play area for young children. www.newlandsshopping.co.uk. See page 44 for details of a new breatsfeeding charity in Northamptonshire.

Time for Tots loves...

These gorgeous personalised handmade wooden toy boxes made by a local joiner. With soft-close lids to protect little fingers they make the perfect Christmas presents for children with an ever-expanding toy collection! See advert on page 28 for more details.

Nene Valley Dance Academy Open New Studio

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ene Valley Dance Academy have opened their very own dedicated studio in Corby in which they run dance classes and singing lessons. Karen, Principal at Nene Valley Dance, says: “It has been 9 years in the making but I am so glad that I took the plunge as it means I can now offer more classes such as baby ballet and ballet for 4 to 6 year olds as well as other dance styles. We are in the process of trying to raise some money so that we turn four offices into two more studios”. The studio was opened by their celebrity dance patron Lizzie Gough (judge on alesha dixson Street Dance Crew, lead dancer in some like it hip hop) who also delivered a Street Dance Workshop. The new studio can be found above the fitness factory, near the police station on Elizabeth Street. For more information visit: www.nenevalleydanceacademy.co.uk Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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A Golden Moment for Sing and Sign

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ing and Sign have been awarded a Gold Disc from the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) as over 25,000 copies of its Sing and Sign DVD have now been sold! As sales of the DVD have only been through Sing and Sign classes around the UK (including East Northants), it shows just how many families have been enjoying signing and music with their children. Says local Sing and Sign teacher Amanda Walker (pictured): ‘I’m very proud of this achievement and I like the thought that I and the parents who have attended my classes have played a small part in reaching ‘Gold Disc’ status!’ For details on Sing and Sign classes in East Northants, contact Amanda on 07939 092134 or email amandawalker@singandsign.co.uk.

Cushi Tush™ Shortlisted for Mother and Baby Award

New Toddler Village Officially Opens

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he brand new Toddler Village at Kids Play Kettering will let their imaginations run wild. With everything in miniature, they’ll be able to fill up their own car at the petrol pump, take care of baby animals at the vets and cook their friend tea in the café. And if that wasn’t enough there’s a Post Office and Police Station too. The Toddler Village adds a brand new attraction for Kids Play’s youngest of guests and sits within the Under 5s area with a ball pool, soft play zone and Ladybird Carousel. Feedback to date has been impressive and to offically open the new attraction, a Teddy Bears Party will be held on 28th November 2012 at 11am, which includes unlimited play, sandwiches, fruit and squash for the children and a FREE Costa Coffee for Mum or Dad. Kettering Kids Play is located at Thurston Drive, Kettering Leisure Village, Kettering, NN15 6PB Visit www.wherekidsplay.co.uk or call 01536 484838 for details.

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ulti-award winning baby seat the Cushi Tush, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Mother and Baby Award in the category of ‘Best Bouncy Chair, Rocker or Seat’. Widely renowned as the most prestigious awards in the sector, Cushi Tush is the only floor seat to be shortlisted in the category and has high hopes of winning their second award. This has been an exciting time for Cushi Tush, in addition to being shortlisted for an award Cushi Tush have also seen the launch of a brand new streamlined website. The Cushi Tush baby seat is for children from 3 to 18 months, paediatrician approved the seat supports baby in an upright position. Suitable for feeding and playtime, the seat has an integrated tray which is easy to clean and dishwasher safe. For more information on the Cushi Tush baby seat visit www.cushitush.co.uk.

CHILDREN EAT FREE at West Lodge Farm

Monday to Friday throughout January children will receive a free under 5s meal when one adult meal is purchased. West Lodge Rural Centre, Desborough, NN14 2SH Tel: 01536 760552 www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

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Looking for somewhere new and exciting to visit that’s fun, novel and educational for all the family? We recommend the new Bugtopia at Greentrunks Garden Centre

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short drive from Kettering at Great Cransley, I recently visited here with my husband and kids and can honestly say that we all got something out of this and had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Comprising a small garden centre, vintage styled tea room (with a real fire) and a farm/gift shop the main draw at Greentrunks is the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most weird and wonderful creatures in their very own Bugtopia. Owners and managers Joe and Natalie run regular sessions where all the family get the chance to handle the likes of giant stick insects, snakes, chameleons and even a bearded dragon! (No suit of armour required). They do a fantastic job of teaching the kids about the creatures, where they are from and how they have adapted to survive in their natural habitats as well as helping them overcome their fears of what are harmless and amazing critters. As parents themselves Joe and Natalie show great empathy for how children learn and interact. While currently quite a small business, Bugtopia is ever expanding and the business is thriving with both visitors to the centre and organised visits from Joe and the animals to local schools. They hope to expand the business further next spring with a Butterfly Hut and Micro Zoo housing crocodiles, meerkats, sugar gliders and many more unusual animals. After a ‘meet and greet’ session in the Bugtopia, families can enjoy a drink and tasty homemade meal or snack in the old English styled tea room, which includes a kiddie corner with toys to entertain little ones. There is also a garden centre and farm/gift shop to browse - where those who get the bug, pardon the pun, can buy kits to take away for keeping your own stick insects (try and find another pet that happily regrows a leg if it loses one!) To advertise call 0845 6439687

Greentrunks is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sundays 11am to 5pm. It is closed on Wednesdays though in school term time. The ‘meet and greet’ sessions in the Bugtopia are held at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays and daily in school holidays and 4pm weekdays in school term time. The cost is just £2.50 per participant. There is also a ‘Jungle Tots’ session, especially adapted for little ones, on Tuesdays at 11am in school term time costing just £1 per person. Greentrunks is available for children’s birthdays parties, including a meet and greet in the Bugtopia and meal in the tea room. They also host various seasonal activities and events throughout the year and on pages 21 and 24 you will find details of the Narnia themed Christmas fun they are planning! Greentrunks Garden Centre Loddington Road, Great Cransley Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 1PY Tel: 01536 799778 www.greentrunks.co.uk See our special offers section for a ‘buy 2 get 1 free’ offer for the Bugtopia!

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When Vanessa met Bobby (and Denise too!)...

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Our interview with Bobby Davro and Denise Welch, stars of “Cinderella”

he greatest panto of them all, “Cinderella” opens at the Royal & Derngate on the 7th December. Starring Bobby Davro as Buttons and Denise Welch as the Fairy Godmother we had the immense pleasure of catching up with both stars at the press launch for the show back in September. Here are the highlights...

Much loved comic Bobby Davro starred in The Royal & Derngate’s 2011 panto “Aladdin”, so we started by asking him, ‘why Northampton again?’: The audiences here were terrific last year. I’ve got to know the team and I like it here. Plus Cinderella is probably my favourite pantomime. There is a lot of humour in the Buttons character but also a lot of pathos as he loves Cinderella and she ends up with the Prince. Have you seen the script? Not yet. The writers will show it to me when they’ve finished then I’ll add my spin to it. Last year I did a lot of writing for the show and I’m looking forward to doing that again. The best pantos are on 2 levels - entertaining for both children and adults. Will this panto be the same do you think? Absolutely. I think it’s very important to entertain the adults. They’re the ones that choose whether or not to come, this year and the next. How old are your children? Will they be coming to watch the show? They’re 17, 15 and 12 now and at the stage where they find their Dad embarrasing so it’s unlikely. My 12 year old might come.

Fresh from interviewing One Direction for Loose Women the day before (Denise, not us unfortunately) we had a really enjoyable chat with the lovely Denise sitting on the floor of the Derngate’s lobby - Denise had sat down to chat to my 2 year old daughter (and to pinch some of her sweets!) In between munching on sweets and hearing all about One Direction (apparently the blonde, Irish one is the flirtiest) we managed to sneak a few questions.. So who will you be playing in this panto? I’ll be playing the Fairy Godmother. I did it once before in Darlington, 5 years ago now. I’ll be playing more of a funky fairy godmother this time, more “down with the kids”. When was your last panto? 5 years ago. I have 2 children, the younger of which is only 11, and I didn’t want to spend time away from them at Christmas. I’ve come to an arrangement with the producers this time though and my son Louis (the 11 year old) will actually be starring with me in this panto when he breaks up from school. Who will Louis be playing? We’re not sure yet. He’ll only have a minor role because he’s not in it at all for the first 2 weeks. It’ll probably be based around the fact I’m his Mummy - “don’t bother me while I’m working” kind of thing. Louis is more interested in who he’ll be starring with. “Are any of the babes hot?” he asked me when I told him. Would you like Louis to follow in your footsteps with a career in acting? We don’t encourage our kids to do anything and we certainly don’t want them to become child actors. We’ve seen too many casualties there. If Louis wants to do it in the future that’s fine. Are you looking forward to working with Bobby? Yes very much. I’ve known Bobby for a few years now but never worked with him before. Finding out Bobby was going to be in the show persuaded me to do it. He’ll no doubt try to throw me off though. I’ll have to watch him!

