Monday, 29 October 2018

Reasons to Choose Live-in Care in Comparison to Residential Care

Many of us will find ourselves in the position of needing to choose the right type of care package for a loved one, and the decision can be a challenging one. It's not something I want to think about but the day, sadly, arrives for us all at some point. Should you opt for residential care for an elderly or disabled relative, or choose live in care ? Here are some of the reasons why home care can be an excellent option. Find out if the Council might pay for your care.

The ability to remain at home

I know for my Gran in Ireland, remaining at home was extremely important - she was a proud woman who'd raised 7 children and run a successful retail business with my Granddad for several decades. Both a shop beside the house and a travelling shop. Doing all of the duties that came with it, whilst raising a large family. Yet each time we went on holiday to Ireland she rustled up a banquet for sometimes upwards of 20 people for breakfast lunch and dinner with ease.

When a person goes into a residential care facility, they are forced to leave the home that they have loved and made their own for years. This can be hugely stressful and upsetting and make any existing health conditions worse. However, with care at home packages, the individual can remain within their beloved home and have the safety and security that they need in the shape of a live-in carer, who is there to support them with their everyday life and to ensure that they can continue to live at home in a safe, well manner.

The option my Gran chose was to live in accommodation designed for the elderly, which she made her new smaller home, with her own front door, where she had the best of both worlds. She made it like a palace and it was like a tiny version of her former family house, with all the family memories still on the walls. Independent living on a small scale that she could cope with in her later years. With neighbours of a similar age who became firm friends.

A flexible service

With care at home, your loved one can have the right care package built around their needs. They may just need a professional carer to pop in daily to assist with meal preparation and certain household tasks. Or they may need a live-in carer who is permanently on-hand to support and help with all aspects of day to day life. Whatever the need, a home care service can provide it.


Residential care facilities can be highly expensive and don't offer tailored packages that are bespoke to individual needs. Live in care can be far more cost-effective because it requires no accommodation overheads. Instead, the care recipient remains within their own home, comfortably and happily, but with the expert and professional companion and live in care professional that they need to get the most from life.

Wellbeing and social

A live-in carer can help your loved one to remain as well, as active and as social as possible. They can encourage your loved one to remain mobile and to retain the confidence that they need to attend social events and classes and to be part of the community. This is vital to feel healthy and happy and to get the most out of life; something that isn't always available in a residential care facility where staff are spread across a large number of patients.

When I think of a Carer living in, for some reason thoughts of Frasier immediately spring to mind, as initially Daphne moved in to provide Physio for Martin.

Martin (Mahoney), a retired Seattle Police Department detective, has mobility problems after being shot in the line of duty during a robbery.Frasier hires Daphne Moon (Leeves) as Martin's live-in physical therapist and caregiver, and tolerates Martin's dog Eddie

Personal care

Your loved one will have individual care and attention from the home care professional and companion that they feel happy and safe with. This provides a vital and one-to-one relationship that isn't available in a residential home. The carer will be able to get to know your loved one and their own unique needs and keep the family updated with things that they need to know, as well as to liaise with other agencies such as doctors or healthcare professionals to ensure that a seamless service is provided.

In conclusion, although live in care is less well known as an option for independent living, it can offer a range of benefits.

Collaborative Post with Promedica24

Friday, 26 October 2018

Halloween Spooktacular at Bristol Zoo Gardens REVIEW October 2018

So Sunday 21st October in spectacular weather we headed off to review what Bristol Zoo has to offer this Halloween for their Spooktacular. Bristol Zoo Gardens have their pumpkins on and creeping it real from 20th October till 4th November. During that time kids go free - one kid per paying adult. Terms and conditions apply see website for details.
So upon entering the zoo reception you are given a leaflet to stick stickers on and a sheet of 4 stickers, both for the Halloween Mystery Trail. Shortly after accessing the zoo you stumble upon DRACULA DRIVE which you can't miss as you'll see below. If you are lucky and time it right the Witch, Winnie the Witch will be on Dracula Drive itself to meet and greet you. If not, attend her story time at 12:30 1:30 or 2:30. It was one of the highlights of our day for sure.

