Hull mum Andrea has 3 children, all primary school age. This bank holiday weekend she took them to the Beverley Racecourse Family Raceday and has written all about it for Mumbler……
This May Day Bank Holiday me, my husband and our 3 children had a family day out at Beverley Races. There are 6 family races across the season all with different themes, this one was Bygone Beverley, recreating racing as it used to be in the 1950s. We had never been to the races before and didn’t really know what to expect. It was very good value for a family day out, all under 18s are free and a lot of the children’s entertainment was free when we got inside.
Around the enclosure we could see old-fashioned fairground rides and stalls from days gone by, plus some lovely classic cars on show. The children had a free ride on the carousel and the swing boats, watched some card tricks and bought some sweets. There was also a very entertaining One-Man Band which we spent a while watching.
There was also a fantastic Animals UK stall who had a wide selection of reptiles, spiders, bugs and birds of prey. This was also my kids favourite place; they got up close and personal with a meerkat who liked to cuddle, a huge snake and a hairy tarantula. We also learned some interesting facts from the friendly staff (we are definitely not getting a pet spider!).
As we walked around the Course Enclosure, we noticed families setting up tents and foldaway chairs, with supplies such as picnics and flasks so they could make the most of a full day of racing. If you aren’t that organised with snacks and drinks then there are places on the site to purchase food and drink.
Despite spending a lot of time doing the family activities, we did go and do what we came for – a little flutter on the racing. After much deliberation we placed our bets ready for the 1st race. As the time for the race drew closer we went over to have a look at the horses before they headed off to the starting gates; despite not really knowing what we were looking for we came to the conclusion we’d picked well. We took a seat eagerly anticipating our win (we had five horses in this race, one for each member of the family) but none of them came in for 1st or 2nd place! So my children had a lesson in the fact that sometimes you do lose but at least we had fun joining in.
It was a really different family day out and all of my children really enjoyed it, we would come again and try a different themed family raceday.
The next family racedays are:
Under 18’s go free, adult entry is from just £4 and much of the extra fun at the family racedays is free.
The Racecourse, Beverley is located at York Road, Beverley, HU17 8QZ. For more info and to buy tickets visit their website here.
Our friends over at Ryedale Mumbler have reviewed their experience of Water Babies swimming lessons, read all about it below……
I took my daughter to My Baby Can Dance classes when she was a toddler but she started school this year and I miss going! Hull mum Pauline has been out and about with her toddler reviewing some classes for me so I suggested she try My Baby Can Dance. She went along and has written a short review about how she found it……
My Baby Can Dance – Review for Mumbler by Pauline and daughter Holly.
Mumbler suggested that I tried My Baby Can Dance and I’m so grateful for it as it’s just awesome! We’ve enjoyed it so much we now have a new membership and are attending regularly.
The program is such that the class format is easily remembered for the children so both repetition and structure are key. The babies (walkers) and toddlers move and dance to music along with various activities including singing, playing musical instruments and, my daughters new favourites, numbers and colours. It’s the same every week which is brilliant as the children retain what they have learnt leading to continuous development.
At each session your little one’s membership card is signed off and after nine sessions they “graduate” onto the next level and are presented with a certificate and shout out, further encouraging participation.
My little girl thrives on routine and familiarity but hates new environments. Like many 2 year old’s she’s just unsure and wary but by weeks two and three she was up dancing and taking part in the activities. She was remembering some of the games at home, all thanks to a welcoming class in which her confidence has really had a boost.
Not only is it a great activity for the kids to burn off some extra energy but parents and grandparents are encouraged to participate, it’s great fun and so nice to be able to join in with your little one.
We attend the Winifred Holtby Academy class but Janine also has classes at Monkey Biziness, Preston Community Hall and The Broadway Portobello Scout Hut in Hull plus more in surrounding East Riding venues delivered by other teachers.
Membership is £25 for a five-week term, plus single session options available when advertised as a ‘turn up and dance’ session. More information and My Baby Can Dance merchandise (which I plan on buying) can be found on the My Baby Can Dance website.
Overall though I cannot recommend these classes enough.
For more information please call Janine on 07842 291048 or visit the My Baby Can Dance website here.
Hull mum Anna is helping me keep the Mumbler website up to date and is going out and about with her baby boy Dan to try some new activities. Last week she went to a Mini First Aid session, here’s how she got on…..
