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Gloworm Festival 2018 moves to Thoresby Park

The extremely popular family festival has moved to the beautiful Thoresby Park in Nottinghamshire.

Gloworm Festival is in its third year and has already out grown the previous site which was at Clumber Park.  The new site boasts new camping areas to cope with the demand for camping, which also includes Glamping Pods and even VIP Glamping.

This year’s festival looks to be the biggest yet as tickets went on sale Friday the 19th of August with a reported 50% increase in weekend and camping tickets already.

Gloworm Festival is a family festival that caters for children from the ages of 0-13 years, the festival encourages families to play and have fun in a safe environment. The festival is focused around creative experiences as well as music, entertainment, workshops and theatre production.

Organisers are happy to announce the likes of ‘Peppa Pig’ and ‘PJ Masks’ will be performing on the main stage this year along with performances from ‘Little Mix’ and ‘Daft Punk’ tribute acts to name just a few from the weekend.  There will be some very exciting announcements to follow.

The 40-acre site has a various areas and zones like the; ‘The Great Outdoors’ which has a miniature version of the popular ‘White Post Farm’ and climbing activities by ‘Clip and Climb’ Nottingham, there is also ‘The Bazaar’ which is home to a ‘Circus arena’, ‘The Trapeze Show’ a Victorian fairground and not forgetting the family favourite ‘The Beach’.     

This year’s event is sponsored by the toy giant ‘Playmobil Uk’ who will be running experiential workshops and meet and greets with a range of their characters.

The event has proved popular with the families as once you have bought your entry ticket all the entertainment is included so there are no hidden extras.

To find out more about Gloworm Festival visit

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Gloworm Festival announce Playmobil UK as Headline Sponsor for 2018
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Gloworm Festival announce Playmobil UK as Headline Sponsor for 2018
The very popular family Festival has teamed up with toy giant Playmobil for this year’s festival. 
Gloworm Festival is in its 3rd year and the team behind the event are extremely excited to have the iconic brand involved with next year’s event as Headline sponsor and can’t wait to announce some of the exciting plans they have for 2018.

Gary Allen, Project Director for the Gloworm Festival  “We are looking forward to working with the team at Playmobil again at the festival, they were very popular last year with the families and we are planning some exciting experiential activities again at this year’s event.”

Both Playmobil and Gloworm will be running lots of competitions on Social Media to celebrate the partnership so make sure you follow them on social media along with the Gloworm Festival for a chance to win a host of wonderful prizes.
Adam Moore, Social Media and Marketing Coordinator at Playmobil UK said “Playmobil are excited to be returning to Gloworm festival in 2018 as head sponsor. The festival that encourages families to play and have fun in a safe environment and is focused around creative experiences as well as music, entertainment, workshops, theatre production and is a great experience for children and adults alike. We cannot wait to return to showcase the world of Playmobil that lets little one’s experience”
The Gloworm festival is the one true family festival. 
Tickets go on sale in January 2018 – For more information please visit the website          

Gloworm Festival team visit QMC Children’s Wards

Children at the Queens Medical Centre, wards E39 and E40, were entertained and treated to an afternoon of fun and goodies by the organisers of the children’s Festival Gloworm.

The team, which consisted of a Gloworm organisers Gary Allen and Rebecca McGlone, also included a Minion, a face painter and a host of toys, games and more courtesy of this year’s Gloworm Festival sponsors.

Gloworm Director, Gary Allen said “We would like to thank Playmobil, Babease, Toymaster, Yazoo, Drayton Manor theme park and Walking Pet Ballons for their very generous gifts, it really made the afternoon.

“We’d would like to say a big thank you to Pirates Playcentre for supplying us with the character and face painter.”

Gloworm Festival gave out sets of family tickets to the patient’s and their families, the team wanted to offer children and their families a chance to be part of this year’s festival which is held in August at Clumber park.

The popular event is the one true family festival designed for children and families to enjoy play, workshops, theatre and music.