It was hard to get Aaron to concentrate on ANYTHING as he kept saying "when can I do Zooropia?" even though he's done it every time we've gone to the zoo since he qualified to, aged 5. He's now 8 years old and in year 4. He only went to the Witch's story time at 1:30 on the condition that he was doing Zooropia straight after.

He didn't expect to enjoy story time but loved it as the witch was so captivating and because of the many spooky artefacts that she showed us at the end. All the sort of things she'll be dropping into her spell making cauldron at some point. Aaron's favourite thing was the REAL snakeskin!

Before you go on Zooropia you go to a building near it to pay and for Aaron it cost me 7.50GBP which is reasonable considering how long and enjoyable the course is. There are qualified instructors manning it and I have never had any concerns whilst Aaron's been up there even when he was only five! It was touch and go as to whether I would let him do it, so look how absolutely MADE UP he is to have his ticket in hand below. One of his 2 dimples firmly on show. Oh he's the cutest sometimes.

It's fantastic if you have kids of different ages as Zooropia is above the playground so I was able to watch Lottie playing in the sand while Aaron literally climbed above our heads. Only trouble is I couldn't convince Lottie to go and watch him come down the zipwire at the end, so I missed the chance to video that and for the 1st time he landed on his feet and was utterly chuffed and thrilled with himself.

I wish I'd seen him actually come down the zip wire. He was THRILLED as it's the first time he's ever landed on his feet and was stoked with himself as 2 teenagers hadn't managed to and he normally doesn't. I may not have been over there to video it as I was with Lottie but I caught his joy in this pic for posterity just after. So lovely to see my son back to his normal go-getter confident self.

The zoo is simply bursting with photo opportunities at every turn so make sure you bring a camera that is charged and good to go. I didn't even need to ask Aaron to climb into this turtle but I did need to take Lottie's rucksack off for her when it was her turn bless!

I'd completely forgotten that Bristol Zoo has an Aquarium and it even has the new tunnel you see below that the kids were absolutely fascinated with - Daddy too!

We spent a lot of time in the wooden outdoor adventure playground, continuing to be in there after Aaron did Zooropia. There is an excellent outdoor cafe and seating in the entrance to the playground so I got them each an ice lolly and myself a welcome latte as I'd well and truly earned it by that point and Daddy had gone food shopping.
It's a really nice space as the equipment is challenging enough for Aaron even though he is a very athletic sporty capable 8 year old yet so much of it is small enough for my brave (not so typical) tall 2 year old Lottie. They actually even played nicer whilst I was at the cafe as Aaron helped Lottie with everything which you'll see when I get chance to edit my video footage. With facilities such as this phenomenal playground which caters for such a broad age range and is so relaxed and open plan, you can understand why so so many local Bristollians have the annual membership to visit as often as they like.
I just had to photograph this bumblebee as the attention to detail in the zoo is just beautiful. The grounds themselves are stunning from a horticultural perspective too hence the zoo being called Bristol Zoo Gardens.

After spending a considerable amount of time in the adventure playground they then wanted to play in the water in the SPLASH area. Unfortunately we timed this wrong as it was no longer nearly as hot as it was earlier but it didn't stop them taking socks and shoes off and despite Lottie getting soaked it was just warm enough that she didn't catch a chill and of course at her age I had a complete change of clothes...

After they got warm and dry when they finished playing in the water we went to the Lorikeets area which we all loved. It's an enclosed area where they can fly around really worth a visit.

Straight after that we headed for Gorilla Island as Bristol Zoo is well known for its gorillas and they didn't disappoint I have some brilliant footage of them all moving around and playing. There's this great vantage point to view them from too:

There are photo frames like the below throughout the zoo and my two were such good sports, typical blogger kids and posed in each and every one of them:

The zoo has a lovely spacious airy feel to it even when busy so Lottie was like this most of the day and I have finally learned that they can have a rucksack each so for the 1st time EVER Mummy did not carry everything yay (a trick I learned from Mum Under Pressure):

I love these metal sculptures that signify you are near BUG WORLD:

Oh when you first arrive you see the lions on the left and there is this button that sprays water which of course Lottie had to play with until there was a puddle on the floor. He fascination with puddles of course aided by her Peppa Pig addiction:

We were at Bristol Zoo Gardens Sunday 21st October and largely October is turning out to be a great month weather wise so for the whole day the sky looked like this. The husband and I loved the architecture on this Water World building which signifies that you are right by the Zoo's Aquarium.