Mini First Aid Review by Anna Kirkland & Baby Dan
Now baby Dan is well under way with weaning fast approaching 7 months old I found myself having a bit of a panic at the thought of him eating anything other than sloppy purees, what if he chokes, something gets stuck, what would I do? Like a lot of mums on maternity leave, I’m at home alone a lot of the time so really felt I needed to refresh on my First Aid knowledge faced with baby meals, crawling and hands in everything!
I’ve attended courses before for my work and could vaguely remember how certain things differ from adults to children but my memory of them was a little rusty. Mini First Aid run 2 hour classes in Hull and the East Riding focused on first aid for babies and children. After getting in touch with Jodie I attended a class on a Saturday morning at Milk and Therapy on Anlaby Road, Hull. The venue was pleasant and there were 7 in the class including myself. The classes are ‘pre crawler’ friendly if you wanted to attend with your baby which makes it more flexible for busy parents. Nicky who was running the class was really welcoming, coming across in a confident and knowledgeable manner.
We all received a small text book covering the main points of each topic with spaces for notes if you wished to add anything you learnt during the session, Nicky answered questions and discussed each subject further. We started by covering the First Aid Kit, something I need to update, mine currently seems to be over taken with Calpol and Snuffle baby due to winter bugs! I’m now also putting one together for the car for when you’re out and about or, should the worse happen, and you’re in an accident. Other tips I learnt was to add to my First Aid shopping list some round ended elbow scissors (the type you might have seen ambulance crews cut clothing off with). These can cut straight through seat belts in an emergency, I know myself my hands would be like jelly trying to undo baby seat clips in a panic should I need to get Dan out quickly.
We moved on to CPR, checks to make and correct CPR for a baby and a child, for anyone who’s done workplace courses I’m glad I’m now aware in the differences when checking a babies airway and correct hand positioning should I find myself in this situation (fingers crossed we never need it).
We also covered burns and shock, again really useful to know as Dan becomes more mobile and has hands everywhere. I particularly found learning about different types of burn useful as they don’t always hurt due to nerve damage but definitely require medical attention.
Meningitis and Sepsis were discussed well and the key signs to look for, including a handy chart of symptoms more prone in one more than the other and signs to check, easy to follow and keep to hand at home.
Bleeding, cuts and broken bones was useful to cover, the importance of urgent medical attention should a baby have an injury due to the small amount of blood in their body and the fact that due to their soft bones sometimes breaks might not stop their normal movement/play so always be vigilant and to check any concerns.
Choking seemed to be quite high on most people’s priorities in the class and anxieties when weaning your baby which I think a lot of parents come across, this was covered really well including practical on a baby dummy and child, practicing chest and back thrusts.
All practicals are voluntary; I can remember in previous courses feeling a little awkward acting out a scenario and having to demonstrate first aid skills on a dummy! Nicky encouraged you to have a go and reassured anyone who was unsure.
I thought Nicky was excellent in all aspects delivering the course answering questions throughout, keeping all topics easy to understand and digest and not becoming too serious keeping the mood positive and chatty. The session went by really quickly but didn’t feel rushed at all.
There were several parents with babies but also expectant mums attending. I think it would be really useful if I’d have come across Mini First Aid sooner whilst I was expecting to help me feel prepared. Mini First Aid also run courses at people’s homes should you and friends/wider family want to learn baby First Aid, ideal for grandparents and anyone who might be involved babysitting your little ones in the future.
I can’t recommend Mini First Aid enough; the 2 hour course costs £20 but is worth every bit. I thought with my previous general first aid training and the power of Google/YouTube might be enough but I’ve come away from Saturdays course feeling much more confident and aware when home alone with Dan and when out and about should it be Dan who needs me or someone else’s little one I hope I might be able to help.
Hull mum Anna went along to try Newborn Can Dance classes with her baby. She’s written a short review for Mumbler about how she found it……
Newborn Can Dance – Review for Mumbler by Anna Kirkland and baby Dan.
Me and Dan recently attended Newborn Can Dance run by Janine and held at the Scout Hut on Holderness Road, Hull. I’ve been to various different ‘baby clubs’ since having Dan and had heard a lot of good things about Newborn Can Dance so wanted to give it a go; we weren’t disappointed!
Janine is super friendly and comes across as really confident and welcoming to both parents and babies. She runs two different sessions – Newborn Can Dance (from birth to walking) then My Baby Can Dance (for walkers to 4 years old). The sessions last for 45 minutes and are jam packed with songs, activities and music. I felt that 45 minutes was just enough for Dan as any longer he would have begun to get tired and not enjoy it. He did sleep really well afterwards though which is always a bonus for a few quiet hours in the afternoon!