Find out more about Gloworm by visiting

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Swap your pram and push chair for the day and try one of these fabulous organic carriers by HanaBaby

Would you like to the chance to swap your pushchair for the day?

We are looking for mums and dads who want to try out this new product which will give you the freedom to boogie, walk and play with your infant.

One of the Gloworm team will be in the Tiny Tots area to let parents use this wonderful product for the day, you can leave your pushchair or a small deposit with a few contact details. That’s it.

There are only 50 available!

Have a read about the product below and simply inbox us on Facebook to know you could be interested in borrowing a carrier.

You can also contact the supplier directly and they will be happy to answer any questions

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Spark Sensory to attend Gloworm 2017

Spark Sensory is a brand new, exciting and innovative approach to immersive, sensory based learning and they will be attending this years Gloworm Festival at Clumber Park in August (19th-20th).

We deliver Baby Sensory, Sensory Stories and bespoke packages for schools, based in and around our beautiful and unique inflatable sensory dome. 

The dome allows us to create a completely nurturing and cocoon like environment and provide experiences that appeal to the full range of senses.

We are passionate about working alongside parents and their children to foster positive relationships and memorable experiences as well as supporting children and families with additional needs.

Spark Sensory; a sensory adventure where babies and children explore through positive, exciting and nurturing activities that stimulate and awaken their senses

website is

Facebook - SparkSensory1

Instagram - @Sparksensory

Twitter - @Spark_Sensory

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The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts come to Gloworm!

Learn to act, dance and sing in our action-packed classes! Have a go at stage combat, clowning and SFX make up! Perform in your favourite musical and even write, direct and star in your own movie for the big screen!

The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts provides 4-18 year olds with outstanding training in all areas of the performing arts. Our specialist modules - Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television teach a comprehensive range of skills, which are useful for everyday life, not just a career in the performing arts, whilst masterclasses allow students to experience more specialist lessons in areas like stage combat, street dance and magic.

PQA believe in rewarding and inspiring their students, so along with regular reports to monitor their progress, all students are offered group exams through Trinity College London - at no additional charge to parents.

As well as many in-house productions and showcases there are two stand-out highlights for all PQA students. The first is the chance to see their short film projects on the big screen of their local cinema, where they get to walk down the red-carpet just like the Hollywood stars. The second is the chance to take part in one of the annual PQA shows in the West End!

To book a free taster session at your nearest Academy visit or call 0800 531 6282.

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Toymaster to bring on site Toy Store to Gloworm!

One of the biggest toy stores will be attending this year’s festival.

“Toymaster in the East Midlands is delighted to be a part of Gloworm this year and will be bringing the toy shop experience to Clumber Park with brands like Playmobil, LEGO, Magformers and much more! There will be lots to see and do on our stall so pop along and say hello – and don’t forget to get a selfie with our mascot Toby Toymaster!”

Here is a full list of the toys you'll be able to get from Toymaster at Gloworm (subject to change):

  • Playmobil
  • LEGO
  • Britains Farm
  • Magformers (with demo)
  • Brio (with demo train set table)
  • Sylvanian Familes
  • Pokemon (trading cards)
  • Pocket Money toys
  • Thomas The Tank (3-for-2 on trains!)
  • Ty Plush Toys
  • Top Model Activity Books
  • Dolls

We are really excited to be working with Toymaster and our Glowormers will be sure to enjoy the fun things they have planned at the stand, you can find them in our Village Green zone near the play village.

There will be a huge host of activities in this area from Baking classes to entertaining workshops provided by Pizza Express and the zone Sponsor Babease .

To find out about the festival tickets and camping availability


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Camping at this years Gloworm Festival

Are you planning on camping at this years Gloworm Festival, but haven't got your tickets yet? Well keep reading and you can see the perks that camping will give to you...

- You can enjoy ALL of Gloworm After Dark

- We have Picks Organic on site from 7am - 10am, so you campers don't miss the most important meal of the day.

