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Back to school again! I don't know about you but this summer has flown by for us and I can't believe we're another school year on! I do hope you all had an enjoyable August and found lots of great things to do. 

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Back to School
Whether your kids are starting nursery, infants, juniors, senior school or even university, you can come and chat about it on the forum and are sure to find other parents experiencing the same thing. Come and chat about what's going on with you in our 'What's happening this year?' thread or if you have a specific issue you would like to discuss, please feel free to start your own topic in our Education section. It can be a daunting time for your kids but also for you to be starting something completely new and it can definitely help to speak to people who have been there too, or are going through the same thing.

If you want some professional advice about school, you can post in our '
Ask the Teacher' section where we have a range of teachers from nursery up to secondary who are happy to give their advice and opinion about any educational issues that are bothering you.

A lot of schools now have facebook pages and groups for parents to communicate
 with one another and I have been starting to get a list together here. If your school does this I would really appreciate you letting me know the link so that I can add it to our list and make it easy for parents to find the relevant group for them. If your school doesn't have a group you are welcome to post on the forum to find out if anyone else knows where one is, or start one on there yourself!

If you're looking for a bit of back to school shopping, check out the '
School' section of the Shopping Guide for some fantastic shops or if you're looking for a bargain, check out the School Uniform Shop where you can buy and sell used uniform.
 


Classes and Groups
Those of you with pre-school children may well be looking for something fun to do, and will be pleased to know that all the term-time classes and groups will be starting up again. There is such an amazing range of activities for little ones, and you can find listings of them all in our Things to Do section. Within each area you can find sections for Parent and Toddler Groups, Classes, Sports and more. The Classes for Kids section of the Directory also has some great information about a few of the classes. If you're overwhelmed by the choice and would like some ideas as to what is worth giving a go, make sure you come and ask on the forum as you'll get some great feedback from other parents who have already tried them.

I am currently updating these so if you run a group yourself that needs some changes made, please let me know on
louise@essexmums.org. Likewise, if you would like one of our review panel to attend one of your classes and write a review, do let me know!


NEW: Baby Names Section
As a bit of a 'name nerd' myself, I've been meaning to add a baby names section to the website for years and am happy to say I have finally got round to it! You can find the section in the Pregnancy and Parenting section, or by clicking here. Please come, take a look around, vote on names and pass on any feedback you have. I plan to add some lists related to names, such as top 20s, names that are linked together for some reason etc. but welcome any ideas about how this section could be improved!


Testimonials
Thinking of taking out an ad but would like to hear what others have to say about their experience of advertising on Essex Mums? Take a look at our new Testimonials page to see what previous advertisers have to say.
 

Things to Do Ads Offer
Do you have a local business? How would you like your logo to appear every time someone looks for events in your area?  I'm now offering half-price ads in the Things to Do section. You can get ads on the Things to Do page itself for just £20 per month, on a main area page, such as this one for £10, on an area subpage for £5, or even have full run of a whole area for just £25! Snap them up while they're still available!

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Yoga for Every Body
A brand new, heated and fully equipped yoga studio. Classes starting EARLY SEPTEMBER:
 
  • Foundation Course - An 8 class course for beginners
  • Open class - A dynamic class, building strength, stamina and flexibility
  • Soft Flow - Take time for yourself with this gentle stretching restorative class
Class packs and drop in rates
Individual and small group private classes available
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Kula Life Studio, 
Easthorpe, 
Colchester, 
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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.

 

Barking and Dagenham
2nd: Build a Bird Feeder, Oval Road North
3rd:
Minibeast Madness, Barking Park
7th:
Second World War Day, Eastbury Manor House
8th:
Local Go Sky Ride, Barking Park
13th:
Babe the Sheep-Pig, Barking Broadway
14th:
History in the Baking, Eastbury Manor House
14th, 21st, 28th:
Green Shoes Arts, Dagenham Library
22nd:
The Elves and the Shoemaker, Barking Broadway
28th:
Harvest Festival Fun, Valence House
 

Basildon
7th: Titan the Robot, Festival Leisure Park
8th:
Help for Heroes Family Fun Day, Action Park
10th:
Hatchlings Club, Hanningfield Reservoir
11th:
RSPB Little Owls, Wat Tyler Country Park
13th:
Inflatable Fun, Grange Primary School
14th & 15th:
Essex Country Show, Barleylands Farm
15th:
Kite Festival, Wick Country Park
19th:
Caterpillar Club, Hanningfield Reservoir
21st  & 22nd:
The Fayre Times Festival, Barleylands Farm
22nd:
The Essex Natural History Show, Wat Tyler Country Park
27th:
After School Disco, Stay and Play
29th:
One Wild Day, Wallasea Island
 

