Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Dreamland Adventure at The Blakehay Theatre, Weston

Today, Dreamland Adventure, a pantomime for 2 to 7 year olds, began its five-day residence at the Blakehay Theatre in Wadham Street, Weston-super-Mare.

The buzz could be felt all over the Theatre: the festive Brandon Trust-run café serving drinks and snacks, the Blakehay staff dressed in nightwear in honour of the show, while mums, dads, grandmothers and children got arty in the upstairs' studio.  The kids made some fabulous pictures to adorn the stage, using a wide range of materials and very little instruction – it’s amazing to see how imaginations go into full swing when we’re given reign to do nothing else but create!

After two hours of non-stop making, we headed to the auditorium for the 2pm showing of Dreamland Adventure, an interactive and well-thought out show by The Big Act, a Bristol-based theatre production and training company.  Elf Number 1 has to find his way back to the North Pole to get our presents ready or else Christmas will be cancelled and we, the boys and girls, have to help him, shouting, screaming, waving, clapping and singing our way through his myriad adventures.

Elf Number 1, gleefully played by Martin Williams, gets the whole audience going as they squeal with delight, joining him on his travels.  And on-stage he is accompanied by one of two Weston schoolgirls, Courtnei Danks and Nina Halper.  Today, Courtnei was our young actress, who played the part with gusto and professionalism, showing us her dance moves and acting abilities, an inspiration to all young spectators.

Holly Sands is fun in her role of jungle native, pirate, sea creature and Elf Number Two, an actress with a sweet, strong singing voice and a command of the stage, particularly in her pirate role, when she invites us all to be her crew.

The show is fast-paced and short enough to hold the attention of even the youngest theatre goer.  The set is simple but effective and the projected images convincing and easy to understand.  There is also snow and a visit from a very special person, as Elf Number 1 finally finds his way home!

Dreamland Adventure is showing until Saturday 24th December and Weston-super-Mum will be running free art workshops every day from 12 till 2pm.  The kids are welcome to take their pieces home or leave them on the stage for everyone to enjoy and add to.


Buy tickets for Dreamland Adventure here or at the Blakehay Theatre Box Office.

The Big Act's website

- by Becky

Monday, 19 December 2011

Bath Time at the Brewery Theatre

We were not really sure quite what to expect, coming to a seated theatre performance for under 5’s. On walking into the Brewery theatre, I immediately felt it was a perfect venue for this type of show, being small, intimate, and well lit so that it did not feel dark and threatening in the way other theatre venues might. As the lights began to dim to signal the beginning of the show and my 2 and a half year old daughter began to look perturbed and a little worried, I was pleased to see that the lights were dimmed just enough so that you could still see everything around you and that it was not completely dark, the first of many thoughtful touches.

The premise of the show is a familiar one to even the smallest audience members, and revolved around all the fun and silliness that can be had at bath time, with bubble beards, make believe, play, lots of singing, and a seemingly endless stream of rubber ducks! We were introduced to Robin and Matt, the only characters in ‘Bath Time’, and immediately they got on their audiences level with an underpants gag that had the kids squealing with laughter. You know how your 2 year old will often repeat things endlessly because they find it funny or fascinating? The writers and performers of ‘Bath Time’ clearly understood what makes little people tick, with just the right amount of repetition of jokes and themes to draw the smaller members of the audience in, but not too much that the adult members switched off. It was all perfectly silly, and pitched so well at the under 5’s. The older children were able to join in with the audience participation, while the younger ones could appreciate the very visual nature of the production. My girl was initially unsure of quite what was going on and clung somewhat tightly to me, but it didn’t take her long to warm up, and by the time the “magic cupboard” was spilling forth its contents, she was hooked and giggling along with the rest of the audience, adults included. The show lasted 45 minutes which again, was perfectly pitched, any less and you might have felt short changed, any more and my daughter would have got fidgety.

We had a ball at The Brewery Theatre, and loved the show. I found myself forgetting I was there because it was theatre aimed at my daughter, as I would have happily sat through it anyway, even if I hadn’t been accompanying a child! ‘Bath Time’ is a perfect introduction to theatre for the under 5’s. I urge you to catch it if you can, great value for a great little show.

