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 www.glowormfestival.co.uk

Gloworm Festival - Whats on this year?

Well Glowormers, we have a fantastic amount of fun and games for you this year! Take a look below to see exactly what is happening in our zones. 

Don't forget, we are close to the event now, so get your tickets today by clicking here!

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

http://www.hanababy.co.uk/hana-baby-carrier-review/

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 www.sparksensory.co.uk

Facebook - SparkSensory1

Instagram - @Sparksensory

Twitter - @Spark_Sensory

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 www.pqacademy.com or call 0800 531 6282.

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

Visit www.glowormfestival.co.uk

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 www.glowormfestival.co.uk/tickets - be quick though, as they are selling fast!

 

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.

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.

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!

LITTLE BRIAN TO EXHIBIT AT GLOWORM FESTIVAL

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 www.littlebrian.com. You can also follow them on social media:

Facebook: LittleBrianArt

Twitter: @LittleBrianArt

Instagram: @LittleBrianArt

'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!

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 www.glowormfestival.co.uk. Visit www.babease.co for all the latest information on Babease products or pick up your products from stockists including Tesco, Amazon, Ocado and Boots.

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 pregnancytwinning.org

 

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

Email: babyluvshop@hotmail.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/babyluvbabyshop

Web site: www.babyluv.co.uk.

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

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!

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.

www.eastcoastnursery.co.uk

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 harryandrose.com  

Always Baby Natural.

Pipity - Bringing Play Back to Life

I spent a couple of years developing the Pipity range and then launched it last May.  As a Mum of 3 there were a number or reasons that inspired to create Pipity, the key one’s probably being:

1. Years of broken pencils and felt tip pens staining and littering the bottom of my handbag, along with crumpled creations resulting in disgruntled kids.

2. Two of my kids love making and creating and I struggled to find great presents with any longevity to celebrate and inspire their creative flare.

3. Feeling uneasy about the growing role of technology in my children’s lives, I wanted to find a fun alternative solution that would help me balance screen use.  Something that would ignite their imaginations, be easy to take out-and-about, that would neatly sidestep the perennial ‘screen negotiation’ and satisfy the cries of “I’m bored”! 

I design all Pipity products and packaging at my kitchen table in Devon, and do all the artwork for the Pipity books and marketing.  To date I am running it all myself (but am looking forward to a time I can get a bit of help in).  Juggling it round family life keeps me very busy and out of trouble!    

Pipity is ready to grab and go, it’s lightweight, compact, practical and easy for kids to use in those ‘I’m bored’ situations…cafes, restaurants, waiting rooms, cars, planes or trains, or when away from their toys at home! 

Over the last year the Pipity Activity case has won the following awards:

- Right Start Best Toy Award 2016 in their Arts and Crafts category

- Loved by Parents Gold Award 2016 in their best Stimulative Toy category

- Junior Design Silver Award 2016 in their best travel product category

There is more information about Pipity on my website: www.pipity.com.  All sales are fulfilled by Amazon. 

Sublime Science Come to Gloworm!

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Sublime Science will be doing some amazing science workshops and some awesome shows including dry ice tricks to show how 'magical' science can be. 

There will be......

•    Fizzing Potions, Bubbles and Flying Giant Smoke Rings
•    Wacky Noise and Air Experiments
•    Gooey Slime-Making to take home! 
•    Tornado Races, Flying Stuff and Spectacular Science Experiments!

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Sublime Science is literally The UK's Most Popular Children's Entertainment with 1,437 (and counting!) rave reviews! Here's just a couple:

“Sublime Science provided fantastic entertainment for a over 100 Children as part of the warm up act at our Top Trumps National Schools Tournament Final at the London Science Museum.  The children were all engaged, fascinated and intrigued in what they were doing and event parents and staff all thoroughly enjoyed!“ - The Science Museum

"Firstly you were brilliant; the children were enthralled by your act. Even the adults were impressed...the children really were so interested in what you were doing, and letting them have the freshly made sweets was fun, the look on the kid’s faces was priceless. It was fun, wacky and also educational. Thank you I am sure we will use you for our next event" - Mercedes-Benz

“Seeing the children’s faces light up was a delight. You inspired them to ask questions, encouraged them to have a go and never complained about the mess! I couldn't have asked for more. Thank you!  Thanks so much, you were absolutely brilliant and totally surpassed my expectations.” - The Big Bang Science Fair

“Sublime Science was fantastic with all the children and made it fun. The children loved making the goo and sweets...We have used sublime science for 2 years running and would love to have them back next year....” - Summer Club Visit

“IT WAS FANTASTIC!!! With some trepidation I assured your colleague that the children might start to leave the room as their concentration span quite small, but a whole hour passed and WOW no one left the room!! The sweets and slime making were fantastic, well worth every penny. ” - County Council, Special Needs Event

Even The Dragons Love Sublime Science!

Yup, we were that company who took on the Dragons firing smoke rings in a slime-covered lab coat. Here's what the Dragons had to say:

"Congratulations...I have to say that I'm incredibly impressed. It is exceptional" - Peter Jones, Dragon

"I love where you started from...you started because you wanted to do some good and not many people start from that and make a really, really good business" - Sarah Willingham, Dragon

"I just think that it's wonderful to really inspire kids to take an interest in science so this is right up my street...I'm going to make you an offer" - Nick Jenkins, Dragon