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Review: Stick Man at The Lowry

Have you seen, or read, the tale of Stick Man?  Who hasn’t right?  That’s why this show is a must!

About The Show

Scamp Theatre have brought the magic of Julia Donaldson’s ‘Stick Man’ to life!

We see the much loved character, Stick Man, as he goes for a jog and his encounter with a dog, who wants to play fetch with him.  Following this is a series of unfortunate encounters for Stick Man, including a girl using him in a game of poohsticks, and a Swan making a nest with him!  Stick Man is then swept out to sea ending up far from home, his stick lady love and family of 3.  As the seasons pass, Stick Man meets a surprising friend who might just be able to help him get home.  Will he get back home to the family tree in time for Christmas?

Take a look at the show here:

 

Our Recommendations

The show is full of puppetry, music, quirky songs, and funky moves. It’s intention to draw in the audience works like a treat, with characters coming out into the audience, and the audience get involved in bat and ball!  You’ll even find the weather takes on a wintry scene inside the theatre!

The show is only about 60 minutes long so it’s perfect for youngsters that might struggle to sit still for long periods of time. There is nothing more wonderful than seeing your little one’s face light up, and shouting to the characters “he’s over there”!  It’s definitely a feel-good festive show.

Tickets

The show is running from Saturday 1st December until Sunday 6th January 2019 so don’t miss out!

Book your tickets to see Stick Man here

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Where: The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ

Box Office: 0843 208 6000

Daisy & Ollie Christmas Special

Do you have a Daisy & Ollie fan?

Are you a Gary Barlow and Jason Manford fan?

Look no further than the latest episode of Daisy & Ollie – their Christmas Special!

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Gary Barlow has joined forces with the cast for this one off special called ‘What’s So Special About Christmas Anyway?’ where we see Daisy’s daddy struggling to get into the festive spirit due to the pressures of work – in this case writing a song for Gary Barlow to sing at the town’s Christmas concert.

The Take That front man has been animated by the team at CHF Entertainment and will star as himself in the magical episode singing a song written by Jason Manford and the team.

The ever-inquisitive friends ‘Daisy’ (voiced by Sarah Hadland) and ‘Ollie’ (voiced by Claire Morgan) are disheartened to discover that Daisy’s Daddy isn’t feeling the festive inspiration to write the song, which prompts them to try and restore his Christmas spirit by finding out what really is so special about Christmas.

Daisy & Ollie Cast

Created by Helen Brown and produced by CHF Entertainment, with Jason Manford as executive producer and writing many of the scripts, “Daisy & Ollie” premiered for the first time on Cartoonito in November 2017 and was an instant hit with parents and their pre-schoolers, quickly becoming the No1 show on launch. 

Gary comments: “I was absolutely thrilled when Jason asked me to be part of the Daisy & Ollie Christmas special, especially as a cartoon version of myself. It was great fun and a heart-warming show. I can’t wait to watch it with my family during the Christmas period!”

Jason comments: “It has been an exciting few months working with Gary Barlow on the Daisy & Ollie Christmas episode, and it has been an incredible honour to write a song for him to sing in the show.  Bringing in a huge star like Gary brings that festive touch of sparkle a Christmas episode needs. I can’t wait for the viewers’ reactions when they see Gary in the show, the animators have done an incredible job creating his character – it looks just like him!”

The Daisy & Ollie Christmas Special episode, What’s so great about Christmas anyway?’ is available to watch on Cartoonito and to download from Amazon and iTunes from Sunday 2nd December.

Premiere Screening

We were lucky enough to be invited to go along to the Premiere of the screening yesterday and it is most definitely a must watch for all parents and little ones.

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The episode is, as always, beautifully written by Helen Brown and promises to make your little one’s face light up.

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Can’t wait to download it?  Watch a clip of the Christmas Special here:

 

You can download the Christmas Special episode here here

 

Press Release:

JASON MANFORD HOSTS PREMIERE OF DAISY & OLLIE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 

Northern stars visited the Savoy Cinema in Jason’s hometown, Stockport, for a festive screening of hit preschool animation Daisy & Ollie’s Christmas special, which features a musical performance from Gary Barlow.

On Friday 30th November, comedian and Daisy & Ollie executive producer, Jason Manford, was joined by friends and cast members including Sarah Hadland, Clare Morgan and BBC Radio Manchester Breakfast Show presenter Chelsea Norris as he hosted the event at the Savoy Cinema, Stockport.

Along with their families, friends and fans came out for the premiere of ‘What’s so great about Christmas anyway?’, a festive Daisy & Ollie episode which also features Take That frontman Gary Barlow singing a Christmas song written by Jason Manford.

The episode, which launched on Cartoonito on Saturday 1st December and is now available for download on Amazon and iTunes, is brimming with music and fun, and follows ‘Daisy’s Daddy’ (voiced by Jason Manford), a musician and single father, as he is asked to write a Christmas single for the world famous pop star, Gary Barlow, who’ll be performing it at the town Christmas concert.

