Showing posts with label September. Show all posts
Showing posts with label September. Show all posts

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Dates for your Diary - Brand New Festival Coming to Chester this September - Deva Fest

Deva Fest is a brand-new music, food and lifestyle festival which is coming to the heart of Chester this September. Organisers have recently announced the full programme for this family friendly event which shall be staged across three days at Chester Lakes in Dodleston, Chester from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September. Tickets are on sale now!

Friday's 'party night' will be open from 5pm to 11pm, whilst gates open on Saturday and Sunday at midday. The event promises fun for all the family with amazing attractions, traditional fun fair, local artisan food and drink vendors, and an all-star music and live entertainment line-up.


Deva Fest is a collaboration between lifestyle businesses We Love Good Times and Taste Cheshire bringing a celebration of the finest music, food, drink and entertainment to the Cheshire region.

A circus style 'Big Top' will house the main stage where visitors can sing and dance the weekend away come rain or shine.

The festival will kick off with a performance from one the country's most loved Um Pah bands The Bavarian Strollers, playing a set of their traditional and rousing anthems to get the party started on the Friday evening. The Friday night will be a celebration to the local Chester talent, with performances from local high energy rhythm and blues band Zoot Serious and The Bellyful of Pop, Lucy Bradburn and David O'Connor.

Saturday is carnival day promising a day of colour and fun for all the family including Carnival Day parades, and The Carnival Day Ball with TRIX.

Saturday's music line-up includes a headline set from Ivor Novello award-winning UK rock band The Feeling. Their smash hit album Twelve Stops and Home sold 1.5million copies worldwide including the singles Fill My Little World, Love it When You Call, Sewn and Never be Lonely.


Pop/rock band The Dunwells; emerging rock group Mississippi Riot; indie quartet Camens; music collective SWJ Group; 2017 XFactor contestant Russell Jones Jr; tribute act Foo Fighterz; and DJ Ally Kidd Cameron complete Saturday's music programme.

Sunday's 'Old School' theme will bring the finest dance classics to the stage. Symphonic Ibiza fuses a thrilling live symphony orchestra with high tempo beats from renowned club DJ Andy Joyce to reimagine 30 years of Ibiza dance anthems.

Add in dance legends K-Klass; Baby D; Capella; Shiva; Cream resident  DJ's Anthony Proby and Ed Mackie; Mark Radcliffe's UNE; and DJ duo Geddes and Gioia and it promises to be a neon filled, hands-in-the-air, glow stick waving party!

There will be plenty to keep the kids entertained with a whole host of family activities across the whole weekend. Visitors can enjoy all the fun of the fair with a wide selection of fairground rides and attractions, which are all included in the ticket price.

Aspiring young stars of tomorrow will not want to miss Diddi Drama. Let their creative talents flourish as they combine role play, movement and music to journey into the imagination in these exciting drama classes.

Laughter Tots will be providing themed Messy, Craft, and Sensory play sessions, where little ones will go on a magical adventure with bubbles, lights, songs and more. There will be a variety of sessions available for both walkers and non-walkers.

Other highlights include The Carnival Day Parades (Saturday), Roman Gladiator Fights (Sunday), and bingo to an Ibiza soundtrack from Kev & Perry's BinGO Large (Sunday).


All this entertainment is certain to work up an appetite, and visitors certainly won't go hungry - or thirsty - at Deva Fest, where festival goers can enjoy some of the best food and drink the region has to offer with 50 local food and drink vendors hand-picked by curators Taste Cheshire.

Sample tastes and flavours from across the globe with the finest pies, meats, seafood, cheese and savouries all on offer. Wash that down with the impressive variety of gins of the world, flavoured vodkas, prosecco, cocktails, craft beers, and freshly squeezed juices - guaranteed to keep guests' thirst quenched.

For the authentic festival experience then there are also weekend camping packages available on the Festival field, plus a dedicated area for camper vans and caravans.

There will be a free shuttle bus running between Chester Railway Station and the festival site which is free for all ticket holders.

Principal organiser Phil Marston said: "We are very excited to be sharing details of the full programme. The line-up will provide a unique blend of entertainment with something for all ages and musical tastes, as well as many different experiences to enjoy.

"We have on-site camping as well and facilities for camper vans and caravans, so people from further afield, as well as locals, can come and experience this very special party weekend."

Taste Cheshire CEO Stephen Wundke said: "We have such an exciting event planned and we all agreed that Chester needed a chance to let its hair down with a cracking three-day party and that is exactly what we are bringing to Chester Lakes.

"Deva Fest will be a party of music, food and drink, Roman Gladiators, parades, fairground rides and lots of fun for every member of the family. We can't wait to bring it all to life."