Bye bye Bristol Zoo Gardens:

This is us waiting for Daddy to collect us as he'd popped out to do the weekly food shop after enjoying some time in the zoo with us:

Thanks for hosting us Bristol Zoo we had an incredible day and were blessed with the weather.

Bristol Zoo Spooktacular is on from 20th October to 4th November and during that time kids go free, one child per paying adult. See website SPOOKTACULAR for terms and conditions. There is also craft and face paint, for a small additional fee but everything else is included, such as story time with the INCREDIBLE Winnie the Witch. If you go let me know what you think.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Thanks a Million Mrs Hinch Home

Home was somewhere I always felt trapped by, so took every excuse I could to go to the park or on a day out with the kids. Pre-kids my escape was long hours at work. My Mum always said I wasn't a "Mrs House" type person and that home was merely a place to lay my weary head. Home was the place where I could never catch up... with the dishes, the laundry, the clutter, it was all too much. And to be honest was never really my thing. Which is odd as I can transform a room with flair when I do put my mind to it. An ability I just rarely tap in to.

It was very early September when I discovered Mrs Hinch Home via my friend Sometimes It's Sarah. Just as she was about to get married. I think Sophie Hinchcliffe was on just under 100k followers at the time. Little did I realise that hitting that follow button would be so very transformational.

What did I do with this new found knowledge?

Well, firstly I immediately bought Zoflora (Country Garden and Bouquet) and secondly, I mopped then mopped again using the Zoflora to disinfect all of the downstairs flooring, which thankfully is all wooden (laminate in the kitchen, dining room and den with a real wooden floor in the sitting room). Yes no carpet, downstairs at least, should mean it'll be easy to toilet train Lottie, which means I ought to have done so by now, but that's a story for another day. I might now be great at cleaning but I am not yet Super Mum.
Clean and clear disinfected wooden floor

Floors are something I always focus on first for several reasons. One, because it's where all the toys invariably are so I get a huge boost from picking them all up and secondly as I am an empath I feel "energy" and stagnant energy tends to be on the floor. So clearing it, via hoovering and mopping, gives me the energy boost I need to then continue with other tasks around the home and if I pop out, say on the school run, and come back to clear floors it lifts my mood hugely. Clearing and cleaning the floors literally LIFTS the vibration of both myself and my home. I can see the benefit for the kids when they walk into that brighter atmosphere too. Such a shame that in traditional cleaning it is advised to do the floor last, it doesn't actually work that way for me personally.

Perception Deception

I suffer from overwhelm, which is where when I look at a task I don't see what you see. If you, dear reader, are tidy, you'll probably eye up a pile or a mess and think "that'll only take 15, 30 or 45 minutes" and you'll dive in. Perhaps the only thing you will think is "that won't take long" if you even stop to think at all. I know my Mum doesn't. A dirty mug doesn't linger long on any of her counters. And beds don't stay unmade. I think the only place my Mum goes before making her bed is her en suite. Clearly I must be more like my Dad LOL. Not so with me - this ability to dive in. I will eye something up quite a few times, be it a cluttered work top, or dining table, or 4, 5 or 6 Ikea bags of clean laundry that needs to be folded and put away, or floors covered in toys and to me it will seem insurmountable so I will do everything else but that task I've decided to put off and then there becomes more than one of those and the overwhelm spirals.

So where does Mrs Hinch come in? Well quite simply, she makes cleaning FUN. In fact she doesn't even call it cleaning at all. It is HINCHING. Like vacuuming became "hoovering".  Hoover was originally just a brand, then it became a verb "to hoover" and ever so quickly we now have "to Hinch". And there is more to it than simply that. Whereas the famous You Tube speed cleaners that have gone before her will focus on a large area, like: this is how I speed clean the bedroom, or the kitchen or the whole house... Mrs Hinch for a long while mostly focused on her sink! So for those of us who can't face DOING IT ALL... it was a manageable task. In an area you face very frequently and an area that gives back rich rewards in terms of sheen and shine. There is NOTHING that beats the feeling of waking up to a clean, clear SHINY sink. Anyone who knows me knows that far far far too many of my Instagram stories were - in the past - me moaning about doing the washing up. I don't and have never, owned a dishwasher. So this isn't a band wagon I have jumped on to be trendy. This is literally medicine for me and much needed. Following Mrs Hinch is like my daily dose of dare I say therapy.

