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A day out at Fairlop Fair 2017


On Saturday we headed to Fairlop Waters County Park for their annual fair. This was our first time going to the fair but not our first visit to the park as it is one of our favourites and is opposite my daughter Chloe’s nursery.

As you may be aware we love a local day out and the fair is one of our favourite days. The fair started at 11am and we got their around 11.30am and by then it was already busy. I was amazed at the variety of activities they had.


Chloe had seen the rides on her way home from nursery on Friday so was already looking forward to going on them and had been saying all morning she wanted to go on the cars. I think Chloe and her cousin Lizzie would have stayed on them all day if we had allowed. The rides were all ticket based which you purchased from the ticket booth. It was £10 for 10 tickets and the rides were two tickets each.  I don’t know what it is with little ones but they get so much enjoyment going round, and round and round.

One of the first things to catch my eye as we entered was the Greggs sign and we soon made a beeline for this. They had a gingerbread decorating stall and the children got two gingerbread men to decorate, one was to be entered in to the competition and one was to be enjoyed now. Chloe didn’t want her one which meant I got to enjoy it. And the best thing was it was all FREE.


And what is any day at the fair without face painting? Chloe will always pick a Tiger. No matter what the event or time of the year she wants to be a tiger. The lady who did the face painting was so talented and Chloe sat really still and took the whole face painting very seriously. Lizzie was a disco cat! Oh to be 8 years old and get away with having a rainbow face.

Soon it was lunch time and we headed to the food area to see what there was, and we were not disappointed with the large choice available from jerk chicken, pizza, burgers and a cake stand with the best name ever – Cakey McCakeface! Chloe wanted chips so I headed to the jerk chicken stall and Lizzie and her mum Lisa had pizza. The pizza looked really nice and was all cooked fresh. The great thing with days like this is that it can be as cheap or expensive as you want and I saw plenty of people sitting having a picnic taking in all the surroundings.

After we had eaten we took a walk around the rest of the fair to see what was on offer. They had a beach area with deck chairs but by the time we got to this area it was so busy we didn’t manage to have a play, but it looked fab. Earlier in the day there was a performance put on in this area that looked like fun.


Also going on throughout the day was music and entertainment by the local drama clubs and even a salsa dancing lesson.

We finished the day with an ice cream on the top of the hill looking over the fair and listening to the music. We all went home happy, tired and with a full belly. We are already looking forward to returning next year!

Guest Writer: Mummy Em

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Valentines Mansion inspires a new generation of origami stars!

Nothing says school holidays like a bit of arts and crafts! Children and their parents went along to the mansion to enjoy a morning of traditional Japanese art on Wednesday 19th of February.

As soon as our tutor, Alison, began her demonstration at the front of the class I heard a young girl shout excitedly, “I can see! That’s part of the head!” – I mean, that was pure talent right there, in the midst of all those baffling folds and creases, she could spot an emerging dog’s head.

It looked like the focus of the class was making animals, starting with man’s best friend. Using colourful paper, googly eyes and tons of imagination parents and children were getting stuck in and following the steps to create their animal. The whole class watched intently as Alison folded the corners down to make the dog’s floppy ears, then immediately followed her example and raced on, decorating their creations further with whiskers and funny noses.

Origami may look complex at first with all the paper aligning and symmetrical folding, but actually it’s quite relaxing once you get the hang of it, and definitely rewarding once you can see your design start coming to life. The class was full to the brim and buzzing with enthusiasm. The kids were eager to show Alison how they were getting on, ensuring that they were on the right track. After they had all cracked making a dog, there was no time to waste as a penguin was the next animal on the list. Even though Alison crafted her waddling friend out of an appropriate colour, grey, it didn’t stop the kids going for wacky colours like orange, red or yellow!

Once again, keeping careful track of all the folds and creases, the penguins began to take shape. Dotted around the room were many different origami animals, some kids made their creatures come alive as they began playing with them like miniature figures. Not ready to slow down, Alison proposed the next animal, a panda, which got a great reception “we have to do a panda!” then, just as everything was going so swimmingly, it was time for a fish.

