Cheltenham Pregnancy and Baby Fair

GBSN are delighted to announce their big event for 2013 – The Pregnancy and Baby Fair!

The fair will take place on Saturday 22nd June at Rowanfield Infant School, Alstone Lane, Cheltenham from 10am-3pm. Entry is just £1 per family!

It will be an extravaganza of all things baby. With shops and stalls, workshops, demonstrations and talks, familiy photography, delicious refreshments and a host of entertainment to keep the little ones happy of course.

Guest Speaker – Gill Rapley!
Our headline act for the event will be the fantastic Gill Rapley, author of Baby-Led Weaning, Midwife, Health Visitor, Lactation Consultant and Deputy Programme Director of the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative. Her talk for GBSN last year was a total sell out and we were bursting at the seams in the room! She is certainly back by popular demand.

Gill will be giving two talks, one on Breastfeeding and one on weaning. These will be ticketed events. Tickets cost £3 each.

Breastfeeding – 10.30am – 11.30am
Introducing Solids – 1pm – 2pm

Advance booking is now closed for Gill Rapley’s talks. There will be tickets available for the Breastfeeding talk on the door on a first come, first served basis. We have sold out of 100 tickets for the Introducing Solids talk but we may be able to fit in a few more chairs, in which case we will also have tickets. We will know more once we have laid out the hall so watch this space!

Demonstrations and Workshops
We’ve got other talks, demonstrations and workshops going on throughout the day too, all included as part of your day ticket to the fair (a bargain at just £1 per family!).

Most of our demonstrations and workshops are taking place in the ‘Your Final Fitness Formula Marquee’. Your Final Fitness Formula helps busy mums get healthy and feeling fantastic. Laura helps by supporting you through nutrition advice, structured exercise, a manual full of guidance and education, recipes, cookbooks, an online support group and so much more. Babies and children are welcome at the sessions held in Cheltenham at 6am, 9:45am or 7pm. YFFF is changing women lives throughout Cheltenham & the UK.

Programme for the ‘Your Final Fitness Formula’ Marquee

10.15am – How to use a real reusable nappy by the Gloucestershire Real Nappy Project! A short explanation of how to use reusable nappies, washing and info on the voucher incentive scheme open to Gloucestershire residents. (

11.30am – Yoga for babies and toddlers by Tatty Bumpkin! Join Tatty Bumpkin in her magical world of adventure where she is ‘Bendy, Giggly, Clever & Strong’ with her friends! We combine yoga inspired movement, with storytelling & music for children 2 – 7years. (

12.15pm – Pre-school music and movement for babies and toddlers by Jo Jingles! Fun music, singing and movement classes for babies and young children (3 months to 5 years). Jo Jingles teaches children to play percussion instruments expressively, to sing songs, hold a tune and find the rhythm to move and dance to. (

1.00pm – Introduction to using slings and carriers! Babywearing Consultants from Cheltenham and Stroud Sling groups, demo of different types of slings and carriers available and ways to carry your child. ( and (

1.45pm – Learn languages with your little one! by Babel Babies Learn languages with your little one! Multilingual music and movement session for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with songs and stories in different languages from around the world.

2.30pm – Baby Bumpkin! Come & join Tatty’s baby brother – Baby Bumpkin in his magical world of adventure, where he is ‘Bendy, Giggly, Clever & Strong’ with his friends! We combine gentle yoga inspired movement, with storytelling & music for babies 6 weeks – approx. 2yrs. (

We have a host of local companies coming to the fair with fantastic products and services for your bumps and babes. These include:

Aquatots Swimming – With over 14 years experience, Aquatots run swimming classes for babies up to school age children at venues right across the county.

Photography for Little People – Capturing beautiful family photographs in the comfort of your own home as well as stunning hand and feet impressions.

MoonRiver Silver Fingerprint Jewellery – Beautiful, handcrafted silver fingerprint keepsakes.

Jo Jingles – Music, singing and movement classes for babies and pre-school age children from 3 months to 5 years of age at venues across the county.

The Stripy Company – Beautiful and affordable natural blankets that will last and last. Perfect newborn gifts to give someone else or your own newborn.

Tread Lightly Toys – Ethically made, eco friendly, quality toys that provide years of enjoyment and education for the children who play with them.

