On Essex Mums this month
Hello all - is it really October already? The nights may be drawing in and fun in the sun might not be an option any more but there is still so much to do for families across Essex. Here's a little about what's new on Essex Mums this month.

Forever Living

Alternative Christmas Shopping Guide
I appreciate that this may make some of you want to throw things at the screen, but for those who enjoy being organised and getting things ready agead of schedule, this month sees the release of the Alternative Christmas Shopping Guide on Essex Mums. Last year's one featured some great online shops but this year's is even better, with searchable product listings linking directly to lots of wonderful online shops where you can purchase original, interesting and different ideas for Christmas presents for the whole family without ever having to leave the house. More products will be added as we get closer to Christmas so keep checking back and do tell your friends! If you have products you would like to list yourself please get in touch.

Things to Do
Take a look at the new and improved Things to Do section.
It's now split into more areas which hopefully will make it easier to find what's going on as the calendars were getting rather crowded! The areas are arranged by council districts, so if you're on the edge of somewhere you might want to check a couple of them - for example people in Rayleigh come under Rochford but might find things on the Basildon or Castle Point calendars that are closer to them. I'm now going to work on making sure we have all the Parent & Toddler Groups in the county listed as I know there are a lot out there that aren't on the site. If you know of one near you, please mention it in the What to Do section of the forum. Hope you find it easier to use and please let me know if you have any feedback.

Bumps Babes and Kids
I'll have an Essex Mums stand at this year's Bumps, Babes and Kids show at Garons Park on October 23rd/24th so if you come along, do come and say hello. Last year's event was a lot of fun and this year's should be even better! Make sure you come and enter our competition - I'm hoping to give away a bumper pack of goodies for Mums. If you would like to offer anything for this prize please let me know and we can discuss some sort of arrangement!

New on the Shopping Guide
New this month on the Essex Mums Alternative Shopping Guide:


The Bow Company: Hand Tied Hair Bows and Accessories


My Funny Bunny: for yummy mummies and rockin' cool kids

Ickle Pickles: Nappy cakes and baby shower gifts

The Great Little Hamper Company: Unique Gifts for Little People
Weedots: Beautiful handmade personalised gifts for boys and girls

Toys & Games

Flying Start Games: Fun and inspirational games to give your kids a head start

Grand Baby

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.

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

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What's on

A small selection of what's on for families in Essex this month:

Saturday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, 6.30pm: Big Saturday Nights at Adventure Island Southend
Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th: Toddle Waddle at High Woods Country Park
Friday 8th, 7.30pm: Swap-a-Rama Clothes Swap
Saturday 9th: Farmers' Market
Saturday 9th, 4pm: FAMILY CONCERT - Peter and the Wolf
Sunday 10th, 10am: Sunday Funday at Colchester Library
Saturday 16th, 10am: Junior Rangers Hotels and Homes
Saturday 23rd, 11am: Tot’s Tales
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th, 10am: Bumps, Babes & Kids 2010
Sunday 24th - Friday 29th, 10am: October Half Term Cooking and Crafts on the Farm
Wednesday 27th - Thursday 28th, 10am & 2pm: Activities for children at Epping Forest Visitor Centre
Thursday 28th, 11am: Drop-in activities at Saffron Walden Museum
Friday 29th, 6.30pm: Spooky Night at Barleylands
Friday 29th, 7pm: Club Teen at Kids Kingdom
Friday 29th - Sunday 31st, 4pm: Halloween Special at Audley End

Take a look at the Things to Do section for full listings.

If you would like to have your event listed in the next newsletter, please get in touch.


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