Cinderella runs at the Royal & Derngate from Friday 7th December 2012 to Sunday 6th January 2013. Tickets, priced from £16 to £24, are already selling fast, and can be booked through the Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk. Win a family ticket to see “Cinderella”! See our competitions page, 46, for details. To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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Clubs & Classes To advertise your Club or Class here call: 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk

Barbara Hooton School of Dancing Ballet and Tap Classes Burton Latimer, Earls Barton, Finedon, Irthlingborough and Wellingborough

Keep Fit Classes for Mums Principal: Barbara Allebone M.N.A.T.D

Telephone: 01933 663225 07788 710144

For your nearest centre call Sue on 07906 949206 or e-mail:

Kettering-huntingdontumbletots@hotmail.co.uk

www.barbarahootonschoolofdancing.co.uk

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or book online at www.tumbletots.com

Julianna A research based music and movement programme for babies and toddlers If you are looking for music classes there are plenty around.

This is more than a class it’s an experience!

Rock-a-bye Baby Classes Birth to 17 months

What a better way to welcome your baby to music and movement than by sharing in this experience together. Helps you to enhance the bond you share together and nurtures and celebrates the joys of making music together. Learn musical activities that that nourish the brain, enrich learning, promote language development and creativity. It also gives Mummies a social outlet to meet and share with other families.

The More We Get Together Toddlers 17 months to 3.5 years

Turn ordinary music classes into a fantastic musical journey that your child and you can discover the joys of making music, dancing and drama together. Promote self control, language development, as well as social skills and cognitive thinking, problem solving. All through music and movement. Give you toddler a head start to enjoying a lifelong love of music. and the benefits that this brings to enrich their lives.

Singing the blues come in sharing music, hugs, laughter and more! For more information please call Julianna on 01536 390392 or email at yulianna.ventura@ntlworld.com

New Autumn term starts in September!

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- Professional Training from ages 2yrs - Adult - Northamptonshire’s Largest International Award Winning Dance School - Staff all fully trained and CRB Checked - Local, National & International Events including West End Showcases in London - Associated with Examination Boards BDAF & ISTD - Two Large Production Shows Annually - Classes in: Commercial, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Jazz, Disco, Modern Theatre, Break, Hip Hop, Street, Lyrical, Freestyle, Contemporary Technique, Limbering, Theatre Skills, Drama, Vocal Training & Piano

STARLIGHT DANCE & MUSICAL THEATRE SCHOOL 57 - 61 HIGH STREET, KETTERING, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, NN16 8SY 01536 601 545 / 07765818189

Jenny’s Dolphins Swimming Lessons for Babies & Adults Classes in Rothwell and Corby Weekdays and weekends available Average price only £6.50 for 30 mins Instructor in the water Average of 4 children per class FREE DVD keepsake of your child above or below the water 1 to 1 tuition available Wednesdays between 10.30am & 1pm at Corby

Monday lessons coming soon!

Call: 07821 646451 Email: jennysdolphins@live.co.uk www.jennysdolphins.co.uk To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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Featured Class: Li’L Dynos What is Lil Dynos? A fun-filled introduction to martial arts for children aged from 2.5 to 5 years.

What is the aim of the classes? Our primary objective is to get children participating in a fun and relaxed way so that they can learn the beautiful art of martial arts and everything associated with it. Children are encouraged to work hard and progress working towards reward badges and martial arts gradings.

How do classes benefit children? The benefits of Li’l Dynos classes are endless. The classes provide a solid foundation for children to develop all sorts of skills preparing them for life. Benefits include: Physical skills • Keeping active and healthy • Improving balance and co-ordination • Learning self defence Social and emotional skills: • Developing a sense of independence • Learning to share, take turns and show respect to others • Learning to follow directions and problem solve • Building confidence and self esteem • Learning to listen and concentrate

When and where do you run classes? Classes are held in Rushden, Wellingborough, Kettering & Corby.

Many classes are held in local gyms giving parents the chance to work out themselves or enjoy a sauna, jacuzzi or steam room while their child takes a class.

How long does each class last? 40 minutes

How much does a class cost? Each class costs £3. To book a class of for more information: Contact: Phillip Bartlette Telephone: 07770 622776 E-mail: info@lil-dynos.co.uk Website: www.lil-dynos.co.uk Phillip also runs family martial arts sessions, for adults and children aged 5 upwards, and self defence classes for females only. Contact Phillip for more information.

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Infant Aquatics Baby & toddler swimming courses

Small, friendly classes from three months to five years. Building life long safety skills using our holistic approach in a fun environment. Kettering area call 01858 565 713 Northampton & Wellingborough area call 01933 223 458 www.infantaquatics.co.uk

For more information please call Leisa on: 07736 418726 or 01933 625012 Only ÂŁ4 per class

Energize

Boys street dance classes for ages 4+ Stanwick Village Hall, Fridays 3.45 to 5pm Girls street dance classes for ages 4+ Stanwick Village Hall, 4.30 to 5.45pm

NENE Movers

Mixed street dance classes for ages 4+ Plaza Centre, Thrapston. Mondays 4 to 5pm

Movers

Mix street, ballet & modern dance classes for ages 3+ St Andrew’s Church Hall, Berrymore Road. Tuesdays 4.15 to 5.45pm

NENE Academy

Ballet classes for Tots, aged 18 months to 4 years Saturdays 9 to 10am at Islip Village Hall Ballet classes for primary age 4 to 8 years Saturdays 10 to 11am at Islip Village Hall

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The original, largest and still the best network of performing arts schools in the world. Nurturing and developing young peoples potential through dance, drama and singing. For 4-18 year olds, after school, at weekends and holiday workshops.

Stagecoach Kettering

is now taking bookings for next term

Call: 01234 828878

email: kettering@stagecoach.co.uk www.stagecoach.co.uk/kettering

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New Soccer Courses Starting in Kettering and Wellingborough

Please call Patrick Franks on 07818 401707 for details

Give your child a brighter future

LI’L DYNOS A fun-filled introduction to sports and martial arts for children aged 3 to 5 years A solid foundation for children to develop their fitness levels, life skills, social skills and character. Much more than just sport... encourage good citizenship, a sense of community, belonging and taking pride in one’s achievements. Children encouraged to work hard and progress with reward badges as well as martial arts gradings. All instructors are CRB checked Classes held in Rushden, Wellingborough, Kettering and Corby. While your child enjoys a Lil Dynos class why not treat yourself to a sauna, jacuzzi or steam room or a workout yourself.

For more information contact: Phillip Bartlette 07770 622776 or 0800 9887986 www.lil-dynos.co.uk info@lil-dynos.co.uk

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DANCE & MUSICAL THEATRE FOR CHILDREN FROM THREE YEARS OLD WWW.DANCEACADEMYSHOWCASE.COM TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR ENQUIRIES: 01933 625078 BALLET • TAP • MODERN • STREET JAZZ • IRISH MUSICAL THEATRE • SINGING • ADULT ZUMBA FITNESS CLASSES

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CRECHE

Available for children aged 3 months—5 yrs at Corby East Midlands International Pool & Lodge Park Sports Centre. Pool Crèche Opening Times Lodge Park Crèche Opening Times Mon—Fri 9.30am—11.25am Mon/Wed/Fri 12.30pm—2.25pm Mon/Wed/Fri 9.30am—11.25am

The pool crèche also offers; Shop & Swim, Swim & Bring, Parent & Toddler Sessions and Twins on a Tuesday. Birthday parties are available in the Crèche for under 5’s.

Crèche ‘Fun Play’ Party and Pre-school gym parties available.

TOTS & TIDDLERS at Lodge Park Sports Centre.

Pre-school gymnastics and movement for children delivered by qualified coaches. Sessions help to develop children’s social, physical, language, education, imagination & co-ordination skills.

Sessions run on a Thursday throughout School Term Time Age 2 –3 Age 3-4 Under 2 10am—10.45am 11am—11.45am 1pm—1.45pm 12noon—12.45pm 1.45pm—2.30pm For both the Crèche and Tots & Tiddlers booking is advisable. Please contact each facility for prices & further information or view the website www.corby.gov.uk

Gym and studio classes available during all Crèche times. Pay and play or direct debits available.