You receive a loyalty card at your first session and Janine explained to me the steps in babies development the sessions are based on and the elements included in the classes to help with your babies mental and physical development. I really liked this idea and hadn’t come across it at any other baby groups, knowing each session is being planned to help your babies all round development is very good. Another thing we liked about the classes are that the terms are short, blocks of 5 weeks at a time. That makes it not a huge amount to pay out for a block of sessions which is a thoughtful idea, especially when pricing up little ones outings on top of everything else!
The room at the Scout Hut on Holderness Road is bright and airy and there is room for everyone to sit with their babies on the play mats. Janine is great at getting down to the babies level and they love to watch and listen to her.
The session starts with a Hello song then, then goes on to playing with instruments such as rattles and tambourines which Dan loved. After lots of noise the babies gathered round for a puppet show as well as playing ‘peekaboo’ with Mr Monkey. There are also more physical activities including ‘Stop’ involving having a jiggle and dance around the room with your baby whilst helping them learn basic words and commands, the babies loved being jiggled about in the air and it was nice to move about compared to just sitting on the floor the whole time and your legs going to sleep!
There are lots of colours and sensory activities during the session including colourful parachutes, scarves and sparkly tassels as well as a light show and bubbles. To help the babies concentration Janine also gathered the babies round her then showed them various coloured hoops, from a room of chattery babies the calmness and concentration this created was amazing, all the babies were fascinated and I thought it was nice to have different types of activities with various levels of noise and interaction. It really seemed to help the babies settle after lots of music and excitement and I’m keen to try something similar with Dan at home if I need a calm down game!
Dan really enjoyed his sessions at Newborn Can Dance. Janine is super friendly and welcoming, keen to get to know you and your baby and has a lovely way with the little ones. We will be back for more dancing in the future!
Anna reviewed Janine’s class at The Broadway Portobello Scout Hut, Holderness Road, Hull, HU9 3JJ. Janine runs classes here on Wednesdays and Fridays. Newborn Can Dance classes also run in the East Riding, find classes on their website here.
For more information please contact Janine on 07842 291048, or check out their website here.
Hull mum Anna is helping me keep the Mumbler website up to date and is going out and about with her baby Dan to try some new activities. Last week she went along to check out the Us Mums bootcamp session and wrote a review about her experience…..
I’m a first time Mum and prior to having my baby last August I enjoyed an active lifestyle, walking my dog and even getting into running taking part in a 5k fun run. Due to my baby being breech I opted for a planned C-section so found it took a few weeks after having my baby to get back to being able to move about and going on little walks which was a bit of a shock to my system.
I came across Us Mums on Mumbler when first exploring groups to join when feeling I was ready to get out and about with my baby. Us Mums looked ideal as your able to take your baby with you whilst you work out, all sessions are designed for pregnant ladies and/or post-natal and are held throughout Hull and at various times during the week. For safety you need to ensure you are post 6 weeks natural or 12 weeks C-section before joining a session.
After looking through the timetable I filled out a really simple registration form and put my name down for Bootcamp at Woodford Leisure Centre in East Hull, by 12 weeks I was keen to start getting fit and feel more like the old me again! My regular instructor is called Laila and from contacting Us Mums prior to my first session she was really encouraging when enquiring about groups, prices etc and I felt really welcome at my first session. This week the class was run by Lauren, here we are at the session!
Bootcamp is based on Interval/Hit training so you do 30-60 seconds short blasts of strenuous exercise such as squats, lunges, lifting small weights etc then have a short rest before moving on to the next exercise. I find you work up a really good sweat but the hard work and ‘burn’ only last for a short time before a breather and water break! The session lasts 45 minutes including warm up cool down and each exercise has various levels of difficulty so can be tailored for anyone. The instructors are friendly, welcoming and explain things really well ensuring you do the exercises correctly to protect you from any injuries and get maximum gain from your workout.
Obviously a major plus for new mummies is the fact you can take your baby with you, at any point in the session you can stop your exercise to tend to your baby, feed, change them etc. There are play mats and toys laid out in the middle of the room for your baby to have a wriggle on with other babies and so you can keep an eye on them easily. If needed you can carry your baby with you during the session and the exercises can be adapted to be enable you to continue working out whilst holding your baby, I see it as a bit of extra weight lifting carrying Dan about! Whether it’s squats, lunges or putting Dan on a mat whilst doing planks or mini push ups, he seems to be highly amused at watching mummy sweat and loves being rocked about!