Tatty Bumpkin – Yoga – inspired fun classes, that encourage movement and enhance development. For babies and children 6 weeks to 7 years.

A Fair Deal Locally – Promoting and selling Fairtrade in the Forest of Dean.

Caroline Wilson’s Books – Usborne is a major, independent, award-winning UK publishing company. We publish almost every type of children’s book for every age from baby to teenager.

The Camomile Rooms – “A haven of peace and tranquility where you can take the time to really relax with a variety of calming and restorative therapies with a team of friendly and experienced therapists.”

Blue Skies Natural Parenting – “A centre for families to find natural parenting resources, join in classes and activities from antenatal to school age and a play cafe for children under 5 years to enjoy imaginative play whilst parents relax.”

Babysign – Babysigning classes in Cheltenham and Bishops Cleeve for babies from 6 months to 2 years. “Babysign classes will introduce you and your child to the delights of baby-signing, and happily support you as your child develops their communication skills.”

Baby Sensory – Baby Sensory’s award winning baby development classes are now running in Cheltenham. “Baby Sensory introduces you and your baby to a world of rich and varied sensory experiences in a creative and enjoyable environment to encourage learning and development.”

Mini Moments – Offers mums, dads and carers classes in baby massage and baby yoga as well as rhythm and movement classes for babies and children.

Ella Pure – Natural, pure and organic products for skin, bathroom and home.

Lazy Daisy – “A BabyNatal class is all about preparing you for the first precious days with your newborn baby.” Lazy Daisy run practical baby care workshops as well as yoga for birthing and baby massage and yoga.

Make Believe Stuff Limited – Wonderful 2D and 3D arty activities from Make Believe Stuff

Birthskills providing Natal Hypnotherapy workshops and CDs – Clare Charlton runs Natal Hypnotherapy workshops in Cheltenham, Gloucester & north Gloucestershire. Natal Hypnotherapy CDs for sale.

Pumpkin Pie Handmade – Beautiful textile items for your precious ones and your home.

Cupboard Love Cupcakes – Cupcakes and speciality celebration cakes baked fresh to order. We bake in small batches and use the freshest locally sourced ingredients, including free range eggs and real butter to bring you the best quality cakes.

Lotus Bud Yoga and Massage – Ashtanga Yoga, Thai Massage and Shiatsu,Yoga for Pregnancy Shiatsu for Pregnancy and Birth.

NCT Cheltenham & North Cotswolds Branch – helping new parents and parents-to-be in the local area. The Cheltenham & North Cotswolds NCT Branch was formed over 30 years ago and is run entirely by parents who are all volunteers. We offer support, information and friendship to new parents and parents-to-be. All our activities are open to non-members. However, we warmly welcome new members to the branch.

Cheltenham Children’s Centres – 7 Children’s Centres across the town offer a variety of services and support to parents and young children.

The Real Nappy Project – “Many people still believe that the only alternative to disposable nappies are the old fashioned terry nappies – nothing could be further from the truth. Our aim is to provide Gloucestershire parents and expectant parents with real nappy information so that they can make an informed choice for themselves.”

PATA – PATA is the largest voluntary sector provider of support to early years childcare and education in Gloucestershire.

There will be lots of things to keep your little ones (and big ones) entertained on the day too. Including…

Face Painting! – Applecheeks Face Painting is all about looking great and having fun. Using paints, glitter and brushes that are specially formulated for use on the skin. They are water-based, non-toxic and easy to remove. Children and adults alike love Face painting and the chance to become something or someone else for the day. Choose from one of our designs for boys and girls from Butterflies and Flowers to Monsters and Spidermen!

Bubbles and Juggling! – Joshua from Bubbles and Juggles will be amazing children and adults alike with his fantastic bubble tricks and amazing juggling skills!

Craft! – Wonderful 2D and 3D arty activities from Make Believe Stuff

Toys! – Blue Skies Natural Parenting will be providing a play corner with toys to keep babies and pre-school children entertained for a while! (Parental supervision required).

Bouncy Castle! – Every good fair has to have a bouncy castle, surely! This one is brought to you thanks to the very friendly people at Anytime Castles and Sunbeds Ltd

Fire Engine! – Providing they aren’t called to an emergency, our local fire service will be at the show, complete with a fire engine to clamber over!

