Essex Mums Newsletter May 2014
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Ask the Midwife   *   Six Week Challenge
Are You Crafty?   *   Special Offers section
Half-Term Events   *   Essex Mums Awards 
Special Ad Offers   *   Competitions
Product Reviews  *  New on the Shopping Guide
Pregnancy & Parenting Articles   *   Recipes
Events   *   New Classes and Groups
Another month has whizzed by; is it just me or does anyone else feel like their children are getting too big, too fast? At least the weather seems to be cheering up and we can get out and enjoy some of what Essex has to offer. If you ever find something new and fun to do with the family, do come and tell us on the forum so that we can all try it out! It's great to hear what everyone's been up to!

As always, I've tried to bring you a selection of fun-sounding events and some highlights from across the site this month. Hope you enjoy the newsletter!
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Bonjour! NEW French classes for pre-schoolers to Year 2 pupils in Leigh-On-Sea.

Give your child a head start and a skill for life. La Petite Ecole classes follow the award winning La Jolie Ronde programme which is taught in some of the top schools in the UK and around the world.  
 
La Petite Ecole offers:
  • Small class sizes
  • Learn through fun songs, puppets, activities & games
  • Chance to make new friends
  • La Jolie Ronde quality activity book and CD
Want to know more? Please email sophie@petite-ecole.co.uk 

Timetable: http://www.petite-ecole.co.uk/Classes.html
Testimonials: http://www.petite-ecole.co.uk/Testimonials.html 


A bientôt!
Ask the Midwife
Say hello to our new Midwife Sam Lealman! Sam is an Independent Midwife, Hypnobirth Teacher and Certified Infant Massage Instructor and runs www.babymoon-uk.com. She will be taking over from Lorraine in the Ask the Midwife section of the forum. If you have any questions about pregnancy, labour, birth or postnatal care, please come and ask in this section.

Have a read all about her in this introductory thread. We're really thrilled to have you join us Sam! 
 
Six-Week Challenge
Is your waistband feeling a little tight after Easter? Why not come and join in with our six-week challenge in the Weight-loss and Healthy Eating thread? We're a week in but that doesn't mean you can't start a little late - it's a great way to get motivated to make a difference. 

While you're there, if you have any health and fitness questions, come and ask personal trainer and fitbugs coach Zoe in our Ask the Trainer section.
Are you crafty?
We need some regular contributors to our rather neglected arts and crafts section. You just need to come up with some fun crafty ideas for kids to do alone or with parents and send them over to me to publish! If you have a business, anything you post will link back to your website and have a bit about you so it's a nice bit of free promotion too. Get in touch if you're interested!
Special Offers section
We have a very exciting new section on the site offering fantastic offers for everyone using Essex Mums. Check it out here. I am still working through the many lovely offers we've received so keep looking to see what's new! 
Half-term Events
Half-term comes again at the end of the month, and there are already lots of events on our Things to Do section. There will be a special half-term events page coming in a week or so where you can check out everything that is on at-a-glance so keep an eye out for that. so if you have an event you would like to be added, make sure you get it listed! You can also make your event featured for just a pound a week!
Essex Mums Awards
Over the next month I will launch the Essex Mums awards voting, where you can give thanks to local businesses that have really impressed you and to let people know what Essex Mums love and want to recommend to others. If you have any more category suggestions share them here. Please come and suggest anything you think would be good and keep an eye out for future messages about voting!
Special Ad Offers
Looking for a cheap ad? Check out this month's special offers! The BOGOF offer has come to an end but there are still plenty of great deals!
Competitions
Fantastic things to win! Enter one of our great competitions or get in touch if you would like to run something yourself. New competitions are always being added so make sure you check the competitions page for new giveaways!

Barracudas Activity Day Camps offers 80+ exciting activities including sports, crafts and creative arts for children aged 4 ½ to 16 years. 
 