SWIMMING LESSONS & FAMILY SWIMMING at Corby East Midlands International Pool

Parent & Toddler Sessions for children from 3 months—4 yrs old.

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Available on a Mon 10.00am—11.00am, 11.00am—12noon, Tuesday and Friday 9.30am—10.30am, 10.30am–11.30am and Thursday 1.30pm— 2.30pm. Booking is not required. A fun and friendly learning environment. Adult & Child Swimming Lessons are available on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons . For children from 2 yrs 9 mths - 4 yrs old and their parent/guardian. Suitable as a follow on from Parent and Toddler sessions. Further details available on the website.

AQUANATAL

at Corby East Midlands International Pool is run by midwives on Wednesdays, 1.30pm—2.30pm, please contact the pool for prices.

SHAPE Dance (5 - 19 years old)

Classes in Tap, Ballet and Modern Dance. Classes are held at; Beanfield Community Centre, Stephenson Way Community Centre, West Glebe Pavilion, Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre & Lodge Park Sports Centre. For more information please contact Julie Cardwell Tel: 01536 464046. Email: julie.cardwell@corby.gov.uk

Lodge Park Sports Centre Tel: 01536 400033

Corby East Midlands International Pool Tel: 01536 464643

www.corby.gov.uk/lodgepark

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The musical that will have you in a spin!

Original book

Music and Lyrics

Paul Boyd and Paul Boyd Russell Morton

Drrector

Designer

Daniel Winder Carl Davies

This Christmas, join the King and Queen for a Royal party you’ll never forget, as a beautiful young Princess discovers a curse, and a whole Kingdom pays the price!

Mon 10 – Sat 29 Dec 2012

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Channel 5 and Premier Stage Productions presents

Live tour! Fri 15 Feb, 1pm & 3.30pm

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Events Diary December Sat 1st

Santa and Christmas Crafts at Barnwell Country Park. 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Santa at The Swansgate Centre Thu 20th in W’boro. 11am to 4pm. Raymond Briggs’ Father “Illuminate” at Stanwick Lakes, Christmas at the Newlands 3 to 4.45pm. Includes music, Centre in Kettering. Regular Christmas trees and a festive appearances between 12pm treasure hunt. and 5pm.

Tue 4th to Sun 9th

February Sat 2nd

“Rapunzel” at The Castle Theatre. 11am & 2pm.

Wed 6th

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park. 10 to 11.30am Must book.

“Wicky’s Christmas Party” at “The Night Before Christmas” Wicksteed Park. 12 to 2pm. at The Core at Corby Cube. Tue £5 per child, 50p per adult. to Fri 10 am & 1pm, Sat & Sun Fri 21st 11am & 2pm. Solstice Walk at Stanwick Fri 7th to Sun 6th Jan Lakes followed by carols and “Cinderella” at The Royal & mulled wine. 5 to 7pm. Derngate Theatre. Late night shopping at Sat 8th Beckworth Emporium. Santa at Fermyn Woods Mon 31st Country Park. 1 to 6pm. Wicksteed Park New Years Sat 8th and Sun 9th Santa Claus at Stanwick Lakes. Eve Party. Tickets £36. 11am to 4pm. £3.95 per child.

Fri 8th

Sat 8th to Sun 30th

“Rumpelstiltskin And The Wheel Of Fortune” at The Core at Corby Cube. 11am & 2pm. Tickets £5.50.

“Peter Pan” Panto at The Lighthouse Theatre.

Sun 9th

Make a Christmas tree decoration at Stanwick Lakes. 1 to 4pm.

Mon 10th to Sat 29th

“Sleeping Beauty” musical at The Castle Theatre.

Tue 11th to Sun 13th Jan “Humbug!” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre. A playful interactive adventure for children aged 6 and under.

Wed 12th

Late night shopping at Beckworth Emporium.

Sat 15th and Sun 16th

Santa Claus at Stanwick Lakes. 11am to 4pm. £3.95 per child.

See our Christmas ‘What’s On’ Guide on pages 21 to 27 for more Christmas Activities & Events January Mon 7th

Schools re-open.

Wed 9th

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park. 10 to 11.30am or 1 to 2.30pm. Must book.

Wed 16th

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park. 10 to 11.30am Must book.

Thu 24th

Zak from Zingzillas at the Newlands Centre in Kettering.

Schools close for half term.

Wed 13th

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park. 10 to 11.30am or 1 to 2.30pm. Must book.

Wed 13th to Thu 14th

“The Gruffalo’s Child” at the Royal & Derngate Theatre.

Fri 15th

“Milkshake Live!” at The Castle Theatre. 1pm & 3.30pm.

Fri 15th to Sat 16th

Mon 18th

Schools re-open.

Tue 19th to Wed 20th

“Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom” at Milton Keynes Theatre.

Wed 20th

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park. 10 to 11.30am Must book.

Fri 22nd

Open Day at Northampton High School 9.30am to 12pm.

Thu 28th

Scooby Doo at the Newlands Centre in Kettering

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FAMILY DAYS OUT Christmas at..

..Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre

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Next stop on the Greentrunks Express, Santa’s Snowy Wonderland where you can meet Santa in a hidden magical land Beautiful and unique gifts & decorations Roast chestnuts on our real log re Real Christmas Trees now available!

Throughout December, families will have the chance to visit Father Christmas and see a Nativity scene featuring real farm animals! For an extra £5 per child, children can hop on a bumpy tractor sleigh ride through the Farm and down to the Mill House where Father Christmas will be waiting in his grotto. Each child will receive a present and one-to-one time with Father Christmas. Parents can pay an extra £1 each to have a home-made mince pie and a glass of mulled wine or a hot drink to keep them warm. For the first time, Sacrewell Farm is welcoming Serendipity Studios who will be on hand to snap the perfect Christmas family photograph if you would like them to. Elsewhere on the Farm the Three Little Ducks Gift Shop will be stocked with some fantastic stocking fillers, gifts and foods including our Christmas hampers made up on the Farm. The Fresh Restaurant will be serving a range of Winter Warmers to keep you going, including home-made soup and jacket potatoes (also in child sized portions). Plus, do not forget Sacrewell’s heated indoor activity barn featuring their new Under 3s Soft Play area, an 18th Century Watermill and lots of friendly animals to meet and greet on your visit! Father Christmas will be in his Grotto at weekends from December 1st and daily from December 15th to 23rd. Booking a slot to visit Santa is not essential, but it is advised. To book call 01780 782254. Normal Farm admission applies.

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The Christmas Experience at West Lodge Rural Centre There’s plenty to see and do at West Lodge from the 1st to the 24th December… Visit Father Christmas in his workshop with your wish lists and receive an early Christmas present. Make a Christmas card for someone special.

Star alongside the animals in the live West Lodge nativity play. Costumes, instruments and animals all provided. Just bring your singing voices!

Christmas Party on Thursday 20th December, from 12 to 2pm. Book early to ensure you don’t miss out on all the fun! Tickets are £5 per child in advance which includes fun and games with Wicky Bear, a disco and a gift from Santa. Adults can come along and enjoy the fun too for just 50p each (booked in advance).

The festive entertainment doesn’t stop there with all the family invited to the Wicksteed Park New Year’s Eve Party. Tickets are £36 per person and include a dressed hot and cold buffet, live music and a disco with the Big Bopper. Visit the website for more information on how to book tickets for both events.

www.wicksteedpark.co.uk Tel: 01536 512475

Santa’s Snowy Wonderland at Greentrunks Garden Centre Take a stroll down the Winter Walkway and take a gander at the Elves Village and Workshop, finishing off with the Christmas around the World display. Plus all the usual farm attractions and hot and tasty meals and snacks in Rickyard Restaurant! Prices: Child: £4.95, Adult: £5.95, Visit Santa: £3.50.

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Activities & Grottos Wicky’s Christmas Party at Wicksteed Park The park’s famous Edwardian Pavilion will be transformed into a yuletide party venue for Wicky’s

Visit the Santa’s Grotto with a difference. The innovative bunch at Greentrunks Garden Centre have taken their inspiration from the classic children’s story “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” to create a truly magical experience for children this Christmas time. Hop aboard the Greentrunks Santa Express to be taken to the winter wonderland. On disembarking the mini train children enter what appears to be a normal bedroom... but open the wardrobe and you enter Santa’s Snowy Wonderland where children can meet the great man himself and receive an early Christmas present. Afterwards families can enjoy a drink and tasty snack in the tea room and a browse around the gift shop. There’ll also be a real log fire on which to roast chestnuts. Santa’s Snowy Wonderland is running from the 1st to the 24th December and costs £5 per child.

