Category Archives: What’s on for families

Not a Notting Hill Mum and Mr Darcy learn animation – in the style of Kubo and the Two Strings

To mark the release of  Kubo and the two strings on DVD, the latest animation from Laika studios who made Coraline and Boxtrolls, we were invited to an animation workshop run by Chocolate Films in central London –  which showed us … Continue reading

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Affordable Christmas Presents and the Top Toys of 2016

Every year the toys get more incredible: more interactive, more technologically brilliant, more  creative, and  – understandably perhaps –  more expensive. So every year when I go to the unveiling of what will be the Top Twelve best selling toys … Continue reading

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Here be Dragons

It’s odd how effectively something – or sometimes lots of things – can be hidden in plain sight. Take dragons, for example. You would have thought that it would be pretty easy to spot a fantastical creature like a dragon, … Continue reading

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Not a Notting Hill Mum abroad

Removing the hair braids from Amelie’s hair … a very visual ending of the carefree seven week Summer holidays. When I say “carefree seven week holidays” obviously I mean carefree for the kids. Not their poor mother (that’s me!) . My … Continue reading

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Chinese Lanterns at Chiswick House

Triffid size flowers,  flamingos at the water’s edge,  giant squirrels, giraffes, pandas in a bamboo forest and a vast Chinese dragon –  the display of illuminated lanterns at Chiswick House in West London is seemingly never-ending. This is the first Magical … Continue reading

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Christmas Carols at the Royal Albert hall

It’s not something I’ve done before – gone to a Carol concert that is not in a church. In the run up to Christmas there are always the candlelit Advent and Christmas carol services at St John’s in Notting Hill, … Continue reading

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Top toys for 2015

There was definitely a retro theme at this year’s unveiling of which toys will be the best sellers this Christmas. Every year we spend around £300 on toys for each of our children and buy them 30 to 40 toys … Continue reading

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Paper Planes – Film for Half Term

Paper Planes is a charming Australian film about an 11 year old’s fascination with flying, which leads him to enter the world of Paper Plane competitions. Dylan, played by Ed Oxenbould, is not having the best time – being bullied … Continue reading

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Openhouse London

What a fantastic scheme Openhouse London is. More than 800 buildings and spaces of architectural interest are open to the public over one weekend each year – for free. They might be newly built or Victorian homes modernised by 21st … Continue reading

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Arts and crafts at Leighton House

Fabulous afternoon at Leighton House in Holland Park. It’s an extraordinary house with a Moorish partially tiled interior and a fountain – inside! But today it was their first annual Summer Fete with a range of children’s crafts on offer: … Continue reading

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Festival fashion 2014

When it comes to preparing for all kinds of weather,  regular festival-goers have it sorted. Headgear and footwear are the important things to get right – especially if you are camping in the mud all weekend and washing, let alone … Continue reading

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Best places to cool off in London

Summer in the city. It can be glorious, if you know where to head to. Here are some of my favourite places: Somerset House, W1. Free admission. Fantastic place to combine a visit to the water exhibition in the original … Continue reading

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