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Maidstone edition of a magazine for families in mid-Kent

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    GOOD VALUEDAYS OUT

    FREEPLEASE TAKE A COPY

    From pregnancy to 11 years

    EASTER HOLIDAY FUN

    Maidstoneedition

    ISSUE 16 SPRING 2010

    SPRINGGOODIESSPRINGGOODIESWin

    Local News Whats On Maternity Parenting School Days

    PARTY TIPSFOR KIDS

    Meet the Music Makers

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    KINGS SCHOOLROCHESTER

    Co-educational for ages 3-18Boarding from age 11

    Financial assistance available

    GIVE YOUR CHILD A FLYING STARTKENTS MOST MODERN, PURPOSE-BUILT, NURSERY

    OPENING IN SEPTEMBER 2010

    Telephone 01634 888555www.kings-school-rochester.co.uk

    [email protected]

    Kings School operates minibus services from Maidstone, West Malling and Rainham

    Open MorningSaturday 20th March 2010

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    Green mama cic, publisher of Kent mama, is an independent not-for-profi t organisation. While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of details in this publication, we cannot accept responsibility for such. Views expressed by contributors and advertisers do not necessarily re ect those of the editors and publishers. Articles and advertisements created by us are copyright of green mama cic and may not be reproduced without prior consent.

    editor: lara Slavin 01634 814364 Sub-editor: katharine lang 01634 306321designer: jackie pugh 01634 849949 printing: headley brothers Ashford, Kent

    Welcome to the Spring issue . . .

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    35,000 copies given to parents-to-be and families in medway, maidstone and Sittingbourne.

    Contents

    mamamamamamaKent cafter a wet winter, were all looking forward to the warmer days and the chance to get out and about. From historic castles to hunting for chocolate eggs, weve got plenty of ideas to keep you busy this Spring without breaking the bank...

    lara SlavinMum to Tia, 9, Joe, 11 and Barnaby, 5.Lara set up the magazine four years ago and now deals with advertising, articles, distribution and the running of the business.likes: Sunny days on Camber Sands, chocolate truf es and camping.dislikes: Children squabbling and grumpy husbands.

    Meet the team

    jackie pughMum to Caitlin, 11, and Abbie, 7.Originally from Whitstable, Jackie worked in London for IPC Media as a designer. She now designs Kent mama from her Rochester home.likes: My girls (most of the time!), horse riding and Redbush tea.dislikes: Cleaning out the cat tray!

    katharine lang Mum to Imogen, 12, Philippa, 9, and Millie, 7.Katharine moved to Kent in 2006. Following a career in publishing, she retrained as a secondary school teacher and continues to sub-edit Kent mama.likes: Cooking, gardening and our pet chickens.dislikes: Getting up early.

    Get in touch

    Kent Mama Magazine group

    For information, advertising or editorial contact 01634 [email protected]

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    maternity news

    naturally healthy pregnancy

    maidstone toddler talk

    party time

    easter giveaways

    castle capers

    be your own boss

    what's on

    music makers

    good health

    maidstone news

  • Its position on the white cliffs, overlooking the Channel, means Dover Castle has been a prime location throughout history. As well as the famous newly refurbished tower with its holographic storytellers and medieval rooms, youll find Roman

    battlements, an Anglo-Saxon church and secret wartime tunnels. Originally built to counter the invasion threat from Napoleonic France, the underground tunnels' finest hour came in WW2, when it housed the operation that rescued 338,000 troops from Dunkirk. Touring the tunnels gives a real sense of what life was like for the 700 personnel stationed there. Great views, plenty of open spaces and nooks and crannies to explore makes Dover Castle a powerful example of British history through the ages. Family ticket 34.80.

    Venture beyond Tunbridge Wells on the road to Edenbridge and youll come across Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn. As youd imagine, the Tudor theme features heavily and they have regular jousting weekends (from 23rd July28th August) and Henry VIII themed events (29th31st May). This 13th-century castle is double moated, with stunning formal gardens, open spaces and a 38-acre lake. Star attraction for kids is the water maze, which squirts them when they take a wrong turn. So take a raincoat and spare clothes. There are plenty of picnic spots, a restaurant and a medieval-themed playground. Family of four ticket for castle and gardens is 33.

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    Days out

    Castle capersStep back in time for Some handS-on hiStory and a great family day out at our pick of the beSt local caStleS.

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    bodiam castle

    leeds castleIs a fascinating mix of Tudor history - it was frequently visited by Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon - and immaculate room sets from more recent times under private ownership by the wealthy Lady Baillie. A beautiful walk from the entrance to the castle (or you can cheat and take the land bus) takes you through part of the 500-acre park. Kids of all ages will enjoy the maze with a hidden shell grotto, aviary, craft room and large adventure playgrounds, ensuring everyone goes home exhausted and happy! Pay once and you get unlimited free visits for a whole year, adults 16.50 and children (4-15 years) 9.50. Upcoming events include Spring into Easter 2nd5th April and Jousting 1st6th June.

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    If you like your castles simple and hands-on, then Bodiam, in East Sussex, is for you. It may not have the mazes and adventure playgrounds of some of the larger attractions, but there are plenty of events to keep you occupied and on a sunny day you can relax with a picnic while the kids explore the battlements and the remains of the interior. The years Easter Egg hunt is supported by Cadburys and runs from 2nd April. And over the Easter weekend (2nd5th April) The Happening History team will bring the past to life with shows depicting Medieval surgery and medicine and Medieval crime and punishment. Family ticket 17. Free entry for National Trust members.

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    Business

    these days it seems its not enough to just be a mum now you have to be a mumpreneur too. for many parents working for yourself can be the ideal solution to the work/life balance but it can be hard work, with no guarantees your business will succeed. one option is to work as a self employed consultant for one of the many party play businesses that operate in the uk. So we spoke to local mum, elizabeth moody, who has a team of consultants in maidstone and kent, to ask for her tips on working as a party plan agent.

    elizabeth moodyMum-of-two Elizabeth Moody (07770 888720) says: I wanted something that was my own, but didnt want to have to start from scratch. So I looked into becoming a party planner. I needed a business that could fit in with my family and would

    Be your own boss

    elizabeths tips for anyone considering working for a company as a party plan agent are: n Make sure you have the support of your partner. If you are going to be out to work in the evenings and asking them to look after the children they need to understand the benefits. Not only financially but also in building your confidence to return to work.n Ask about the team structures and values of the company. The best companies are those that provide support and encouragement without putting pressure on you to reach targets. And that give you extra support in those first few months.n Find out what is involved in hosting a party everyone feels a little nervous getting up at a party for the first time so make sure what is expected of you is something that you feel comfortable doing.n Research how much time will be involved in each party some companies need you to make two or three visits to a party host for initial meetings, the party and deliveries. So consider the cost and time involved to see if it is financially viable and practical.n If youre not sure if a company is right for you, consider having a party yourself so you can see what the consultant is like and how they work. If you still feel it is something you would enjoy you can take it to the next stage.

    be easy to get started. It transpired that Elizabeth was very good at it. Last year I moved to a new company, Jamie at Home, and I love it. People contact me to host a party in their home and I go along, have fun meeting new people and sell some great products at the same time. Like Jamie, the business is very fresh and dynamic. I work at my own pace and fit it in around my commitments. I now have a team of consultants covering the whole of Kent, Surrey and the South Coast. A lot are mums who want a few hours outside the home to be themselves again, to have fun and earn some money along the way.

    A local mums guide to party planning

    For business ideas and tips for working mums visit:www.mumandworking.co.ukwww.workingmums.co.ukwww.mumsclub.co.uk

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