Flexible hours from 8am to 6pm means busy parents can relax knowing their children are well entertained all day! At the kids camps children can try new activities, make new friends and most of all have lots of FUN! With Barracudas camps, holiday childcare is taken care of - activity holidays that are Ofsted registered, giving peace of mind for parents, whilst ensuring maximum FUN for kids.

To book call us now on 0845 123 5299 or visit www.barracudas.co.uk
Product Reviews
Product reviews added this month! You can see a bit about each of our reviewers here, or can go straight to the reviews here.
Fay and Findlay’s friendship book
This is fantastic. A really lovely idea and very well executed. The friendship book is basically a book for recording details of your friends and what they like, how you know them etc. and it really is a sweet concept.
Read Louise's full review
Bobo Buddies
Bobo Buddies are character backpacks that look like and double up as cuddly toys.  The back compartment opens to reveal a soft, fleecy blanket in a creamy colour.  
Read Helena's full review
Omzak – The Space Cat Warrior by Jaylen Grace
The book is about Captain Omzak, a space cat warrior who gets sent to Earth as punishment for training another space cat when it was too young to be trained.
Read reviews from Megan (9), William (6) and Jenny
Varberg Lined Rain Jacket and Trousers from Kozi Kidz
It is not surprising that the Varberg fleece lined PU rainwear from Kozi Kidz is award winning because it is the best waterproof rainwear that either of my children have ever had and I wish I had known about the range when my eldest son was younger!
Read Jenny's full review
 
Honey Monster Cereals and Bars
We tend to be a bit mean when it comes to cereal. Coco Pops are only allowed on holiday and we told the kids that you could only get Nutella in France. So when we were asked to review some of the new range from Honey Monster Foods, they couldn’t believe their luck!
Read Louise's full review
Alphabet Poster Canvas Print from Happy Spaces
When this print arrived, aside from it being beautiful, I realised it could a. really brighten up his room and give him something that is actually his, and b. cover up the wall stickers and missing paintwork. Bonus.
Read Louise's full review
Plum – Organic Teensy Fruits
As a parent, it can sometimes be frustrating to ensure your fussy toddler gets their 5-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables.  These new Organic Teensy Fruits from Plum contain a full serving for tots and are an ideal snack.
Read Jenny's full review
Little Yums by Plum – Organic nibbly wafers
There are many brand of baby food on the market but Plum has always been one that stood out to me.  Their packaging is clear and simple. Their food is organic with no additional flavours, colours or preservatives and also with no added salt or sugar.
Read Jenny's full review
New on the Shopping Guide
Check out some of the gorgeous new shops added to the Alternative Shopping Guide this month:
  • Apatchy: Stylish, personalised bags and accessories 
  • Girissima: Collectible Fashion to Love and to Last 
  • Menthe and Grenadine: Beautiful children's shoes, made in Europe
  • Mitty Moos: Organic clothes for children. Stylish, affordable and kind to the planet 
  • Mora: An emporium of beautiful clothing and lifestyle products, sourced from across Scandinavia
  • No Added Sugar: Luxury and Contemporary Clothing from newborn to 12 years old 
  • Petit Bateau: Simple, classic style 
  • The Rocking Sheep Company: The woolly alternative to the rocking horse 

If you have a shop you would like to advertise on the Shopping Guide, please get in touch on louise@essexmums.org
Pregnancy & Parenting Articles
Some great articles added by our writers this month - take a look! To see all the articles we have on the site, visit the Pregnancy and Parenting section.
Spa Treatments during Pregnancy
Many women decide to take some time out from their everyday regime by attending a spa in order to help them relax, have a giggle with friends and generally prepare their body for the birth. 
Read more
Tattoos during Pregnancy
There is no set of rules which say that a pregnant woman must not get a tattoo. However, here are some reasons why it might be best to wait until after the birth of your baby before you go under the needle.
Read more
Thermometers
If your baby is showing signs of a raised temperature, fever or illness you should check their temperature using a thermometer as this will indicate whether your baby needs further medical help.
Read more
Trimesters
When reading or talking about pregnancy you may have come across the term ‘trimesters’ and be unsure as to what a trimester actually is.
Read more
Urine testing during Pregnancy
As part of every routine antenatal appointment with your midwife your urine will be tested.  This is an important test as the results can identify the early signs of gestational diabetes and also pre-eclampsia. 
Read more
Recipes
Take a look at our recipes section for some tried-and-tested family-friendly feeds! Do you have something you would like to add to this section? If so, please share it here. If anyone is interested in becoming a regular contributor please get in touch. We have a couple of exciting new contributers that will be added over the next week.

