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With a definite chill in the air and jingle bells in the near distance, November’s well and truly upon us. Get in the festive spirit with this month’s selection of top family-friendly days out across the UK. And wherever you’re heading, don’t forget your Nappy Grab Bags! For your nearest stockist, click here. Big Fish Little Fish: Family Rave Various London venues Sunday 13 November & Sunday 20 November “Big Fish Little Fish brings together globally renowned DJs, fun craft and play activities for children aged 0-8, and a multi-sensory dancefloor experience with bubble machines and giant balloons.” http://bit.ly/2az1Sc8 Victorian Festival Of Christmas Portsmouth, Hampshire Friday 25...
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The leaves are falling, the knitwear’s out in full force and Halloween is just around the corner. Make the most of Autumn with our selection of top family-friendly days out across the UK. And wherever you’re heading, don’t forget your Nappy Grab Bags! For your nearest stockist, click here.   Apple Harvest Herefordshire 6-31 October “Wander through the orchards and choose some freshly picked apples to take home. Support our habitat diversity by enjoying our apple harvest.” http://bit.ly/2dNKQOS   Discovery Day – Hair-raising Halloween London 26 October “A family-friendly open day with a spooky twist for Halloween. Little ones can explore the witches den, make...
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Summer may be over, but the fun certainly isn't with this month's selection of top family-friendly days out across the UK. And wherever you’re heading, don’t forget your Nappy Grab Bags! For your nearest stockist, click here.  

Turtle Fest

Sea Life Centre, Birmingham

12-25 September

“Celebrate Turtle Fest with us in 2016 where we will be educating future generations around the increasing plight of this vulnerable species. Plus, see Molokai our giant green sea turtle, who turns 40 this year!”

http://bit.ly/1LAmMZ4

Fantasy Farm Park

Llanrhystud

All month, weekends only

“A great family adventure in the...

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It’s the last month of summer, so make the most of it with our selection of top family-friendly days out across the UK. And wherever you’re heading, don’t forget your Nappy Grab Bags! For your nearest stockist, click here.   Awesome Archaeology Wrest Park, Bedford Monday 8 August “Get your hands dirty as you become a daring archaeologist on our mini dig for the day. Discover hidden treasures and fantastic finds as you excavate the secrets of Wrest Park.” http://bit.ly/2aQmGRZ   Walby Farm Park Cumbria All month “Enjoy exciting outdoor play areas (with Hadrian’s Wall running through!), as well as interaction with lots of animal friends including many...
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A smashing selection of the best family-friendly events and attractions around the UK to help you make the most of this wonderful weather. And of course, you wouldn’t want to head out without a trusty Nappy Grab Bag (or three!). For your nearest stockist, click here.     National Parks Week Nationwide Monday 25 to Sunday 31 July 2016 The National Parks family's annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about Britain's breathing spaces, with countless events on in each park throughout the week aimed specifically at children. http://bit.ly/2a5fxO1   Lancashire  St Annes International Kite Festival Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July 2016 “Fabulous display kites take to...
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Some people have just got it, don't you think?! My great friend Liz is an ex-international athlete - bobsleigh and athletics no less! She's also a professional photographer, mum of one and highly sought-after personal trainer who, despite her own fitness brilliance, has never once laughed at my post-baby exercise attempts (however tempting it must be!) After much bribery and nagging, I've managed to pin her down to write some words of wisdom for all us mums with new babies. Thanks Liz!

Becky X

How to Approach Post Pregnancy Exercise and Tackle the Dreaded “Mummy Tummy” So here’s the thing… You’ve...
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There’s no doubt about it… no matter what your body was capable of pre-baby, it’s a long old road back again! It took me a long time to work out that, I could only get excited by an activity if it was framed as a ‘sport’ rather than just ‘exercise’ (yawn). My erstwhile running buddy would laugh at my determination to ‘beat’ other runners – even if they were minding their own business and just happen to be vaguely going in the same direction! Somewhere in the back of my mind is the memory of a body that would swim competitively for...
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When I was little – and not even that little – my mum would wake us four girls up with a cup of tea before school. We would wrap ourselves in duvets and stumble, bleary-eyed downstairs to the kitchen where the woodburner would be crackling away, candles would be lit (I guess this only happened in the winter!) and a big pot of porridge would gently cooking away on the Aga. Still wrapped in our duvets, we’d have porridge with sultanas and Golden Syrup by candle light before going off to get ready for school. Of course – there were also the...
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I should probably start by admitting that, as I write this, with Elizabeth (now 12 weeks!) asleep on my lap, I am stealing bites of my husband’s sausage casserole dinner when he’s not looking. So, with a mouth full of food, it is – perhaps – not surprising that I’ve got weighty issues on my mind. If you glanced through the (astonishingly photo-shopped) pages of today’s celeb mags, you’d be forgiven for thinking that pregnancy was something that just came along and then went again, leaving your body utterly unchanged other than briefly having a little bump to put your hand over...
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Becky Mantin and baby and pregnant
So you decide to start a family... What an adventure lies ahead of you!
You obsessively check the 'What to expect' app every day - thrilled when it ticks over to the next week, send copies of your scan pictures to all your family and make repeated trips to the John Lewis nursery section to agonise over which travel system to buy. You attend your local antenatal classes and meet a small handful of equally baby focussed new mums with whom to discuss every intricacy...