March Events at Sacrewell Farm

Sacrewell Farm is always a popular place to visit in Peterborough.

To celebrate their 50th year they have lots of events scheduled, I received a press release for March which also includes the lambing season, which is always worth a visit.

I am also pleased to add the Mumsnet Peterborough site will be running a competition to win a Family ticket for the Lambing Event! Check out the site for details. http://local.mumsnet.com/peterborough

(All pictures courtesy of Sacrewell Farm)

Spring is stirring at Sacrewell

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What is the first sign of spring? Pancakes of course!

At Sacrewell Farm near Wansford we will be putting on a host of great pancake themed fun and games on March 2nd from 9.30am – 5pm to celebrate Pancake Day. Come and have a go at our Pancake Trail or challenge your friends to a relay in our brilliant pancake race! Will you be able to tackle the obstacles put in place while wearing some wacky outfits?

March is also set to be one filled with new arrivals. We are expecting some very exciting baby animals, including additions our rare breed sheep flocks, some fluffy chicks and a litter of British Lop piglets.

If you visit the Farm after March 8th there may be a chance for you to feed one of our orphaned cade lambs which are rescued by staff at the Farm each year and hand raised. The lambs will be given names popular in 1964 this year to celebrate the William Scott Abbott Trust’s 50th anniversary.

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Marketing and Communications Officer Megan Horner said: “We cannot wait for lambing to start in March. For us it symbolises the end of a very wet winter and we are hoping the sun will come out for us!

“Lambing is by far our most popular event of the year-especially with schools. We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone to Sacrewell to tell them all about the exciting plans we have in store this year.”

Lambing will run at Sacrewell from March 8th – April 27th so there is plenty of time to visit the new arrivals. The piglets are due later in March and our Hatchery will be booming with chicks.

On Mother’s Day (March 30th) Mums and Grandmothers can get into the Farm for free! So there’s no excuse not to visit some of our resident mothers with their new arrivals.

Visitors to the Farm will also be able to see the plans for the new play barn which is due to open at Easter. It will be filled with brand new farm themed play equipment for children aged from babies to teenagers!

The Farm is open daily from 9.30am – 5pm. For more information about events please visit www.sacrewell.org.uk or call 01780 782254

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Review – Mia Tui Bags

I was recently sent an Ella bag from Mia Tui to try out.

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About Mia Tui – Charlotte started Mia Tui in 2010 after searching for years to find the perfect bag.  Mia Tui bags are designed for all women and can be used for many occasions, whether you are a mother using it as a changing bag, a working woman or off on holiday. Charlotte first designed the Amelie as a travel bag, needing to fit everything she needed and allow her to find things quickly but also fit under the seat in front of her.

With a range of 9 different bags their is something to match every occasion.

From their website http://miatui.com/

The Ella is a shoulder hobo bag featuring contrast stitching and zip closure, perfect as a work bag, baby changing bag, or stylish medium sized handbag

As with all our bags, Ella is waterproof inside and out and comes in a range of colours.

You’ll find our unique interior with multiple pockets, zips, clips and extra bags, means you never have to dig for a missing key or lipstick again. And you’ll fit everything you need in one bag to stay looking stylish.

Ella is made in ultra soft faux-leather.

Included with the Ella:

    • 1 Clear internal bag with hand strap
    • 1 Matching Clutchbag with hand strap
    • 2 Water bottle holders
    • Key clip
    • Phone pocket
    • Pen holder
    • Hands free shoulder strap
    • Pink Interior

    Size

    W40cm, D16cm, H32cm

    Material

    Outer Ultra Soft Faux Leather

    Interior PU coated Nylon – Pink

As a WOHM (Work Out of Home Mum) this bag is ideal. I don’t have the nickname Mary Poppins for nothing, and lets not mention how many changing bags I have gone through in three years…..

The two inside pockets are roomy and deep, no chance of items falling out and also big enough to hold the two extra bags you get.  The clear PVC bag (airline compliant for carry on liquids) is ideal for holding toiletries for you or a spare change of clothes for your child. The matching clutch bag is great for keys, money and small essentials for you, or to give to your child to hold their toys and crayons in. I also love the holdall it comes packaged in, another bonus bag. This will come in handy for picnics or seaside visits.

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A typical work day bag

The water bottle holders are big enough to hold bottles and umbrellas. I especially like that there are two, one for your child’s drink and one for yours (it even fits a bottle of wine, no I have not tested that out yet)!

I personally haven’t used the phone pocket as I prefer to carry mine in my coat but have been using it for deodorant and lipsticks! The key clip is elasticated enough that I have even managed to use my keys to open the door without unclipping!

I have been using the detachable shoulder strap more as I like to have hands free and even with the mountain of items I carry for work or with Toddler I have found it comfortable and easy to use.

Mia Tui are also supporting the Lullaby Trust and donating 10% of their sales of the “Matilda Mae” bag to the charity

http://miatui.com/collections/matilda

I have used this bag non stop for the last few weeks and there still isn’t a mark on it. On a work day mine has my Kindle and Filofax in along with the usual make up bag, purse paraphernalia and still has room to spare. On a weekend day, even with bottles and clothes and the teddy I end up carrying it doesn’t feel “stuffed”.

I have my eye on a couple more bags (I mentioned the bag habit above didn’t I) and definitely think these are worth the investment.

*I was sent the Ella Bag in Chocolate for review however all opinions are my own and have not been influenced at all*

**Update – Mia Tui have kindly offered readers and members of Mumsnet Peterborough a 15% discount code – enter Mumsnet15 to take advantage**

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Treasure from Trash Exhibition

On Friday 31st January I was invited to a viewing of the new Treasure from Trash exhibition at Peterborough Museum.

