2013 Cheltenham Family Christmas Fair

Young Siblings Dressed as Christmas Elves Hug and LoveThe 2013 Cheltenham Family Christmas Fair will be held on

Sunday 24th November
from 10.30am-3pm
at All Saints Academy, Blaisdon Way, Cheltenham.

The fair is intended to be an extravaganza of family shopping and entertainment, designed to be welcoming of all ages and to appeal to families from across the county.

The fair will include:

Shopping – Christmas gifts for all the family, treats for yourself and an insight into some wonderful, local goods and services. Exhibitors include:

  • Grubby Buggy – Grubby Buggy breathes new life into your dirty buggy, car seat, high chair or play equipment. Our safe, eco friendly valeting keeps your baby equipment germ free and hygienically clean, extending its life and dramatically increasing re-sale prices.
  • Tread Lightly Toys – Tread Lightly Toys specialises in beautiful eco friendly toys for children age 0-5 and fairtrade soft toys. Our range of toys are all made from sustainably sourced or alternative materials and are not only fun and educational but safe and durable too.
  • Union Jack and Jill – 100% cotton, stylish and contemporary children’s interiors in bold designs that complement the homes of style conscious parents and best of all it’s ‘Made in Britain’ – Hooray!
  • Happy Camper Bunting – Handmade craft items for sale. Sewn, knitted or crocheted.
  • Betty and Nell – Handmade bespoke lampshades and cushions.
  • Mini Moments – Pregnancy yoga, baby yoga and massage, doula support and Rhythm Kids.
  • Neals Yard Products – A selection of natural beauty and wellness products by Neals Yard Remedies
  • A Fair Deal Locally – A gorgeous selection of fairtrade food, gifts, crafts and clothes.
  • Cherubs – Special occasion childrenswear.
  • Forever Living – Aloe Vera products.
  • Tatty Bumpkin – Yoga for babies and children.
  • Deedles Designs – Fun and charming handcrafted gift ideas, tailor-made wedding stationery, plus arty parties for children and adults.
  • Caroline Wilson Books – Usbourne Books
  • Ambrosine Osbourne – Handmade gifts and keepsakes.
  • Aim Accessories – A local company specialising in handmade accessories.
  • Lucy’s Handcrafts – Handmade Xmas wreaths, candles and soap.
  • Vikki’s Bowtique – A variety of handcrafted hair accessories.
  • EB’s Handmade – Beautiful handmade gifts for all ages.
  • Nom Nom Kids – Reuseable kids snack pouches!.
  • Tumble Tots – Gym based physical play and activity for preschool children, toddlers and babies.
  • Emmanuelle Crafts – Crafts, cards and gifts for special occasions.
  • Photography for Little People – Award winning photographer specialising in photographing bumps, newborn babies and family groups.
  • Ella Pure – Natural organic skincare and healthcare.
  • Boogie Beat – Boogie Beat is a unique group that incorporates music, movement and singing, with themes based around traditional Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes.
  • Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre – Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre is a leading clinic for complementary therapies in Gloucestershire,
 offering around twenty five different, well-established therapies.
  • Clippity Do-Dah – Hair clip, slides, bows, headbands and sock animals.
  • Bymum – Decoupage, bunting and pictures.
  • Totally Cakealicious – Christmas cakes gingerbread houses and cupcakes.
  • Get Milky Baby Boutique – Baby clothing and nappy cakes.
  • Smallprint Gloucestershire – Beautiful pieces of handcrafted jewellery that capture your child’s fingerprint in polished silver. Or why not turn a treasured picture into a miniature work of art with a Smallprint Mini Master? We can even make a stamp of your child’s writing or create tiny hand and footprints on our silver keepsakes.
  • Lazy Daisy – The BabyBug offers professional antenatal and postnatal services for families. With a range of classes from weekly antenatal movement based classes, through to massage and yoga for babies we have a service for every step of the way.
  • The Real Nappy Project – Information about cloth nappies and details of the local council voucher scheme.
  • NCT Cheltenham – NCT Cheltenham and North Cotswolds is run by parents like you, offering support, information and friendship to new parents and parents to be.
  • Gravity Outlaws – Printed (+personalised) gifts such as mugs, coasters, jigsaws, etc.
  • Sparkly Star Jewellery – Handmade jewellery made with gemstones and crystal beads.
  • The Baby Train – Here at The Baby Train we provide all the little essentials that mummy, daddy and baby will need in those first magical moments and beyond, packed into a traditional wooden train… this is a truly unique gift.
  • Poppet – Handmade jewellery made with gemstones and crystal beads.
  • Phoenix Cards – Christmas cards, calendars, stationery.
  • Blue Skies Natural Parenting – Slings, baby items and gorgeous wooden toys. Blue Skies are also running FREE sling hire on the day. Their stand is in the entrance foyer next to the buggy park so park up your buggy and borrow a sling to enable you to glide through the crowds!
  • Insane Art – Bespoke, contemporary lamps
  • Posy and Pearl – Hand crafted jewellery
  • The Sweet Banquet – Christmas sweets and treats and a range of gifts for all the family

Special Guest Speaker Kate Evans – It’s official! The fabulous Kate Evans, author of “The Food of Love”, Cartoonist, artist, activist, and mother is coming to the Cheltenham Family Christmas Fair! This will be a ticket only special event, happening from 12pm-1pm during the fair. Tickets are available on the day, first come, first served. More details.


