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Hello all, sorry this isn't going out on the first as usual but after the nice weekend we've just had I assumed you'd all be out and about and that you would be more likely to read the newsletter today! Hopefully the sun will stay out now we're entering June and we can get some more meet-ups happening across the county! Lots of new things on the site this month to tel you all about.

Please feel free to use the buttons below to add your own event, business etc:

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Barracudas, the activity day camps specialists, have been operating summer camps for 21 years. The camps are for children aged between 4½ to 16 years, run by fantastic and experienced teams who make sure your children always have a brilliant time. 
At the day camps children can try new activities, make new friends and most of all have lots of fun! They've got your holiday childcare covered - summer activity holidays that are Ofsted registered, giving parents peace of mind, whilst ensuring maximum FUN for kids!
There are 29 locations across the South East including 6 in Essex! Book online now www.barracudas.co.uk or call 0845 123 5299

As the weather starts to get nicer it would be really nice to have more meet-ups organised across the county. We always have lots in the Southend area, and have had a couple of picnics this week but it would be great if there were people in other areas who could take charge of organising things near them. I've asked before and I realise people can be a little shy but in my experience people are often keen to go along to things but a bit hesitant to suggest them themselves, so all it takes is one person who can come up with a few places and dates and I'm sure people will come! Are there any volunteers?

It would mean posting meet-up ideas in
this section which I can then share on facebook too and create events for. Would be lovely if we could have one or two people in each area coming up with some ideas. Let me know if you're interested

There's a brand new section on the site that needs YOUR help! The activities section contains ideas for you to do with your family, and for your kids to do on their own. There are four new sections: recipes, arts and crafts, educational activities and getting active and we need your ideas! Please submit any of your own ideas and activities and if possible include a photo - the more we have the better. And if anyone's interested in being a regular contributor that would be fantastic! All activities can have a little 'about you' section, which is a nice little promotion if you're a local business, so those of you with cooking and crafty enterprises might want to consider it!

Ask the Baby Expert

Ask the Baby Expert is a new section of the forum - come and ask Lisa Clegg author of The Blissful Baby Expert any questions you have regarding dealing with everything baby-related. Whether it's sleepless nights, feeding questions or something you just can't get to the bottom of, come and see what she has to say.

Ask the Teacher

Another helpful new section of the forum is the Ask the Teacher section. Have a question about your child's education? Ask Early Years Professional Kay Fisher and Secondary Teachers Samantha Tyrrell and Kathryn Gorsuch for advice. We are still looking for one or two primary teachers to join our team - ideally one from KS1 and one from KS2, so if you would like to help, please get in touch! 

Any business mums out there want to act as our business expert on the forum? Also looking for nurses, health visitors, breastfeeding counsellors, children's psychologists/behaviour specialists but happy to consider anyone!

Find us on Essex Mums

Let me know if you would be interested in a 'Find us on Essex Mums' button to go on your website that would like to the forum post with all the details about you on Essex Mums. This would mean that anyone who wants to comment on how great they are would be able to come on to the forum and tell everyone else about it! Email me if it's something you're interested in and I'll send one over.

Summer Holidays Events
Once again, the summer holidays are nearly upon us (how did that happen?!). We already have a lot of events listed in the Things to Do section but if you have something going on you would like to appear on the site, please send it over to me or click the button at the top of the newsletter to add the event yourself. If you're ready to get planning, why not use our Summer Holidays Planner to keep track of what's going on and when.

Talking Tots

NEW classes for pre-schoolers coming to Southend, Thorpe Bay and Leigh-on-Sea!
Talking Tots provides the only pre-school activity class to focus on encouraging confident communication and social skills, self-esteem, good listing and attention, basic pre-literacy and expressive language development – all key skills needed to support effective learning at school!
Want to know more? Please email claire@talkingtots.info for further information about:
• FREE taster sessions running in June (only a few places remaining)
• Summer Tots classes over the Summer holidays with children from 12 months to 5 years welcome to each session (normal classes are split into age groups)
• Summer Sparkler classes for those little ones starting school in September
Don’t miss out!