The class were still burning with enthusiasm as the rustling of paper, entwined with the sounds of laughter and enjoyment. I meanwhile, fumbled with a bit of paper desperately trying to change my screwed up lump into what was supposed to be a panda…

Post Author: Raeesa Mukhtar

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Visit The Wildlife At Valentines Park!

Bring the kids down this half term to visit the wonderful array of wildlife at the beautiful Valentines Park in Ilford.

Address: Valentines Mansion & Gardens
Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XA,UK

Check out their website for a full list of activities taking place at the Mansion.

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Splosh! Children’s Theatre for Under 5’s


Pull up a bath mat and join Little Lost Duck, Syd the Sponge and the rest of the Bathtub Gang for the bubbliest birthday party anyone has ever thrown, ever!

It’s Mr Bath’s Birthday and you are invited to his Splishy, Splashy, Sploshy party. But first, his friends are treating him to a very special bath of his own to make him look spick and span as shiny as a rainbow fish!

Splosh! is so much more than entertaining fun for the family!

Splosh! supports the Early Years Curriculum in encouraging children’s language skills through play and empowering families to develop communication at home – found by the EY Curriculum to promote child development, social and academic achievement. It is recommended for children aged 2-5 years and their families. The show lasts 30 minutes and uses multi-sensory design, music and puppetry to help children and families explore communication play at bath time

All grown ups attending will receive a copy of the Little Book of Fun, a small booklet that includes 10 ideas for creative communication play at bath time.

Performance 30 minutes, plus 10 minutes playtime

Thursday 13 March

1.30pm & 5pm

Redbridge Drama Centre

South Woodford E18 2RB

Saturday 15 March

11am & 2pm

Churchill Room, Wanstead Library

Spratt Hall Road, WansteadE11 2RQ

£5 all tickets

Box Office 020 8708 8803

The Splosh! Webpages have now officially gone live!

Post Author: Sam Goodey

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Broadmead Recreation Ground – Volunteers needed!

The Rangers, in partnership with Trees for Cities, are planning to plant over 7,000 trees at Broadmead Recreation Ground – and we need your help!

Tree planting opportunities run from the 5th – 27th of February. Come and join the team and help with planting week- days between 11am – 3pm Monday – Thursday.

Learn some new skills, meet new people and help improve your local community!

If you are interested please sign up at:

There is also a grand Community Planting Event on Saturday 22nd February. There will be live music, art and craft activities for the children and refreshments to keep you going through the day.

Time: 11am – 3pm


Where? Broadmead Recreation Ground, Navestock Crescent, IG8 0AG

For more information contact: or

Go on take part! Help us keep Redbridge green 🙂

Post Author: Tess Pettinger

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Classy Cupcakes

The Do More team love cake. Here at our office in Ilford, one of our staff members frequently makes us delicious baked delights, all of which get devoured within minutes. The corridors of our building are always buzzing with an endless round of “mmmmm’s” and “yummmm’s”.  The best thing about cake is that you can have it for any occasion, for a birthday, a wedding, a christening, an anniversary, a graduation, a Tuesday…?

If you like you cake just as much as we do then bring your kids down to Valentines Mansion this Sunday (6th October) and decorate your own cupcake to take away! You’ll get the chance to have a hands on go at decorating in the Mansions amazing Victorian Kitchen. You can also dress up as a Victorian cook and learn all about how the kitchen worked.

This is a great family activity, full of fun and mess! Open to families, the event runs from 2 pm – 3.30 pm and costs £4 per child. Pre-booking is recommended.

Valentines Mansion, Cranbrook Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1

Enquiries: 020 8708 8100

 Here’s a little treat for you:

Check out the website ‘life’s a strawberry’ for some handy tips on baking the perfect cupcake every time.

Also a bit of advice from us…If you have never tried a red velvet cupcake with vanilla frosting…DO IT! Trust us, it’s seriously scrummy.

Post Author –  Emily Polling