Bath Time is on at The Brewery Theatre until the 8th of January 2012.

- Review by Karen

Friday, 16 December 2011

Aladdin at the Playhouse, Weston

On Wednesday night my 6 year old daughter and I were lucky enough to wrap up warm and join another Mummy and her 6 year old to walk through the Christmas lit streets to the 7pm showing of Aladdin at the Playhouse.

My 6 year old was very excited, in part because we saw Cinderella at the same venue last Christmas, and she was fondly recalling the silliness of the panto on our journey there. As the show started at 7pm meaning we didn't get home until 10.30pm, I would strongly recommend an earlier performance if you don't want tired and grumpy children the next day! Was it worth it though? Oh yes it was!

The show began with hissing and booing as Abanazar (John Challis) entered the stage. "We're only booing him because he's pretending aren't we Mummy? He's not really a bad man." The little wise one reassured, we were set up for the rest of the show. And how we very much enjoyed it! Aladdin (Craig Daniel Adams) in particular lit up the stage with his smile and energy. When he was dancing it really felt as if he - and the rest of the cast - were truly enjoying themselves, which helped us to do exactly the same.

Some of the singing was particularly enjoyable, especially the operatic wonders from the Emporer (Paul Arden-Griffith) What a voice! And such an unusual twist too. The litte ones enjoyed the versions of modern pop songs the cast belted out for us, and the cultured one in the group was impressed by the Gilbert and Sullivan number.

This was panto though - and the highlight for adults and children alike were the VERY silly moments! The policemen (brothers Keith and Ben Simmons who also directed the show) with their word play and disappearing box caused hilarity in the six year old reviewers. But my favourite, without a shadow of a doubt, was the perfectly camp Wishee Washee (Terry Gleed)... "SHOW US YOUR FISHY WISHY!" He did a fantastic job of really getting the audience involved and had my own silly smile spread right across my face as soon as he came back on stage.

The panto is a lovely festive treat, and a big thumbs up is deserved to everyone involved in the production. If you want to enjoy a few hours with your family this festive period and have a good old giggle, you could do a lot worse than this.

- by Holly

Aladdin is on at The Playhouse, Weston, till 8th January 2012

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Peter Pan at the Bristol Hippodrome

Panto is changing. At least it is at the Bristol Hippodrome and, as the writer of Peter Pan is a man who has adapted no fewer than eight pantomimes in the UK this year, then this most certainly has the promise of the Ghost of Christmas Shows Yet to Come. Eric Potts, who delighted us in the flesh as Fairy Bowbells in last year’s production of the excellent Dick Whittington, brings a fresh, less traditional approach to an old family favourite.

This production of Peter Pan is certainly not as clichéd as many that have gone before: no panto dame and less innuendo, while a lack of invitation to scream “Behind you” or “Oh, no you didn’t” doesn’t necessarily mean less audience participation: after all, by now, we all know what to do. But it is undoubtedly sleeker and less camp than its predecessors.

The stage at the Hippodrome is vibrant and the costumes are a riot of colour. Hats off to Terry Parsons and his team who have really gone to town on detail – the set is beautiful. The sound is booming, the voices clear and the jokes understood. In short, the production is polished. Panto often allows for mistakes, a lot of bumbling and confusion: none of that here.

Our Panto Dame might be lacking but her replacement is excellent in The Three Divas, three very feminine, gorgeous women of soulful, strong voice, belting out numbers that we all know, including a medley of Christmas songs to open the show. And the posse of pirates, fun and crucial members of the crew, offer that camp element that we have come to expect at this time of year.

Bristol’s big name this year is David Hasselhoff, a solid and entertaining Captain Hook (how tall is that man?), who becomes a quivering wreck at the mere mention of Baywatch. He’s not as menacing as other panto villains but how could he be with that bunch of playful pirates behind him?

Andy Ford is the main stay of any Bristol pantomime and he never, ever, disappoints. Smee’s rapport with the audience is a pleasure to witness – the perfect fool and, once again, the star of the show for the adults. It’s hard to imagine a December Hipp without him.