As always there is lots more going on this month! Below is a small selection of the fantastic things going on but you can find full listings on the Things to Do section. 

Barking and Dagenham
7th: Britain’s Most Talented, Broadway Barking
Doctor Who Signing, Town Square
Father’s Day Craft Session, Valence Library
Olly Murs Tribute! Mecca Dagenham
Armed Forces Tribute Day, Valence House

8th: Father's Day arts and crafts workshop, Wat Tyler
Paws in the Park, The Wick Country Park
14th – 16th:
The Basildon Indie Game Festival, Eastgate Shopping Centre
Fathers Day, Barleylands Farm
What Makes My Child Tick? Billericay Parents’ Forum
20th – 22nd:
The BFG, Towngate Theatre
Vange Primary School Summer Fete
28th: Inflatable Day, Grange Primary School
Janet Duke Primary School Summer Fete
30th: Fairies, gnomes and goblins art workshop, Wat Tyler

Every Saturday: Thomas the Tank Engine and Hello Kitty, Braintree Museum
Baby Sensory Demo Session, Rainbow Children’s Centre
Fire Station Open Day, Braintree Fire Station
FREE Mini Photo Shoot, Wooden Spoon Café
Children’s Day (Nature Theme) Open Day, Alderford Mill
Music in the Castle, Hedingham Castle
22nd & 23rd:
Flower Festival, Cressing Temple
26th – 28th:
Little Legs Festival, Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens

5th: Caterpillar Club, Thorndon Country Park
Allsorts Snow White, Brentwood Theatre
Meet the Illustrator Martin Brown (Horrible Histories), Chicken and Frog Bookshop
Come and Meet Peppa and George, Old MacDonald’s Farm
10th, 17th, 24th:
Get Ready to Write and Use Scissors, Brentwood
15th & 16th:
Father’s Day Weekend, Old MacDonald’s Farm
Brentwood Strawberry Fair, Shenfield Common
Hopefield Animal Santctuary Funday
Castle Point
All month: Starting School in Sept Get Togethers, Farmer Fred’s Playbarn
Fun Day, St Nicholas Church
Community Fun Day, Hadleigh Baptist Church
Family Cycle Ride, Hadleigh Country Park
Armed Forces Day, Canvey

Every Saturday: Fun on the Farm, Marsh Farm
4th – 9th:
Billy Smart’s Circus, Central Park
The Barnardo’s Big Toddle, Oaklands Park
Antenatal Evening, Chelmsford Hospital
Teddy Bear’s Picnic, New Hall School
Snakes Alive ‘Interactive Reptile Experience’, Hanningfield Reservoir
11th & 12th:
A Squash & a Squeeze Stories & Crafts, Just Imagine Story Centre
Fingerprint Art, Essex Police Museum
Dragon Boat Festival, Backnang Square
18th & 19th:
The Rainbow Fish, Just Imagine Story Centre
Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Hanningfield Reservoir
Meet Mike the Knight, Marsh Farm
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Stories & Crafts, Just Imagine Story Centre
Summer Fete, Broomfield Grange
The RPM Essex Modified Car Show, Battlesbridge

All month:  Colchester Zoo’s Stand Tall for Giraffes Sculpture Trail
3rd & 5th: Face Painting Day, Jungle Adventure
Hawaiian Party, Jungle Adventure
Gladiators in the Park, Lower Castle Park
Open Farm Sunday: Lower Dairy Farm
13th: Totally Tropical Day, Jungle Adventure
Family Forest Schools, High Woods Country Park
Father’s Day, Fingringhoe Wick
Fire Station Open Day, Wivenhoe Fire Station
FREE Experience Session at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery in Colchester
22nd: Strawberry Fayre, Rowhedge
Pirate Quest, Layer Marney Tower
Balloon Modelling Day, Jungle Adventure
Abberton & Langenhoe Village Fete
29th & 30th: Colchester Food and Drink Festival, Lower Castle Park