Studio Events
Our studio for the fair is sponsored by YFFF Your Final Fitness Formula – Your Final Fitness formula is a unique service to the women of Cheltenham. Laura can help you to become healthier, fitter, more confident and happy with your body, and simply feeling FABULOUS. Laura will provide guidance on your nutrition, exercise, work life balance, mindset, goal setting and much more. So whether you are a new mum, your goal is to lose weight, you want to increase your energy, you have time issues or something else, then this will work for you. Let Laura help you get to where you want to be and help you LOVE YOUR LIFE & LIVE IT. [email protected] 07737 209523

All the events in the studio are free to attend on the day!

11:00am – Baby Bumpkin taster – combining storytelling, music and simple baby yoga movements with the fun Baby Bumpkin demonstration doll, and give all the babies a great physical foundation to development. Suitable for 6 weeks to approximately 18 months.

12:00pm – Fizz Pop Science will be delivering a 30 minute Science Friction Show, a show that will be enjoyed by all that attend as we all have fun finding out a little about friction and grip using Alien hands and Alien Antennae and a big board that will hopefully do something special! Fizz Pop Science are well known throughout the South west with free shows for schools and their after school clubs, they also deliver Amazing Science Parties for children aged 5 – 12yrs that have so far been enjoyed by over 4000 children. To see more about them go to their website www.fizzpopscience.co.uk.

1:00pm – Sling and Swing taster – Gentle aerobic exercise, stretching and toning for mums – or dads – and their babies aged between 6 weeks to 2 years, or up to the age where parents feel they can support their child’s weight in a carrier, sling or wrap, and the child is comfortable in this position for the duration of that class. Older toddlers and pre-schoolers are welcome too, and are invited to dance along with mummy or daddy. No previous dance experience or particular level of fitness is necessary, all you need is yourself and the best dance partner of all – your child. You will also require a baby carrier, sling or wrap that supports baby in a fully seated position with adaquate head support. Free loan of carriers is available from Blue Skies Natural Parenting at the show. Please come 10 minutes early to the session so that our sling consultant can ensure baby is comfortable, and your sling is fitted safely and securely.

2:00pm – Tatty Bumpkin taster – fun, yoga-inspired stories designed to encourage movement and enhance development. The session follows an adventure, using stories, music, props and simple yoga moves based around the character doll Tatty Bumpkin. Suitable for 18 months to 7 years.

Construction Zone
LegoSponsored by Bubble and Squeak Childminding and with special thanks to GM Toys for supplying the blocks, this fabulous zone is chock full of lego-compatible blocks for your kids to let their imaginations run wild! There will also be a fantastic competition to guess the number of blocks in a special structure. Just 25p per guess (all money to GBSN) and the closest guess wins all the blocks in the structure! Please note this area will be for ages 3+, due to small lego parts. Even though this area is sponsored by childminders, you will be responsible for your own children whilst they play here! Sorry!

Music and Art Zone
Sponsored by Centre Arts, this zone will be busy all day with music and art activities for children!

11:00am – Performance by Uke Tots and Uke Bugs – listen to these talented children serenade us with a few Christmassy tunes!

11:30am – Uke Tots Taster – Using ukulele in exploring music for children of all ages

12:30pm-2:00pm – Baby Picasso Art Project – This is an open drop in and out Christmassy art session for children of all ages! Come and stay for as long (or short) as you like.

2:00pm – Uke Tots Taster – Using ukulele in exploring music for children of all ages

Always a bit hit, Kathryn our face painter will be at the fair turning your children into all sorts of wild animals!

Bubbles and Juggles
During the morning, the fantastic Joshua from Bubbles and Juggles will be roaming around the fair, entertaining us with his amazing tricks!

Bouncy Castle
No fair would be complete without one! Thank you to The Bouncy Castle Man of Cheltenham for supplying it!

Food – refreshments will be served to include hot and cold drinks, festive rolls for lunch and of course piles of delicious homemade cakes!

Goodie bags – the first 200 families through the door will receive a goodie bag of giveaways and flyers promoting local businesses.

A huge thank you to Carousel Clothing for sponsoring the goodie bags! Carousel are an absolute gem of a shop, located upstairs in The Courtyard, Montpellier. They are a preloved children’s clothing boutique selling gently worn clothing for children from top quality brands only.

Baby photoFamily Photographer – Our fabulous professional photographer Kirsty will be at the fair, offering photoshoots for just £20, which include 5 images of your choice on a CD, for you to print at your leisure!

It’s the perfect Christmas present for the Grandparents! Advance booking is now closed but a few spaces will be available on the day on a first come, first served basis. More details.

Prizes – There will be a host of fantastic prizes to be won in our raffle and on our Lucky Envelope Stall! Tickets for the raffle are already on sale at GBSN groups and will be available on the day for just 50p each. The lucky envelope stall will have tonnes of prizes to choose from there and then. Simply pay £1, choose an envelope and see if it you have won a prize or not. If you have, you can choose one from the table! Thank you so much to everyone who has kindly donated prizes to both draws which so far include:

All proceeds from the fair will be donated to Gloucestershire Breastfeeding Supporters’ Network (GBSN).

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