- Picks Organic will be joined by Split Screen Coffee, so you can grab yourself a morning coffee to set you up for a full day of fun!

- Our award nominated toilets will be back on site as well as even more showers for this year too, meaning you can stay fresh over the weekend!

- You will have access to the main site up until 10pm at night, meaning food will be available to buy.

- There will also be a shop on site selling non-perishables for you to purchase. There will be running water taps too, that will be sign posted on the day!

If you want to book your camping tickets, make sure you visit - be quick though, as they are selling fast!


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Tumble Tots Come to Gloworm!

About Tumble Tots

Tumble Tots prides itself on being the UK’s first structured physical play program for children from 6 months to 7 year olds. Tumble Tots allows children the opportunity to participate in an active physical play program using specially designed colourful equipment.

Tumble Tots strives to provide children with essential skills for life whilst contributing to their recommended 3 hours of physical activity that is needed every day!

Each 45 minute Tumble Tots sessions has been carefully designed and structured to enhance a child’s physical development skills alongside their social and cognitive development.

During the most formative years taking part in a physical play program is critical in helping a child to develop a positive attitude towards physical activity. It is also widely believed that taking part in an activity, such as Tumble Tots, a child’s brain development can be improved by enhancing the ongoing development of both fine and gross motor skills.

There are five different Tumble Tots classes, which are all structured to reflect the emotional behaviour, physical change and ability according to the age of the child.

Above all else we aim to give children the playful start for future success and to more importantly build skills for life!!

Tumble Tots & Gloworm Festival 2017

Tumble Tots are super excited to be attending Gloworm 2017 and to provide children under 5 years old with an opportunity to experience our bright, colourful and challenging equipment. We will be running sessions throughout the day for you your little one to come and enjoy, as well as giving out Tumble Tots Goody Bags to all that attend sessions!!

We are also excited to announce on Saturday 19th August, we will be joined by PJ Masks, the characters who by day go to school but by night turn into super heroes!!!! Join us at the Big Top Tent to join in with some of our favourite Tumble Tots Action Songs and then follow us over to the Meet and Greet area to have your picture taken with Owlette, Gekko and Catboy!!!

*Shows and Meet & Greet subject to time and availability.

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The ‘Boarding Bus’ heads to Gloworm

Think of the term ‘Boarding School’ and you probably think of pokey hallways and rows of beds.

Well think again!

If you’re a boarder today, you’re probably far more likely to experience light airy spaces, with all the comforts of modern living and the latest technology.

And at Gloworm, you’ll get the chance to find out. The ‘Boarding Bus’ is kitted out as a typical boarding house room, with built-in bed, desk and refrigerator, shelf and storage space and a slick flat-screen TV.

“Boarding in 2017 is a very different experience, to that of 30 years ago” says Leila Gold, Marketing Director at Worksop College and Ranby House, one of the festival’s main sponsors.

“Parents want flexibility and for many families, boarding just a couple of nights a week means cutting down on the school run or accommodating evening plans. Plus, for the boarders, it means a sleepover with their friends!

Our most recent boarding facility, Mason House has been nominated for a number of architectural awards and is more reminiscent of exclusive student accommodation than what many people might perceive a boarding house to be like.”

“We hope lots of festival-goers will take the opportunity to come and take a look round the Boarding Bus and have a chat to our team about the different options available at our school.”

Worksop College and Ranby House School is one of the County’s leading independent schools – educating boys and girls aged 3 to 18 and set in 400 acres of beautiful North Notts countryside.

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Splat Messy Play are coming to Gloworm

Splat Messy Play is excited about bring the creative Mess to this year’s Glow-worm festival.

Since 2009 Toddlers and Babies have been attending our Classes, Parties and Events all over the UK!

Splat Messy Play allows children to build, imagine, experience, investigate, explore, and create... and the best thing is... it's soooo much fun!

