I was delighted to be asked to review the Kids’ Table – a new initiative at Proud Country House at Stanmer Park.

I have two kids who are 8 and 5. We love going to Stanmer Park at the weekends, getting out of town and romping around in fields, trees and mud. Sometimes we are there over lunch time and for a bit of a treat, we stop off at Proud Country House for a meal.

Proud Country House has teamed up with the Kid’s Table (https://www.thekidstable.co.uk/), an initiative which started recently in London, and has come to Brighton for the first time. The Kids’ Table offers a pop-up kids’ corner service for pubs and restaurants, to keep the children entertained while mums and dads can relax and enjoy a brunch or lunch. Children aged 3-10 can be accommodated.

Proud Country House offers deluxe surroundings, making this a great location for an adults only meal and a bit of relaxation time. The magic of this initiative is the price – only £5 per child for two hours of child entertainment and a kids’ buffet. Parents must stay on site.

We booked our slot online (11.30am for civilised brunch/early lunch) and we were warmly welcomed on arrival. We took our kids upstairs in the country house to a dedicated room, with a magical table set out with all kinds of crafts, small world toys and lego. The kids were immediately enchanted with this opportunity for play, and made to feel comfortable by the specialist playworker, Riz.

My husband and I went downstairs and ordered from the delicious looking menu and enjoyed uninterrupted time catching up with each other and staring at the beautiful view out of the window. The food was a real treat and the service was both attentive but unobtrusive. The two hours went by too quickly – although I did pop up to see the children in the middle of the meal – they were happy and content. At the end of lunch it took us 15 minutes to persuade our 5 year old that he really had to leave, he was having such a nice time with all the craft. The kids had eaten their fill of sandwiches and fruit, as well as drinking apple juice and water.

I can’t recommend this service highly enough! We have already recommended it to other families and will be back soon for another adult meal, this time we hope to share it with a group of friends.

Do go and check it out for yourselves.

This review was in conjunction with The Kids Table. Our guests were giving their meal and places at The Kids Table in exchange for an honest review.

As Brighton’s Together The People festival gets nearer, I’ve been sifting through the many artists on the bill to pick out my personal must-sees. It’ll be a packed weekend with lots to do for kids, parents and everyone else – but here’s what THIS dad will be going out of his way to catch…

Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds

No less than one of the foremost geniuses of rock and pop music –backed by an extraordinary band – performing what is often cited by critics as the greatest album ever. I caught this show at the London Palladium earlier this year, and having done so only makes me even more excited about seeing it again. All the classic Beach Boys hits will be present and correct, but Pet Sounds itself is performed with note perfect precision, with all the joy and emotion of the record brought to life and amplified. With original Beach Boy Al Jardine, and Blondie Chapman also present, this is the actual, bona fide stuff of legend and a show you’ll never forget. It really doesn’t get better than this.

Suede

I first saw Suede play a support slot in 1992 – they were utterly beguiling with songs to die for, a confrontational attitude and an androgynous swagger that channelled the best of Bowie and The Smiths. I was instantly as hooked as the music press of the time. Nowadays revered as indie statesmen, their journey has been a long and compelling one, with this year’s brilliant ‘Night Thoughts’ album and accompanying live shows garnering some of the best reviews of their career. Get as near the front as you can and expect an exhilarating set of classics old and new to bring the weekend to a perfect close.

Peter Hook & The Light

Founder member of Joy Division and New Order, as well as an authentic post-punk / indie icon (with one of the most original and recognisable bass playing styles in rock) – Peter Hook has assembled a group of musicians to assist him in performing the seminal classics of his former bands with all the rousing energy you could possibly need. Unmissable stuff.

Hiatus Kaiyote

As we head towards the end of summer it’s important to hang on to those relaxed sunny afternoons and enjoy them as much as we can. So it makes sense to do so in the company of this genre hopping Melbourne band whose bewitching jazzy, neo soul will sooth your mind while engaging your brain.

Songhoy Blues

Keeping the desert blues of Northern Mali alive after being forced into exile, this is a band with a compelling back story. They also have a compelling sound – where American blues meets more traditional West African music – charged through with the power of electric guitars. A chance to catch something truly unique, they have an energy and vibrancy that will win over the uninitiated and delight their existing fans.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

A truly inspired bit of billing here – bridging the transition from Saturday afternoon’s relatively laid-back feel to the classic pop of headliner Brian Wilson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are placed perfectly to fire up the spirit, get you up on your feet and bring a whole lotta energy and positivity to proceedings for the evening ahead.  Blending soul, rock and folk with amps cranked up, spirits high and emotive vocals raw, this will lift you up wherever you’re at.

Gaz Coombes

Two albums into his solo career, Gaz Coombes has not so much successfully carried on after the split of the legendary Supergrass, as forged way ahead – with 2015’s ‘Matador’ arguably his finest work to date. Maintaining an ear for tune but embracing a wider scope and darker feel, his solo output packs a heavier punch than many would expect, and is all the more satisfying for it.

The Horrors

A band whose dark, at times psychedelic sound has developed, morphed and changed over their four albums, but who have throughout retained a unique identity and a reputation as a thrilling live act. Their performance at Together The People is a rare one in recent times, and with two years passing since the release of their most recent album ‘Luminous’ it may well provide clues for their fanbase as to where their music is heading next.

 

Today we were invited to an event that encourages us to say #hellogoodtimes in a local park. The event was run by McDonalds as part of their activity days which are UK wide this summer.

The Brighton event was based on Football. We went along today and Fizz had a go in the human fussball table. She had a whole heap of fun even though she was worried beforehand that she wouldn’t be able to play.

The #HelloGoodTimes campaign is aimed at summer enjoyment. They’ve had celebs involved at some events and the McFlurry wagon too.

I have been told that the event is on until 5pm this evening at Queens Park, Brighton so you can still go along and catch the fun.

 Last month myself and the kids ventured to the first Buggied Out. I was lucky enough to grab a free ticket to the first event and now they’re back again to save parents from boring baby groups this weekend!
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There was a fab mix of disco tunes (and moves), Fussball, crafts for the kids (Fizz made a lego necklace) and a lot of hugs and chatter. Adults go free to this event so that means you can treat yourself to a bottomless brunch if you order between 1pm and 2pm – which means free top ups on your prosecco til 4pm!
For those with little ones you don’t need to worry about lack of space. Jedi loved it at 22 months as did Fizz at 6 years old. The space is ideal for little wanderers whilst you can feel safe having a chat with friends too.
This time there is 2 hours of imaginative adult lead play by DOON TOWN and the usual fab chat and fun from Bambino Goodies too. I throughly suggest a visit. You do need to book adult and child tickets though so make sure you grab them!
The next buggied out is

SUNDAY 5TH JUNE 1pm – 5pm

PATTERNS, MARINE PARADE, BRIGHTON

ADULTS FREE

KIDS £3.50 PLUS BOOKING FEE EARLY BIRD – £5 PLUS BOOKING FEE AFTER

Last week I went to get a post pregnancy chop. I don’t know about you but around three months post pregnancy I get the most terrible hair fall out. This time I decided to have a complete change! 

James at Mooch was brilliant. He listened to what I wanted and gave me styling tips along the way. Beatlebum slept through the entire cut and I managed to have a hot cuppa too! 

I went from 

  
To  this! 

  
The cut, restyle was £56 which is usual for a woman’s hairdresser in Brighton.

I love it! It’s been a while since I had shorter hair! 
When was the last time you went for a complete change?