Here are a few ideas to try:
Gluten-free and Dairy-free Chocolate Brownies
Delicious chocolate brownies suitable for everyone but particular good for those who are gluten and dairy intolerant.
Read D Vivian D'Arcy's full recipe
Carrot and Feta Keftedes
This recipe was featured on last week’s Sunday Brunch and I thought I’d give it a try, not only to take away with us, but to share as an aperitif at home. I deep fried in a wok, rather than shallow fried, and served with a sweet chilli jam. 
Read Hannah's full recipe
Tiffin / Rocky Road
We have a copy of the Ella’s Kitchen Red cook book, which Frankie and I have been trying over the last few weeks. I have to say, it’s the sweet treats that she seems to enjoy the most, as do I, and this one is most definitely a favourite. 
Read Hannah's full recipe
Homemade Burgers & Mini-Sliders
For some reason, we’ve always strayed away from the burger option on children’s menus, but, having thought more about it, surely they’re just the same as lasagne or cottage pie? Healthier in fact as not every little piece of mince is browned in fat first?
Read Hannah's full recipe
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Their range includes weekend bags, wash bags, cosmetic bags, signature handbags, purses, ipad cases bibs & baby changing mats. They also have a beautiful range of 100% cotton wellbeing products some of which are enhanced with Lavender. These include eye masks for sleeping, pretty shower caps and adorable hot water water bottles.

Enter code ESSEX at the checkout and receive 20% off your order until 14.05.14.
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Events
Lots going on this month! You can find full listings on the Things to Do section but hopefully this will give you a few ideas about what's on near you and across the county. I have added a few extra half-term events, but there are lots more listed on the website, so make sure you take a look to find fun things to do for your family, and let us know when you try something good. Oh, and remember to say you saw it on Essex Mums!
 
