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can’t quite believe that this is the 25th issue of Families Solent East that I have produced. Over the past four years I have been writing, editing and raising advertising revenue for the magazine, negotiating over 250 distribution points and meeting some fabulous people. Hard work, I can’t deny, but at the same time I have managed to get all three children to school on time, reasonably clean and with most of their homework done. Goodness knows how, but I’ve done it. And that’s what has been so brilliant about doing this job – the flexibility. It has also brought me many new opportunities and for this reason I have decided to sell the business. If you are interested in taking on Liz Bourne Editor and local this great magazine, with lots of untapped potential, mother of three more details can be found on the back page.

Families Solent East Online You may already be familiar with our web site, but we have recently undertaken a revamp that will make it more informative, fun to use and better looking. is the first place to look for more information about the magazine if you are a local business looking to advertise or a reader wanting to know where to pick up a copy. We have also started constructing a Directory that will give you details of all sorts of businesses, services and attractions relevant to the area and to your family. Often we don’t have space in the magazine to include all the editorial we think you want to read. When this happens in future we’ll now be able to put it online for you. Do take a look at the site and let us know what you think.

Vision Photography Offer Child-friendly photographic studio, Vision Photography, has once again offered Families Solent East readers the opportunity to have a free sitting and a 10 x 8 inch print. The offer ends at the end of the year but with Christmas fast approaching, we recommend that you book soon to avoid disappointment. Photos make wonderful and personal gifts at Christmas and Vision Photography are also offering a 12 x 16 inch canvas for just £65. With a relaxed and fun approach, the photographer is great with children. Why not take the whole family in for that special shot, dress up in Christmas costumes, and have a bit of fun! And you won’t be disappointed by the prices. Vision Photography also offers gift vouchers, which make fantastic presents. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30am-5:30pm, you can book your sitting by calling Vision on 023 9262 0140, or see examples of their work at November/December 2009 Families Solent East 3


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hat turns a normally quiet and polite septuagenarian into a loud and abrasive lout, hurling abuse at a cross-dressing man? The annual trip to the theatre to see the pantomime, that’s what. Well, that’s what it’s like in my family. Each year my parents take my children to the pantomime and throw themselves into their role as audience members, intercepting sweets and elbowing others out of the way to get to the front of the ice-cream queue. At all other times, they are good, upstanding members of their community, often found wondering around National Trust properties and sucking on Werthers Originals. Unless the theatres pump some funny gas in through their air conditioning, there must be something very special about the Christmas pantomime that turns dignified pillars of society into theatre thugs. Harking back to the Middle Ages and the traditional Christmas mummers plays, modern day pantomimes have many of the same elements. Every mummers play had a moral and good always defeated the bad with St George always available to play the hero. Father Christmas occasionally made an entrance as well, as did a quack doctor who manThe aged to bring a corpse back to life, symbolising the reawakening of the earth from the death of winter. In our modern day pantomime, a D-list celebrity is brought back to 16th to 31st December life for a couple of weeks, symbolising our obsession with fame and the Chichester Festival Theatre reawakening of their career, albeit for a short time. Audience participation has always been a key element in the pantohis town used to be full of children. It was like bottled mime. And it is this that gives the grandparents of middle England sun. Then something went wrong – and Kay has changed; carte blanche to lower their guard for a while and let rip in a way not he’s become arithmetical, anti-girl, awkward and arguseen since they heard that their local branch of Edinburgh Woollen mentative. Is it because he is a teenager, or is it something Mill was closing down. more sinister? Then one night Kay vanishes... The English are known for their reserved nature so audience participaHis best friend Gerda enlists Granny Snow to help her tion does not always come naturally. At any other time of the year, being find him. Armed only with her red kicking boots, some split into two groups and expected to shout or sing on demand, would cause any self effacing audience to stand up and leave, and immediately pots of honey and some geriatric magic, their perilous journey carries write to their local paper in disgust. But this is Christmas and the rules are them down an ice-packed river, among flowers more dangerous than a different. Personally, my competitive nature takes over and I have been Venus fly-trap, a kidnapping by an awesomely-terrifying robber girl, known to brood for days if my side of the theatre wasn’t considered best. some frenzied media attention, talking reindeer and a lot of snow, as There is something very appealing about the pantomime that makes they pursue the terrifying Professor Storm and her ice warrior students. If Gerda and Granny Snow are to rescue Kay they must follow The us break down the barriers, enjoy the child-like quality of the genre (and the hidden innuendos) and shout out to our heart’s content. Or Northern Lights leading to The Ice Palace itself, where the Snow Queen lives on her Ice Mirror of Reason, and Kay is turning bluer and colder. maybe it’s the couple of drinks we had in the bar beforehand… This entrancing, timeless tale from master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen is brought up to date by Chichester AESOP THEATRE PRESENT SCAT THEATRE PRESENT HUMDRUM PRESENT Festival Youth Theatre in a new musical adaptation by Bryony Lavery and Jason Not such an Rudyard Kipling’s Captain Bungle’s Carr – the same creative team behind Ugly Duckling 2008’s acclaimed A Christmas Carol. The Jungle Book Best Birthday We have one family ticket to see The Snow Queen at the Chichester Festival Theatre for Monday, 21st December at 7:30pm. For your chance to win, just answer the following question…

A family ticket to

Snow Queen


Who has adapted The Snow Queen for the Chichester Festival Theatre? Sat 7 Nov 1.30pm Suitable for ages 2 to 7 years £5.75, £18.50 (family of 4)

Thu 10 Dec 7.30pm Sat 12 Dec 2.30pm & 7.30pm Mon 14 to 18 Dec 7.30pm Sat 19 Dec 2.30pm & 7.30pm £7.50, £25 (group/family of 4)

Mon 21 Dec 1.30pm Suitable for ages 4 to 7 years £5.75, £18.50 (family of 4)

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Send your answer along with your name, address and contact number to: The Snow Queen, Families Solent East, PO Box 731, Southsea, PO1 9AR, or send an email to:, with ‘The Snow Queen’ as your subject. One entry per household. Closing date: 11th December 2009.

Across the region The Wind in the Willows

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton 26th November to 9th January 023 8067 1771,

Moles, rats and the evil weasels and stoats – let the adventure begin! A whirlwind riverbank adventure fi lled with madcap lunacy, music and a classic tale.


Kings Theatre, Southsea 9th December to 3rd January 023 9282 8282,

A traditional pantomime for all the family.

Wizard of Oz

Theatre Royal, Winchester 9th December to 3rd January 01962 840 440,

Set off along the yellow brick road on a journey packed with surprises. Lots of songs, jokes, boos and hisses.