So just like NLP where they will cure your fear of spiders by telling you to imagine the spider in black and white and imagine it as being very small instead of very big, I now see cleaning tasks as something speedy, something fun! Where the outcome and the joy at the accomplishment is so much more than the journey to get there. And because Mrs Hinch names all of her cloths and tools all the drudgery seems to somehow be taken out of it. It helps that she overlays a lot of her Instagram stories, so this now sees me doing everything round the home with music blasting. I'm literally whistling while I work.

It Takes Two

A recent critic wrote an article that all this cleaning is very 1950s and she criticised the fact that it's all women doing the Hinching. Well I have a story of my own there. Where my husband would come home to a messy home, he'd have to pick up toys before he could do anything and the bits he could do would always go unnoticed. Ever since I've been a signed up member of the Hinch Army, he does so much more, because now, it's so much more obvious what needs to be done, because I've nearly always already done three quarters of it. So I'd say he's washed up more frequently in the last 2 months than he has in the past 4 years. So don't always judge so harshly Mrs Journalist. It may be us ladies who are on Instagram, but there's an army of Hinch men behind the scenes. As for the men allowing their women to haul, until I was a stay at home Mum I was always financially independent but anyway, the only items I have bought, since Hinching, have been
  1. Lots of Zoflora, the little one pound bottles
  2. 3 pots of the Pink Stuff at a pound each.
  3. Elbow Grease a pound!
  4. Cif Power and Shine
  5. Astonish Mould and Midlew (which is AMAZING on grout and sealant etc...) and is only a pound!
  6. Astonish Floor Cleaner Orchard Blossom (which smells as great as Zoflora and is only a pound)!
  7. Astonish Oxy Active Fabric Stain Remover. You guessed it, it's only a pound!
That's one of the many things I LOVE ABOUT MRS HINCH she's introduced me to so many affordable products that are more effective than the more expensive options/alternatives. I've used all sorts of costly things in the past to get my sink shiny, to get my grout clean, to get my floor clean. Elbow Grease is an AMAZING product, as is the Pink Stuff! I only hope these things don't all go up in price as a result of being Hinched.

So in response to the naysayers no, not all of us are out spending a fortune on Hinch Hauls. And 100% Hinching is great for one's mental health it certainly has been for mine!

I am yet to buy the Vileda Vera Spray Mop or the Vileda Trace Turbo Mop and Bucket Set (although when money allows the latter will be my preference as I never could understand everyone going mad for Vera and love that Mrs Hinch was introduced to what she soon fondly named "Trace").  Sadly, as I don't have a B&M or Savers, or Home Bargains near me, I haven't even got soda crystals or vinegar yet. But will do, as a way of keeping all my plug holes clear :-)

But on a brighter note I have already Hinched:
  1. My sink regularly obviously. After all, with Mrs H you put your sink to bed every night. But I am yet to claim an elusive Minkeh (if you know, you know)!!!
  2. My kitchen sink cupboard and it's as close to a Narnia as it can be...
  3. My cooker. The windows on my top oven and bottom oven are now crystal clean and no longer brown, which to be fair is how they always were pre-Lottie. It's actually really easy to stay on top of them once clear with a frequent gentle wipe. Extra exertion is only required for a build up and I've seen from the many before and after pics on Instagram and Facebook that I am not alone in that, far from it thank God!
  4. My sitting room, proper clockwise style "mate" frequently, like Mrs H herself does.
  5. My fridge - but I only actually got round to that today as it's been a busy fortnight what with The Pipas 2018Avon Valley and Briz Shiz.
  6. My bathroom grout.
  7. My two toilets!! ;-)
Clean and clear laminate floors perfect walk way to kitchen and back door

Let's Talk Floors and Toys. Toys and Floors.