All month: First World War Exhibition, Valence House
Every Saturday: Kids’ AM, Vue Cinema
3rd: Eastbury Manor House Family Day
4th: Steam Open Day, Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club
7th  & 21st: Play in the Park, Old Dagenham Park
10th: Eastbury Manor House Heritage Day
12th: Springtime Stories, Mayesbrook Park
13th: Springtime Stories, Valence Park
14th: Springtime Stories, Old Dagenham Park
15th: Springtime Stories, St Chad’s Park
17th: Chris and Pui Roadshow, Broadway Barking
18th: Dagenham Community Day, Dagenham & Redbridge FC
25th: Autism Friendly Film Screenings, Vue Cinema
27th: Pond Dipping and Exploring, Valence Park
28th: Nature Detectives, Old Dagenham
29th: Treasure Hunt, Barking Park
30h: Arts and Crafts Afternoon, Barking Park
3rd –  5th: Bank Holiday Craft Weekend, Cromwell Manor
3rd – 5th: Wooly Weekend, Barleylands Farm
4th: Bluebell Walk, Langdon Hills
7th & 21st:  Caterpillar Club, Langdon Hills
9th: Parents 1st Recruitment Day, Cornwalis House
10th & 11th: Superhero Weekend, Partyman World of Play
10th: NCT Nearly New Sale, The Billericay School
11th: Classic Car Show and Autojumble 2014, Battlesbridge Antique Centre
12th: Parents 1st Recruitment Day, Wickford Community Centre
17th: Grassland Explorers, Westley Heights
18th: Baby and Children's Market, Hannikins Farm
26th – 30th: Go Tractor Crazy this Half Term!, Barleylands Farm
27th & 28th: Holiday Chelsea Soccer School, James Hornby High School
27th: Froghoppers, Wat Tyler Country Park
28th: Children's Beaded Jewellery Drop in, Langdon Hills Visitor Centre
29th & 30th: Alice’s Wonderland, Nevendon Manor
30th: After School Disco, Stay and Play
Every Saturday: Operating Day, Colne Valley Railway
4th -  5th: Jousting with Destrier! Hedingham Castle
4th -  5th: Visit from Peppa and George, Colne Valley Railway
11th: Open Day, Alderford Mill
18th: Yeldham Transport Museum Open Day
25th –  26th: Jousting with The Knights of Royal England! Hedingham Castle
27th: Knights, Princesses and Dragons Adventure, Cressing Temple
28th: Steam with Colin, Colne Valley Railway
31st: Charlie PartyStars Peppa Pig Pop-Up Party, Kelvedon Institute
Until 25th: Sheep Shearing, Old MacDonald’s Farm
4th: Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary Open Day
10th & 11th: Robin Hood Game And Country Show, The Brentwood Centre
12th: Writtle Spring Fayre, Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary
24th – 31st: Did You Know? Amazing Animals Trail, Thorndon Country Park
24th - 31st: Mystery Footprints, Weald Country Park
26th: Spring Watch, Thorndon Country Park
27th & 28th: Holiday Chelsea Soccer School, Becket Keys School
28th: Holiday Karting Session, Brentwood Karting
29th: Parent and Child Bunting, Beautiful Things
30th: Family Fun Day, Hutton Recreation Grounds
3rd: Saturday kids art and nature club - Woodland Fairy People, Rayleigh View Nursery
4th & 26th: Iron Age Roundhouse Open Afternoon, Hadleigh Country Park
14th: Birds, Bugs and Blooms, Hadleigh Country Park
27th: Arsenal Soccer School, Westwood Academy
29th: Survival for Softies, Hadleigh Country Park
31st: Canvey Island Wildlife Day, RSPB West Canvey Marsh
 