The kids, of course, love the eponymous hero, played by Robert Rees, and every little girl adores Wendy, the ‘mother’ of the piece in Janine Esther Cowell – both roles are competently played, in an understated way. Along with her two brothers, Michael and John, Wendy leaves her London home with Peter, flying out of the bedroom window with impressive lighting by Tim Mascall. Their passage to Neverland is magical and wonderfully executed, so special mention must be given here to Flight Director, Karl Magee, and to Freedom Flying because this is this scene that will lodge itself into all of our children’s minds.

The Lost Boys and the Indians fill the stage, a mix of accomplished actors and young stars of tomorrow. Like the rest of the cast, they are professional and well-choreographed.

Is this, then, the future of Pantomine? That remains to be seen

Peter Pan runs at the Bristol Hippodrome until 8th January 2012

Review by Becky

Monday, 12 December 2011

Newsletter - 12th December

Win a family ticket for 4 to Dreamland Adventure at The Blakehay Theatre, Wadham Street, Weston - a Christmas show for children aged 2 to 7. Choose the performance that best suits you!

Views, News and Discussions:
* Watch Weston-super-Mum on the Sofa, where 4 of our presenters interview members of the Aladdin cast, complete with scenes from the rehearsals at the Playhouse, Weston. Up on our home page.
* Buy special Weston-super-Mum £10 tickets to see Aladdin at the Playhouse this weekend
* Becky reviews Cinderella: A Fairytale at the Tobacco Factory Theatre
* Sasha, aged 11, and Phoenix, aged 9, review New Beginnings by Rebecca Emin
* Check out this week's events
* A list of places where you can find Santa in North Somerset in Mum's Diary
* Holly is looking for German classes in Weston
* New support group for multiple birth parents
* Splat Messy Play sessions in January 2012
* Victorian Christmas Fayre at Weston-super-Mare Museum on Saturday 17th December
* Congratulations to Michelle who has won tickets to see Bath Time, for 2-5 year olds, this Christmas at Tobacco Factory Theatre
* Help needed for our Crafty Corner during Christmas week, when we're building part of the set of Dreamland Adventure with the kids.
* Thanks to all the businesses who have donated prizes to the Weston-super-Mum Christmas Raffle
* New to Weston-super-Mum? We'd love to meet you ♥

Sunday, 11 December 2011

New Beginnings by Rebecca Emin

The book is amazing and descriptive. It should be sold for people over 11 because people over 11 will get it. The bit I liked most was when Sam finally settled into the school and made loads of new friends and when Sam was getting bullied, her friends stuck up for her. At the end of the book Sam and Molly became friends because Molly sent Sam a letter saying I'm sorry.

Also the book was amazing so if you want to read this book, go ahead because it is amazing!

- by Sasha, aged 11

I loved the book New Beginnings. When I read it, I feel like I'm Sam Hendry. The chapters always leave me on cliff hangers.

I would recommend this book to others.

- by Phoenix, aged 9

Order a copy of New Beginnings by Rebecca Emin here

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Cinderella: A Fairytale at Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

“I have chosen the Grimm version (of Cinderella) as our starting point because it is less syrupy and sentimental than the Perrault version … It feels more like a folk tale that has come from the oral tradition, earthy and simple. Neither does it shy away from the darker elements of the story which are intriguing.”

- Sally Cookson, Director of Travelling Light Theatre Company’s Cinderella: A Fairytale

This description of Cinderella at the Tobacco Factory Theatre is spot on. With the exception of the brash pink party dresses worn comically by three men and a woman at the ball, the costumes are mostly of neutral colour, while nature features heavily throughout the performance in the form of five birds, played by every member of the cast, who use skilful puppetry. “How did they change clothes so quickly?” asked my five year old. “I wish I could do that!”

And those darker elements are present from early on in the show, when I saddled up to my daughter, fearful that she might be a little frightened. Every now and then I put my arm around her for comfort, maybe my own, as she seemed hooked on every detail and not perturbed by the wickedness prevalent in Ella’s father’s widow.