We do not focus on producing an end product but instead allow children the freedom required for sensory play & development using various wet and dry mediums. Splat is a great opportunity for both you and your little one to get out of the house and make new friends whilst developing through messy play...and we clean it all up! So parents, relax!

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Award-winning toy brand, Little Brian, is to exhibit at the ever popular Gloworm Festival.

The festival, which takes place over August, 19th and 20th, at Clumber Park in Nottingham, will see the brand exhibit its impressive range of Paint Sticks.

As well as fun and games, children will be able to try their hand at using the Classic, Metallic and Day Glow Paint Sticks on the Little Brian stand.

Lara Alcock, sales and marketing Director at Little Brian said: “We’re delighted to be exhibiting at Gloworm Festival 2017, make sure you pop by to say Hi and have some fun on our stand too; and who knows, there may be a chance to win some of our fabulous products that weekend too!”

“The reports we received on the 2016 festival were outstanding so we thought we had to be at the 2017 festival. We’re extremely excited to see the thousands of people that attend, the atmosphere is supposed to be superb and we can’t wait to hit the road and set up our stand!”

“Our products are suitable for children of all ages and families so the Gloworm Festival is an ideal fit and I am sure the whole festival itself will prove to be a huge success.”

Coming on the toy scene just last year, Little Brian’s Paint Sticks provide a clean and convenient way to paint with no need for brushes or water or the mess that comes with it. The solid Paint Sticks twist up and down like a glue stick, and allow vivid colours to be transferred directly onto surfaces like canvas, wood, paper, card and even glass drying within minutes of use.

The launch year proved to be an extremely successful one for Little Brian, scooping three awards. Paint Sticks was the winner of the Creative Play category in the Practical Pre-School Awards, gold award winner in the Creative Play category at the Primary Teacher Update Awards and winner of the Painting and Colouring Materials category for four to seven year olds at the Creative Play Awards; to which the brand fought off tough competition from popular brand Crayola and Paint Sticks were also crowned The Independent’s Best Buy for four-year-olds.

This year has certainly started on a high for Little Brian with Paint Sticks being shortlisted as finalists in the Education Resources Awards and being awarded Gold in the Arts and Crafts category at the Bizzie Baby Awards.

For more information on Paint Sticks, visit You can also follow them on social media:

Facebook: LittleBrianArt

Twitter: @LittleBrianArt

Instagram: @LittleBrianArt

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'Tales from Over the rainbow and under the sea'

Join our fairytale Folk for a magical storytelling adventure...

Let's fly over the rainbow and dive under the sea searching for unicorns, cheeky dinosaurs, rainbows and magic shells!

An interactive storytelling performance with super sparkle parties. With interactive storytelling, magic, puppets, dancing, bubbles, imagination games and more! 

Let's have an adventure far far away... and lots of fairy tale fun!

Super Sparkle Parties be at the Gloworm Festival on Sunday 20th August!

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Glowormers can get Green Fingers at this year’s Festival with Babease.

The Gloworm Festival are delighted to be joined by popular children’s food company Babease at the festival this year, where they will be hosting a range of interactive blind tasting, cooking and gardening workshops over the weekend.

Visitors big and small will join Founder and Chef, Tom Redwood, as they get their hands dirty in planting workshops and tastebuds tickled with some of Tom’s amazing recipes.

Mums and Dads will be taught some tricks for cooking for the family and all about adding veg into little ones diets. The green fingered Glowormers will be taught how to plant their own vegetables and how to nurture them from garden to plate. These fun and entertaining workshops will be led by experts from Babease who will pass on their vegetable expertise to groups of children throughout the festival.

Tom said, “We are really looking forward to being part of this year’s Gloworm festival, especially being able to bring our knowledge and experience to the children and getting their hands dirty in the vegetable patch! We also can’t wait to announce our exclusive and exciting news!”