My baby is now a 5 month old wriggler who’s just learnt to roll but is still fairly ‘non-mobile’ as some sessions are for non-mobile only babies, Us Mums do have crèches for some sessions if your wriggler starts to pick up speed which will come in really handy in the future when little Dan makes the ‘mobile’ mark!
I’m now attending two Bootcamp sessions a week, Woodford Leisure Centre on Mondays and St Marks on a Thursday. Both are excellent facilities and are in handy locations. The session at St Marks is £2 and £2.45 at Woodford so really good value for a morning out and exercising!
I really look forward to the sessions, feeling I’m doing something ‘healthy’, being able to have chat with other mums and after the session you have a feel good mental boost which I’m sure mummies can appreciate when trying to get back to feeling normal and deal with little screamers! I’d recommend Us Mums to any ladies looking at getting more active, they do a variety of fitness sessions including yoga and aqua natal, all really well priced and flexible to you. I rate them 5 stars all round!
You can find the latest Us Mums timetable on the Mumbler Fitness for Parents section.
Sling Fit Mama is a post natal fitness class for mums combining toning, strengthening and movement, all done while wearing their baby in a sling. It’s aimed at mums who want the benefit of a lovely bonding class with their baby…but also want something for themselves.
It’s run by Laura Banks, a mum of 3 and fully qualified pre and post natal exercise instructor, dance teacher and a babywearing peer support worker.
When Laura invited me along to see what she does at the class I was keen to find out more. The first challenge was that I don’t have a baby! But Laura said I could do the class without as it will still be effective and I do have a 3 year old who has a baby dolly who she likes to take out in her sling, so we both went along and joined in.
The class is at 9.30am at Welton Memorial Hall, a nice space with lots of parking too. There were some lovely mums there with their babies who were all very welcoming and chatty before the class got started. Laura then checked everyone’s slings and babies positions and off we went!
The first section was aerobic movement which I really enjoyed, nothing too complicated and easy to do with the sling on. We then used a resistance band to do some strengthening exercises and finally some stretching.
Laura explained that the class will help to strengthen all the muscles weakened by pregnancy and childbirth and the classes are carefully structured to have your baby in a sling throughout the duration. All the ladies wore their babies throughout the hour (although the novelty wore off for my daughter who abandoned her baby doll and just danced around then had some snacks!). Not only did the other mums have an extra weight for the workout but they could steal a quick kiss whenever they liked! All the babies in the slings were very good and seemed to enjoy it too, the movement lulled a few to sleep and the rest were all very happy nestled in with their mums. The mobile babies came out for the stretching section at the end and played with each other.
There is obviously no guilt (or childcare costs) of leaving your baby to do some exercise, you can actually do something for ‘You’ that benefits you both. I really wish this class had been around when I had my baby as I would definitely done Sling Fit Mama.
Classes run on Wednesdays 9.30am at Welton Memorial Hall. Classes are also starting in Beverley in February, Tuesdays 1pm at The Arts Garage 2 Studio, Tokenspire Business Park. For more information or to book visit their website here, check out their facebook page here or email Laura on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura also runs a fantastic dance school in at South Hunsely in Welton, LBDA (Laura Banks Dance Academy). A few of my pre-schoolers friends go and rave about it! You can find out more about LBDA on Mumbler here.
Please note Sling Fit classes are not running currently, please contact Laura to find out when they restart.
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Let Loose is the new family attraction in Beverley, located next to Beverley Garden Centre on the Woodmansey Road between Beverley and Hull. They opened recently and I was delighted to be asked to go and have a look around with my 2 little ones.
It’s a real hidden gem. You can’t see much from the road but as you pull up the driveway my children’s first impressions were ‘Wow! Is that where we’re going!?’ There is a (very!) high rope course set up around the site and a lower ropes course underneath, plus a giant air bag that you can jump onto, the Big Leap, or drop down a huge slide onto, the Super Slide. There’s a great outdoor play area and an indoor dome which has a good sized soft play and inflatables, as well as some of the ropes course. Owner Beatrice explained to me that the idea was to have somewhere that all the family can do activities, where grown ups can play too alongside their children, so that’s exactly what we did.