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Ventnor Winter Gardens 10th to 13th December 01983 857581,

Ventnor Theatre Group will bring this magical fairytale to the Isle of Wight. Featuring an endearing Cinderella, a lovable Buttons, a handsome prince and many more enchanting characters. Heaps of hilarious comedy and audience participation will be provided by a pair of outrageous ugly sisters, various village idiots and a magnificent pantomime horse! A superb live band and energetic chorus will have you singing along and your toes tapping. A wonderful Christmas treat for all the family!

The Jungle Book

Spring Arts Centre 10th, 12th, and 14th to 19th December 023 9247 2700,

A masterful adaptation of Kipling’s classic. Going further into the stories than the Disney cartoon, this is truer to the spirit and the language of the original.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Alice in Wonderland

Ferneham Hall, Fareham 11th December to 10th January 01329 231 942, Mirror, mirror on the wall… Sue Holderness stars in this traditional Christmas pantomime.

Santa Claus and the Return of Jack Frost

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 11th December to 16th January 023 8071 1811,

A new pantomime with laughter and slapstick, snowball fights, ice skating and some familiar Christmas songs.

The Snow Queen

Chichester Festival Theatre 16th to 31st December 01243 781 312, See competition opposite.

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth 17th December to 2nd January 023 9264 9000,

Not a pantomime, but a beautiful family musical telling the well-known story with live music, songs and laughs.


Medina Theatre, Newport 22nd to 30th December 01983 527 020,

A spectacular and magical panto with added Fame Factory Spotlight Sparkle, which promises comedy, fun, craziness, moments of tenderness and romantic heart-stopping moments.

A Christmas Carol

Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham 23rd December 01329 223 100,

A comical extravaganza to excite and challenge any young audience. With the help of a large pop-up book and lots of humbugs this entertaining version of the Dickens’ tale take the audience back to Victorian England using mime, voice and a couple of suitcases loaded full of ghosts.

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Rocking to success!

Don’t Do put your daughter on the stage, Mrs Worthington!

Portsmouth and surrounding area schools are about to get a very different type of music lesson thanks to Clive’s Easylearn Rock For many, Christmas shows and pantomimes are the only time that Roadshows Roadshows. Ex Sweet vocalist, Mark Thompson-Smith, in conjunction with the children get to go to a theatre or indeed perform at their school nativity. Extended Services co-ordinator team, is offering free rock roadshows So now may be the perfect time to go with the momentum and sign them up to a drama or performance-related club. to all local schools. For most students, performing arts classes are an extension of the Mark said, ‘The Extended Services team are looking to make local communities more aware of all of the various activities that are available role-play games and dancing along to music most enjoy at home. Some for children so we’re really pleased to be able to offer them the opportunity students may well harbour aspirations of stardom when they begin, but it is much more likely that these wannabes will learn that life in ‘show to get involved by putting on our roadshows in their own school. ‘The pupils have the chance to see the Easylearn way of teaching biz’ is not quite as glamorous as they first thought, and that performing drums, bass or guitar and it’s a fun and fast way to engage pupils with can be enjoyed simply as a fun hobby. Depending on the emphasis of the class, children can learn theatre the excitement of playing in a rock band at the end of their session. ‘The roadshows that we’ve had so far have been fantastic fun – we even craft as well as voice skills, improvisation and dance. For children who need bringing out of themselves, the transformation had Dawn Primarolo, Minister for Children, Young People and Families at one of our summer Portsmouth roadshows and she was incredibly that can be seen in children in just a few months can be unbelievable in terms of a new confidence and self-assurance. supportive of our new initiative. Theatre arts bring literature to life, and build self-confidence. Learning ‘Who knows where it may lead – a life long hobby or even a long term career in music, with all the fun and enjoyment that goes along with it? to perform in front of an audience can help children with public speaking We now have students that have joined us and then have gone on to take (even just speaking out in class at school); role playing and improvisation music gcses and subsequently moved further on to college for their give their minds freedom to develop while developing empathy for other btecs, so it’s an incredible feeling knowing that you have had a part to peoples’ feelings. Similarly, a love of music, like that of literature, is a wonderful resource play in their progress.’ If your school would like a visit from Mark and the Easylearn Rock for an entire lifetime. The more a child understands the language of Roadshow team contact your local Extended Services Team or call music, the more confident and enriched he or she will be by listening, singing or playing an instrument. 023 9243 6122 or email

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Santa’st Ou From 21st NOVEMBER Santa’s Christmas Wonderland

Paultons Park, Ower 023 8081 4442, From 21st November

Enter a magical ice wonderland with friendly animated singing characters.

27th to 29th NOVEMBER Victorian Festival of Christmas

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 023 9283 9766,

Visitors will be magically transported into a Dickensian-style bygone era of snowy white streets with a festive fairground and seasonal carols. Fun can be had throughout the dockyard with parlour games, bawdy Music Hall, a nativity farm and a traditional ‘green’ Santa, who ensures this hugely popular event is fun for all the family.


About From 5th DECEMBER (see details) Santa Specials

Watercress Line 01962 733 810 to book, 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th to 24th December Enjoy a steam train ride with Santa.

Santa Specials and Mince Pie Specials

Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet Santa Specials: 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th to 24th December Mince Pie Specials: 26th to 28th December 01983 885 923,

Stroll through the Winter Wonderland to meet Santa in his grotto where a gift awaits every child. Take a relaxing ride on the steam trains. Plus seasonal fayre in the station buffet and restaurant and a shop packed with gift ideas.

5th to 6th DECEMBER Father Christmas at the North Pole

Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport 023 9251 0354 ext 241,

Walk through the snow of the recreated North Pole to board a WW2 submarine and meet Santa. HMS Alliance served in the Royal Navy fleet from 1947-1973, but this Christmas will play host to a very special festive guest.

Ice Rink

Winchester Cathedral, £9.20 (adults), £7.20 (concessions), £30 (2 adults and 2 children) 01962 857 276,

A large, real open air ice rink in a wonderful setting, nestled amongst the Christmas Market. The Ice Rink Café provides Alpine-style refreshments. Sessions last an hour.

A family ticket to Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink For your chance to win, just answer the following question (clue: take a look in the What’s On section)…

What special event is taking place on Friday, 27th November to mark the opening of Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market and Ice Rink? Send your answer along with your name, address and contact number to: Winchester Ice Rink, Families Solent East, PO Box 731, Southsea, PO1 9AR, or send an email to:, with ‘Winchester Ice Rink’ as your subject. One entry per household. Closing date 1st December 2009.

12th, 13th, 19th and 20th DECEMBER Victorian Christmas

Milestones Living History Museum, Basingstoke 01256 477 766

A series of family events especially for Christmas, including a Victorian Family Christmas on 12th December from 6:30-9:30pm.