Our biggest source of marital discontent when Aaron was young, was toys all over the floor and once I'd gone to bed with him I was reluctant to get back up and deal with them. Hubby wouldn't put them away how I liked so some days they wouldn't get put away at all. It took me years (not weeks or months) to find out that other parents made a game of putting toys away and involved the kids in this task pre-bedtime. It's something I regularly do with Lottie now, so as a Mum of two, I'm not nearly as daft and wet behind the ears as I clearly was with one. Oh dear and that's not the only mistake I made LOL. I can laugh now with the benefit of hindsight.

Our favourite part of our home is the den, which leads to the dining room and open plan kitchen and the two big features of this are the skylight windows and the laminate flooring. Alas it doesn't look so great when covered in toys. But here's the thing. I finally got myself what it felt like the whole of the parenting world already had and that was an Ikea Kallax. To make up for being so late to this toy storage phenomena I WENT BIG.

My Kallax is FIVE BY FIVE meaning 25 cubic squares of lush toy storage sanity. So the toys are quite literally vertical instead of horizontal and our laminate floors get to reign supreme. Clear, clean, polished and shiny. Giving a clear walking and visual path through to the kitchen or the back door.

Fast forward to this year 2018 and in my recent busy fortnight, the floor started to get clogged with toys once again, (old habits die hard) but at the weekend when I did a HUGE spruce up to get us back to our new normal it was amazing the effect it had on the kids. It's like the space, the clear wooden shiny laminate floor, said "use me". Like in Alice in Wonderland when there are signs on things saying "eat me", so Lottie played with things she had never shown an interest in before like Aaron's road jigsaw and so thrilled was he, he got out ALL OF HIS CARS and got off the Nintendo Switch, to show Lottie which sized cars better suited the road. They played on the floor for hours and I literally couldn't have been happier. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen it all in my Instagram stories but they expire after 24 hours so long gone now. But here are a couple of pics I took at the time:
Clean and clear floors are a blank page for creative play

But literally if you want floors clear of toys, get yourself a Kallax, it has certainly exceeded my expectations and the bottom cubes with pull out drawers, I have been very strict about and they've been maintained for a whole year now. There is a theme to each box and they get emptied out like that and refilled and tidied away like that. 
  1. So on the far left is a box of Thomas trains and tracks
  2. Next along is a box full of 2 x Fisher Price Farms with animals and people
  3. Next is a box of Fisher Price Little People a road set with electronic cars etc...
  4. Next is a box of aliens and space ships, the whole Early Learning Centre Happy Land set.
  5. Last box on the right is a box of Lightning McQueen and other remote control cars.

I can't tell you how satisfying it is with the first 4 of the above 5 boxes to tip each one out and EVERYTHING you need to play in that theme is ALL in that box. No routing through ALL the toys looking for one bit you're missing.

My only regret that I didn't get a Kallax when Aaron was a tot instead of November only last year when his younger sibling Lottie was a tot. I was working when Aaron was 1 and 2 and could easily afford it but I was managing to do a full-time role in 3 days a week and always chasing my tail and flying by the seat of my pants, far too busy to ever slow down and see what needed doing at home.
I was shortlisted at the Pipas in the Family section

Thanks a Million Mrs Hinch

There is a reason I specifically said Thanks a Million as the header for this post. Firstly because in the coming days Mrs H will reach a million followers on Instagram (she's already on 979k) and secondly because before she was even in the press or on This Morning, I said "by October she will be on a million followers" and I am finding it quite spooky that I was so right considering she was only on 100k when I said that. Only thing I will admit to getting wrong... eeek.... is I said early October and it turns out it will be later in October, but in my defence I didn't know she was going to get a DVT and be laid up in hospital for approx a week and that took Sophie herself by surprise too. Delighted she's making a full recovery and Hinching again. But there is just something very pure and genuine about her energy and sense of fun, that literally takes all of the doom and gloom out of the overwhelming feelings associated with cleaning. I know people who take a cursory glance at her Instagram account don't really "get it" but there are hundreds and thousands, literally hundreds of thousands of us who DO!!!! I'll always be grateful for the boost she's given me and the whole house and family benefits.

