Author: Louise Wheeler

Kid-Friendly: Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea in Essex

Stuck for Mother’s Day inspiration? An afternoon tea is a great way to spoil your mum (yourself!) and celebrate all the wonderful things mums do for us throughout the year. For scrumptious delights in Essex this Mothering Sunday, here are some great kid-friendly venues and offerings. Child-friendly Mother’s Day Afternoon Teas in Essex Museum of Power Langford Road, Langford, nr Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA Sunday 11th March 2018, sittings at 2.00pm and 3.30pm. www.museumofpower.org.uk The museum will be dishing up a delightfully traditional afternoon tea – a combination of finger sandwiches, savoury pastries, scones with clotted cream and jam,...

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How to plan a child-friendly holiday in the UK

Written by Jennifer Dawson. Photos by Jelleke Vanooteghem. If you need a breather from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine, then consider planning a family holiday this year. For your destination, look no further than the UK as there are lots of places and attractions to go to that your entire family will enjoy. If you have a baby or a young child, the thought of travelling with your little one may seem like a challenge, but with some careful planning, it can be done. In fact, a survey reveals that young families with at least one child under...

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Essex to enforce these new rules on term time holidays

As the first spring flowers start to appear, our thoughts turn to warmer days and family holidays in the sun. But if you’ve got a school as child, you’ll know that disappearing off for a week of fun isn’t as easy, or as cheap, as it used to be. If you’re planning a trip away this year, organising your travel arrangements around the school holidays is essential – unless you want to come home to a possible £60 fine per parent per child from your local education authority. With tougher rules for Essex parents now coming into force, it’s...

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Heart-stopping moment children run out in front of 7.5t lorry

Three children went through a near-death experience last week after dash cam footage caught them running out in front of a 7.5 tonne lorry. The incident, which was filmed by the driver, took place on the B1150 in North Walsham, Norfolk. As the schoolchildren stepped onto the road, their mum was recorded running out in a bid to stop them – with the whole family leaping back just in time. She is then seen holding her hands up in apology to driver Brian Knights. http://essexbaby.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Children-run-into-the-road-in-front-of-truck.mp4   Posting the footage online, Mr Knights said: ‘Kids ran out in front of my...

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Mum uses lipstick to vent anger at van driver who blocked the pavement

Any parent who uses a pushchair knows the frustration of a blocked footpath, but one angry mum couldn’t resist letting a van driver know they had cut off her route – by scribbling a lipstick note on their window. The message “please leave free for pushchairs” was scrawled in pink lipstick on the carelessly parked van in Littleborough, Rochdale. Mum Lucy Greenwood noticed the anonymous message as she walked past the vehicle. She stopped to take a photo and then shared it in a Facebook group with the caption “Someone got a bit lipstick-y this morning”. The 28-year-old commented:...

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