We Love Good Times founder, Izzy Grey added: "Stephen and his team have brought us so many events over the years, with not just The Food and Drink Festival, but Chestival and so many amazing experiences so it is a perfect fit to grow Deva Fest into a major regional event."

Deva Fest comes to Chester Lakes from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September 2019.

For more information or to book tickets please visit www.devafest.co.uk.


*Disclaimer - This is a press release provided by BEA. All information is believed to be correct at the time of publishing, but can be subject to change. I would therefore always recommend visiting the events own website in order to obtain the most up to date information.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Dates for your Diary - Cheshire Fest 2017 - A Family Friendly Festival

Cheshire Fest 2017 is a two day festival filled with music, food and drink and is a guaranteed end of summer celebration in the heart of the Cheshire Countryside. It will be held at the Manchester Rugby Club in Cheadle Hulme on Saturday 23rd September and Sunday 24th September and offers a fantastic entertainment programme, including some of Cheshire's finest talent.

The organisers have now revealed a full schedule for the weekend, detailing the wide range of activities that revellers can expect from the family friendly festival. The weekend festivities kick off from 11am on both days, with a full main stage programme of live entertainment throughout the day. Cheshire Fest 2017 also offers FREE entry for children aged 15 or under, with adult tickets starting at only £10 (plus booking fee) and includes a free drink.


On Saturday, the #RememberWhen Main Stage plays host to Cheshire's finest tribute acts including Want You Back (Take That Tribute), Dan East is Ed Sheeran, Be-Beyonce, MJ Mimms (Michael Jackson) and Elvis. Also joining the line up are some of Cheshire's finest local artists Leon Meya and The Sound, as well as Britain's Got Talent finalists' MD Productions.

Sunday's musical programme is sure to get the crowds rocking as the #FestivalAnthems Main Stage, delivers rock anthems. The line-up includes Antarctic Monkeys, Oashish, The Absolute Stone Roses and Yellow (Coldplay tribute). Local artists Nolan and Leon Meya complete Sunday's main stage line-up.

Elsewhere across the festival site, attendees can head to the Street Food Village to enjoy an array of gourmet street food and international cuisine. Beer lovers can sample the delights of the Mini Beer Fest with over 30 varieties of beers, cask ales and ciders from across the UK.

In addition to the Mini Beer Fest, festival goers can enjoy a relaxing G&T in the tranquility of The Gin Garden, grab a cocktail at the Cocktail Bar, enjoy a glass of fizz in the Champagne and Prosecco Bar or savour the taste of Summer at the Pimm's Bus.

Photo credit - Jazamin Sinclair

If you are in the mood for a dance, then a silent disco will also be on site, where you can dance to your hearts content with music as loud as you please, with passers by continuing to enjoy the festival. Comic Con and Sci-Fi fans are also being catered for, with Star Wars characters parading around the site, which is well worth a selfie or two!

The Kids Tent will keep the younger festival goers entertained throughout the weekend with a whole host of workshops, games and live entertainment. Stars of the TV show The Voice Kids UK will entertain throughout the day. Frozen meets Beauty and the Beast offers children the chance to meet and greet some of their favourite characters, as well as enjoy stage performances. There will also be a huge range of giant inflatable castles in Bouncy World, a Family Fun Fair and Little Explorers Activities.

Festival Director Philip Osbourne said, "After launching our first festival in 2016, we've taken huge steps to bring on board a cracking team of organisers this year to reinvent the festival. We're all about big days out with family and friends and we think this new format, location and programme will offer just that! It has been an absolute pleasure to put together the programme for Cheshire Fest, we hope the people of Cheshire enjoy what is sure to be a great weekend."

Tickets start at just £10 plus booking fees, which includes a free drink for every ticket buyer! Book now for the perfect end to summer. Tickets are available now at www.cheshirefest.co.uk and selected venues across Cheshire.

Listing Information

Dates - Saturday 23rd September & Sunday 24th September
Times - 11am to 11pm
Address - Manchester Rugby Club, Grove Lane, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 7NB

Website - www.cheshirefest.co.uk
Facebook - facebook.com/cheshirefest/ 
Twitter - @festcheshire

How to Book

Book online at www.cheshirefest.co.uk
Tickets: £11.25 (Including Booking Fee) for a day pass & £17.85 (Including Booking Fee) for a weekend pass.
(All paid tickets include a free drink).
Under 16's go free

Friday, 8 September 2017

Back to School with Term Footwear - A Review

We have previously had some great experiences with Term Footwear, having reviewed both a pair of wellington boots and school shoes in the past. We have been thoroughly impressed on both occasions and with Riley starting reception year in school, it made them my 'go to' brand for a pair of great quality shoes for him.