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Festive Fun at Kids Play Every day from the 24th November to the 24th December your little one can meet Santa in his grotto and receive a special gift or become Santa’s VIP and enjoy more take home goodies, as well as a special letter in the post after your visit. Combined with the brand new Toddler Village, there’s so much to do! Save and book online.

www.wherekidsplay.co.uk Tel: 01536 484838

Christmas Activities at The Swansgate Cente Giving tree Swansgate Shopping Centre is proud, once again, to be hosting the Giving Tree, and have teamed up with Home-Start to give shoppers the opportunity to buy a gift for a less fortunate child in the community Simply visit the Giving Tree and select a tag, purchase the gift requested, attach its supplied label then post it in the drop box. Christmas launch Join Santa on Saturday 1st December, 11am to 4pm, to celebrate Christmas. You could receive an exclusive Swansgate Advent Calendar (subject to availability) featuring great offers from your favourite shops, plus chances to win some great prizes too! Santa at Swansgate Santa and his elves will be at The Swansgate Shopping Centre in Wellingborough every Saturday from 8th December until 22nd December, 11am to 4pm, so you can meet him! Plus there’s a free gift for every child.

www.swansgateshoppingcentre.com Tel: 01933 226029

Festival of Winter Lights & Santa’s Grotto at Stanwick Lakes Sat 1st Dec – Illuminate! 3 to 4.45pm Stanwick Lakes Festival of Winter Lights is officially switched on to get Christmas off to a sparkling start. A special guest will be on hand to greet younger visitors, plus music, Christmas trees and a festive treasure hunt. Sun 9th Dec – Sparkles & Snow! 1 to 4pm Drop into the Discovery Zone and make a sparkly Christmas decoration for your tree. Suitable for families. Modest charges apply.

Fri 21st Dec - Solstice Walk - 5 to 7pm A festive walk around the Visitor Centre lake on the shortest day of the year. Afterwards enjoy singing Christmas Carols in the outdoor theatre and mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies in the Visitor Centre. £2 adult; £1 child. Santa’s Grotto On the 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th December visit Santa in his Grotto at Stanwick Lakes. £3.95 per child (includes present). £1 per adult (including a drink and mice pie).

www.stanwicklakes.org.uk Tel: 01933 226029

Christmas & New Year Parties &

Celebrations at New York Thunderbowl

Come and celebrate Christmas and New Year at Kettering’s New York Thunderbowl! With group bookings at £17.95 per person, the Festive Feast is a great way for families, companies and friends to enjoy a night out with bowling, a meal and snacks! Santa’s little helpers is another way for the children to enjoy the countdown to Christmas, at £6.50 per child they can enjoy a game of bowling with Cheeseburger and chips! Why not see the New Year in with a bang too! Join our New Years Eve party from just £28 per adult/£15 per junior. You get unlimited bowling from 7pm till late, a generous buffet and a Disco with Corby FM’s Des Barber - and to top it off the first drink is on the house!

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Pantomimes & Shows A Christmas Carol

at The Royal & Derngate Theatre Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth, one of the most famous festive tales of all time will be brought to life this Christmas on Northampton’s Royal stage. In a charming production for all the family to enjoy, A Christmas Carol can be enjoyed at Royal & Derngate from Wednesday 28th November to Sunday 6th January. Tickets are priced from £10 to £21, with family tickets and groups and school discounts available. For more information or to book tickets:

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26 December. Tickets £14 (£12). Family Ticket £48. Book online or call the Box Office:

The Night Before Christmas at The Core at Corby Cube

On The Night Before Christmas, Emily stares out of the window and waits excitedly for the morning, while in a corner a little mouse called Eddie cannot understand why only humans are allowed to celebrate and get presents. So he sets off in search of Father Christmas to find out for himself. The Night Before Christmas is a magical, festive tale for children aged 3 and above. Running from the 4th to the 9th December, tickets, priced from £7.50 to £11.50, can be booked online or through the Box Office:

01536 470470 www.thecorecorby.com

Sleeping Beauty

at The Castle Theatre

The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough is pleased to present a magical new adventure from the writer of its hit Christmas show Alice The Musical. Based on the world-famous fairy tale, Paul Boyd’s musical version of Sleeping Beauty features a score of unforgettable new songs and a cast of hilarious characters. This Christmas Sleeping Beauty promises to be the biggest, brightest, most Beauty-filled adventure story that was ever spun. The show is running from the 10th to the 29th

01933 270007 www.thecastle.org.uk

Cinderella

at The Royal & Derngate Theatre A star cast promise Royal & Derngate panto audiences will have a ball this Christmas! Cheeky comic Bobby Davro and much-loved actress and presenter Denise Welch star in Cinderella, this year’s magical Christmas pantomime at Royal & Derngate, from Friday 7th December to Sunday 6th January. With beautiful sets, lavish costumes, and real Shetland ponies to take Cinders to the ball, this year’s panto promises festive enchantment for all the family. Tickets, priced from £16 to £24, are already fast, and can be booked online or through the Box Office:

01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk

The Time for Tots Christmas Polls

Thank-you to everyone who took part in our 2 Christmas Polls on our Facebook page. Here’s what you told us: What do  you  remember  most  fondly  from   your  own  childhood  Christmases?  

How important  is  it  to  you  that  your  child/ren  learn   about  the  Na7vity  at  Christmas  Time?  

Going to  bed  Christmas  Eve  

Very important  

Waking to  a  full  stocking   DecoraBng  the  tree  and  house  

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Spending Bme  with  all  the  family  

Not important  

More white  christmasses  

I'm indifferent  

Starring in  a  naBvity  play  

I prefer  to  keep  my  views  private  

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Shoes, Carp and Knecht Ruprecht! European Ch

At this time of year, one family’s “normal” is another’s “you do what?!” The British Christmas appears to be a with its own customs and most are resistant to even the smallest change. However, once we have flown the nes to our regular traditions are all part and parcel of a family Christmas. Here, three mums, all having grown up tell us how they have adapted and adopted to create a very special Christmas for their little ones...

MELANIE from Germany

Mum to Josie, 6, Lottie, 4, and Johannes, 1

I grew up in Germany with an English mother and a German father. I have sin my German husband and our three children. Just like my parents did with me traditions of celebrating Christmas. In Germany, the christmassy period traditionally starts on the 4th Sunday ahea families will have a wreath which is decorated with four candles, small Christm cones or holly. When I was a child, the wreath was placed in the centre of th Sunday in the run up to Christmas, one candle was lit until all four candles w I remember our family sitting down on each of these Sunday afternoons onc home made Christmas biscuits and Lebkuchen and listening to Christmas music. On 1st December, the children get an advent calendar and the countdown to Christmas Eve begins. On the eve outside the front door and hope that St Nikolaus will leave them some chocolates, maybe a little present and haven’t, Knecht Ruprecht (who travels around with St Nikolaus) will pay the naughty children a visit and may ju While we were waiting for Christmas Eve to arrive, we always visited one of the many Christmas markets wh Stollen and candied nuts, apples and chocolate covered fruits. The scent on these markets is heavenly! By Christmas Eve morning, all families will have brought in their Christmas tree, decorated it and got everything 5pm and by the time we got home, the real candles on the tree had been lit and Christkind had been and deliver I was younger, I usually was allowed to open my presents before dinner but as I got older, we usually sat down the evening as a family. For our Christmas Eve meal we usually had something with fish. Carp is a traditional Ge As I grew up with an English mother, Father Christmas would always pay me a visit with some more presents o I had a big stocking which I would hang at the end of my bed and usually I was lucky enough to find some prese Having grown up with the “best of both”, I am trying to continue this with my children. We have an advent w comes and visits them on Christmas Eve but they also hang out their stocking for Christmas Day.