Babease which was born with the desire to provide an honest baby food range with a focus on vegetable led recipes and no fruit fillers. At Babease, a wonderful group of people with a passion for health and wellbeing (not to mention great food!) have come together to combine their expertise and knowledge to create the healthiest range of baby food available on the market.

Tom continued “We love vegetables and understand how important it is as parents to understand what you are feeding your little ones. That's why we always list our ingredients in order on the front and back of every product. We have also developed a clear, honest and informative ingredients wheel on each pack to show you the exact breakdown of every single ingredient at a glance. We don’t use any preservatives or fillers, so we have made the closest with think to home cooked food you can find on the shelves.”

The Gloworm Festival is a family festival created specifically for parents and their little people and will see a wide range of children characters’ favourites including Andy Day, The Chuckle Brothers, Bing & Flop and Postman Pat and Jess the Cat!

With a host of live music, including S Club Party, Kazabian and The Killerz as well as The Cuban Brothers, there is plenty for everyone to do.

To find out exactly what the festival will offer, including workshops, entertainment, music, ticket information and more go to Visit for all the latest information on Babease products or pick up your products from stockists including Tesco, Amazon, Ocado and Boots.

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Pregnancy Twinning - Motherhood without borders

Pregnancy Twinning is your way to give another woman the maternal care that every mum deserves.

As the poorest country in the world, women from Malawi are seventy times more likely to die in childbirth than their British counterparts, not because they are any less good at giving birth but because unlike us, they do not have automatic access to basic healthcare.  

Pregnancy Twinning Ambassador Marina Fogle explains "This scheme isn’t about building shiny new hospitals or giving 3D scans to expectant mothers, it’s about giving a very basic level of care which makes a profound difference.  £42 pays for a Mother Buddy to make eight visits and support an often isolated and vulnerable woman during her pregnancy.  The Mother Buddy will ensure she is taking appropriate medication, visiting a hospital if necessary and making a plan about getting her to a clinic to deliver her baby.  And this seemingly simple process really does save lives."

To make your pregnancy even more amazing or to help another woman access antenatal care throughout hers, head to


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Chesterfield’s award winning baby business ‘babyluv’ joins Gloworm Festival

Gloworm Festival are delighted to announce that Chesterfield’s award winning baby business ‘babyluv’ will be bringing their pop-up shop to this year’s festival.

Sharna Nessling owner of Babyluv commented.

"We visited the festival in 2016 as a family and were amazed at what Gloworm had created. It had a lovely friendly family atmosphere and there were so many activities for all the family to enjoy. It was clear that the festival was going to be a huge success and that their passion for helping and supporting families with fun activities was exactly the values we hold so dear at babyluv. I am so excited to be part of the Gloworm Festival in 2017 and look forward to seeing you there"

'babyluv’ is Chesterfield’s largest independent family run baby business. Ran by Sharna and her mum Sheila from their showroom situated on Storforth Lane Trading Estate in Chesterfield, they stock a wide range of new and pre-loved baby products including leading brands ‘My Babiie, Babystyle, Hauck, Chicco, Redkite and many more. Whether you are looking for a new pram, travel system, a baby gift, or wanting to stock up on toys they are there to personally help you, here’s what a couple of their customers said…

‘The staff are fantastic and very knowledgeable. Brilliant service!’

‘Special thanks to both the ladies in this shop made our buying experience so special and personal ......friendly....professional ....and they can’t do enough for you......would recommend to anyone!!!!!!!! Thanks ladies x’

Since they launched ‘babyluv’ in October 2012 on Chesterfield market they have continued to expand having picked up several awards including winning Chesterfield's Best Children's Clothes, Toys & Accessories Retailer of the Year and runners up in the Derbyshire Times Small Business of the Year awards, their popularity continues to grow and grow. In 2016 they relocated to a much larger showroom with free parking right outside the door, a larger range of products on offer, plus baby changing facilities and a feeding/rest area and offer a truly personal service including free local delivery and 90 day payment plan option.