Braintree
Until 15th: The Original Great Maze, Blake House Craft Centre
7th & 8th:
Lawnmower Racing Championships, Blake House Craft Centre
8th:
Harvest and Medieval Bread Day, Alderford Mill
14th:
Discovery Centre Stargazing, Great Notley
14th:
Witham Puppet Festival, Witham
20th:
The Time Travelling Magicians, Braintree Arts Theatre
21st:
Great Bardfield Primary Inflatable Day
28th: Lauren Child Presents Ruby Redfort, Braintree Arts Theatre
 

Brentwood
4th: Caterpillar Club, Thorndon Country Park
7th:
Baby and Toddler Fair, Bishops Hall
13th:
Bat Walk, Weald Country Park
15th:
Punch and Judy Show, Old MacDonald’s Farm
15th:
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary Funday
28th & 29th: The Weald Park Game and Country Show


Castle Point
6th: Walk in the Dark, Hadleigh Country Park
7th:
Saturday Kids Art & Nature Club - Paper Flowers, Rayleigh View Nursery
8th:
Family Cycle Ride, Hadleigh Country Park
14th:
Saturday Kids Art & Nature Club - Mixed Media Painting, Rayleigh View Nursery
15th:
The big event! Inspired By The Games Sports Festival, Waterside Farm Leisure Centre
22nd:
Roundhouse Open Day, Hadleigh Country Park
25th:
Westwood Academy Open Morning for Prospective Parents
28th: Saturday Kids Art & Nature Club - Mixed Media Painting, Rayleigh View Nursery
 

Chelmsford
Every Saturday & Sunday: Fun on the Farm, Marsh Farm
3rd:
Harold Finds a Voice Stories and Craft Session, Just Imagine Story Centre
4th:
Little Acorns Pre-School Gardening Club, RHS Hyde Hall
7th:
Inflatable Fun Day, Busy Bees Nursery
10th:
Hatchlings Club, Hanningfield Reservoir
14th:
Langham Mother Baby Toddler & Kids Autumn Exhibition, Langham Community Centre
17th:
The Snail and the Whale Stories and craft session, Just Imagine Story Centre
18th:
Pregnancy Information Evening, Chetwood CC
19th & 20th:
The Snail and the Whale, Civic & Cramphorn Theatres
21st:
Bushcraft for Beginners, Hanningfield Reservoir
22nd:
21st Birthday History and Craft Fair, Essex Police Museum
24th:
Charlie and Lola  Stories and craft session, Just Imagine Story Centre
27th:
Ofsted Outstanding Celebration Party, Kiddi Caru Day Nursery Writtle
28th:
Sensation – Festival of the Senses, Chelmsford
29th:
27th Annual Grand Motorbilia Day 2013, Battlesbridge
 

Colchester
Until 8th: Stand Tall Farewell Tour, Colchester Zoo
2nd:
Meet Mickey and Minnie, Jungle Adventure
3rd – 14th:
The Butterfly Lion, Mercury Theatre
5th:
Meet Peppa Pig, Jungle Adventure
7th & 21st:
Starlight Safari Trail, Colchester Zoo
8th:
Tower Tours, Layer Marney Tower
10th:
Fairytale Day, Jungle Adventure
14th:
Apple Day, High Woods Country Park
15th:
Babe The Sheep-Pig, The Minories
17th:
Jungle Safari Day, Jungle Adventure
20th:
Let’s Get Outdoors Wild Games Day, Fingringhoe Wick
21st:
Copy ‘n’ Paste, firstsite
22nd:
Prettygate Infant School Mega Inflatables Day
27th: Fingringhoe Fledglings, Fingringhoe Wick
28th:
Robin Hood, Colchester Arts Centre
29th:
Charity Day, Layer Marney Tower
 

Epping Forest
2nd: Pretty Pink Cupcake Class for children aged 11- 18 years, Boutique Cake Centre
5th:
North Weald Teddy Bear’s Picnic, North Weald Library
6th:
Chilming in the Woods – The Jungle Book, Risden Park
7th:
Baby and Children’s Nearly New Sale, St. John’s Church Hall
8th:
Trains and Planes Funday, Epping Ongar Railway
14th:
Jubilee Nature Reserve Country Fayre
15th: Lambourne End Open Day
21st: Open House Extra: The Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge
22nd: Open House Extra: The Temple
24th: Good Sleep Practices for Children with Autism, Wanstead Library
26th:
Special Time Charity Event, Mooro’s
28th:
Lila Jam kids craft workshop, St John’s Church Hall
28th & 29th:
Behind the Scenes Weekend, Epping Ongar Railway
 

Harlow
6th – 8th: Woodfest, Hatfield Forest
7th & 8th:
Den Building Competition, Parndon Woods
9th, 17th & 21st:
FREE Experience Session,Kiddi Caru Day Nursery Harlow
14th:
Summer Fete - Upwards with Downs Fundraiser, Church Gate Street
15th:
Autumn Changes at Nature Reserve, Parndon Woods
21st:
1st Great Parndon Scouts Fun Day, Snow Farm
28th:
Postman Pat, Harlow Playhouse
29th:
Apple Day, The Gibbered Garden
 