I have grown to love the brand this year, after being introduced to Term Footwear back in January. Both the wellies and my daughter's school shoes have been heavily tested for both comfort and wear over the last few months and so it is a brand that I have come to trust in terms of quality.

One aspect that I really love about Term Footwear's school shoes, is that they are also really stylish. So not only do the shoes provide comfortable footwear for my children, but they also look great too. I usually ask my children to pick which styles they like and sometimes can be a bit unsure about their choices, but I loved all of the styles on offer on the New Brands website. I sat down with Riley one afternoon and we went through all the different options. Initially he liked a pair with laces, but I explained to him that this could be a bit tricky when needing to get changed for PE and that he would also need to learn to tie them himself. We therefore began to look at the velcro designs and Riley settled upon the Hoddle Double shoes which looked great. I placed the order for the shoes in a size 10 and immediately received an order confirmation email. The following day, I received another email confirming that Riley's shoes were on their way already and would be with us very soon.

A couple of days later the shoes arrived and Riley couldn't wait to get the box opened and try them on. The box, like on previous occasions, was smart and stylish. It is also compact enough to keep in your wardrobe, giving you a handy place to store the shoes when not in use.


Riley immediately opened the box and had a good look at the shoes, he said he was going to feel really big and grown up wearing smart shoes to school and he couldn't wait to try them on. Everything from the materials used, to the stitching around the shoe, seemed to be of excellent quality. I particularly liked the subtle soft padded collar around the heel area which would give him support throughout the day and also prevent any rubbing or blisters.


The Hoddle Double shoes are manufactured from high grain leather and also have flexible thermo rubber soles. Riley moves so much during the day that it was important for him to have a shoe that could move easily and comfortably whether he is walking, running or even climbing. As you can see from the picture below, the shoes also have a really good grip which I am hoping will help to prevent any slips or trips in the playground.


The insole inside the shoe is really well cushioned and he said that they were just as comfy inside as his trainers. My children's school shoes don't only just see action in the playground, so it was important to me that the shoes were also comfortable enough to walk 2 miles a day in to school and back, as well as being able to withstand activities in the park after school. Riley was obviously more than happy to put the shoes to the test both in school and at the park!


Overall we have been really impressed with these shoes. Riley has just completed his first week in reception and the shoes have caused him no discomfort whatsoever. He has told me that they are really comfy and that he also enjoys wearing them. He never seems in too much of rush to kick them off after school and there have been no complaints at all about any rubbing whilst on the walk to or from school. We both feel that they look really smart and love the sleek and trendy design, as well as being easy to put them on and take them off. The RRP of these shoes is £39.99 which I think is great value for money and I am very confident that they will last him for a lengthy time, until they are outgrown.

About Term Footwear

Term Footwear is a new UK brand registered in 2016 by a husband and wife team, who have over six years worth of experience in importing and selling children's footwear brands within the UK. They had a desire to create great shoes and boots that children would actually want to wear and initially launched the brand with their own range of wellington boots that are available in a variety of funky colours which are purple, navy, green, pink, red and blue.

Term Footwear now supply a great range of school shoes to the UK market and all the shoes are manufactured in accordance with EU standards. The brand has concentrated on providing school shoes that are of a great design, comfort and fit and they are available in both traditional and modern styles.

The brand has also recently put together a great video called 'A Day in your Shoes' which you can view here: A Day in your Shoes by Term Footwear - YouTube


Disclaimer: We were provided with a complimentary pair of Hoddle Double School Shoes for the purpose of providing and honest review and opinion of the product. All opinions and photographs are my own unless otherwise stated.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

How I Prepare for Back to School!

After an amazing six weeks together, September finally arrived along with the return of "Back to School". I understand that for a lot of people it can be a relief, especially when you work full time and need to arrange childcare, but I absolutely love the summer holidays and so I was a little sad to see the kids go back to school on Monday.

Riley has just entered reception, Ben has gone into Year 5 and Emma is now in Year 6 which is her final year in primary school. It still feels like yesterday that I was taking her to nursery and cannot believe just how quickly the time flies by.

Although we have had plenty of fun over the summer holidays, it is also a time for "Back to School" preparation. New uniforms, shoes, coats, bags & stationary all need to be arranged, as well as planning ahead for snack money, dinner money or packed lunches and school trips. I know that both Emma and Ben will both have the opportunity to go on a residential trip this year and from past experience I know that all classes usually go on at least one school day trip before Christmas so I try to budget and plan ahead for these eventualities as well as making sure my budget covers everything that they need for returning back to school.