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Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells! Santa’s sleigh is drifting around Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight sprinkling some festive fun, and we have his itinerary… but do contact venues in advance to check his details!

12th, 13th, and 19th to 22nd DECEMBER Exbury Santa Steam Specials

Tudor Christmas Fun

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 023 9283 9766,

Exbury Gardens 023 8024 5750,

A musical train ride through wintery gardens with seasonal characters along the way. Hot punch for adults and a festive sweet for children. Children will receive a present from Father Christmas in a grotto in a heated marquee.

12th to 23rd DECEMBER Country Christmas!

Staunton Country Park, Havant 023 9245 3405 to book

Meet Santa in his grotto, enjoy Christmas crafts, festive face painting and seasonal stories. Hang your special Christmas wishes on The Wishing Tree, browse the shop for decorations and gifts, and buy your Christmas tree.

12th to 24th DECEMBER Snow Village and Snow Slide

Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth 023 9283 6700,

Enjoy the Sno!slide in the Plaza. Jump on an inflatable ring and slide down the double-laned 45ft real snow slope. Smaller children can enjoy building snow men in the Snow Garden.

Find out about the toys and games of Tudor times, plus a Christmas trail around the museum.

Christmas Celebrations

Beaulieu, nr Brockenhurst 01590 612 888,

Enjoy the festive atmosphere in the splendour of Beaulieu. Dress up in period costumes, and enjoy carol singing and parlour games. Experience a Victorian-style Christmas complete with yule log and traditional decorations.

26th DECEMBER to 1st JANUARY A Sussex Christmas Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton 01243 811 348,

Experience the traditions of Christmas past and discover how our ancestors enjoyed the festive season. Walk off the Christmas pud and enjoy the traditionally decorated houses with their crackling log fires. Plus a variety of festive fare, music and stories from Tudor to Victorian times.

19th DECEMBER to 3rd JANUARY Cold Front

Royal Marines Museum, Southsea 023 9281 9385,

Hands-on trails and activities to see if you have what it takes to survive in freezing conditions.

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Cold Front

19th December - 3rd January

We bring a taste of Norway and the Arctic to you through fun family trails and activities. Burn off the Christmas excess and see for yourself what it takes... Please note: Normal admission charges apply to take part in the activities. Museum closed from 12 noon 23rd to 10am 27th.

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Although we aim to be as accurate as possible, the events listed on pages 8 to 11 are compiled several weeks beforehand and may be subject to change. Also, some events may have a charge that applies but is not recorded here. So please contact venues in advance to check full details.

November SUNDAY 1st Hampshire Farmers’ Market

Market Square, Petersfield, 10am-2pm

FRIDAY 6th Chichester Farmers’ Market East and North Streets, 9am-2pm

SATURDAY 7th Beneath the Banyan Tree

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton 023 8067 1771,

Everyone has a story to tell. Every person, every animal, every tree has a story to tell. Not all stories have words. Anjali’s story begins in India.

Not Such an Ugly Duckling 2-7 yrs

The Spring Arts Centre 023 9247 2700,

The bullied and abandoned hero befriends some interesting characters in this delightful adaptation of a traditional tale.

Meet the Barber-Surgeon

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, 11am-12 noon and 2-4pm 023 9283 9766, Discover how strange Tudor remedies and treatments seem today.

SUNDAY 8th Beneath the Banyan Tree Ages 7+

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth 023 9264 9000,

A fusion of theatre, traditional Indian and Western dance, puppetry and music tells the story of Anjali, a young girl who’s moved to the UK from India.

Meet the Barber-Surgeon

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard As Saturday 7th listing above.

TUESDAY 10th Heartbreak Soup Ages 9+

Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham 01329 223 100,

Follows the life and times of Cuddy Gill, the blue boy, born with a damaged heart. Full of playful physicality and beautiful puppetry, extraordinary new writing that inspires laughter and tears from audiences of all ages.

WEDNESDAY 11th A Tempest Ages 8+

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth 023 9264 9000,

Featuring a deaf/hearing cast plus song, music, puppets and fully integrated British Sign Language. Introduces children to the richness of Shakespeare’s language and storytelling.

Telescope Amnesty Ages 8+ Intech Science Centre, nr Winchester, 6:30pm 01962 863 791,

Bring your own equipment for advice or use the telescopes on display. Observing from the terrace.

Special Planetarium Show Ages 8+

Intech Science Centre, nr Winchester, 8:30pm, £6/£5 01962 863 791,

A planetarium show about what you can see in the night sky.

SATURDAY 14th The Big Enormous Present 3-8 yrs Chichester Festival Theatre 01243 781 312,,

A mysterious present has appeared in the playground at Jack, Dot and Polly’s school. Who can it possibly be for? What could be waiting inside?

Oshima and the Big Sea Ages 3+ Nuffield Theatre, Southampton 023 8067 1771,

Amazing sea creatures, shadow puppetry and live music.

Making Space Open Studios

Making Space, Leigh Park, 10am-4pm 023 9247 2491,

Enjoy a mince pie and maybe pick up a gift from the gallery of work from the resident and guest makers.

Family History Open Day

The Spring Arts Centre, 10am-4pm 023 9247 2700,

Meet expert genealogists and learn about your past. Free Family History Craft sessions for children.

Tudor Dressing Up

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, 11am-12 noon and 2-4pm 023 9283 9766,

What would you look like as a Tudor?

Fish Keepers Weekend

Blue Reef Aquarium, Portsmouth 023 9287 5222,

Chat with one of the trained aquarists to fi nd out how to be a responsible fish keeper.

Christmas Market

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton 01243 811 348,

Dozens of stalls with arts, crafts, food, unusual gifts and much more. Admission only £2.50, including access to all Museum exhibits.

NCT Nearly New Sale

Kings Centre, 37 Elm Grove, Southsea, 1-3pm 0844 243 6243,

Table top sale of toys, equipment and clothes for children 0-9 years. Come and get your winter/Christmas Bargains. £1 per family.

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SUNDAY 15th Something Else Ages 3+

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth 023 9264 9000,

Storytelling, upbeat songs and a lot of laughs.

Hampshire Farmers’ Market

Palmerston Road, Southsea, 10am-2pm

Fish Keepers Weekend

Blue Reef Aquarium, Portsmouth As Saturday 14th listing above.

Tudor Dressing Up

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard As Saturday 14th listing above.

Christmas Market

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton As Saturday 14th listing above.

THURSDAY 14th NCT Christmas Shopping Night

North End Baptist Church, 195 Powerscourt Road, Portsmouth, 8-10pm 0844 243 6243,

Table-top sale of unique and luxury Christmas presents. Refreshments. Free entry.