As you'll see in the picture above, from the Pipas 2018 photo awards, Hinching has quite literally seen me getting the spring back in my step and that benefits my whole family. Happy Wife Happy Life. Happy Mum, happy home!
Mrs Hinch signature phrase all the best

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Giveaway Win $100 USD towards a Jord Watch

Hi to you all and so sorry that it's so very long since I've blogged. It's remiss of me especially considering I have a great giveaway running on Instagram since 2 weeks and I ought to have shared it with you.

I have been reviewing this Jord Watch and it's helping me keep track of time (I haven't worn a watch in over 10 years and now I have it on daily and love it). It's great as I no longer need to keep looking at my phone for the time. Now I'm a fully paid up member of the Soccer Mum club I can keep an eye on the clock. Must say though I'm not looking forward to the evenings drawing in. I noticed last night it was nearly dark at 19:30hrs and football is 1800 to 1900 tonight. Thank God it's a warm dry day but we do have Storm Ali skirting passed us and it's just knocked down my washing line with 3 loads on. Anyway I digress back to the watch.
The details of the giveaway are in this post: Jord Watch NewMumOnline Instagram Post
Which can also for your ease be found below:

[Ad] On the sidelines Soccer Mum. Me last night. As my⌚ @jordwatches ⌚so beautifully displays it is 18:50 🥅⚽️and Lottie & I have managed to get through a match without her creating too much mischief. I would say the weather hasn't turned yet but as we were walking to the car there was a downpour 🌊☔and because the boys carried on playing for over 30 minutes it was DARK when we got in. Thank God our first LEAGUE football match is Saturday MORNING at 10:30 am. In my future I see us all requiring thermals. The footie we did thus far for 4 years was inside apart from June and July and didn't have a team/matches. We're hard-core now 🥇🏆⚽️ Anyway I digress I have a #JordWatch #Giveaway for you. Click on the link in my profile link: The contest will end on Oct 7, 2018 at 11:59pm. All entrants will have a chance to win a $100 gift code to use on the JORD site! One lucky person will win, but everyone will receive a consolation code worth 10% off once the contest is over! All other entrants will also be emailed a consolation 10% off code as well. Once the contest closes, Jord's system will randomly select a winner and email them immediately with their winning code. All you have to do is fill out name and email on the link in my profile. To put it in perspective my watch pictured retails at $199USD so $100 goes a long way to covering a perfect ⌚xmas present for someone 🎄 #SoccerMum #FootballLeague #Offside #SideLines #MeAndMyGirl #WinterIsDrawingIn #ClockWatching #MyTimePiece #MyHappyCapture #OutdoorsAndHappy #WinAwatchVoucher #Ad #GiftedToMe #FootBallMum #SaturdaySoccer #LifeCloseUp #My2YearOld #FootballMad #PBUKad #WoodenWatch
A post shared by Parenting Blogger Liska (@newmumonline) on

To enter the giveaway you can go directly to:

But please note the following:
The contest will end on Oct 7, 2018 at 11:59pm.

You have a chance to win one $100 gift code to use on the JORD site!

One lucky person will win, but everyone will receive a consolation code worth 10% off once the contest is over!

All other entrants will also be emailed a consolation 10% off code as well.

Once the contest closes, Jord's system will randomly select a winner and email them with their winning code.

All you have to do is fill out name and email on the link in my Instagram profile.  The link is also above.
To put it in perspective my watch pictured retails at $199USD so $100 goes a long way to covering a perfect ⌚xmas present for someone 🎄

What is unique about this watch is that it is WOODEN, hence the wooden packaging you see above, which celebrates this quality of the watch. It means it is a real delight and pleasure to wear. It doesn't feel like an alien bit of plastic or metal on my arm. Technically I could see it as a dress watch for special occasions but in reality I am wearing it every day.

Good luck!

Wooden Wrist Watch

See more UK giveaways here:

SuperLucky Blog Giveaway Linky: the UK's biggest list of blog giveaways

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Holiday Kids' Clubs in Bristol Summer 2018

Holiday Kids Clubs - great way to break up the 6 weeks school Summer holidays
Ensuring our kids still get the company of their peers and 
lots of activity in a formal secure, yet fun setting throughout
You don't even need to be a working parent
You might just want a few days out where kids can be kids and adults can be adults
When you reconnect afterwards you'll both have a renewed spirit and
be happy to share with each other what you all got up to. 