MAGDA from Poland Mum to Paula, age 5

In Poland, where we are from, the most celebrated day is Christmas Eve, and like most the evening meal. We have dropped the tradition of fasting all day but we really look foods I prepare and freeze such as dumplings and pasties filled with sauerkraut and including traditional poppy seed cake. Paula takes part in some of the preparation an are prepared only this one time in the year, so we really enjoy and appreciate them! At some point, in the “organised chaos” on Christmas Eve, my husband Pawel will sne playing in her bedroom. It is always a difficult task that requires a silly explanation of “you have just missed San Then, when it gets dark and Paula, with her daddy, finds the first star in the winter skies, it’s time to sit at the with a festive table cloth and we keep one empty plate out for the “unexpected guest”. Unlike our older relativ ‘Holy Wafer’ sent over to us from our family in Poland who also send us a letter wishing us all the very best. We never spend Christmas Eve just the three of us. We always invite friends who are living in the UK without always joins us. Our house on Christmas Eve, is always full of people, who all bring gifts for Paula explaining tha for her. We exchange and unwrap all of our presents after we have eaten our Christmas supper. I play carols on hours of Christmas morning. As our little family lives in England, we want to give our daughter a bit of both traditions; so we always hang on to bed on Christmas Eve, she leaves some milk and a mince pie next to the fire. In the morning she discovers th opened her main presents the evening before, she usually finds some sweets and a small toy in her stocking. Ch of left over food. Christmas to me is about joy and fun and time spent together with all the people we love.


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uniform event, but each family celebrates it differently, st, met partners and had our own children, disturbances p in different parts of Europe and now living in the UK,

nce spent several years on and off living in the UK with e, we try and embrace both the German and the English

ad of Christmas Eve with the beginning of Advent. Most mas balls, ribbon, little angels or similar figures and pine he dining room table for the next 4½ weeks and every were burning on the last Sunday before Christmas Eve. ce it got dark, lighting the candle on the wreath, eating

ening of the 5th December, all the children place a boot d other goodies, provided they have been good. If they ust have to use his whip instead!! here you can enjoy mulled wine, Lebkuchen, Christmas

ready for the evening. We usually went to church about red all the presents and left them under the tree. When n for our meal and then opened all the presents later in erman dish for Christmas Eve. on Christmas Day morning. So, just like English children, ents in it on Christmas Day morning. wreath, my children have advent calendars, Christkind

t mums, it is a very busy day for me as I have to prepare k forward to our evening Christmas feast! Some of the d mushrooms. I bake a few cakes a day or two before, nd her favourite part is cake-making. Most of the dishes

eakily hide a present under the tree when Paula is busy nta...” table. Our table is, according to the tradition, covered ves, we don’t read out from the Bible, but we share the

t their families, and my sister with her English partner at Father Christmas had delivered them to their houses n the CD player and we all celebrate well into the early

ne stocking on the fire place for Paula. Before she goes he milk and mince pie has gone and, as she would have hristmas Day is then really just a lazy day for us with lots

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MARTA from Spain

Mum to twins Thomas and Oliver, age 4 This is the time of the year when we all try to make it back home. Even though for the last 12 years I have been living between the USA and Europe, I consider my home to be Madrid, Spain. This is where I was born and where my family lives. Madrid is where my childhood memories were made and this is how I remember them: The first week of December my mother used to pull all the Christmas decorations down from the attic and the very first weekend we were all busy doing the decorations and arrangements for the holidays to come. We also put together a Nativity set that every year kept getting bigger and bigger by adding one more sheep, more ducks in the river, or one more soldier to Herod’s Castle! Included in this set were 3 very special figurines. The 3 Wise Men or 3 Magic Kings or Los 3 Reyes Magos, as we call them in Spain. Their names are Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar. In my family these were very special and my friends still remember them today because instead of riding a camel, they were riding elephants! In Spain the celebration starts the night of January 5th when little kids leave a shoe in the living room so Los 3 Reyes Magos know where to place the presents the children will find the next day, very early in the morning. The children also have to leave Christmas sweets and drinks for the Kings and camels. Now, as a grown up, I understand why my father insisted that the Kings’ favorite Christmas drink was champagne! I remember being so nervous the night of January 5th that I would swear I saw the Kings walking down the hallway and was even able to hear their steps. As we got older and figured out that parents were the 3 Kings, my mother and father allowed us to help late at night placing all the presents on each shoe when the little ones were asleep. On the night of January 5th, nobody in Spain, adults included, forgets to leave a shoe out for Melchor to leave something for them. Those memories are what makes the holiday season so special for me. To carry on with this tradition and with that magic secret, and no matter where we live, make that day special for my kids.


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Making Parenting Guilt Work for You...

Article by Rachel Bridgeford of Soul Attention Counselling Service Local qualified counsellor and Mum of 2 uilt. It’s one of the many things that we don’t anticipate but plays a very large part in our experiences as parents. Why do we always feel so guilty about everything! What the children eat, how much time we spend with them, should we have done something differently to address that behaviour that has become a problem, should I have ironed that dress before putting her in it?? From the mundane to the profound, worries about if we are doing enough or even doing the right thing for our children must be one of the things that consumes the thoughts of for the way you want your children to grow up that you remain aware of daily. So, next time parents the most. I know it is for me. But should we be tortured by our guilt? I think you start to feel guilty about something, take a maybe the majority of us are. I imagine that second to give yourself a little pat on the back there are more than a few of us who have for doing so. ever felt that we have let our children down I’m not sure that it is possible to keep guilt at in some way, either big or small or even both! bay completely but my argument would be There are many professionals who would why would you want to! Take any guilty feeling work to help us to find ways to alleviate and there is a wealth of things you can learn our guilt. We can be told that we shouldn’t from it about who you are both as a parent try to be supermum or place unrealistic and as a person. And once you know who and expectations on ourselves. We can be told what you are now, you have the perfect place that no-one expects us to be perfect. But from which to grow into who you want to be. does that really help? Does that really help And as for the effect on your children, well, let us to rid ourselves of the guilt? The answer is them see your true mistakes in all their glory. likely to be ‘no’ because guilt is self-imposed But also let them see how, as an adult, you can and if you are accustomed to being hard on recognise when you have made a mistake and yourself then that can be a very hard pattern learn from it. Using it to move forward and to break, regardless of what others think become better. I mean, how else would our But what if your guilt wasn’t really guilt at children learn that particular skill? all? Think about the last thing you felt guilty about in relation to your children. Lets say, for For advice and support on any parenting example, you had a day at the zoo and all they related issue, please e-mail Rachel at: ate all day was utter rubbish! When thinking rachelbridgeford@live.co.uk. of that you could feel a bit bad about yourself Alternatively you can write to Soul but then… think again. If you are feeling bad Attention Counselling Service at 27 The then it’s because you have a high standard Pyghtles, Wollaston, Northamptonshire, that, for today, you didn’t meet. Does having NN29 7QD. high standards make us bad parents? The fact All correspondence will be treated that we feel bad at all shows that we know confidentially and can be kept anonymous what we are doing as parents. We know what if you prefer. our children need to grow into healthy, happy

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Corby and District Mondays Sing and Sign Stage 1 10 to 11am in Great Oakley Village Hall. For 6 to 15 months.

Parent & Toddler Swimming 10am to 12pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Wilbarston Tots & Tiddlers 10am-12pm at Wilbarston Village Hall. Sarah:07730 568300. TT Li’l Dynos At Lodge Park Sports Centre. 1.30 to 2.10pm. For ages 2.5+ Dance Class for Ages 2 to 3 Years (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4.30pm to 5pm at Elizabeth Street Dance Studios. Street Dance/Freestyle (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 5pm to 5.45pm at Elizabeth Street Dance Studios. For ages 4 to 6 years.

tuesdays Little Angels Tots Group 9.15 to 11.30am. The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824. Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Little Angels Playgroup For pre-school children with additional needs. 9.30 to 11.30am at Lodge Park Sports Centre. Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am & 11 to 11.30am at Corby Library (in The Cube). Free. TT.

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Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At the Holiday Inn. All lessons last for 30 minutes. 10am 3 year olds (no adults) 10.30am 3 year olds (no adults) 11am 1 year olds 11.30am 1 to 1 lessons 12pm adults beginners 12.30pm 1 to 1 lessons Parents & Tots (Corby Old Village) 1.30-2.45pm at Corby Old Village Primary School. £1. TT. Children’s Beginners Ballet (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4pm to 4.45pm in Corby.

Swimming

Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At the Holiday Inn. 30 min lessons. 10am for 1 & 2 year olds 10.30am 1 to 1 lessons. Li’l Dynos At Lodge Park Sports Centre. 1.30 to 2.10pm. For ages 2.5+

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NVDA Twinkle Tots Dance (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4.30pm to 5pm at Elizabeth Street Dance Studios. For ages 2 to 3 yrs.