Family Photographer!
If you fancy some professional photographs of your family that don’t cost a fortune then look no further. The clever Kirsty will be setting up her studio at the fair and offering sittings for just £20 which include 10 images on a disk! What a total bargain.

Prizes, prizes, prizes!
We will be holding a fantastic raffle with prizes including:
– Hello Baby 4D Imaging – Bronze Baby scan voucher worth £125!
– Juno Magazine – One year subscription
– The Royal Oak, Gretton -A two course meal for two and bottle of wine, worth at least £60
– JoJo Maman Bebe – £40 voucher
– Longlevens Chiropractic – Massage voucher
– Buggyfit – class vouchers
– Tewkesbury Sewing School – £40 gift voucher
– Blue Skies Natural Parenting – Baby Gift Basket
– Photography for Little People – Framed hand or foot impression
– Boogie Beat Music and Movement – 2 free sessions
– Aqua Tots – An Aqua Tots Course
– Puddle Ducks Gloucestershire – £20 off lessons
– Buggy Fit – 2 classes free for winner and a friend
– Tatty Bumpkin – 6 Baby Bumpkin classes
– Tatty Bumpkin – 6 Tatty Bumpkin classes
– Dick Whittington family pass
– Baby Sensory – 10 weeks of Baby Sensory classes.
– Lazy Daisy – 6 week term of classes for birthing or baby
– Birthskills providing Natal Hypnotherapy workshops and CDs – Natal Hypnotherapy Breastfeeding Companion CD
– Your Final Fitness Formula – 2 x 1 free month on Your Final Fitness Formula (online or offline) for you and a friend
– Circus Day Nursery – £50 off a month fees
– The Laundry Centre – 1 x nappy wash
– Cupboard Love Cupcakes – tasty treat
– Lotus Bug Yoga and Massage – 2 x 30 min taster Shiatsu / Thai massage

And even more prizes are available in our Lucky Envelope Draw including:
– Usbourne Books – £5 voucher
– The Stripy Company – baby booties gift bag
– MoonRiver – Jewellery
– Real Nappy Project – Changing Mat and wipes set by Nappies Minki
– Puddle Ducks Gloucestershire – car sun shade
– Jo Jingles – CD
– Jo Jingles – Music Book
– Jo Jingles – Song Book
– A Fair Deal Locally – Divine Chocolates
– Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge – Family Ticket
– Tread Lightly Toys – pebble knitted pixie
– The Camomile Rooms – 60 minute reflexology treatment
– Turtle Tots – Neoprene Roll and Go Baby Change Mat
– Babysign – £5 off a Beginners Babysign Course
– Real Nappiness – Reusable Goodies
– Scrapstore – Artbox
– Minimoments – A course of Baby Massage
– That’s not my bunny (Usborne Book)
– Music with Mummy – A term of ‘Music with Mummy’ classes (approx. 6 weeks, value approx. £23)
– EllaPure – A free Aromatherapy Facial for 2 people plus 10% off first order
– Karmababy Baby Massage – 4 week Baby Massage Course
– Cattle Country – 4 tickets
– Babel Babies – Term (five weeks) of Babel Babies sessions, either Baby or Bambinos groups
– Make Believe Stuff – A craft activity bag
– Monkey Music – CD
– Optimum Doula/ IPEN – Natal Hynotherapy Effictive Birth Preparation CD
– PATA – Voucher for membership and training
– Pumpkin Pie Handmade – Personalised Plaque
– Tick-Tocks – 2 hours free childcare The Laundry Centre – 1 x duvet wash
– Crazy Babies – 2 baby outfits

Goodie Bags
The first 200 families through the door will also receive a goody bag of offers from local suppliers including a free class voucher from Jo Jingles and discount vouchers for JoJo Maman Bebe! We are very grateful to Aquatots Swimming who have kindly sponsored the goody bags.

Find out more…
More details will appear here as they are finalised so keep checking back.

In the meantime, if you have a baby or pregnancy related business and are interested in exhibiting, offering a demonstration or workshop, sponsoring part of the event, donating a raffle prize or advertising in our goodie bags, please contact Ellen on [email protected]

Also, if you would be kind enough to volunteer your time to help us on the day we’d be really grateful.

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