All month: The Lost Village of Little Baddow, Little Baddow History Centre
2nd: Wild Evening Out, Hanningfield Reservoir
3rd: Nappucino, The Ideas Hub
4th: Family Fun Day, Riverside Ice and Leisure
6th: Hatchlings Club, Hanningfield Reservoir
9th & 10th: The Energy Show, Chelmsford Civic & Cramphorn Theatres
10th & 11th: Stow Maries Fly in Day, Stow Maries Aerodrome
11th: Spring Open Day, Chelmsford Minature Railway
12th & 19th: Puddleducks, Danbury Country Park
15th: Caterpillar Club, Hanningfield Reservoir
16th: Friday Fives - Miss Polly had a dolly, Chelmsford Museum
17th: Family Fun day Fundraiser in aid of Georgie Nye, St Paul’s Church
20th: Tuesday Toddle, Hylands House
23rd: Camp Rock The Musical, South Woodham Ferrers Village Hall
24th: Nature Club, Danbury Country Park
25th: Fairy School Workshops
26th – 30th: Super Camps Multi-Activity May half term 2014, New Hall School
27th – 30th: Let’s Go Native, RHS Hyde Hall
27th: Arsenal Soccer School, King Edward VI Grammar School
28th: Holiday Multi-Sports, Moulsham Primary School
29th – 30th: P.A.S.S. Soccer, Chelmer Valley High School
30th: Wild Evening Out, Hanningfield Reservoir
31st: Make a Medal, Essex Police Museum
All month: Accessorise All Areas, Hollytrees Museum
3rd –  5th: Children's World Fun Park, Hollytrees Meadow
3rd: Wild in Wormingford Family Nature Club, Wormingford Community Education Centre
4th: Bluebell trail and cream tea experience, High Woods Country Park
7th, 14th & 21st: Creepy Crawlies Club, Abberton Reservoir
8th: Big Chef Little Chef - Peppa's Pizza Party, Jungle Adventure
9th: Jungle Adventure’s 3rd Birthday Bash, Jungle Adventure
10th: Butterfly Art - Paper Mobile Making, Crafty Mums
11th: Tower Tours, Layer Marney Tower
13th: Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Poplar Nurseries
15th: Bring Out the Bunting, Crafty Mums
16th: Princess Party, Jungle Adventure
17th: Museums at Night: firstsite at Night for Families
18th: Crazy Crabbing, Fingringhoe Wick
20th: Pirates Set Sail to Jungle Adventure, Jungle Adventure
24th –  25th: Mersea Island Food and Drink Festival, Mersea Vineyard
24th – 31st: Children’s Trail, Marks Hall
25th: Beauty and the Beast, Headgate Theatre
26th -  30th: World Memory Family Drop-In Art Session, firstsite
27th – 29th : Living the Iron Age Life, Colchester Castle
27th: Animation: Toy Stories (age 7+), Signals
28th: Teddy Bear's Tepee Picnic, Fingringhoe Wick
29th: Bugtastic Bugs, Abberton Reservoir
30th: Jenny’s Ark Petting Zoo, Poplar Nurseries
31st: Wildlife & Country Fair, Abberton Reservoir
2nd & 16th: Free Portraits for Babies & Toddlers, Snowdon Photography
3rd –  5th: VE Celebration: May Bank Holiday, Royal Gunpowder Mills
4th – 5th: Extreme Torque Show 2014, North Weald Airfield
6th: Baby Massage Trial, Barley Barn Day Nursery
9th: Chilming in the Woods: Brave, North Weald Airfield
10th: History event: Tudor May festivities, Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge
11th & 18th: Little Lotus Dad's Baby Massage, Bababoom
17th & 18th: Peppa Pig, Epping Ongar Railway
17th: Green Fair, St Mary’s Church
24th – 31st: Spy Kids Half-Term, Royal Gunpowder Mills
24th: Workshop: Bushcraft, Epping Forest
26th: Chigwell Village Fete
27th: Minibeast Safari, Grange Farm Centre
28th: Pond Dipping, Nazeing Triangle
29th: Epping Forest Gymnastics Club
30th: Mystery Machine Storytelling and arts day for 5-8yrs, Budworth Hall
3rd: Junior Science Café, Harlow Leisurezone
4th: Bin Men, Harlow Playhouse
8th:: Can You Find the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Parndon Woods
10th: PAH Annual Sports Day, Harlow Football Stadium
15th & 16th: Museums at Night, Museum of Harlow
17th & 18th:: Birds of Parndon, Parndon Woods
23rd: Sing-a-long-a-Grease, Harlow Playhouse
24th: Family Disco Fun Swim, Harlow Leisurezone
27th: Art Attack, Harlow Leisurezone
28th: Cake Decorating, Harlow Leisurezone
29th  & 30th: Rare Youth Theatre: Les Miserables, Harlow Playhouse
31st:: Butterfly Hunt, Parndon Woods


The Kids Activity Expo
 is a one day event where you can come along and visit a range of activity clubs, such as dance, drama, tuition, fitness and adventure. Watch performances, and take part in taster sessions! A great way to encourage your kids to be active and healthy. 

It is taking place on Sunday 18th May at Havering College, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, RM11 2LL

To find out more or to book your FREE on-line ticket (limited availability) go to www.KidsActivityExpo.com 