Tots & Tiddlers (Pre-school Gymnastics) At Lodge Park Sports Centre. 10am to 10.45am for under 2s 11am to 11.45am for 2 to 3 years 12pm to 12.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1pm to 1.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1.45pm to 2.30pm for 3 to 4 years

Children’s Musical Theatre (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 5.45pm to 6.30pm. Includes drama and singing.

First Moves Movement & music for under 5s. 10.15 to 11.15am & 11.30 to 12.30am at The Core at Corby Cube. Free. TT. Little Angels Tots Group 12 to 3pm at The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824 Parent & Toddler Swimming 1.30pm to 3pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in. NVDA Tiny Tots (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 1.30pm to 2pm at Elizabeth Street Dance Studios. For ages 1.5 to 2 ys.

Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

Rainbows Dance Class (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 5pm to 5.45pm at Elizabeth Street Dance Studios. For ages 4 to 6 yrs.

SATURDAYS

Baby Ballet (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 2pm to 2.30pm at Elizabeth Street Glee Club (with Nene Valley Dance Dance Studios. For ages 2 to 3 ys. Academy) Dance for Musical Theatre 5pm to 5.45pm at Elizabeth Street (Nene Valley Dance Academy) Dance Studios. For ages 4 to 5.5 5pm to 5.45pm for ages 4 to 6 years. years.

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Little Angels 9.15-11.30am at The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824

Baby Ballet (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 9.15am to 9.45am at Elizabeth Street Dance Studios. For ages 2 to 3 years. Beginners Ballet Class (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 9.45am to 10.30am at Elizabeth Street Dance Studios. For ages 4 to 6 years. Little Kickers At Lodge Park Sports Centre. “Junior Kickers” for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 10.10 to 10.55am. “Mighty Kickers” for 3.5 years olds to 5th Birthday, 11.05 to 11.50am

sundays Asian Family Time Every 1st Sunday in the month, Corby Library, 2.30-3.30pm.

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Weekly Activities Timetable

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Kettering and District Mondays Giggles & Wiggles Counties Community Centre. ‘Our Time’, 9.30 to 10.15am, for 15mths to 3 yrs. ‘Village Babies’, 10.15 to 11am, birth to 15 mths. Hawthorn Berries 9.15-11am. Hawthorn Primary School. £1/family. Kettering Gym Tots At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Brunel Road. 9.15am for ages 3+ 10.15am for under 2s 11.15am for 2 to 3 years 12.45pm for ages 3+ 1.45pm for ages 3+ Call 01536 415444 Infant Aquatics Swimming Balance Health Club. 30 min classes between 10am and 12pm. For 3mths to 4.5 yrs. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.40 to 4.40pm at The Britannia Club, Burton Latimer. Starlight Dance “Munchkins” 4 to 5pm at Starlight Dance & Musical Theatre School, High Street. For 2 to 6 year olds. Desborough & Rothwell Rhymetime (Rothwell) Mondays 2.30-3pm, term time only. Rothwell Library. Free. 01536 711880 Little Kickers At Desborough Leisure Centre Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 3.40 to 4.25pm Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Community Sports Centre. For ages 3+ Call 01536 713708 Cranford Music Makers 10am, 11am and 2pm at Cranford Village Hall. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

tuesdays Kettering Gym Tots At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Brunel Road. 9.15am for 2 to 3 years 10.15am for under 2s 12.45pm for ages 3+ 1.45pm for ages 3+ Call 01536 415444 Rhymetime 9.30-10am & 10.30-11am at Kettering Library. Free. St Botolphs Tots Group St Botolphs Church Hall. 9.30am to 11am. Infant Aquatics Swimming 9.30am-1pm at Lavender Blue Day Nursery, Geddington. Each class 30 minutes. For children aged 3 months to 4.5 yrs. Sign and Sign At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 10am to 11am Stage 2 (15mths to 2.5yrs) 11am12pm Pytchley Mums & Tots Tuesdays 10-11.30am. Pytchley School Hall. Sally: 01536 799541 Jungle Tots At Greentrunks Garden Centre, Gt Cransley. From 11am. £1 per participant. Toybox Mums & Tots, Broughton 1.30-3pm, Broughton Village Hall. £1.50 per family. Rebecca: 01536 790169 Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. All kessons last for 30 mins 9.30am < 12 months 10am 2 & 3 year olds 10.30am 3 year olds (no adults) 11am 1 year olds Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Community Sports Centre. For ages 3+ Call 01536 713708

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 10.

wednesdays St Edwards Mums & Tots 9-11am. St Edwards RC Primary School, Eastleigh Road. £1.20 for 1st child, 30p thereafter. 01536 391581 Kettering Gym Tots At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Brunel Road. 9.15am for 2 to 3 years 10.15am for under 2s 11.15am for ages 3+ 12.45pm for ages 3+ Call 01536 415444 Infant Aquatics Swimming 10am-12pm at Balance Health Club. Each class 30 minutes. For children aged 3 months to 4.5 yrs. The Little Ones 1 to 2.50pm, Church of Christ The King. £1 per family. 01536 517553 Starlight Dance “Munchkins” 4 to 5pm at Starlight Dance & Musical Theatre School, High Street. For 2 to 6 year olds. Street Dance (Inspire Dance School) 5.30-6.15pm at Weekly Village Hall. For 4 to 7 year olds. Infant Aquatics Swimming 1.45pm-5pm at Lavender Blue Day Nursery, Geddington. Each class 30 minutes. For children aged 3 months to 4.5 yrs. Desborough & Rothwell Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers 9.30-11am, term time only. New Street, Rothwell Contact 07726 580187. Building Blocks Wednesdays 2-3pm (term time only). Free. Desborough Baptist Church, Station Road. Contact: 01536 760149. Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Community Sports Centre. For ages 3+ Call 01536 713708 mawsley Music Makers 10am and 11am at The Centre. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com


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The Little Ones 9-11.15am & 1-2.50pm, Church of Christ The King. £1 /family. 01536 517553 St Thomas More Mums & Tots 9-10.45am. St Thomas More School. £1.20 1st child, 30p thereafter. Hawthorn Berries 9-11am in term time. Hawthorn Primary School. £1 per family. Contact Edwina 07917 807177 Giggles and Wiggles ‘Our time’ for 15 mths to 3yrs, 9.30 to 10.15am at the Counties Community Centre Li’l Dynos At Balance Health Club. 1.30 to 2.10pm. For ages 2.5+ Hopscotch (Loddington) 2.15-3.15pm in term time at the Village Hall. 07742 664604 Building Blocks Drama 4 to 5pm at Starlight Dance, High Street. For 2 to 6 year olds. £3. Ballet, Tap & Freestyle Dancing (Inspire Dance School) 5-6pm at Weekly Village Hall. For 3 to 6 year olds. Burton Latimer Rhymetime 10.30 to 11.15am. Burton Latimer Library. Free. 0300 126 1000 Desborough & Rothwell Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers 9.30-11am in term time. New Street, Rothwell. Contact 07726 580187. Braybrooke Tiny Tots 10am-12pm in term time. Braybrooke Village Hall. £2 per family. Contact Jo 07565 783128. Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Community Sports Centre. For ages 3+ Call 01536 713708 mawsley Mawsley Baby & Toddler Group 9.30-11am at The Centre £1.50 first child, 50p per child thereafter. Sarah: 01536 790517

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other

FRIDAYS

SATURDAYS

Giggles and Wiggles At Counties Community Centre. ‘Our time’ for 15 months to 3 years, 9.15 to 10am ‘Village Babies’ from 0 to 15 months, 10.15 to 11am

Bubble Babies Swimming 8.45am to 1.15pm at Kingsley School Hydrotherapy Pool. 30 min classes for 0 to 5 year olds

Geddington Parents & Tots 9.30-11.30am, Geddington Village Hall. £2 per family. Contacts Siobhan 01536 743756 Gymbabes 9.50am at Ise Lodge Community Centre. For babies from 6 months to walking. Infant Aquatics Swimming 10am-12pm at Balance Health Club. Each class 30 minutes. Alleycats 10-11.15am in term time at Praise Community Church, Alexandra St. £1.20 for 1st child, 60p thereafter. per family. Rebecca: 01536 484777 BrambleTots 10-11.30am. Ise Pavillion. £2 per family. Hayley: 01536 524701 Hartbeeps Happy House 10.15am at Mocha Mama, Glendon Farm. £5per session. £2.50 siblings. See ad. Tumble Tots 10.45am at Ise Lodge Community Centre. From walking to 2 years. Tumble Tots 11.45am at Ise Lodge Community Centre. For ages 2 to 3 years.