Epping Forest
4th: Can't Sleep, Won't Sleep Sleep Seminars, South Woodford Library
It's a Farmer's Life, Lee Valley Park Farm
'Who let the Dads Out', Buckhurst Hill Baptist Church
Father’s Day, Epping Ongar Railway
22nd & 23rd:
Rocket and Flight Festival, Royal Gunpowder Mills
Ongar Carnival
29th: The Epping Festival
3rd & 17th: FREE Experience Session at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery in Harlow
14th: The Jazz Picnic, The Gibberd Garden
15th & 16th:
Real Ale Festival, The Gibberd Garden
Family Fun Day at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery in Harlow
22nd: Birthday Extravaganza, The Gateway Nursery and Preschool
Strawberry Cream Tea Sunday, The Gibberd Garden

5th: Healthy Desserts Event, Elm Park Library
Baby Sensory at Queen's Theatre
9th: Medieval Archery, Coggeshall Barn
Father’s Day Crafts, Elm Park Library
Bedford’s Nature Rangers, Bedfords Park
MYCA Summer Festival, Newtons Primary School
21st & 28th:
Get Ready for School Group, Ardleigh Green Family Centre
Family Fun Day, Romford
Pre-School Village Fete, Romford
FREE Mencap Planning for the Future Event, Harefield Manor Hotel

8th: Fire Station Open Day, Burnham Fire Station
Open Farm at Wilkin & Sons
14th & 15th: Northey Island Open Day and Castaway Weekend
15th: Maldon Primary Summer Fete, Lower Plume Field
Heavy Horse Show, Museum of Power
Heybridge Basin Regatta
22nd – 30th: Burnham Art Trail
23rd: Blackwater Country Show, Maldon

All month: Great Gardens, Redbridge Museum
Eastbury Manor House Heritage Day
8th: Around the World in 80 Stories, various venues
Partners in Rhyme, Redbridge Museum
Sadia’s Mad Hatters Family Tea Party, Barkingside High Street
Summer Fair and Nearly New Sale, Aldersbrook Tennis Club
Explore, Make and Do –Under 5s, Valentine’s Mansion

9th: Rock for Havens Sake Music Festival in aid of Havens Hospice, The Mill Arts Centre
Superhero Party, The Fun Factory
15th & 16th:
Children’s Fair, King George V Playing Field
Special Needs Fun House, Rayleigh Megacentre
Dinosaurs Event, Hockley Library
South Essex Armed Forces Day, Rayleigh
Family Shopping Event, The Mill Hall

All month: Shoe Heaven, Southend Museum
Happy’s Circus, Earls Hall School
Parenting for parents of children aged 0 – 6years, Blenheim Children’s Centre
7th & 8th:
'An Adult Overnight' and 'Outside The Box', Clifftown Theatre
Family Fun Day, Ambleside Social Centre
15th – 22nd:
Leigh Art Trail
15th: Art-tastic, Belfairs Woodland Centre
Treasure Hunt Bike Ride
21st – 23rd: Leigh Folk Festival
24th: Free Talking Tots Taster Session, Kids Kingdom
25th – 29th:
James and the Giant Peach, Palace Theatre
Free Talking Tots Taster Session, Leigh Community Centre
Armed Forces Day, Chalkwell Park
Bliss Buggy Push, Southend Seafront
Armed Forces Day, Southend Seafront

All month: House of Mirrors, Jaywick Martello Tower
Little Clacton Carnival
9th: Brightlingsea Boat Show & Regatta
15th: Fossil Hunts with the Nazeman, Walton on the Naze
Santus Circus, Clacton
Fire Station Open Day, Clacton Fire Station
Wildlife Walk with the Nazeman, Walton on the Naze