School Uniform

Our school has recently introduced a new school logo and although they are phasing the old school uniform out over a couple of years, I decided that I would like them to return in September with the new clothing. We were made aware of the costs a few months ago and so back in May, I made a list of everything that they would need. I checked the school uniform list carefully and made sure that I made a note about which items needed to have the school logo and which items didn't. Every year I always save £30 a month towards school uniforms so that each August I have £360 so spend on clothing and equipment without feeling the pinch. I increased this ever so slightly from May to August to £35 as the new supplier of the uniform was slightly more expensive than the previous.

Once I know that I have my budget sorted, I can then begin to shop around for the non logo items such as shirts & blouses, skirts, trousers, & joggers. I have purchased supermarket items in the past, and still do buy school shirts, blouses and socks from our nearest Asda. However, when it comes to skirts, trousers and joggers, I have found that they can wear quite quickly, so usually try to find my nearest stockist of the Trutex brand. I have found Trutex to be of really good quality in the past and that their trousers seem to withstand any playground test that my son Ben puts them through.

They have put together a handy back to school guide this year that features advice from experts, a handy school uniform checklist and top tips on preparing for back to school. This can be found here:

Trutex Back to School Guide

School Shoes

It is so important to get well fitting shoes for your children for when they head back to school. A child will be wearing these shoes for an average of 7 hours a day, as well as running around in them at play times, so it is vital that they fit well and are comfortable. Some stores offer a foot measuring service to ensure that you buy the perfect size, but a lot of online retailers also now have a handy print out guide that helps you to get the right size even when choosing to purchase online.

Back in July we reviewed some Bella Brogue Lace Up shoes from Term Footwear. My daughter was really impressed with them and they were so comfortable for her during the day. In addition to wearing them in school time, we walk just over two miles a day to get to school and back and so it is always important to me that they don't rub or cause any discomfort during the walk to school. As my daughter has had no complaints about her shoes at all, it made Term Footwear my "go to" brand when looking at new school shoes for Riley. As he is starting reception it would be the first time that he has had to wear smart shoes all day and I also know how active he is at play times, so I knew that they would be the ideal choice for him when considering his comfort.


Riley hasn't mastered the skill of tying his own shoe laces yet, so a velcro fastening was a must have for me, to make sure that he had no difficulties taking his shoes on and off for PE lessons, or worrying about tying his laces. After having a good look through the choices we finally settled on the Hoddle Double shoes, which look fantastic.

Term Footwear have also put together a great little video called 'A Day in your Shoes' which gives a true reflection of what happens in a school day and how Term shoes are the ideal footwear. It also features animated captions explaining the benefits of Term School Shoes. The video can be found below:



School Bags & Stationary

Riley doesn't really have much need for a school bag in reception, instead just opting for his lunch bag and school branded book bag. However Emma and Ben both like to have sports branded bags which as most parents know, can be quite expensive. We always have a look online to try and get a good deal, but the last couple of years, I have found our local Nike Outlet store to offer the best deals and value for money with their bags costing around £12 as opposed to around the £20 mark in other stores.

None of my children actually require stationary at the moment as this is provided by the school, but Emma likes to have some of her own pens in her bag for writing and drawing. She loves art and likes to do some sketches, if it is a rainy day and they have to stay in the classroom, so we do buy a few things for her to keep in her bag. We find that Asda & B&M to have a great range of stationary at affordable prices. I remember my mum always having to take me to an actual stationary shop to purchase mine and it costing a small fortune, but nowadays most large stores seem to stock a great range of stationary in the run up to back to school.

School Trips

The last thing you want after spending a small fortune on uniform is a letter on the first day telling you about an upcoming school trip that needs payment by the following week. With Emma and Ben only being a year apart, I have found that a lot of their school trips are the same and that they often go together, so it means double expenditure for me. Luckily I have learnt to prepare for this and put aside £20 a month for school trips. This means that I never have to worry about money for school trips or deposits for residentials and this certainly takes a lot of the pressure off. On the first day of school this week they both came home with a letter for a trip taking place next week, that they also need a costume for. Although I hadn't planned ahead for the need for a costume, it does mean that I have been able to pay for their school trip without any issue.

Saying Goodbye at the Gate

Well this is one thing that I am never prepared for and cry on the first day back every single year! This year has been particularly hard, as its the first time in 10 years that I haven't had a little sidekick with me all day. I am already missing building train tracks with Riley & our little trips to the shop for sneaky treats whilst Emma and Ben were in school. It is definitely going to take some getting used to!

I hope everyone's Back to School days have gone well, and that your children have a fantastic school year in their new classes!


Disclaimer: This post was written of my own accord and I have not been asked to include any brands mentioned, or received any additional payment. Opinions and thoughts are my own unless otherwise stated.