FRIDAY 20th Chichester Farmers’ Market East and North Streets, 9am-2pm

A Christmas Festival

Stansted House, Rowlands Castle, 10am-4pm Do all your Christmas shopping under one roof.

A Victorian Christmas

Osborne House, nr East Cowes, 10am-4pm

Experience the spirit of a traditional Victorian Christmas with magic and illusion at the side shows, a travelling theatre, carol singing and a chance to meet Queen Victoria herself.

SUNDAY 22nd Meet the Tudor Gunner

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard As Saturday 21st listing above.

A Christmas Festival

Stansted House, Rowlands Castle As Saturday 21st listing above.

A Victorian Christmas

Osborne House, near East Cowes As Saturday 21st listing above.

FRIDAY 27th Big Christmas Pottery Decorating Weekend

Chessell Pottery Barns, nr Calbourne, £4.95 studio fee 01983 531 248,

Decorate your own Christmas SATURDAY 21st pottery gifts. Storytelling Workshop Ages 6+ Victorian Festival of Christmas

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton 023 8067 1771,

Workshop uses basic improvisation techniques to unlock you and your child’s imaginations and have all the family storytelling together.

Time for Pantomime 4-7 yrs The Spring Arts Centre 023 9247 2700,

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 023 9283 9766,

Go on a journey back in time to experience a traditional Victorian Christmas at this popular event.

Paper Lantern Procession Winchester, 6:30pm

Storytelling with participation. Story sacks, books, puppets, games and songs, to help the story come to life. And it’s free!

Starting at the Grand Hall, this dazzling array of coloured lanterns will process through the High Street to the Cathedral.

Young Artists’ Workshop Ages 13+

SATURDAY 28th Ho Ho Ho

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 10:15am-12:15pm 01243 774 557 to book

Explore expressive, abstract paintings from the Gallery’s collection and discover new ways of creating art.

Meet the Tudor Gunner

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, 11am-12 noon and 2-4pm 023 9283 9766, Join in with a Tudor gundrill.

HMS Victory, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm 023 9283 9766,

Celebrate the Festival of Christmas by making a fun, festive treat to take home.

Stencil Designs 5-10 yrs

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 10:15am-12:15, £6 01243 774 557 to book

Take two contrasting images from Henry Moore’s textiles for inspiration, make your own stencils and use them to create new and exciting designs.

Midhurst Farmers’ Market

Capron House car park, 8:30am-1:30pm

Father Christmas at the North Pole Sat 5 & Sun 6 December from 10am

Walk through the snow and meet Father Christmas at the North Pole on his submarine!

12 Dec, 6.30–9.30pm

A Victorian Family Christmas A Family Christmas Event! For more information Tel 01256 477766

12, 13, 19 and 20 December 11am–5pm

FREE GIFT FOR EVERY CHILD Tickets: Advance £8 or £24 per family*, Under 3’s FREE On the door £9 or £27 family*

*4 persons

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2AS. Contact: 023 9251 0354 •

Get Festive at Osborne House Christmas carols in Palace House Children’s fun trail Giant Christmas tree Gift ideas for Christmas The Beaulieu Gift Shop in Visitor Reception, offers soft toys, stocking fillers, motor related items including Top Gear merchandise, traditional gifts and Beaulieu’s own wine and festive fare. There is free parking and free entry to the Gift Shop. Open daily 10 am - 5 pm

Sat 21 Nov – Sun 22 Nov 10am – 4pm

A Victorian Christmas Weekend National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey & Gardens Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire SO42 7ZN Exit 2 M27 01590 612345

Telephone 023 9278 2726

Enjoy Victorian sideshows, stalls and carol singing. Publication ??? 87mm x 130mm

Days out worth talking about.

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Although we aim to be as accurate as possible, the events listed on pages 8 to 11 are compiled several weeks beforehand and may be subject to change. Also, some events may have a charge that applies but is not recorded here. So please contact venues in advance to check full details. Big Christmas Pottery Decorating Weekend

Chessell Pottery Barns, nr Calbourne As Friday 27th listing above.

Victorian Festival of Christmas

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard As Friday 27th listing above.

SUNDAY 29th Chocolates for Advent Calendars 6-16 yrs

Le Salon du Chocolat, Stansted Park, 10:30am, £12.50 023 9241 3350,

Mould 24 seasonal-shaped chocolates with milk, dark or white chocolate, hand wrap them then take home to put in your own advent calendars.

Teatime with Father Christmas Manor Farm Country Park, Bursledon, 2:30pm 01489 787 055

Santa drops into the schoolteacher’s cottage for afternoon tea. Bring along your letter to for him to post in the special post box.

Big Christmas Pottery Decorating Weekend

Chessell Pottery Barns, nr Calbourne As Friday 27th listing above.

Victorian Festival of Christmas

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard As Friday 27th listing above.

December FRIDAY 4th Chichester Farmers’ Market East and North Streets, 9am-2pm

Big Christmas Pottery Decorating Weekend

Chessell Pottery Barns, nr Calbourne As Friday 27th November listing above.

Santa’s Torchlight Trail

HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, 11am and 2pm 023 9283 9766,

Bring a torch to explore the ship and help Santa fi nd the missing presents.

Father Christmas at the North Pole

Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport 023 9251 0354 ext. 240 to book,

Meet Father Christmas and his real reindeer on a WW2 Submarine at the North Pole in Gosport! Snow and free gift included!

Christmas in the Park

Queen Elizabeth Country Park, £8 023 9259 5040 to book

Father Christmas in his grotto with gifts, a festive nature trail, tractor ride and children’s craft.

Big Christmas Pottery Decorating Weekend

Chessell Pottery Barns, nr Calbourne As Friday 27th November listing above.

SUNDAY 6th Chocolate for Christmas Gifts Ages 4+

Le Salon du Chocolat, Stansted Park, 2pm, £20 (child), £25 (adult) 023 9241 3350,

Families can get together and make their chocolate gifts for friends and relatives. Choose two trays from over fi ft y different chocolate moulds, and paint and decorate them. Everything is wrapped into seasonal packaging, tied up with ribbons and bows to take home and hide away until Christmas.

Tree Dressing

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, 12:30-4pm 01243 811 348,

A wonderful celebration for all the family of the life-giving properties of trees. Make a lantern (bring a jam jar!), and join the procession to dress the trees as darkness falls. Plus headdress making, story telling, music, dance and seasonal tasty treats.

SATURDAY 5th Christmas Shopping Trust Shop, North Street, Christmas Card Making Ages 5+ National Brighstone, 11am-3pm

Making Space, Leigh Park, 10am-1pm, £15 023 9247 2491,

Make fabulous Christmas cards using different techniques such as stencilling, embossing, stickers and glitter.