“I think that, at the beginning, when Cinderella was a baby, her Daddy didn’t know that the Step Mother was so naughty. I liked it when the Step Mother went away,” she told me. Craig Edwards has an extraordinarily angular face, akin to a stereotypical witch, and he is convincingly menacing.

The Step Sister, played by Lucy Tuck, is a product of this wicked upbringing, jealous and self-seeking but maybe not beyond repair. Her brother (Saikat Ahamed), lets his softer nature slip, despite the overpowering presence of these two women. The step-sibling pairing is a winner: she is gawky and searching for maternal approval, he is elegant and comical, not at all happy to be used as a female proxy.

Cinderella (Lisa Kerr) and the Prince (Thomas Eccleshare) are made for each other. Her at-oneness with the ornithological creatures of the forest couldn’t fail to impress the bird-watching, geeky Prince. She impressed the audience too and the chatter with those birds of many species was greeted with laughter and wonderment. My little companion imitated the squaws and the twitter at every opportunity.

“My favourite bit was when Cinderella and the Prince danced.” Ah, a romantic at heart? The ball scenes are lit with skill (lighting by Matthew Graham) and the show would only be a story without the accompanying music, performed live by Will Bower. The Prince, not realising that he is in love, just can’t help bursting into song and we loved him for it.

We found ourselves positioned at the back at one of the four blocks of seats and, as the stage was bang in the middle of the theatre, we had a perfect view, everyone did.

Travelling Light’s take on Cinderella is a true treat. We had a ball!

Could I just ask our spirited, sweet heroine, “Where did you get those fabulous shoes?!”

Cinderella is playing at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, until 15th January.

For more information on Travelling Light Theatre Company, click here.

Review by Becky

Monday, 5 December 2011

Newsletter - 5th December

It was great to see Amy Trevaskus back at our Coffee and Bounce, reading the new Ping and Pong book: Santa - getting us all in the mood for Christmas. The children also made some beautiful Christmas cards and tree decorations (thanks to Felicity for working so hard on these - gorgeous). So good to meet some new parents-to-be aswell! And thank you so much to the generosity of some of you who brought in baby toiletry items for Weston-super-Share, helping local families in need ♥

In conjunction with the Playhouse, Weston, Weston-super-Mum brings you a special discounted ticket price for performances of Aladdin on 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th December.

And watch out for the new Weston-super-Mum on the Sofa, where Ashlene, Amy, Kelly and Becky chat to four members of the Aladdin cast! Coming soon to our homepage

News, Views and Discussions:

* Win a family ticket to see Dreamland Adventure at The Blakehay Theatre, Weston

* See what's going on out and about on our Events Board

* The producer of The Restaurant Inspector on Channel 5 is looking for parents in Weston with young children (up to age 5/6) to be part of a focus group discussing what makes a restaurant family-friendly.

* Read Emelia's review (aged 6) of Ping and Pong Santa. Thanks Emelia x

* Almost 4m children in Britain do not own a book

Add your discussions and events anytime, engage other local parents!

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Ping and Pong - Santa

Ping and Pong, through the eyes of a 6 year old:

I like the bit where Ping said, "What if we can't get back up to the clock if we are stuck down here forever?" I thought it was funny!

There's another favourite bit of mine which I really thought was funny and that bit was where they waited and waited and waited for Santa and Ping just fell asleep straight away when they sat down!

I think this story is good for people who are learning to read and a good book to listen to and good to follow along and look at the pictures.

Thank you for giving me the book to read, it was excellent

Written and Dictated by Emelia Parker-Evans, Aged 6 x

Visit the Ping and Pong Website here

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

North Somerset Women's Show REVIEW


Myself and Ashlene went to the North Somerset Women's Show last Sunday (20/11/11) over at Cadbury House, it was great! Lots of different exhibitors...Jewellery, hats, handbags, food, spiritualists, photographers, make-up artists...you name it, they had it! A great day for us mum's to get pampered! There was also different demonstrations going on throughout the day. Claire from "Just Brilliant – Supercharge your life!" talked about phobias…and managed to cure one lady that was scared of spiders, it was amazing!