If there is anything in particular you are looking for then please contact Sharna or Sheila on

Tel: 01246 220544



Web site:

Address: babyluv, Unit 32 Storforth Lane Trading Estate, Hasland, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 0QQ

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Gloworm Dietary Options…

Here at Gloworm, we want to ensure that everyone can have a great time over the weekend and we don’t want your dietary requirements getting in the way!

So, we have tried to cover as many dietary requirements as we can with our food and drink stalls that will be attending Gloworm this year.

Look at the list below and see which stalls will be catering for which requirements:

Stephanie’s Spuds and Specials – Gluten Free Products / Wheat Free Products

The Split Screen Coffee - Dairy Free Milk / Gluten Free Cake / Vegetarian

The 'Mini' Milk Lounge - Tiny Tots Area

You can find a great selection of dairy and gluten free milkshakes, smoothies, cakes and more 

Churromania - Dairy Free / Vegan / Vegetarian

The GB Cheese Company - All but one gluten free / all vegetarian

Gourmet Brownie - Gluten Free Option

B and C Catering (Mexican Food) - Dairy Free / Vegan / Vegetarian

Steam and Bean - Dairy Free Milk

Sunshine Coffee and Bakes - Dairy Free Milk (Almond / Soya) / Vegan & Gluten Free Spiced Apple Loaf/ Caffeine Free

Simply Cakes by Catherine - Gluten Free / Dairy Free / Vegetarian

Senor Churro - Vegetarian / Vegan

SomTam Street Food (Thai Food) - Gluten Free / Lactose Free / Vegetarian / Vegan

Split Screen Ice Cream - Cones - Dairy Free / Gluten Free: Sorbets - Dairy free / Vegan / Vegetarian

We are hoping to bring you even more food options at Gloworm, so keep your eyes peeled here to see what else may be added!

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Say Hello to the new additions to this popular range, developed with Baby Sensory

The “Say Hello” toy range has had a fantastic first year, and there are three new additions launching at Harrogate.

“Say Hello” To Tummy Time is the perfect introduction to tummy time for a new baby. This engaging, comfortable mat has crinkles, a peek-a-boo mirror, teether, and a musical star to discover, and comes with a soft moon-shaped cushion to help them feel supported as they practise this beneficial activity every day.

The Starry Sky Cot Mobile plays the ‘Say Hello To The Sun’ tune that starts every Baby Sensory class. With its soft music and gently rotating toys, it will help to soothe baby to sleep. The lyrics are included in the box, so parents can sing along!

Soft, familiar objects can help babies soothe themselves to sleep, or bring reassurance when they’re somewhere new. Made with soft, comforting fabrics, the “Say Hello” Dream Comforter invites baby to hold and snuggle it, while the sleepy moon and star faces hiding on each side teach them that objects still exist even when they cannot be seen.

The “Say Hello” range of intelligent toys was developed by East Coast Nursery with Dr Lin Day of Baby Sensory, and based on over 25 years of research into the way babies learn and develop. With her input at every stage, the range has been expertly designed to stimulate thinking, feeling and learning, and encourage healthy social-emotional development in babies and toddlers. The toys feature colours and patterns that have been carefully chosen for their appeal to young babies.

Baby Sensory was the first baby programme to offer a complete approach to learning and development from birth to 13 months. Attended by first-time and second-time parents, the award-winning classes now attract over 25,000 parents annually.

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Harry & Rose debuts new baby skincare range

March 2017 sees the UK Trade Launch of Harry & Rose natural baby skincare range. Made and developed in England, the range features lovingly formulated lotions and washes that include a host of natural & organic ingredients. All products are dermatologically tested and suitable for babies with sensitive skin.

The Harry & Rose range is enhanced by a selection of elegant giftsets – a perfect gift for new parents welcoming their beautiful baby to the world. The Baby Bath Set includes everything for a baby’s first bath.

Harry & Rose will be extending their range and distribution during 2017 – product details and further information are available at  

Always Baby Natural.

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