Little Kickers At Southfield School for Girls Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 9.15 to 10am Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 years, 10.10-10.55am or 11.05-11.50am. Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 9.15am and 12.15pm at Montsaye Community Sports Centre. For ages 3+ Call 01536 713708 Stagecoach Theatre Arts School At Brambleside Primary School. Early Stage Class for 4-6year olds, 9.30 to 11am or 2 to 3.30pm. Zumbatomic (Inspire Dance) 11am-12pm at Weekly Village Hall. For 4 to 12 year olds Desborough & Rothwell Dance Classes (Nene Valley Dance) At Montsaye Community Sports Hall 9.15am to 9.45am ages 2 to 3 years 9.45am to 10.30am for ages 4 to 6. Children’s Musical Theatre (Nene Valley Dance Academy) At St Giles Community Centre 10.15am to 11.15am for ages 4+. Includes drama and singing.

sundays Tumble Tots 1pm at Ise Lodge Community Centre. Little Kickers For 3 years to school age. At Bishop Stopford School ISTD Twinkle Toes Ballet Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 4 to 4.30pm at Starlight Dance, High 9.15 to 10am Street. For 2 to 6 year olds. £1.50 Mighty Kickers for 3.5 years olds to 5th Birthday, 10.10 to 10.55am ISTD Tiny Tappers Mega Kickers for 5 year olds to 7th 4.30 to 5pm at Starlight Dance, High Birthday, 11.05 to 11.55am. Street. For 2 to 6 year olds. £1.50 Desborough & Rothwell Rhymetime (Desborough) Fridays 10-10.30am, term time only. Desborough Library. Free. 01536 711880 Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. All lessons last for 30 mins. 12.15pm 1 year olds 12.45pm over 2 years

Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. All lessons last 30 mins. 11.45am 3 year olds 12.15pm 1 & 2 year olds 12.45pm 3 & 4 year olds 1.15pm 2 year olds 1.45pm adults beginners

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wednesdays

Higham Ferrers

Higham Ferrers

Raunds

Rhymetime Babies only (under 12 mths) 11.30am-1pm at Higham Ferrers Library. 01933 314842. Free.

Rhymetime 10-10.30am at Higham Ferrers Library. 01933 314842. Free.

Gymbabes 9.50am at The Saxon Hall. For babies from 6 months to walking.

Irthlingborough

Tumble Tots 10.45am at The Saxon Hall. From walking to 2 years.

Irthlingborough St Peter’s Under Fives 2-3pm. St Peter’s Church, Church Street. Contact 01933 650278

Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 4.15 to 5.15pm and 5.15 to 6.15pm at the Methodist Church Hall

RAUNDS

RAUNDS

Pre-Primary Ballet (Hayley Nadine Dance Academy) 4pm at Manor School. For 3 years+

Musical Theatre (Hayley Nadine Dance Academy) 4pm at Manor School. For all ages

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Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9.30am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505

Mugs and Beakers (Mums & Tots) 9-11am at The Bridge (in the grounds of Whitefriars Junior School). 50p per family. Emma: 01933 411393

Bumps & Babes @ Church 10am at St Mary’s Church. Short lively service followed by playtime. £1 per family. 01933 358218. TT thrapston & villages Titchmarsh Babes 1.30-2.30pm. Titchmarsh Clubroom. £1.50/family. Contact Judith on 01832 730587 Mixed Street Dance with Northamptonshire Dance Academy 4 to 5pm at The Plaza Centre. For ages 4+

Tumble Tots 11.45am at The Saxon Hall. For ages 2 to 3 years.

Rhymetime 9.30-10am & 10.30-11am. Free. Rushden Library. 01933 312754. Mums & Tots 10-11.30am at Rushden Full Gospel Church & Christian Centre, 60 High Street South. Linda: 07904 638612

Tumble Tots 1pm at The Saxon Hall. For ages 3 years to schol age.

Children’s Dance Class (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 1pm to 1.30pm at The Pemberton Centre. For ages 2 to 3 years.

Rhymetime 1.30-2pm at Raunds Library. Free. 01933 623671

Li’l Dynos At The Pemberton Centre. 1.30 to 2.10pm. For ages 2.5+

rushden

Stanwick

Hartbeeps Happy House 9am at Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Wymington. £5.50 per session. £2.50 siblings. See ad.

The Stanwick Rainbow Group 1.45-3.15pm. Stanwick Village Hall. £2 per family. Contact Claire on 01933 623551.

Jelly Babes 9.30-11.30am at Queen Street Church Hall. £1 per family. Contact Jeanette on 01933 391457. TT

thrapston & villages

Hartbeeps Happy House 11am at My Flourpower, High Street. £5 per session. See ad.

Children’s Dance Class (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 3.45pm to 4.15pm at St James Church Hall. For ages 2 to 3 years. Ballet Class (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4.15pm to 5pm at St James Church Hall. For ages 4 to 5 year olds.

thrapston & villages Little Angels (Ringstead) 1.30 - 3pm, term time only. Ringstead School Hall. £1.30 per family.


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thrapston & villages

Music Makers 11.15am at Laxton Junior School. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

Rhymetime 2-2.45pm. Irthlingborough Library. Free. 01933 650641

Ballet Class for Tots with Northamptonshire Dance Academy 9 to 10am at Islip Village Hall. For ages 18 months to 4 years.

Raunds Rhymetime 11-11.30am at Raunds Library. Free. 01933 623671 Little Treasures 9.30-11am. St Laurence Church. Donation optional. TT thrapston & villages Tiddlers 9.30-11am, term time only. Thrapston Baptist Church, 33 Huntingdon Road. £1/family. Contact Tina: 01832 730297

Raunds St Peters Parent & Toddler Group 9.30-11.30am at Saxon Hall. £2 per family. Sarah 01933 622116. TT rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 Sign and Sign Fair Building, Park Road Baptist Church, Rushden. Stage 2 (15mths to 2.5yrs) 10 to 11am. Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 11am-12pm Ballet Class for Primary age with Northamptonshire Dance Academy 10 to 11am at Islip Village Hall. For ages 4 to 8 years.

Rhymetime 2-2.30pm. Thrapston Library. Free. 01832 733251 Music Makers 9.30am at Titchmarsh Pavilion. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

sundays thrapston & villages stanwick Energize Street Dance with Northamptonshire Dance Academy 3.45 to 5pm, boys ages 4+ years 4.30 to 5.45pm, girls ages 4+ Classes at Stanwick Village Hall £4 per class. thrapston & villages

Rhymetime Sign and Sign At Aldwincle Village Hall, Main Street 2-2.30pm. Thrapston Library. Free. 01832 733251 Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 10 to 11am. Stage 2 (15mths to 2.5yrs) 11am12pm villages Jolly Totz Parent and Toddler Group 1 to 3pm, Easton on the Hill Preschool, New road. Term time only. Contact Rebecca on 07805 021169

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 10.

Children’s Dance Class (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 9.15am to 10am at Islip Village Hall. For ages 4 to 6 years.

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Wellingborough and District Mondays

FRIDAYS

wednesdays

Tumble Tots Irchester BATS 10.45am at The Hindu Community (Babies and Toddlers) Centre. From walking to 2 years. 9.15-11.15am at Irchester Village Hall. £1 1st child, 50p thereafter. Infant Aquatics Swimming Nichola: 01933 410866. TT 30 minute classes betrweem 11.30am and 1.30pm at Hinwick Stay & Play College, Poddington School. 9.30-11am at Croyland Children’s Centre. Free. Just drop in. 01933 Tumble Tots 279681 11.45am at The Hindu Community Centre. From 2 to 3 years. Rhymetime 10-10.30am & 11-11.30am at Tumble Tots Wellingborough Library. Free. 01933 1pm at The Hindu Community 225365 Centre. From 3 years to school age. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3.30pm and 5.30pm at Rowangate Primary School. Children’s Dance Class (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4.45pm to 5.45pm at The Mission Room, Findeon.

tuesdays

St Mark’s Buggy Club 1.30-3pm in St Mark’s Church Hall, Queensway. Voluntary 50p donation. Contact Joy on 01933 676368. TT

Mucky Pups Messy Play 9.30-11am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £2.50. Contact 01933 272119

“Baby Stay & Play” 1.30-3pm at Croyland Children’s Centre. Free. Just drop in. 01933 279681

Mini Gym 10-11am at Croyland Children’s Centre. Free. Just drop in. 01933 279681

Little Fishes (Little Harrowden) Every other Wednesday in term time, 2-3pm, Little Harrowden Church. Contact 01933 678225

Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School Dance) 4 to 5pm at Vicarage Farn Community Centre Street, Ballet & Modern Dance with Northamptonshire Dance Academy 4.15 to 5.45pm at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymoor Road. For ages 3+.