We got started on the the low ropes course. The low ropes have a minimum age requirement of 7 and a minimum height of 1.2 metres, with an exception for ages 5-6 that if they meet the height requirement they can take part if they are accompanied by an adult. So my 1.3 metre 6 year old went up, accompanied by me! We had a very good, thorough safety briefing and were taken straight up by Ed. He showed us how to clip on and get around, he was really enthusiastic and when we’d got used to it he started showing my son a few extra fun ways of doing each obstacle. All of the low ropes course is inside the dome so my 3 year old watched with my husband from the soft play beneath and cheered us on. My son went round lots of times and had a great time, we had to bribe him down with a hot chocolate and cake!
We all then played inside in the dome’s soft play area and inflatable then went outside to the play area. It’s a beautiful area, the outdoor equipment is very well designed and incorporates recycled and sustainably sourced materials. The turf at the site used to be Arsenal football clubs pitch! There is a fort, lots of log structures to climb and a large sandpit. My 3 year old loved the sand and wouldn’t come out even when it started to rain.
After enough stalling it was time to tackle the high ropes. High ropes have a height requirement of 1.4 metres and minimum age of 10 years, so it looked like mummy was testing this one out! My mum was visiting for the weekend and had come along too so she looked after my children in the outdoor play area while me and my husband braved the high ropes together. It was quite scary, especially at first, but I got into the swing of it and tried to not look down. The team were excellent, we were shown how to use the course and were very securely attached so any slip and we would just hang in our harnesses. Except for a small wobble when I got completely tangled up, I got around the course and felt a huge sense of achievement. It was a really great activity to do with my husband, it would make a great ‘date day’ or birthday gift, as we encouraged each other around and had fun together without the kids. I also scored major ‘cool mum’ points with my 6 year old who was very impressed that I’d gone up.
Feeling brave we all then took turns on the giant airbag jump, which is a lot higher up than it looks when you’re on the platform waiting to go! Only daddy braved the slide drop.
There is also a fantastic cafe. We went in it for lunch and, as the food was so good and reasonably priced, we went back for snacks later.
We had a fabulous day and ended up spending over 4 hours there doing various activities and just playing. There’s a minimal charge to go in and just use the soft play and outdoor play area of £3 for 1-5 years, £5 for 5-16 years, £2 for adults and 0-1 years are free. This is included if you book any of the activities available (high ropes, low ropes or big leap and super slides). It’s a great attraction to have in our area, to do the ropes course as a family activity or just to go in and use it as a place to meet friends. It makes a great alternative meet up place rather than a traditional soft play or playground, and its in a handy location for both Hull, Beverley and surrounding areas. My husband also said it’s one of the best places he’s ever taken the kids so we’ll certainly be back soon.
So overall a big thumbs up for Let Loose!
Its open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am term time and every day in school holidays (times and days may change though so do call ahead to check before going). As well as going to do the activities with your children, or just having a play date, they also run children’s parties and do group bookings for grown ups, such as corporate events.
I’d heard a lot about Williams Den over the last 6 months, lots of parents at playgroups and classes I’ve chatted to in our area have been discussing what it was going to be and when it was going to open. The new attraction, on the road between North and South Cave, opened its doors last month so I was very keen to go and find out more.
I thought I’d better wait for school holidays and take my 6 year old along with my 3 year old or I wouldn’t have been very popular! I also used it as a good location to meet up with my friend Emily from York (who runs the York Mumbler) and her 2 and 4 year old children.
The concept is a play area like no other I’ve been to, it’s all about embracing play, with dens and plenty of sensory experiences to use your imagination with. I’d heard there was a lot to do outside as well as inside and the forecast was looking bad, but we packed our waterproofs and decided to brave it.
It’s very well set up for indoor play and while it rained we spent a good couple of hours inside to begin with. There is a huge ‘treehouse’ style indoor play area (The Den) with steps, bridges, ropes, fireman poles, a slide and even some fabulous musical chairs. There was also a little ‘river’ water play area (which today was a sand river) and a large sandpit area too. There was also a large room with soft materials to build dens with where we spent a lot of time.
I was most impressed by how safe I felt it was, some of the tree’s are a challenging climb for my 6 year old and there were some parts where I couldn’t completely see them all the time, but the environment and atmosphere felt very secure. There were lots of staff constantly walking about checking on children and if any of them did get lost they were finding their parents. The system to get in was brilliant, each child got a wristband and you put the parent/carers phone number on it so any problems and they would call you.