Havering
6th &  20th: Bedfords Nature Rangers, Bedfords Park
7th:
Story Play, Queen’s Theatre
8th:
Display of animals from Wellgate Community Farm, Mill Field
15th:
Children’s Craft Workshop, Upminster Library
21st:
Kids’ Birdwatching Club, RSPB Rainham Marshes
21st:
Baby and Toddler Fair, Hornchurch
22nd:
Animal Tracks and Signs, Bedfords Park
25th:
Cupcake Animals, Collier Row Library
26th:
Card Making Class, Havering Museum
28th & 29th:
The Liberty Fashion Show Weekend, Romford
 

Maldon
7th & 8th: New Hall Vineyards 41st ANNUAL English Wine Festival & Open Day
8th: Man Powered Rail! Mangapps Railway
14th:
Heritage Weekend, Museum of Power
21st:
Maldon Regatta
22nd: St Lawrence Family Fun Day
28th: Burnham Carnival
28th & 29th: Maldon Art Trail
 
Redbridge
Until 7th: Make Your Own Mini-Garden, Redbridge Museum
3rd:
Mini Wild Things Exhibition, Redbridge Museum
3rd & 4th:
Summer Kids’ Tennis Camps, Wanstead
10th:
Rhyme Time for Under 5s, Valentine’s Mansion
11th -  13th:
Monkey Music Open Day, South Woodford Library
14th:
Mum 2 Mum Market, Ilford
24th:
Explore, Make and Do – Vegetable Animals, Valentine’s Mansion
25th:
Healthy Eating Workshop, Christchurch Children’s Centre
28th:
The Elephant Bride, Kenneth More Theatre
 

Rochford
7th: Fire Station Open Day, Hawkwell Fire Station
8th:
Village Fete, Canewdon Village Hall
12th – 15th:
Rayleigh Arts Festival, Rayleigh Windmill Museum
18th:
Special Needs Fun House, Rayleigh Megacentre
 

Southend
Every Saturday: Big Saturday Nights Out, Adventure Island
7th:
NCT Nearly New Sale, St Thomas More School
12th  & 26th:
Squirrel Squad, Belfairs Woods
14th:
Fire Station Open Day, Leigh Fire Station
14th:
Party in the Park, Eastwood
15th:
Postman Pat, Cliffs Pavilion
21st & 22nd:
Leigh Regatta, Old Leigh
21st:
Fire Station Open Day, Shoeburyness Fire Station
25th:
Supporting Speech and Language in Under 5's, Blenheim CC
27th:
Club Teen, Kids Kingdom
 

Tendring
Until 8th: The Napoleonic Home Front, Jaywick Martello Tower
4th:
Free Music Movers Sessions, Robbie Rascals
5th – 7th:
Little Shop of Horrors, Princes Theatre
8th
: Vintage Day, Carpenter's Farm
14th:
Fossil Hunts with the Nazeman, Walton on the Naze
14th
Wiz Fayre
22nd: The 'GREAT' Little Clacton Classic Car Show, Parish Fields
29th:
Mills Open Day, Thorrington Tide Mill
 

Thurrock
7th: The Orsett Show, Orsett Showground
14th:
Wildlife Explorers Club, RSPB Rainham Marshes
21st:
Kids’ Birdwatching Club , RSPB Rainham Marshes
28th:
Film Festival – Muppets Treasure Island, Thameside Theatre
29th:
Open Day, Coalhouse Fort
 

Uttlesford
Until 11th: State of Bewilderment, Church St Gallery
7th 8th, 15th & 16th:
Bringing Audley End to Life, Audley End House and Gardens
7th:
Berden Village Edwardian Fête
14th: Saffron Walden Castle Bailey - Medieval Open Day, Saffron Walden Museum
15th:
Dunmow Carnival
22nd: Messy Church, Newport
28th & 29th:
Apple Weekend, Audley End House and Gardens



Carry & Care - Prenatal Yoga


Yoga during pregnancy offers an abundance of benefits!  Using specific breathing (emotional balance), sound (creating communication between mother & baby) & postures (healthy body/mind) practices, Carry & Care serves to support you and your child during each trimester.

Abi Adams has been a practitioner of Yoga for over 13 years, having studied in India for 2 months with the founder of the Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre, Canada on pre and postnatal Yoga as a therapy to create a wonderfully supportive practice as well as an environment of safety.

Carry & Care Yoga is held every Friday at 10am in Woodford.  Please contact Abi on
aadams@loveoolongtime.com /07951 101 049.

This practice is much more than stretching and wearing out a mat.  It is about creating valuable time for you to breathe, relax and connect with yourself, your baby and other mothers to be. 

http://www.loveoolongtime.com/home


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.
 
Updated Children’s Centres Timetables


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Competitions
Things to win! Check out the great competitions we currently have running. If you would like to run a competition yourself please let me know - it's a great way to advertise for free and also give something lovely to parents in Essex!


 

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.


Pregnancy & Parenting Articles
Some great articles added by our writers this month - take a look!

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
Louise






 

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