Knots and Rigging

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, 11am-12 noon and 2-4pm 023 9283 9766, Learn about the rigging on the Mary Rose and try your hand at making anti-boarding netting and knots.

Enjoy shopping for gifts with the added bonus of mince pies and mulled wine on offer.

Hampshire Farmers’ Market

Market Square, Petersfield, 10am-2pm

Big Christmas Pottery Decorating Weekend

Chessell Pottery Barns, nr Calbourne As Friday 27th November listing above.

Knots and Rigging

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard As Saturday 5th listing above.

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Father Christmas at the North Pole

Tudor Life Ashore

Teatime with Father Christmas

Find out what life was like for the families of the Mary Rose crew.

Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport As Saturday 5th listing above. Manor Farm Country Park, Bursledon As Sunday 29th November listing above.

Christmas in the Park

Queen Elizabeth Country Park As Saturday 5th listing above.

WEDNESDAY 9th The Big Friendly Giant

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth 023 9264 9000,

Roald Dahl’s classic book about the 24ft giant and an orphan called Sophie.

Are We Alone? Ages 11+

Intech Science Centre, nr Winchester, 6:30pm, £6/£5 01962 863 791,

A space lecture by Dr Robin Catchpole.

THURSDAY 10th Horseplay Workshop 3-5 yrs Chichester Festival Theatre 01243 781 312,,

Creative improvisation with a live performer and horse-themed treasures.

The Big Friendly Giant

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth As Wednesday 9th listing above.

FRIDAY 11th Hoof Ages 3+

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, 11am-12 noon and 2-4pm 023 9283 9766,

Santa’s Torchlight Trail

HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard As Saturday 5th listing above.

Hoof Ages 3+

Chichester Festival Theatre As Friday 11th listing above.

The Big Friendly Giant

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth As Wednesday 9th listing above.

Christmas in the Park

Queen Elizabeth Country Park As Saturday 5th listing above.

SUNDAY 13th Christmas Crafts 5-11 yrs

Sustainability Centre, East Meon, 1-3pm £6 01730 823 166,

Decorated Christmas silver twigs for a natural looking house, felt gifts and tree decorations.

Fossil Walk

Dinosaur Isle, Sandown,1pm 01983 404 344 to book,

A gentle stroll along Yaverland beach looking for fossils.

Chichester Festival Theatre 01243 781 312,,

Christmas Market and Festivities

The Big Friendly Giant

Browse a selection of local craft and produce stalls whilst enjoying music, theatre and festive entertainment.

A horse’s quest for a herd, humour and a life without shoes.

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth As Wednesday 9th listing above.

SATURDAY 12th Glass and Sparkle Ages 5+

Making Space, Leigh Park, 10am-1pm, £15 023 9247 2491,

Make beautiful glass and transparent Christmas decorations by trapping sequins and sparkly things. Glass decorations will be melted and ready for collection in time for Christmas.

Clothkits Ages 8+

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 10:15-11:45am; 12:15-1:45pm and 2:30-4pm, £9 per family 01243 774 557 to book

Learn to stitch your own Clothkit cushion decorated in a design commissioned specially for the Gallery to coincide with the Henry Moore textiles exhibition. Sewing machines and Clothkit materials will be provided.

Manor Farm Country Park, Bursledon, from 10am 01489 787 055

Chocolate for Christmas Gifts Ages 4+

Le Salon du Chocolat, Stansted Park As Sunday 6th listing above.

Christmas Shopping

National Trust Shop, North Street, Brighstone As Sunday 6th listing above.

Tudor Life Ashore

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard As Saturday 12th listing above.

Christmas in the Park

Queen Elizabeth Country Park As Saturday 5th listing above.

Visit for more information and discount vouchers. WEDNESDAY 16th Away in a Manger: the Manor Farm Nativity

Manor Farm Country Park, Bursledon, 6:15pm, £7.50 (adults), £5 (child) 01489 787 055

A very special presentation of the Christmas story set against the charming backdrop of Manor Farm. Using live characters, animals from the farm and a selection of favourite carols, the nativity story unfolds on a 30 minute guided farmyard tour, followed by a chance for children to meet some of the farm animals.

THURSDAY 17th Away in a Manger: the Manor Farm Nativity

Manor Farm Country Park, Bursledon As Wednesday 16th listing above.

FRIDAY 18th Meet Santa

Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island, 10am-4pm, £8 (child), £4 (adult) 023 9246 0044 to book (advisable)

MONDAY 21st Captain Bungle’s Best Birthday 4-7 yrs The Spring Arts Centre 023 9247 2700,

Even pirates have birthdays, but has Captain Bungle’s pirate crew forgotten his birthday?

Christmas Table Centres 6-15 yrs

Le Salon du Chocolat, Stansted Park, £15 023 9241 3350,

Using liquid chocolate, edible glitters and sparkly dusts, children will paint, decorate and then assemble their solid chocolate pieces into a beautiful chocolate centre piece presented on a solid base of chocolate.

TUESDAY 22nd A Christmas Carol Ages 7+

The Spring Arts Centre 023 9247 2700,

An extraordinary adaptation of Dickens’ classic ghost story, with masks, puppets and a magical set.

Festive fun at the Fort

Visit the resort and use the facilities, meet Santa and write him a letter. Each child will receive a gift and each adult a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine. Festive entertainment throughout.

Enjoy traditional Punch and Judy shows and Christmas craft activities.

Chichester Farmers’ Market

Christmas Table Centres 6-15 yrs

East and North Streets, 9am-2pm

SATURDAY 19th The Night Before Christmas 4-7 yrs

Fort Nelson, Fareham 01329 233 734,

WEDNESDAY 23rd Christmas Table Centres 6-15 yrs

Le Salon du Chocolat, Stansted Park As Monday 21st listing above.

Christmas in the Park

THURSDAY 24th Christmas Eve

Queen Elizabeth Country Park As Saturday 5th listing above.

Meet Santa

Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island As Friday 18th listing above.

SUNDAY 20th Christmas Crafts 5-11 yrs

Sustainability Centre, East Meon As Sunday 13th listing above.

Hampshire Farmers’ Market

Palmerston Road, Southsea, 10am-2pm

Teatime with Father Christmas

Manor Farm Country Park, Bursledon As Sunday 29th November listing above.

Christmas in the Park

Queen Elizabeth Country Park As Saturday 5th listing above.

Meet Santa

Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island As Friday 18th listing above.