5th - 9th: Santus Circus, King George V Playing Fields
Driving lessons for 11-17 year olds, Lakeside
Baby Sensory Fathers Day Special! Gransjean Hall
Orienteering, Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Story Stacks Course, Aveley Children's Centre
Dragonfly Day, Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Get Set for Summer – Family Activity Day 2013, Grays Adult Education Centre
29th – 30th:
Horndon on the Hill Feast and Fayre
30th: Coalhouse Fort Open Day
All month: Butterflies, Saffron Walden Museum
Every weekend:
Bringing Audley End to Life
7th: French Market, Saffron Walden Common
Fire Station Open Days, Thaxted Fire Station
Try Your Hand at Archery, Hatfield Forest
Public Open Day and Photography Competition, The Gardens of Easton Lodge
24th – 26th:
Circus at Saffron Walden Common
27th: Mini Toy Makers: Saffron Walden Museum
28th – 30th:
Wild Camping and Bushcraft Weekend, Hatfield Forest
Summer Fete & Teddy Bear Parachute Jump, Holy Trinity Church

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.

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Product Reviews

Here's a list of what's been added this month! You can see a bit about each of our reviewers here, or can go straight to the reviews here.  
Special Offers for Essex Mums

Bouncing Baby Yoga: 10% off baby yoga classes when you quote Essex Mums
EWTO Essex: 2 weeks free taster classes across their little Dragon and Juniors WingTsun Kung Fu classes in Chelmsford and Loughton. Call SiFu Kul on 07977 132111 to book a space. 
Little Scrummers: 20% discount on membership to all new members when quoting Essex Mums.
Mini Footie: Quote ESSEXMUMS for a free session
Tappy Toes: Quote 'Essex Mums' for a FREE trial class at Tappy Toes classes on Mondays at 1.30pm for 20months to 2.5years and 2pm for 2.6-4.5 years in Epping
Zumba Sue: Free Zumba class for new customers when you quote Essex Mums at reception

Angel Cashmere: 10% off with code ESMUM10
Bambino Merino: 10% off with code EMTEN
Eternal Creation: £10 off with code ESSEX10
Harry and Molly: 15% off with code HMESM
Indivijewels: Like them on Facebook for a 15% discount
Jane deBono: 20% off with code ESSEXMUMS
Kids Do Travel: 20% off with code ESSEXMUMS
Little Lollipop Kids: 15% off with code essex15
My Wife Your Wife: 10% of with code ESSEX13
Peep Baby: 20% off with code ESSEXMUMS
Props & Frocks: 15% off hire costumes or 10% off retail with code Essexmums1
So-Hooked handbag hooks: 20% off with code LOVEMUM2013
Sweetpea: 15% off with code essex13
Chocolate Truffle Company: Free delivery available for all orders over £20 to the following Chelmsford post codes including, CM1, CM2 and CM3
Circa Calendar: Special Essex Mums price of £29.95 with code ESXMUM10
Fairwind: Quote Essexmums for 10% off
Nest: 15% discount with code essexmums

Smart Start Toys: 5% discount with code EM12/13

Splash Studios: Quote Essex Mums for complimentary photo session and 10x8 print
Perfect Image Photography: £50-£100 off a wedding shoot if you quote this newsletter

2013 Cheap Adventure Island Tickets
Bish Bash Birthdays are offering a 10% discount off any party entertainer booking if you quote 'Essex Mums'.

Chez 357: 20% off your first treatment when you quote Essex Mums.
Claire Sarah Wedding Planner: Quote Essex Mums for a 10% discount
Lindigo Street: 20% off website prices for Essex Mums during May and June

Loch Fyne Restaurants: Children eat free! (T&CS: One child eats free from the children's menu per adult main course ordered from the à la carte menu only. Children 10 years or younger. Offer not available in conjunction with any vouchers, offers or promotions)
Spin Collective: 10% off with code mumsjustlove10
VidaYum: Special Offer of first month free & £3.99 thereafter

New Pregnancy and Parenting Articles
New articles in our Pregnancy and Parenting section this month:

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.

Kind regards


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