The first time we dropped Aaron at a holiday club Lottie was sad to say goodbye
but he had so much more time for her at the end of each day
when he'd had time away with kids his own age. 
Of course it also meant I could focus on Lottie one-to-one
which she loves like when he's at regular school.

The trouble with the school Summer holidays is most of your extra-curricular evening hobbies break up for the Summer too just like school. I know all of Lottie's toddler play and stay groups do. With Aaron though, we're very lucky in that our Football Club training and our BMX Club classes carry on throughout. But it can be a long six weeks with no school and no formal structured activities.

We ourselves tried Bristol's Premier Camps in February and Aaron loved it - he made great friends and took part in gymnastics, football, archery, fencing and Nerf Gun wars over two days even coming away with a certificate. When he was in nursery when I went back to work just before he turned one, childcare was circa 50GBP a day, so I was pleasantly surprised to find Premier Education holiday camp from only 15.95 GBP a day (cheaper or dearer depending on the amount of notice given and whether booked on or offline. Book online before you attend, to guarantee a place and the cheapest price. There is a mobile phone contact for each Premier course and the phone is answered by a very personable and informed team member who will give you the exact advice you require. If you do a course local to home you may well find your child knows a few people there.

Premier Camps!Everyone is invited to join the fun.

Inspire to Engage is Premier Sport’s brand new holiday course initiative. Your children will keep busy and active with a huge variety of activities and sports for them to enjoy during the school holiday. The fun environment on our holiday courses means they mix with loads of children of their own age, get active and most importantly have fun.

The programme is accessible across all age groups and abilities. It ensures your children have fun with friends, at the same time learning the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. The programme helps your child improve their communication skills, build their self-confidence and develop valuable social skills.

It’s a fantastic, healthy, way for kids to get out of the house. Kids love being active and of course it’s cool being with friends. The usual verdict is "it was brilliant!"

Clifton College Kid’s Clubs – 3-13 Years of Age

This summer, Clifton College in Bristol are hosting their popular kids’ clubs, with a group suitable for all ages between 3-13 years of age. Each club includes a wide variety of activities all with the aim that your children enjoy themselves and learn different skills on the way. 

The Mini’s Kids’ Club (3-4) 

focuses on personal development and interaction with others.

The Junior Club (5-7) 

focuses on encouraging children to pursue their interests and develop their skills through their own choice of activity. 

The oldest club, the Kids’ Club (8-13)

promotes self-expression, confidence building, offering complete flexibility and choice of involvement. Of course, all three groups offer FUN, with activities such as arts and crafts, outdoor play and even afternoon swim sessions (Kids’ Club and Junior’s Club).

Prices for all kids' clubs at Clifton College 

- start from £22 for half a day and 
- £44 for a full day. 

The Mini’s Club started from 6th July 2018 while the Kids’ Club and the Junior’s Club started on 9th July 2018. Feel free to join at any time. For more information, and to book online please visit

An example of a day in Clifton College Minis Kids Club

Minis Holiday Club

Minis Holiday Club is for 3–4 year old children plus 2 year olds who attend our nursery during term time and is based in Clifton College Nursery. This provides a stimulating and creative environment for young children during the holidays. Qualified and experienced staff will support children to engage in age-appropriate activities with particular attention paid to personal development, interaction with others and, most importantly, fun! Minis must bring a packed lunch each day.
Typical Day Timetable
0800–1000 – Arrivals, Early Play including Arts and Crafts, Games etc
1000–1030 – Registration and Chat Time
1030–1130 – Playground and Games
1130–1200 – Optional Activities
1200–1300 – Lunch
1300–1600 – Outdoor Play/Free Play/Adult-led Activities
1600–1800 – Departures, Stay and Play and Quiet Time
*Above is an example of a typical day and should be treated only as a guide. Variances regularly occur as staff adopt a flexible approach to meet children’s needs.

This post is a collaboration