When we went outside space and the views are the first thing that you notice, it’s beautiful. It’s all built very in-keeping with the surroundings, all from very good quality, natural materials. There are loads of mounds (mountains and molehills) that have been created to give the ‘rolling hills’ feel… makes brilliant simple play for the kids to run up and roll down plus they’ve put some cool tunnels through some so the adventure continues. My 6 year old loved a huge climbing frame made from tree branches, and my 3 year old spent most of her time in the tunnels and at the mud kitchen making ‘mud mash’.
You can see a map of the whole area here.
We had lunch at ‘The Kitchen Table’ and we were hugely impressed by the quality of it, You can see the menu here but we thought it was really good value for what we got. The kids pizzas were wood fired and delicious, one small kids pizza easily fed both of mine (and my 6 year old his very hard to fill!) and at £5 I thought it was a good value lunch. The staff were super helpful, especially with getting people tables during the lunchtime rush.
Outside and attached to The Kitchen Table there is a little enclosed outside space with benches and a play area. You can enter the Kitchen Table and this play area without entering the den so there is no charge if you just want to come here with little ones. There are some things for kids to play with including some stacking bricks and cool spinny seat things, which all our kids loved.
Overall I would HIGHLY recommend a visit to Williams Den and I feel really lucky that this has been built in our area, I haven’t been anywhere quite like it before. It wasn’t cheap to get in, and I have heard a lot of negative comments about the price, but it did feel it was completely unique and can be a full day out (we arrived at 10.30 and left at 4.30 and could have stayed longer). The staff were excellent and went the extra mile, my son lost me at one point and they were fantastic. He was on the zip wire and I was in the tunnels with my 3 year old when it started to rain, he couldn’t see me so went inside thinking I’d gone to shelter but we were playing in the rain. He got upset, a staff member approached him and brought him out to look for me and find me, he said they had really looked after him. They were also constantly cleaning! Despite kids playing in mud outside and running inside, all of the inside area looked immaculate.
It was an ideal place to meet my friend from York, and she is going to meet me there again and bring her kids pyjamas and stay later (it closes at 7pm Thurs – Sat) so drive back when its sleep time.
Here are my top tips to get the most from the day:
William’s Den is open every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day)
Sunday to Wednesday – 9:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday to Saturday – 9:30am – 7:00pm
Under 3 yrs = £3
3-17 years = £9.50
Adult = £8
Concessions = £6
Carers = Free
Annual Passes Available
Find William’s Den at Wold Hill, North Cave, HU15 2LS. More details on their WEBSITE here.
This week I had the pleasure of getting fully relaxed and recharged at a Yogabellies class. Pam Medhurst runs our local Yogabellies and she invited me along to see what one of her classes was like. I have a few friends who have done Yogabellies in pregnancy and Yogaballies Mum & Baby with their newborns and raved about them so I was keen to see what they were all about.
Now before I go any further, this is not a Mumbler exclusive or announcement, I am completely not pregnant! But Pam said I’d enjoy the class anyway and to be honest it was the most relaxing thing I’ve done in the last 2 years since my 2nd baby arrived, so I was really glad she asked me along.
Pam holds classes in Hull on Monday evenings at Amiyoga on Princes Avenue Hull and on Tuesday evenings at Neals Yard on Beverley’s Saturday Market. Also from 1st March she is starting new classes on Wednesdays at Brough Methodist Church. I went along to her Beverley Yogabellies class this week where I was welcomed by Pam and 8 lovely ladies of various stages of pregnancy, from 19 weeks to 37 weeks.
The venue is great; it’s a room above the Neals Yard shop that you access from a side door, very cosy and relaxing with free parking outside on the Saturday Market car park (it’s free after 6pm and the class is 6.30-7.45pm). Pam provides mats and lovely fleecy blankets and pillows for relaxation time at the end so I just had to turn up in my leggings. It started with everyone introducing themselves and talking about their pregnancy experiences, then we did some breathing techniques to use in labour. We then went into some yoga positions and moves that were adapted for a bump and completely safe to do, despite my lack of bump these were really good stretches and I enjoyed learning the different techniques. We ended with a relaxation session where Pam read a short passage about the experience of birth and we all laid still relaxing under our blankets.
Pam was very knowledgeable and she covered a lot of useful ante natal info during the class. There are Yogabellies classes across the country but Pam was recently voted their Teacher of the Year, so we’re very lucky to have her running our sessions!