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Little Cogs Toddler Group (Irchester) 9.30-11.15am at Reachout Community Church, Irchester. £1 st child, 50p thereafter. Contact Nicola on 01933 225525 The Rascals Music Session 9.45-10.45am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £2 1st child, £1.25 2nd child. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 10.30am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club.

Li’l Dynos At Redwell Leisure Centre. 1.30 to 2.10pm. For ages 2.5+

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9.30am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club.

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3.30pm and 5.30pm at Rowangate Primary School.

“Conversation Group” 9.30-11am at Croyland Children’s Centre. Free. Just drop in. 01933 279681

Bubble Babies Swimming From 12.30pm at Hinwick Hall College Hydrotherapy Pool. 30 min classes for 0 to 5 year olds Little Fishes 1.30-3pm at Our Lady’s Infant School Hall, Henshaw Road. £1/ family. Contact Nancy on 01933 381168

THURSDAYS Little Cogs Toddler Group 9.30-11.15am & 1-2.30pm, Reachout Community Church, Havelock St. Call 01933 225525 for more information. TT

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 10.

Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

Funky Fridays 12-2pm at Croyland Children’s Centre. For parents aged 21 and under. Lunch provided. Just drop in. 01933 279681

SATURDAYS Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 9 to 10am at The Mission Room, Finedon. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3pm and 5.30pm at Scott Bader Pool, Wollaston. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 10.30am at Rowangate Primary School.

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The Perfect Start in Life: Northampton High School

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t Northampton High Junior School, we endeavour to provide the best possible start to your daughter’s education. During these important years, our priorities are to ensure girls’ happiness, security, confidence and desire for learning. The caring, supportive atmosphere that is so immediately apparent provides young children with the assurance they need to succeed. Such an encouraging environment is dependent upon knowing each girl well, together with a successful partnership between home and school. There are considerable opportunities on offer using the School’s firstclass facilities and resources. Our goal is to provide strong academic foundations balanced by a huge range of creative, sporting and social pursuits, within and beyond the curriculum. We have a lively Toddler Group which runs every Wednesday during term time from 1.30-3pm. This provides a great transition to our Nursery where we take girls from the term they turn 3 years old. Our younger girls thoroughly enjoy ballet, gym, visits to the library and walks to our ‘wild area’ alongside an extensive programme of trips and visitors. Junior School girls at Northampton High go above and beyond what is expected of them and we believe this is due to environment, encouragement and the enrichment opportunities that we provide for them. Our next Open Day is on Friday 22 February from 9.30am - 12 noon, we hope you will come and visit us. If you would like to find out more information or receive a prospectus, please call our Registrar, Mrs Heather Berry on 01604 765765.

Perfect

Start in Life

Good Schools Guide “ It combines first rate delivery of the curriculum with a nurturing environment where girls feel safe and secure.” “ Fizzes with energy and enthusiasm.” ISI Inspection Report Highest grade awarded across all areas.

Come and see for yourself.

Junior School Open Day Nursery to year 6 (3 -11 years)

Friday 22 February 2013 9.30 - 12 noon

Please Call: 01604 765765 www.northamptonhigh.gdst.net

To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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New Breastfeeding Charity Launches In Northamptonshire

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new breastfeeding charity is already making progress to support, protect, promote and normalise breastfeeding in Northamptonshire. Northamptonshire Breastfeeding Alliance (NBA) is the first dedicated organisation of its kind in the county and a number of exciting initiatives have already begun since its official launch in September 2012. Co-Chair, Northamptonshire Breastfeeding Alliance, Esther Perryman said, “We are very excited about the future as we work with relevant organisations to ensure that breastfeeding is always high on the local public health agenda. Making breastfeeding an accepted, visible and valued part of culture and community locally is our ultimate goal and even as a relatively new organisation, we are already making a lot of progress with our aims”.

NBA Fundraising and Awareness Initiatives More breast pumps for Baby Café Loan Service NBA won £300 in Opus Energy’s generous monetary gift competition after its video entry received over 240 online votes! The money will be given to the Northampton Baby Café, enabling the specialist breastfeeding support clinic to purchase additional highly efficient breast pumps to expand its free loan service. Northamptonshire’s Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme Although breastfeeding in public is protected by law, this new scheme aims to promote cafes and venues that go the extra mile to make breastfeeding mothers feel comfortable. Guidance is offered to Breastfeeding Welcome

businesses and they are also added to NBA’s online Breastfeeding Welcome directory. Targeted awareness-raising Plans to introduce NBA to organisations and professionals responsible for the care of babies and children in Northamptonshire are well underway. Children’s Centres, GP surgeries, midwives, health visitors and antenatal groups are among those being targeted. As the voice of breastfeeding mums and babies, NBA representatives are also sitting on local NHS maternity and breastfeeding strategy groups. Safeguarding breastfeeding support services Grant applications, fundraising and working with relevant organisations remains one of the main aims of NBA. In the first year, the charity hopes to secure the future of the Northampton Baby Café – a flagship specialist breastfeeding support drop-in centre and worked with health bodies to develop additional services county-wide. For more information or to become a member for free visit: www.northantsbreastfeedingalliance. weebly.com

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Win Win Win!

Please remember to include your name and address with your entry. All entries will be put into a draw, and the winner(s) will be the first correct entries drawn at random in each competition.

Where’s Wicky?

Find him hidden in this magazine to be in with a chance of winning a ticket to Wicky’s Christmas Party on the 20th December 2012. The prize includes a free child’s ticket, up to 2 adult tickets and a FREE ride wristband for next spring. We have 4 of these prizes to give away! To enter, find Wicky in this issue of Time for Tots (excluding pages 22, 23 and this page) then email your answer together with your name and telephone number to: info@timefortots.co.uk

Closing date 18th December 2012

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Win a Family Ticket to see Cinderella at The Royal & Derngate Theatre on the 6th January 2013 at 5pm For your chance to win simply tell us who is playing the Fairy Godmother this year. Email your answer together with your name and telephone number to: info@timefortots.co.uk

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Win a “Time for Tots” 2013 Desk Calendar We have 25 to give away!

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“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about” Angela Schwindt

The local guide for your under 5s www.timefortots.co.uk

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Index Activities & Days Out Beckworth Emporium Berzerk Leisure Cheeky Monkees

Greentrunks Garden Centre Kids Play

New York Thunder Bowl Newlands Shopping Centre Paul’s Pirates Royal & Derngate Theatre

Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre Stanwick Lakes

Swansgate Shopping Centre The Castle West Lodge Rural Centre

Wicksteed Park

Business Opportunities Phoenix Trading Partylite

48 4 6 7 & 21 8 25 23 & 25 20 2 27 23 27 18 23 23

Health & Beauty

Montsaye Fitness Suite Soul Attention Counselling

Independent Schools

Northampton High School St Peter’s School

Nurseries & Pre-Schools

Acorn Childcare Aldwincle Playgroup Muddy Boots Playgroup Queen of Hearts Nursery School Titchmarsh Pre-school

Party Services 35 35

Clubs & Classes Dance Schools Barbara Hooton School of Dancing Hayley Nadine Dance Academy Inspire Dance Studios Nene Valley Dance Academy Northamptonshire Dance Academy Starlight Dance Music & Movement Giggles & Wiggles Sing & Sign Physical Activity Li’l Dynos Little Kickers Lodge Park Sports Centre Mini Dribblers Tumble Tots Swim Schools Bubble Babies Corby East Midlands Pool Infant Aquatics Jenny’s Dolphins Montsaye Sports Centre

Theatre Schools StageCoach

10 16 13 14 13 11 10 15 12 & 15 16 17 15 10 14 17 13 11 11

Aardvark Soft Play Hire Cheers Mobile Bars ES Promotions Teenie Boppers & Crazy Faces

Photographers

Fairydust Pictures Firetree Photography Precious Moments Photography

14 11 8 43 32 32 32 36 6 36 34 34 35 34 29 20 8

Shopping Baby & Child Products Cushi Tush

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Footwear & Clothing Bearly Worn Funky Lil Feet Padders For Kids

29 20 36

Gifts Dinky Dayz Pencil Portraits Pete’s Personalised Toy Boxes Your Name in Song

28 28 28 28

Toy Shops Little Miss Gifts

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