Over 150 people attended the festive family screening, which concluded with a Q&A with Jason Manford and his fellow voice cast, Sarah Hadland and Clare Morgan along with the show’s creator, Helen Brown from CHF Entertainment.

Guests and their families also met the Daisy & Ollie costume characters and were treated to a very special visit from Santa and his Elf, who took time out of their duties at the Christmas Woodland at Blakemere to meet the guests.

Jason Manford comments: “It has been an absolute pleasure to host the screening today in my hometown of Stockport. It was wonderful to see the reactions of so many young children and their families alike enjoying the new episode. It’s been an exciting few months working with Gary and an incredible honour to write a song for him to sing in the show! The animation team did a great job. The episode officially launches tomorrow and I hope the viewers enjoy watching it as much as I have making it!”

On appearing in the Daisy & Ollie Christmas special, Gary commented: “I was absolutely thrilled when Jason asked me to be part of the Daisy & Ollie Christmas special, especially as a cartoon version of myself. It was great fun and a heart-warming show. I can’t wait to watch it with my family during the Christmas period!”

Created by Helen Brown and produced by CHF Entertainment, with Jason Manford as executive producer and writing many of the scripts, “Daisy & Ollie” premiered for the first time on Cartoonito in November 2017 and was an instant hit with parents and their pre-schoolers, quickly becoming the No1 show on launch.

Jason Manford & Santa

 

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Cockfields Christmas Experience

Come and enjoy this amazing Christmas Experience at Cockfields Farm.

This is a magical festive event packed full of wonderful activities including: –

  • Elves Workshop – make your own teddy
  • Write and post letter to Santa
  • Visit the North Pole Sweet Shop
  • Mrs Claus’ Kitchen – festive story time, decorating gingerbread man
  • Meet Prancer & Dancer, along with other animals, in Santa’s Stable
  • Meet Santa

Full details, including how to book, can be found here

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Calling all local businesses!

Are you looking to boost your business sales in the run up to Christmas?

How would you like to be part of the Family Life Bury Christmas Market?  A market full of local businesses, promoted by local business.

For just £30, you can be included with up to 3 images, backlinks to your website, social media and contact details.

The Christmas Market will be open 24 hours a day right up until Christmas Eve.

We will be promoting via our social media channels and online at www.familylifebury.co.uk.

If this sounds ‘right up your street’ get in touch at info@familylifebury.co.uk

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#shoplocal #lovelocal #Bury #CountdownToChristmas

 

Baby Mindful

Spend quality time with your baby in a calming and supportive atmosphere, where you can benefit from carefully designed exercises to help you relax, unwind, and feel more confident and grounded. Strengthen the bond with your new baby and see how they are gently stimulated and calmed.

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Classes run every half term. Contact for available class dates and to book.

Further information can be found here

Cost: £25 for 5 weeks

When: 9:30am

Where: The Tottington Centre, Market Street,  Tottington, Bury BL8 3LL

Contact: aislinnmarek@relaxkids.com

Baby Mindful Classes

Baby Mindful classes are different to many other baby activity classes, in that classes have a slow and simple pace, giving you the chance to “be” with your baby” rather than “do”.

Each session is based around a well-known nursery rhyme and follows a seven-step programme, including: –

  • movement
  • play
  • gentle stretching
  • gentle baby touch
  • breathing exercises for parents
  • affirmations
  • relaxation

The unique classes allow a wonderful space for parent and baby to connect and enjoy being with each other – it’s never too early to be introduced to calmness and contentment. Spend quality time with your baby in a calming and supportive atmosphere, where you can benefit from carefully designed exercises to help you relax, unwind, and feel more confident and grounded. Strengthen the bond with your new baby and see how they are gently stimulated and calmed.

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What are the benefits?

BENEFITS FOR BABIES

* To both stimulate and calm whilst supporting their natural development.

* To encourage their confidence and awareness along with their cognitive, communicative, social, emotional and physical development.

* To enjoy quiet and unhurried time with parents, which will enhance bonding.

BENEFITS FOR PARENTS

* To support you in a calm, safe, and soothing space where you can grow and transition into your new role.

* To help you learn to how to respond to the ‘dance of parenthood’ from a place of feeling calm and centred.

* To introduce you to practical life tools that will be beneficial throughout your parenting journey.

* To encourage you to recognise that your needs are important too, and to recognise the value of nurturing yourself, encouraging you to take some time for yourself.

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Who are classes suitable for?

Classes are suitable for babies aged birth to 6 months.

Cost

£25 for a 5 week course.

How to book

Book your place on the next course here

Find out more

To find out more about my Baby Mindful classes or make a booking please email aislinn@thecalmwithin.co.uk or visit www.thecalmwithin.co.uk/babymindful

You can also find out more on the Baby Mindful Facebook page here

 

 

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