There were some first time mums and also a lot of 2nd/3rd timers too as this is a great way to just spend some ‘you time’ and think about the baby you’re going to have without any distractions. I can’t remember a time that I’ve spent an hour and a half just focusing on me and relaxing since having children and it was so refreshing! Earlier that day I’d done the school run, kids tea, taken my son to gymnastics, raced home and handed the baton to my husband and driven to the class. I arrived tired and a bit stressed out but I left feeling totally calm and energised. Pam also talked during the session about using the techniques with children you already have so I am going to employ some breathing and quiet sitting with my stroppy toddler!
I really wished I’d known about these classes during my pregnancies, I can see how the session can really help if you’re suffering from pregnancy aches and pains and how it would prepare you for birth, I think if I’d known some of the breathing and techniques Pam talked about I might have had better labours! It was also a great way to meet other pregnant women and make friends before baby arrives, Pam holds reunions and meet ups for ladies after their births so you can keep in touch.
That’s enough from me and my ‘non-pregnant’ pregnancy yoga class, I asked a lady who was doing the class to summarise her experience. Kate from Skirlaugh is 26 weeks with her 2nd baby and doing Yogabellies now (and did so previously with her first baby)…….
I began Yoga Bellies when 20 weeks pregnant with my daughter and attended class for 16 weeks which took me to 5 days before her arrival. I found that Pam prepared me for labour with breathing techniques and birthing positions, and the other yoga positions we practised helped with any aches and pains along the way. Working full time in a busy job, I always secretly looked forward to the relaxation session at the end of every class. Pam’s class was friendly and welcoming and, having never tried yoga previously, Pam made me feel totally at ease. At home, I fell asleep to the relaxation and positive affirmations for birth CD from my pack on a daily basis.
Fortunately, I had a natural labour with only gas and air. Both my husband and I are convinced that the reason the midwife said I had ‘hypnobirthed’ was due to the fact I used the breathing techniques and my preferred birthing position learnt at Yoga Bellies (to help gravity) whilst listening to the Yoga Bellies music for birth.
My daughter and I attended Pam’s Mummy and Baby Yoga class when she was 6 months old which again I’d recommend and, 3 years later, I am attending Yoga Bellies as am pregnant with my second child and couldn’t imagine going through labour without Pam’s help! This time around there is the added bonus of homemade ginger cookies at the end of each session!
Footy Tots are new football classes in Hull, Anlaby and Brough suitable for children aged from 1 (or walking) to 5 years. I have a football mad 2 year old so I was thrilled when they asked me to go along and review one of their classes.
I always find Saturday mornings a bit difficult with my toddler. I have a 6 year old son who plays for a football team on a Saturday morning so my 2 year old daughter usually has a huge tantrum when he sets off because she wants to play football too. Footy Tots have classes at Winifred Holtby on a Saturday morning so this was an ideal one for me to take her to try out.
The times are split by age: 9.00 – 9.45 ages 1-2 yrs, 10.00 – 11.00 ages 2-3 yrs, 11.00 – 12.00 ages 4-5 yrs so we went along to the 10am class. Although the majority are boys there are some girls at the classes. All classes are indoors and this was in the sports hall at the school.
Sarah runs the classes and set them up last year to try and get more children into football from an early age. She has always coached football and also coaches the Hull City Women’s team so is very experienced and knows her stuff. She developed the program herself so its completely unique and each class is specific to that age group to develop both physical and mental agility.
We started with a warm up, some running and jumping then stretching and then got straight into some simple skills. What I really liked was that it was an interactive session for the parents and children, Sarah showed us all a skill then we each helped our children to learn and practice it. I’ve been to football classes in the past with my son where the parents sit around the edge, I liked being involved with the class as I felt I was doing something with my daughter and learning things we could do together at home. We did a few more skills with other equipment such as skittles and domes and then ended with some penalty kicks. It was also a good workout! I was quite out of breath a few times so it was good to know my daughter had had a good run around and done something really active.
The hour long session flew by and my daughter didn’t want to stop at the end. She was a bit shy at first but Sarah was so encouraging and brilliant with all the children. It was a huge hit and my daughter, she hasn’t stopped talking about it since and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a football class for their child.
Sarah also runs classes in Hull at Victoria Dock Village Hall on Tuesdays, in Brough on Fridays and in Anlaby at Hull Collegiate School on Sundays.