We then saw Julia Croft, she’s a hypnotist, so I decided to be hypnotised…it was fantastic, it was so weird, she spoke very calmly and ask me to relax my body starting my head downwards, you could actually feel each body part relaxing, and Julia’s voice just sounded like mumble, but sub-consciously I knew what she was saying…then once I was fully relaxed, she started to wake me up, this time working upwards, it was so amazing, totally stress-free, I felt like a new person afterwards.

The next demonstration was by Kelly from the “Wine Tasting Company” based in Churchill, we got to try 3 different types of Wine, the white wine was nice, didn’t like the red wine, but then we got to try “chocolate wine”, it was absolutely delicious! I never realised there was so much to learn about wine!

We spoke to lots of exhibitors…the first one was “All Wrapped Up”, they sold beautiful little gift boxes personalised with messages. Then we spoke to two lovely ladies from “Slimming World”…Sharon Townsend and Christine Thorpe, they showed us pictures of themselves before Slimming World…such a transformation from then til now, they looked fantastic! Then we met Georgina from “Picture Framers”, she was the first person to recognise us from the “sofa”, we felt like celebrities! We then saw Diane from “Rose & Amber” in Meadow St, W-s-M, some beautiful jewellery, and very reasonably priced, we also got a free charm bead. Then spoke to Leslie from “Avocado”, she had a lovely selection of different foods, we had a sample of her “chutney” it was beautiful, she has done really well as she only started her business September/October time.

All in all it was a great day, and if there’s another show next year, I really recommend going!

- by Kelly Moss – Presenter @ Weston-super-Mum on the Sofa


On Sunday 20th November 2011 Kelly and I attended the show on behalf of Weston-super-Mum. We were kindly invited by Caroline as we interviewed her on the sofa the week before.

The show catered for many women of all ages, as the show included Fashion makeup, Jewellery and many other wonders of the world... For example we meet a lovely lady at Salt Yourself Out who gave us samples of salts, and peppers from the ancient worlds, from Peru, India and even black Hawaiian lava sea salt, which comes from a small Volcano.

We tasted many samples and the experience was amazing the taste buds in your mouth exploded.

There was also a familiar face to Weston at the show the lady from Rose and Amber where Diane knows what she is talking it comes to fashion.

Many of demonstrations were put on in the upper level and we did attend a few. For Example we adored the Wine tasting demo where I really have learnt a lot about wines that I never knew. And for the first time I actually tasted my first red wine which in fact didn’t taste at all bad.

While at the event Kelly and I were recognised from Weston-super-Mum show which was shown to the stall holders and it was an amazing feeling. The first person whom Recognised us was a lady from Picture framers Georgina .

As we arrived to the show we were greeted by Caroline who really made us welcome.

Another of the demonstrations was for NLP ... Supercharge your life. Basically N=Thought emotion L=Communicate body language. P=Habitual way of phobia and Behaviour. This NPL was developed in the 80s and to be honest I really think that this works. This demo put on by Justbebrilliant.

The overall experience of the day was Fantastic and I know that Kelly and Myself really enjoyed it and to be recognised as Celebs was just the best.

So Ladies Go Enjoy when the next show comes to town… Well Worth it....

by Ashlene Bishop - Presenter @ Weston-super-Mum on the Sofa

Now watch that interview with Caroline Sparks

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Newsletter - 29th November 2011

This Saturday, 3rd December, is our Christmas Coffee & Bounce at Vintage Community Church (the old Purple Sheep). Author Amy Trevaskus will be reading from the new Ping and Pong book, Santa! We will be making Christmas decorations and cards with the children and, don't forget, this is our last Weston-super-Share collection of the year so please bring your food and toiletry items to help support other local families. See you there, 10-2

Win a family ticket for 4 to see Bath Time at Tobacco Factory Theatre!

News, views and discussions:

* See a list of events going on around the town! Tell us about yours

* Abbi urgently needs a Childminder!

* What are your views on the Teachers' Strike?