If you would like to exhibit, please email info@kidsactivityexpo.com

2nd: Crocus Nurseries Open Day
3rd: Upminster Windmill Open Day
4th: Steam Open Day, Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club
5th: Adventure Activities Festival, Stubbers Activity Centre
7th – 10th: Honk! Queens Theatre
8th: Havering Real Nappies Nappuccino coffee morning, Laurie Café
10th: Wildlife Explorers Club, RSPB Rainham Marshes
11th: Woofs and Wellies, Thames Chase
12th: FREE Baby Sensory Goodmayes Launch Party, Ford Sports and Social Club
15th –  16th: Kidsplay, Wesley Hall
17th: St Edwards May Fair
18th: Kids’ Activity Expo, Havering College of Further Education
24th: Mother & Child Cupcake Class - Pink n Girly, Upminster Library
25th: Bedfords Treasure Hunt, Bedfords Park Visitor Centre
26th – 30th: SMASH Activity Camps, Stubbers Adventure Centre
26th: Dinosaur Monday Funday, Bedfords Park Visitor Centre
27th –  29th: Holiday Multi-Sports, Dorothy Barley Junior School
28th: Children’s Jewellery Workshops, MyPlace
29th: Card Making Class, Havering Museum
31st: Havering Mini Open House, Upminster Windmill
Fridays and Saturdays: Roller Skating Disco, Madison Heights
4th: Lilleshall Steam Day, Museum of Power
9th  & 23rd: Beeleigh Abbey Gardens Open Day
24th – 31st: Carters Steam Fair, Promenade Park
28th: May Half-Term Fun (Spy Xperience), Maldon Primary School
1st– 5th: Circus Fantasia, Goodmayes Park
1st – 5th: Parnhams Funfair, Valentine’s Park
10th: Club Lollipop, Redbridge Dance and Drama Centre
11th: Best of Music Fest, Valentine’s Mansion
15th: Screen Print a Tea Towel or Tote Bag Workshop, Creative Biscuit
16th – 18th: Manning Family Funfair, South Park
20th – 24th: Treasure Hunt, Redbridge Museum
25th: Funday Sundays: Post the Parcel, The Exchange
27th – 30th: Kids in Charge May Half Term Holiday Club, Wanstead Youth Centre
27th: Spring Holiday Craft, Woodford Green Library
28th: Family Fun Board Games, Keith Axon Library
29th: Castlemania Workshop with Lego, Wanstead Library
30th: Foldable Caterpillar, Seven Kings Library
31st: Wildflower Walk, Ray Park
 