The press release states:

Rethink the way you recycle at Peterborough Museum’s Treasure From Trash exhibition, which runs from 1 February to 27 April 2014. This captivating and accessible exhibition will intrigue anyone who has ever thrown anything away.

Treasure From Trash is an innovative new exhibition at Peterborough Museum which actively demonstrates and encourages reusing and up-cycling waste products, transforming them into useful artefacts and works of art.

You’ll be amazed at what can be made from rubbish – jewellery from old flip-flops, toy cars and animals from metal cans, and even a 3D chicken from plastic bags! This exhibition will appeal to families, be thought-provoking for school and college students and inspirational for makers, artists and designers.

Treasure from Trash has been curated by knowtrash – Ruth Thomson, children’s author and educator, and Neil Thomson, film editor and photographer. Their unique collection of nearly 4,000 upcycled artefacts has been sourced from makers and markets in more than 35 countries around the world. Treasure from Trash originated in partnership with the Eden Project in Cornwall and will be touring the UK in 2014 and beyond.

Back on our own doorstep, the exhibition also looks at the work of Peterborough’s waste management team and Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) to see what happens to our city’s waste and how we can recycle more. Plus, don’t miss the exhibition’s supporting series of creative workshops and events for adults and children.

Entry to this exhibition is FREE (except on special event days), so drop in at any time. For more information, call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864 663, email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com or visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com.

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Some of the pieces shown were truly remarkable, my particular favourite was the baseball cap made from Coca-Cola cans.  There was a short speech from the curators Ruth and Neil and then we were free to wander around.

From items such as waste bins made from cans to necklaces made of rolled up newspapers, pencil cases made from carrier bags to intricate children’s toys made of nuts and bolts, it really does change the way you look at your trash!

*I was invited to this event but all opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way*

Peppa Pig and George come to Queensgate in February half term.

Following the success of Peppa Pig turning on the Christmas lights in 2013, Peppa and George will be returning in the February half term.

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Queensgate shopping centre has got a treat in store for little shoppers this half term, as Peppa Pig and her brother George will be visiting the centre on Friday 21st February.

Britain’s favourite cheeky little piggies, Peppa and George, will be entertaining the crowds during narrated storytelling sessions held in Central Square, outside Primark.  Storytelling sessions will take place at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.

Further adding to the half term excitement, there are a host of events planned at the centre for all ages.  These include, for Mum and Dad, an introduction to Italian wines at Carluccio’s on Wednesday 19th February and for the kids a pretzel rolling competition at Auntie Anne’s on Saturday 22nd February.  To find out more about the events at Queensgate, visit the Queensgate website*.

Sam Eastwood, centre director at Queensgate, comments: “We wanted to give the families of Peterborough an exciting event for half term. Peppa Pig was a great success at our light switch on and we look forward to welcoming her back along with her brother George.

With many exciting events planned throughout the week, Queensgate has plenty of fun on offer to keep the whole family entertained.”

For information on news and events at Queensgate, please visit:www.queensgate-shopping.co.uk.

What can I do for free in Peterborough? – Ferry Meadows

What can I do for free in Peterborough? I hear you ask.  I’ve had a good think and here is the first of my top picks.

Ferry Meadows

Pictures from www.neneparktrust.org

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Where is it? Ferry Meadows is 3 miles west of Peterborough and just two miles east of the A1. On all major routes into the city, look for and follow the brown tourist attraction signs for NENE PARK or the country park symbol. Ferry Meadows is signed on Oundle Road (A605). For Sat Nav or web searches the post code for the Park is PE2 5UU or enter “Ham Lane”. This will direct you to the entrance to Ferry Meadows.

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What can I do? Lots of things. Fresh air, mud and great views. You can take a picnic or eat at the Cafe by the Visitors Centre. Three play areas. Toilets can be found by both car parks and the Visitors Centre.  The Watersports Centre is currently undergoing renovation and will reopen in Spring 2014. Water Zorbing (check for availability). Fishing. Ferry Meadows railway, a big hit with the kids. Discovery packs – can be borrowed from the Visitors Centre for a fully refundable deposit. Segway tours (call to book). Nene Park Golf. Pitch and Putt. Horse riding. Notcutts Garden Centre. Cycling. Geocaching.

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What will it cost me? Depending when you go, nothing or car parking fee. A fee of £4.50 per car per day applies on weekends and Bank Holidays. This is from March until the end of October. If you go after 4pm it’s free, so not a bad idea in the summer months as you can still get a good few hours in the evening sun. There is also a specified (bring your own) barbecue area next to one of the play parks, this is highly popular in the summer evenings.

Feature – BabyCalm

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BabyCalm is a new mother and baby class coming to Peterborough.  Starting in March and being held in the brand new Kiddicare Event Room they offer a four week postnatal Mother and Baby course.

What you will learn:

  • Baby Touch Therapy – our unique light baby massage routine.
  • How to aid bonding with your new baby
  • Learn ways to calm a crying baby
  • Tips to soothe baby colic
  • How to cope with your fussy baby
  • How to survive evening cluster feeds
  • How to help your baby to sleep a little more
  • Why babies are only happy in your arms and how to get your arms back!
  • What baby products are really worth having
  • Help you to feel more calm and confident as a new mother.
  • Provide an all important social activity for you and your baby

Offering a more relaxed way of parenting, they are most suited for newborns from birth to 20 weeks.

Founded in 2007 by Sarah Ockwell-Smith they now have a team of over 120 babycalmers in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the UAE and shortly the USA.

Emma Bliss runs the courses and was previously a biologist and a teacher. She will be offering BabyCalm™ workshops and courses to people living in Peterborough, March and surrounding towns, including Wisbech, Chatteris and Whittlesey, and any place in between.

To see details of Emma’s courses click here http://babycalm.co.uk/teacher/emma-bliss/classes.html