* Gina and her mum are looking for somewhere to volunteer on Christmas day

* Review of Gail Richardson's new ecological, educational book for children, I am Going to Save the World

* Photo of the WsMum Children in Need Pajama Party in Weston Mercury! (18/32)

* Children's Theatre comes to the Blakehay, Weston! And Weston-super-Mum are joining in with the creative fun.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

I am Going to Save the World – Written and Illustrated by Gail Richardson

My daughter and I sat together and read this on the computer as an ebook. She wanted to take sole control of the mouse, so I read aloud while she listened and did the all-important page turning.

I am Going to Save the World is written in clear, accessible language for children, whether it’s read to younger ones by parents or read by older ones themselves. The illustrations are sweet and tell us everything we need to know, complementing the writing perfectly.

I quizzed my five year old on some of the ecological issues as they arose and was so impressed to find out that yes, she did know about composting, recycling and leaving only footprints! We finished the book, she asked a couple of questions and then we read it again. This time, before I read the words I thought I’d see what she remembered of the story. She’d been paying attention and the message had sunk in quickly: wear a jumper if you’re cold instead of turning on the heating; take bags with you to the supermarket to save plastic and when you leave the room, turn off the lights.

This book is fully engaging and not only did we both enjoy reading it but, afterwards, she sat at the computer with her pencils and paper to copy some of the illustrations and words.

She reckons her cousin, Joel, would like I am Going to Save the World for Christmas and she’s put in an order with me for a hard copy to call her own, which she’ll be probably reading to herself by then. It’s a done deal because Gail Richardson’s work is already saving me money in energy bills!

By Becky

Order a copy of I am Going to Save the World here.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Newsletter - 21st November

Apes and Debbie organised a very successful Children in Need night at Vintage Community Church (the old Purple Sheep) and raised £116.37. Great to see so many families there, thanks all for coming and for your generosity. Here are the winners of the colouring competition - brilliant photo, taken by Apes!

News, Views and Discussions:

* Have a look at what's going on this week on our Events Wall, including Yoga Bugs (for Kids), Baby Sensory, Splat Messy Play, Pre- and Post Natal Exercise, a charity fundraising Medieval Ball and a free concert for kids at the Colston Hall

* Do you have any questions on how to keep your children safe? The No-Secrets Team is at Barcode every Thursday 10-12, as part of the WsMum Cafe with Toys drop-in. All welcome, it's free and the Brandon Trust serve coffee and cake :-)

* New at Barcode - Just for Dads Drop-in, organised by Weston Central Children's Centre. This Saturday, 26th November, 10-12.

* Denise has more baby clothes/items than she knows what to do with. Does anyone know of a local charity/refuge she can pass them to?

* Debbie tells us the Splat Messy Play this week is Winter Wonderland :-)

* New Competition!! Win a family ticket for 4 to see Bath Time at Brewery Theatre, Bristol, this December.

* We're sourcing raffle prizes for our Christmas Coffee & Bounce, if any local parents and businesses could donate a little something. Thanks x

* If you'd ever like to post anonymously, here's how: http://www.westonsupermum.com/forum/topics/anonymous-posts

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Slightly Fat Features - Variety in the Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

We got to the Tobacco Factory Theatre early to bagsy prime seats in the centre front row of the auditorium. And then, I couldn’t help but wonder whether this was an ill-advised move at a comedy variety show.

They were kind. Although, as we left the theatre, the Slightly Fat Feature’s drummer, Matt, did comment that my 5-year old looked a bit less scared now it was all over. She wasn’t scared but I did get my fair share of cuddles of unsurety throughout the performance, especially when said percussion man had offered her one of his knocked out Tic-Tac teeth (we’d just eaten a whole box between us, coincidentally).

As is her way, she sat opened mouthed through much of the utter silliness before her. I giggled throughout the majority of the evening. The show reminded me of being in a festival circus tent, such as Watchet has to offer: nothing too rude, definitely OK for young children, in all its pantoesque innuendo.

Initially, I cringed mirthfully when two of the performers put a row of toy dogs in a line to smash them with a hammer to play out “How much is that doggie in the window.” She got it. I got it. We were there.