Telephone 023 9278 2726

Ahhh! The weather is cold, wet and miserable. And you and the children have been cooped up indoors with nothing to keep you entertained than a tree bedecked with half nibbled and partially melted chocolate decorations and an elderly aunt who no one remembers inviting. But don’t despair! Thankfully there are plenty of places you can go to shelter from the ravages of the weather and the incessant babbling of elderly relatives. If you are concerned that all this is going to cost too much (although probably not as much as the psychotherapy bills if you are left indoors for much longer), why not invest in a Culture-all passport offered by Hampshire County Council? This gives you and your family free, unlimited access to all of Hampshire County Council’s paid-entry museums, attractions and countryside sites for one year, plus unlimited free parking. And all for just £69! A great idea for a Christmas gift too, the passport means that you could shelter indoors at Milestones Museum during the colder months, then enjoy the animals at Manor Farm and Staunton Country Park when the sun is shining. Visit for more information. If you are out for a weekend walk near the Needles Old Battery from 7th November to 13th December then take shelter from the elements at the Tea Room (open from 11am-3pm). A nice hot drink will help you on your way. Of course, if all else fails, a trip to the local soft play area is never unwelcome for the under 12s. Let them burn off excess energy in the safe environment whilst you loll on the chairs, enjoying a cup of coffee and the paper. For ideas of places to visit see overleaf and online at for more details.

Le Salon du Chocolat, Stansted Park As Monday 21st listing above.

The Spring Arts Centre 023 9247 2700,

Storytelling with participation. Celebrate this exciting time of the year.

Brrr! Keep warm and entertained for less

FRIDAY 25th Christmas Day TUESDAY 29th Commando Kids!

Fort Nelson, Fareham 01329 233 734,

A chance to join the Army, 1940s style, with a junior assault course.

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Indoor places to go Brading Roman Villa

Osborne House

Brading 01983 406 223,

Portsmouth City Museum Museum Road, Portsmouth 023 9282 7261

Blue Reef Aquarium

Clarence Parade, Southsea

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Carisbrooke Castle

023 9272 8060,

01983 522 187,

Portsmouth Natural History Museum

D-Day Museum

Clarence Parade , Southsea 023 9282 7261

Eastern Parade, Southsea 023 9282 7261

Dinosaur Isle

Royal Marines Museum Culver Parade, Sandown

Eastney Esplanade, Southsea 023 9281 9385,

Fort Nelson

Portsdown Hill, Fareham 01329 233 734,

Intech Science Centre

Morn Hill, Winchester 01962 863 791,

Milestones Living History Museum

Royal Navy Submarine Museum Gosport

Spinnaker Tower

Leisure Park, Basingstoke

Indoor play centres Fun City, Fareham

01329 511 055,

Horizone Play Centre

Monkey Bizness, Gosport 08458 739 645,

Havant Leisure Centre 023 9248 8442,

Playzone, Portsmouth

JR Zone, Newport

Space Island, Lake

023 9237 9999, 01983 405 070,

01983 559 272,

Horizone Play Centre! at Havant Leisure Centre Get the kids active in our fantastic 7 metre high, 4 level play frame and separate toddlers area

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Education Reinventing the wheel?


hen I studied French and German at school I really struggled with the idea that word s had genders and that verbs wou ld change according to whether you were talk ing to a peer or a grown-up or a goat, or whatever (adm ittedly, my mind was drifting by this point). Although I had my mini Collins French dictionary, I really needed something quick and easy to use to remind me whether I shou ld ‘ecris’ or ‘ecrit’. If only I had access to a Lear ning wheel, a simple yet effective met hod of guiding ling uists towards the correct use of verbs. Loca l teachers, Andy and Wendy Crai g, have spent the past year and a half establishing the educational publ ishing company that produces Lear ning whe els and it has been a huge succ ess. Their first product, a French set of Learningwheels, ls, was designed by the husband and wife team and proved to be such a success that they expa nded the rang e to include Spanish and German verbs. Each ‘whe el’ helps lear ners find the correct verb to use dependent upon the gender and tense by simply turning the inner wheel to match with the outer one. They are affordable, fun and easy to use, portable and great to slip into a scho ol bag or to hand out in lessons. But Wendy and Andy didn’t stop ther e. They have also developed some great Learning wheels to help learners with their mat hs. From division and multiplicatio n to addition and subtraction, it is all covered with the Learningwheel sets. These are particularly usef ul for spotting patterns in mat hs which really help the learner understand future arithmetical problems. Need to tell the time? There are Learning wheels for doing this in English, French, Spanish and German. Individually priced between £2 and £4, these are an excellent way to support your child at home or, if you are a teacher, your class (there are discounts for schools). Learningwheels are avai lable from Ama zon, Little Ling uist, Grant & Cutler and Waterstones, as well as from loca l book shops. See the full range at et

1of 15 packs of Learningwheels Each pack contains one Learn to Tell the Time uk clock, one Multiplication wheel and one Addition wheel (wor th @ £10. 35). For your chance to win a pack of Learningwhe els just els, answer the following question:

In what language is ‘a clock’ called ‘un horloge’?

Send your answer along with your nam e, address and contact number to: Learningwhee ls, Families Solent East , PO Box 731, Southsea , PO1 9AR , or send an email to: competitions@,, with ‘Lea rnin gwh eels ’ as you r subj ect. One entr y per hou sehold. Closing date 11th December 2009.