3rd: Saturday Craft Event, Number One Rochford
10th: Barling school Pamper Evening
11th: Oshima and the Sea, The Mill Arts and Events Centre
21st: Special Needs Fun House, Rayleigh Megacentre
24th: Charity Fun Day, The Marlborough Head
Every Thursday: Squirrel Squad, Belfairs Park
2nd – 5th: Scooby Doo, Cliffs Pavilion
3rd: New and Nearly New Baby/ Children's Fair, Leigh Community Centre
4th – 5th: Discover Wildlife, Prittlewell Priory
8th – 10th: In the Tea Leaves of the Titans, Clifftown Theatre
9th & 30th: Little Bears Soft Play Group, Leigh Community Centre
10th: Story Bites Blue: The Ogre Downstairs by Diana Wynne Jones, Jacqson Diego Story Emporium
11th: Learn to Ride May 2014, Cycle Southend
17th: Story Bites Red: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, Jacqson Diego Story Emporium
18th: Junior Bikeathon 2014, Priory Park
21st – 24th: The Sound of Music, Palace Theatre
26th – 31st: Active Friends Holiday Club, Hinguar Primary School
27th: SWSSP Athletics Camp, The Eastwood Academy
28th –  30th: Tudor Crafts, Southchurch Hall
4th & 11th: Pedlars Wood Nature Reserve Open Days
4th & 25th: The Main Event Fireworks, Clacton Pier
11th: Clacton Theatretrain – Hits the Movies!, West Cliff Theatre
17th & 18th: Pirate Weekend, Space Kingdom
22nd: It’s Not Unusual, West Cliff Theatre
29th: LDN Wrestling, Princes Theatre
31st: Brightlingsea Boat Show and Regatta
Every Tuesday: Tea For Tommy’s in the Kiddicafé, Kiddicare
Every Saturday: Kids AM, Vue Cinema
1st – 3rd: Annie, Thameside Theatre
3rd: Pop-Up Festival of Stories, High House Production Park
4th – 5th: Gun Fire with the Garrison, Tilbury Fort
5th – 31st: Elephant Parade, intu Lakeside
5th: Rainham Village May Day Fayre
6th: Parents 1st Recruitment Day, Connexions
7th: Parents 1st Recruitment Day, Corringham Safety Centre
8th: Den's Play Den & Pass It On FREE Play Session, Grays
9th: Thurrock School Sport Partnership - Dance and Cheer Festival, Thameside Theatre
10th & 11th: Superhero Weekend, Partyman World of Play
10th: BabyNatal, Kiddicare
24th: Family Bike Ride, One Tree Hill
25th: 999 Event, Coalhouse Fort
26th: Fools Gold and Gem Stone Panning, Chafford Gorges
27th – 30th: Half-term Activities, Palmer's Sports and Fitness Centre
28th: Half Term fun with The Detective Project Taster Session, Kiddicare
29th: Teddy’s Day Out, Thameside Theatre
30th: Bugz Bonanza, Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
31st: Chris and Pui Roadshow, Thameside Nature Park
All month: Secrets from the Stores, Saffron Walden Museum
2nd: Crocus Nurseries Open Day
3rd – 5th: May Bank Holiday, Audley End Miniature Railway
3rd – 5th: May Day Festival, Audley End House & Gardens
5th: Mini Street Markets, Thaxted
9th - 11th: Saffon Walden Tudor Market, Town Square
10th & 11th: Ninetieth Anniversary Weekend 2014, Hatfield Forest
10th: Essex Outdoor Cinema, St Marks College
11th: Amazing Nearly New Sale, Forest Hall School
16th: Museums at Night, Saffron Walden Museum
18th: Try Your Hand at Archery, Hatfield Forest
19th: Public Open Day and Concert, The Gardens of Easton Lodge
24th - 26th: Fairy Walk Opening, Audley End Minature Railway
25th & 26th: Sonnets and Swords: Elizabeth at Audley, Audley End
26th - 30th: 50 Things to Do Before You're 15, Hatfield Forest
27th: May Half-Term Fun (Spy Xperience), Great Dunmow St Marys
28th: Cracking Codes, Saffron Walden Museum
29th: Introduction to Forest Survival, Hatfield Forest
30th: Walking with Herbivores, Hatfield Forest
31st: Tudor Charters, Saffron Walden Museum

Father and son Keith and Morgan Williams have now combined their skills to create Williams Family Photographers, as well as Keith and Morgan, wife and mother Ann is involved in the business as are daughters Catherine and Jennifer whilst the grandchildren, are often asked to pose and model.
               
They have converted a squash courts complex into a state of the art photography studio with a seamless infinity wall, cinematic viewing room , changing rooms and offices and with a spacious car park outside the door it’s very easy for mums to bring babies and young children. The studio is fully CRB certified.
                               
For more information please call  01621 782500.
 
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New Classes and Groups

A selection of new information about classes and groups added this month.  Some are brand new to the site, some just have updates about new venues, details etc.Take a look at the Things to Do section for complete listings.

Classes
Parent and Toddler Groups
Updated Children's Centres Timetables 
Groups for Older Children
Sport
Groups for Parents and Parents-to-Be


 

What better way to celebrate motherhood than a piece of bespoke handmade designer jewellery? 

Milly Moore Jewellery has been helping mums to celebrate the extra special people in their world for fourteen years. She makes contemporary jewellery in silver, pearls and vibrant gemstones, all personalised with your choice of names, words and dates.

 
Milly now launches her Spring/Summer collection with some exciting new designs, including beautiful jewellery for mums, dads, weddings and Christenings. You can take a look at her fantastic creations at www.millymoore.co.uk .
 
Jewellery to mark life's special moments and to treasure forever!
 
Everything else
As always, please send any events, feedback, ideas etc. to me at louise@essexmums.org. I love hearing how people use the site and ways I can improve it. The normal newsletter will be back next month - I hope you've enjoyed this overview of the website!

I hope you have a lovely month and that I'll get to see you at a meet-up soon.

Kind regards
Louise
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