50 magical tricks in 5 minutes, all completely awful and fun – congratulations. Evel Kenil on his unicycle jumping 4 double decker buses, so slapstick. A duel for the love of Anna, a female member of the audience, entertaining and a little jumpy up there at the front. Escapology, what a build-up. A Vegas Elvis harping on about healthy eating, spear that pepper! Miniature Cowboy, please sit on my lap next time.

Guest performer, Les Bubb, was excellent. Mime and comedy done well. “Balloons aren’t really that heavy, are they, Mummy. Is he pretending?” No flies on my daughter.

On our way back to the car, she gave thought to how a man could really be sawn in two. “Maybe there were two men. One on was on his knees and another one in the other box?” she said sleepily. You’d have to stay up all night to catch these kids out. Wayne Marvell, you were her absolute favourite, something about the eyes ...?

Slightly Fat Features in the Factory runs at the Tobacco Factory Theatre until Saturday 29th October. And yes, it’s very much recommended if you like a laugh, whatever your age.

Review by Becky

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Newsletter - 23rd October

It's finally here! Monday 24th October sees the opening of Our Children's Art Exhibition at Weston-super-Mare Museum. Come along from 1 to 4pm to enter the Waterstones Donkey Poetry Competition and be in with a chance to win a £30 gift voucher at their Weston store.

Thanks so much to Karen Blake, who has mounted and hung a selection of the paintings done by the kids at Boomfest and Weston Community Show held in the summer - beautifully presented.

Also, Crystal D'esprit has taken a lot of care to display the rock art and wooden sculptures made by the children at this month's Wonder of Sculpture event at Worlebury Glade. Keep your eye on MUSE for more brilliant work that Crystal will be doing soon.

Thanks too to Keith Ramsey at Minedeep Photography, who has taken some lovely photos of our children at work!

And a special mention to all of our sponsors who have made this exhibition possible: Mums Diary, Coochy Coo, Connies, printing.com, Click Tat Photography, Weston-super-Grandad John Condron, Loves Cafe, Bootcamp Somerset and Coco Brown's Cafe! We love you all ♥

If you can't get to the Museum on Monday, don't worry, the exhibition runs until Tuesday November 1st. FREE entry to the the Courtyard and Gallery.

Also this half term, print off your special Weston-super-Mum 20 % off voucher for Connies in Waterloo Street, redeemable on Thursday 27th October on all things to make and in the cafe!


* Win a family ticket for 4 at the Tobacco Factory Theatre's Family Variety Show on Tuesday 25th October, 7:30pm

* Win a ticket for 2 to The Baby Show at Earl's Court, 28th-30th October


* Friday 28th October, 4-6pm: Free Spooky Party at the Play Area of Weston Woods, run by Action Pussycat

* Monday, 31st October, 6-8pm: Halloween Party in Grove Park. Free

* See our forum for more Halloween Events, posted by our members

For lots more events happening this week, please see our Events Wall

News, Views and Discussions:

* Catch the Early Bird ticket to Dreamland Adventure at the Blakehay Theatre this Christmas. Only £6 when you buy before November.

* See My Fair Baby's special Sofa Show on our home page.

* The Children's Centres are looking for volunteers

* Kelly is looking for classes in Weston for 1-2 year olds

* Karen B has collated your responses about Theatre in Weston and posted your thoughts to The Friends of the Playhouse, Weston

A big thank you to all who came to the successful Back to the Meadows street party on Saturday. The place took on a whole new vibe and we got to meet lots of the traders, whilst having some good, old-fashioned fun!

Monday, 17 October 2011

Newsletter - 17th October

Weston-super-Mum Events:

* Thursday, 20th October, 10-12: Cafe with Toys at Barcode. Come and enjoy a hot drink and cake, while your little ones play in a safe and comfortable environment. Free (drinks 50p). All families welcome. Cafe run by Brandon Trust, with thanks ♥

* Monday, 24th October - Tuesday 1st November: Our Children's Art at Weston-super-Mare Museum. Paintings and sculptures made by the kids at various Weston-super-Mum events this year. We're hoping to have a gallery opening on Sunday 23rd. Please check the event for updates on this! So excited about this exhibition!!!