Dyslexia Awareness Week

The aim of Dyslexia Awareness Week (1st-7th November) is to increase people’s understanding of a surprisingly common difficulty. Although even now some consider it a ‘middle class excuse for underachievement’ dyslexia is a very real problem for one in ten of us. Dyslexia is often in the news and has been the cause of heated debates Alternatively, if your child just needs a boost then Kip McGrath offers between parents, teachers and politicians for many years. This summer free assessments in reading, writing and spelling, and weekly after Sir Jim Rose, in his report to the government, finally defined dyslexia as school tuition. Many of their students have benefited from the extra ‘a learning difficulty which primarily affects skills involved in accurate support. Visit the Families Solent East web site to read how tuition at and fluent word reading and spelling.’ the Kip McGrath Centre helped one child progress academically and Th is statement has been called a landmark in the understanding of improve his self esteem. dyslexia. Parents and teachers have, for many years, felt that a question To book a free assessment at Kip McGrath Education Centre give mark has been held over the diagnosis and existence of dyslexia. They Linda or Howard a call on 023 9275 5923. have struggled to get recognition and help for their children. Many adults with dyslexia have grown up with little or no support for their condition. Earlier this year a politician, unhelpfully, Dere sir , manstrem. branded dyslexia as a ‘wicked’ myth designed 5 I was put in s wa I n We . lesik to cover up poor teaching and wrong methods. I am 8 ,im ds wun understan s OK but no wa s as cl or sownd out t However, with the Rose Report recommending rs My fi rite or spll or de re ʼt that £10m pounds should be spent addressing me. I couldn t cort. thay . t out but I go go dyslexia, the idea that it is a myth has fi nally I or consontrat pe ca as I tried to been dispelled. I hated scool cape . lern . y trid to as wh y Some of this money will initially train four down. I could made me sa ow sl st ju d ul co thousand dyslexia specialists who will support I said if you . local schools. They will share expertise and recwonted to lern becos I just ey en gr dr an il ch me ommend the implementation of specific teachIt made d to help scools traine ing techniques and use of materials designed for If techers at those with dyslexia. ool won day. like me . d make it eser get out of sc to ap so e dslesika it wo at of Dyslexia isn’t being defined as single category ss rn. I even ni ar aw ley esey to le s were mor but as a continuum of difficulties. So, teachers will hool it is re Sc I fink if ther al ri to tu iltern need to assess children individually and decide to lern. In Ch ng on. e rite help. th t go ling is comi ve Iʼ the best ways to address their needs. Tutoring will now er and my spel tt po ey rr ha then be necessary as dyslexics will vary according Iʼm reding to the severity of their problems. Your sonseley Parents and students will welcome the new inM. Age 8 ester. vestment that the government is providing. But this just south of Winch ol in Otterbourne, ho ecific initiative will take time to implement and if your Sc l sp ria th to wi Tu 1 n 7-1 er ds Chilt pupils aged 30 to up r fo s This pupil now atten ter child needs help now what can you do? Well, support ca ab d ow more out in a village hall an d would like to kn an er ch for children is available. There are many organisa- The school is based tea or nt re eam setting, please . If you are a pa pupils in a mainstr or tions which specialize in diagnosing and supporting ild learning difficu lties their ch ur yo t or 6, or ta ke a look at you can supp dyslexics. An online search will put you in touch 675 or 01962 717 69 6 the school or how 76 5 85 07 on ie ne Gaud with a range of organizations and resources. contact Bruce or Ja

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Women in


eturning to work after having a baby, or once your children have all gone to school, can be a daunting prospect. Juggling with childcare costs – does all your money go on nursery fees? – and the logistics of working can bring on a swift and debilitating nervous breakdown amongst even the most emember watching those ‘helicopters’ organised of us. spin to the ground, playing in the mud, That’s why many women look to start their own business. Running bark rubbing, lying in long grass, collecting bugs in a jam jar, Families Solent East for the past four years has meant that I am able to growing beans? spend the school holidays with my children (albeit with the occasional Why not inspire a nature detective, engage a budding dash to the computer to send an email), do the school run, and I can even scientist or grow an apprentice gardener this winter. The Kids Love have the odd sneaky breakfast at the Tenth Hole in Southsea with friends. Earth shop has everything to bring learning to life and engage their inI have never missed a school assembly, parents’ evening or flute recital, terest: from woodland guides, mini-animal track kits, their bespoke yet the business has grown from strength to strength over the years. ‘wild walk bags’ and many other autumnal ideas, to crystal growing, Of course, starting your own business is a big step to take, but with chemistry chaos, biology madness and more! Kids Love Earth believe organisations like Business Link around, that step is made a lot easier. that inspiring children to understand, love and protect the natural world Business Link provides local businesses with expert advice and access to will produce adults who will care for our future, who will stand up and a series of inspirational events to help you. On Wednesday, 25th No- argue that planners cannot build on that last piece of green habitat. vember at Lakeside, Portsmouth, a one-day event designed specifically If you love nature and believe this too, why not become an Ambassafor women aims to inspire and encourage women to take the plunge and dor? Sell what you believe in, enjoy flexible hours, earn 20% commission help them realise that it is easier than they think! and have lots of fun. The starter kit is just £99 and you are provided with Seminars throughout the day will help you learn about being assertive, on-going support and guidance to build your business to the level you how to network effectively, money matters and marketing techniques. want. Why not give Julie a call on 01243 774 500 or check out the web site Be inspired by other women who have taken the leap and now run their at for more information. own successful businesses. There will also be the opportunity to have one-on-one chats with a business expert. This event will give you all the motivation you need to get started. Visit www.whatsstoppingyouevents. FREE Event For Women On: Wednesday 25 November for more information or call 01732 878 007. At: 1000 Lakeside, Portsmouth, Hants If you can’t make this event, you could also gain inspiration from Antonia Chitty’s new book, The Mumpreneur Guide: How to Start Your Own Business (priced £18, available from Amazon). The book offers some fantastic top tips, useful resources and some real life examples to help you get started on your very own family friendly business. Families Solent East has been a fantastic business for me and my family and it has led to many other opportunities for me. These opportunities are coming in thick and fast and I have now made the decision to sell the business. If you are interested in taking up the reins of the magazine, see the back page for details.

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Blame it On the Boogie!


OOGIE MITES original songs and musical activities has been gaining fantastic feedback from parents, carers, early years practitioners, advisors and most importantly children throughout the South East. Here Harriet Thomas, who writes the music, and Sue Newman, her business partner, tells us about the creation and development of Boogie Mites.

Harriet’s story

and broke the mould of standard music and movement provision for young children.

And the beat goes on

It became clear that Boogie Mites music could support learning in many more ways than these original aims. We read the Early Years Foundation Stage (eyfs), consulted eyfs professionals and could see that our style of music making workshops and songs with linked activities could support development across the curriculum, with particular benefits for communication, language and literacy, an area desperately in need of some new ideas for practitioners and parents to improve flagging outcomes. Boogie Mites now offers an exciting array of workshops, including:

As a singer and songwriter struggling to bring up a young family, I loved getting out socialising and understood the power of music to excite and energise but as I duly mouthed the words and undertook the set of actions I realised that I was suffering with ‘Wheels on the Bus fatigue’. Questioning to myself why babies and young children’s music and movement • Our annual programme of themed music workshops are for parents and session could not inject the excitement and fun of a Boogie beat, it struck carers with pre-school children at Children’s Centres and community me that there was no reason why they shouldn’t! I could combine my centres and for nursery, pre-schools and schools. passion for song writing and my desire to be at home and look after my children by setting up my own music group that would do exactly that, • Our acclaimed eyfs music and movement programmes link Boogie Mites music with learning activities such as stories, rhyming games and role engaging both carers and children through using an uplift ing boogie play to support development across all areas of learning in the eyfs, beat. That is how Boogie Mites music was born. particularly communication, language and literacy, problem solving, Sue’s story reasoning and numeracy. They have received fantastic feedback from parents and practitioners throughout the I had just given up a full-time, high-flying “Thank you for the motivational Boogie Mites south east. management role in London and moved to training today. This was the first Early Years Portsmouth to enjoy a career break and • We are just completing the trial for our new create the opportunity to look after two course I have attended that has truly embraced programme for mums and babies from 0 to 6 young boys and was expecting number the philosophy of the eyfs framework.” months, offering the chance for the latest three. Having got so much from singing and Yours boogily, Kevin Hillier boogie mums to create a new generation of dancing myself throughout life I was keen Year R Teacher, Greenmount Primary School, IoW boogie babies that can feel the beat. that my children and I got involved in musical activities. Therefore, I was so disappointed to find the lack of anything • Plus, we run music and craft workshops, parties and have compiled three Boogie Mites cds. inspiring on offer, especially as Boogie Mites had just saved me from ‘Wheels on the Bus’ fatigue whilst living in London. So I contacted Harriet We are both delighted to have created something that we feel so passionate and she agreed that I could trial some Boogie Mites style sessions and songs about and is really making a difference. We regularly get told about in Portsmouth. It was meant to be just a hobby, but I loved it and immedi- children requesting Boogie Mites songs and incorporating them into their ately saw that with some work on formatting workshops and compiling play, and have early years practitioners and parents admitting to singing programmes for schools to support learning in a more structured way, our songs with and without children around! Boogie Mites could (and should) be enjoyed by a much wider audience. A lot of Boogie Mites’s success is due to our team of fantastic group leaders from various musical, early years, special needs and teaching Creating the beat backgrounds, all of whom share a belief in the power of the Boogie Mites Combining our music and business talents we set up Boogie Mites uk beat; and to the fantastic support from Portsmouth Early Years and Family Ltd three years ago, following many years of trying out new songs and Learning Services, who let us trial our new style music programme in formats of music workshops for pre-school children and their carers. settings via practitioner and parent training workshops. We admit we never read the rules for teaching music to children: we Our core business of leading music workshops in nurseries, schools didn’t keep the songs simple or the pitch constant, we sung with back- and parent groups is based in South London (Harriet) and Portsmouth ing tracks and we encouraged self expression – chaos! Our aim was (Sue). We have run successful practitioner training programmes in simple – we wanted to eradicate ‘Wheels on the Bus’ fatigue by: Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Surrey and some London boroughs. In 2010, Boogie Mites uk Ltd plans to spread the boogie beat nationally via fran• Creating music session to excite and energise, to encourage creativity chising and teacher training programmes. and lay a foundation for a love of music that can last a lifetime • Offering music sessions that engage pre-school children from all backgrounds, boys and girls, non-English speaking, special needs and mixed ages to feel the boogie beat • Producing music that gets mums, dads, carers and teachers boogying, an enthusiastic role model for the children being so much more important than perfect pitch • Promoting recycling through use of recycled materials for props and instruments to show that expensive instruments are unnecessary Working to our aim and responding to the reactions that we received from the adults and children attending the groups, we created Boogie Mites

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Let’s jump to the beat

So let’s hope the whole of the uk are soon jumping to the Boogie Mites beat, as research shows that children with a strong sense of beat are more likely to be strong readers and more physically coordinated. And through our own experience as mums and from what we have learnt as group leaders, parents and practitioners sharing songs they love themselves are more likely to be enthusiastic and energised role models. Don’t blame it on the sunshine…

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he time has come for me to move on. Other commitments and a desire for new challenges have led me to decide it is time to sell the Families Solent East magazine business…

Is this you?

If you have always fancied a job in publishing, and running your own business appeals to you, this could be for you – a perfect job for a bright, sociable mum. Maybe your children have just started school and you want something to satisfy your (other!) creative urges – you now have a bit of time to yourself, which you don’t want to fill solely with domestic chores, and you want to earn some money of your own. Or perhaps you are in need of a career change or maybe redundancy is looming. If the above strkes a chord, you might like to become the next editor/owner of Families Solent East and join a friendly group of fellow mums from around the UK running your own franchise of Families Magazines Ltd.

A great opportunity

The Families group of magazines has been growing since the very first issue in South West London in 1990 and is now comprised of 29 different franchises stretching from the south coast of England to Edinburgh. Everyone is friendly and helpful – workshops and social events are regular features on the calendar, and tips and advice are always available. Families Solent East has grown tremendously since I set it up over 4 years ago, but has not yet nearly achieved its full potential for an area populated with so many young families. There are also major group developments in progress to raise the profile of the Families brand and make life easier

and even more profitable for franchisees. Now is a great time to buy in.

Work when you want to

One of the best things about running a Families franchise is that the hours are 100% flexible. Sometimes your family needs have to come first. As a Families franchisee, you are free to schedule your time to suit you and your family. Of course, the more you put in, the more you will get out of it, in every sense.

Skills you’ll need

You will need to be good with the written word, confident, know your way around a computer, be a driver and live in or nearby the franchise area. Many Families editions are run as a partnership between two friends with complementary skill sets: dividing roles according to their strengths. For example, one may focus on editorial content, the other on sales, accounting and distribution. The division of work and roles would be entirely up to you.

Get in touch

To discuss this great opportunity, please register your interest by mailing me, Liz Bourne, at with your telephone number, address and introductory information about yourself and, if relevant, your business partner.

Liz Bourne, Editor

Holidays Appuldurcombe Holiday Cottages,

01983 840 188, Family friendly cottages around a 300 acre estate on the Isle of Wight.

Beaufort House Guest House, IOW, 01983 403 672, Family-friendly guesthouse just 5 mins from Sandown’s beautiful sandy beach.

2 hours of princess fun – crafts, face painting, parade and games!

Photographers Rare Moments Photography, 07891 434 318, Pregnancy and baby portraits. Scott Lymath Photography, Modern images taken around Portsmouth. Wedding and event services.

Vision Photography, 023 9262 0140, Family friendly studio.

Shopping Hiscock Gallery, 023 9282 5330, 11 Stanley St, Southsea. Art and craft supplies; specialists in framing and fine art printing., 01566 784946. 10 holiday cottages in Devon with indoor pool and other facilities.

Parties Beadz by Louise, 07885 519 453, Jewellery making parties for children and adults. Birthday Creations, 023 9238 2694, Quality party supplies including wooden party bag fillers, party bags and cotton bunting. Girlie Girls Parties, 023 9235 7125,

07738 053 486, Pamper parties and craft parties for girls aged 4 to teens.

Tuition First Class Learning, 01329 310 634, Maths and English tuition.

Kip McGrath Portsmouth, 023 9275 5923, Professional tuition in Maths and English for children aged 6-16 years.

Advertise in our direc tory from as little as £4.50 per mo nth. A range of opt

ions availab budgets. Minimum boo le to suit all kin paid in advance. Call 023 g of one year, 9278 2726 or email editor@families for more information.

Families Solent East magazine, November/December 2009, Issue 25  

The free local parenting magazine for families with children aged 0-12 in southeast Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and West Sussex, UK.

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