* Wednesday, 27th Oct, all day: 20% off at Connie's for all members - don't forget to print off the voucher here

For all other upcoming events, please check our Events Wall!

Views, news and Discussions:

* Do you know of anything going on in our area for Halloween and Guy Fawkes' night? Please tell us!

* Nikki is looking for toddler dance classes in Weston

* Find out all about the Dreamland Adventure pantomime at the Blakehay Theatre

* Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween - advice from Liz Hughes, Inspector with Avon and Somerset Police

* Weston-super-Share: Thank you from Weston Foodbank

* Find out more about Back to the Meadows this Saturday. Becky interviews Mary and Holly.

Win a ticket for two to The Baby Show at Earl's Court this weeks (pick the day you prefer!)

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Back to the Meadow, come and play ...

Can you remember a time before the X Box, when children skipped and played in the street? Well just for one day, Saturday the 22nd of October, Meadow Street (from Alfred Street to Orchard Street) will become a playground, so come along and join in the fun!

Bring your family and enjoy the day that time forgot. From 11-4pm you are invited to join Central Children’s Centre and local businesses and traders to come and play on Meadow Street.

Come in fancy dress to claim your free party bag:

Weston-super-Mum is running hula hoop competitions and Sustainable Weston are planting trees (in pots to take home) There will be face painting and henna tattoos, story time from Weston libraries, baby massage in the children’s Centre, a Lego workshop, badge making from Warm Families

There will be prizes and balloons and bunting and so much more.

Atlantic Fish Bar are providing fun activities for the children and a special menu including fishy shaped chips. RM Signs & Textiles will be holding a raffle, first prize a hoodie, second prize a t-shirt and 10 runners up prizes of baseball caps! ‘Chance 2 Dance’ will also be joining in the fun with Street Dance Performances’. There are also activities in Weston-super-Mare Museum on Burlington Street, which is just around the corner and in case of very bad weather some of the activities will be moved in to the Museum. Whatever the weather there will be fun and activities in the street, so if it’s raining come along, wear your willies’ and have fun. Can’t wait to see you there.

To find out more about what is on and how you can join in call Mary Morgan from the Neighbourhoods Team on 426998

Tuesday, 4 October 2011


On Saturday 8th October, 11am-3pm, Weston-super-Mum and MUSE, which inspires children to learn through music, art and drama, will join forces at Worlebury Glade on Worlebury Hill Road (Weston Woods).

Made possible through the sponsorship of Proper Job, families are invited to use their imagination to craft sculpture from Weston Woods' natural resources.

Some of the pieces made will form part of Weston-super-Mum's Our Children's Art exhibition, which takes place over the October half-term holidays at Weston-super-Mare Museum. This exhibition is a collection of art created by children at Weston-super-Mum and MUSE events at places around Weston, such as Anchor Head, Boomfest, Weston Community Show and Weston Woods and will include paintings, drawings, photos and sculpture.

Weston-super-Mum is asking for sponsorship from local businesses to facilitate the mounting and framing of individual works of art. Printing.com, Click Tat Photography and Bootcamp Somerset are some of the businesses who have already sponsored a painting. Businesses and individuals interested in helping to fund this project should log onto www.westonsupermum.com to find out more.

Friday, 9 September 2011

No Secrets - Keeping Our Children Safe


Starting 15th September and running every term-time Thursday, No Secrets aims to provide an environment that will enable parents to meet together in a relaxed setting where they will be able to access a range of information, facts and resources that will enable them to raise their own awareness and strategies to review how to keep their children safe.

Led by Christine Western, Family Support Worker with a BEd (Hons) in Primary Education, No Secrets will cover a range of topics: internet safety, bullying, road safety, sexual and physical abuse, drug and alcohol awareness, peer pressure and more.

Where resources are not available on any of the topics we would hope to get parents enthusiastically working together to come up with ideas to design resources that can be made available to parents to help them keep their children safe, and so being more proactive. This would be in the form of workshops with support from the team.

Join other parents for coffee and a chat in the first instance and help shape this brand new course - your input is so valuable

No Secrets is supported by