Under Fives

Things to do with Babies, Toddlers & Young Children in Derbyshire and Staffordshire

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 149: July 2017

Welcome to the Under-Fives newsletter. I hope you are enjoying the summer - suggestions of places to go are below.

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Baby Massage

Baby Massage helps Infants Sleep Better and Cry Less

There are plenty of places to learn how to massage your baby - find a class in Hilton, Derby, Littleover, Allestree, Belper, Matlock, Mickleover, Repton or Ilkeston.

Going to the farm

Places to go over the Holidays

Many toddler classes and groups don't run over the summer holidays - find suggestions of places to go instead at

Events for the Under-Fives

E-mail your event to jill@under-fives.org and I'll be pleased to publish it here.

Storytelling at Tamworth Castle

The storyteller will be in residence to tell tales of Knights, dragons, princesses and unicorns. Come along dressed in your favourite costume and listen to stories. Wed 26 - Thu 27 July 11.30 to 6 pm.

Superhero Picnic in the Park

All you need to do to take part in the fun is dress up like a superhero, bring a picnic and enjoy the activities. 11 to 3 at Mon 31 Jul at Markeaton Park, Tue 1 Aug at Darley Park, Wed 2 Aug at Derby Arboretum, Thu 3 Aug at Chaddesden Park, Fri 4 Aug at Sunnydale Park.

Summer Play Trail at Ilam Park 2017

Play and explore this summer at Ilam Park with a self-guided trail. Ideal for families, dogs on leads welcome. Along the way, you'll be able to play pooh sticks, spot birds, build a den and make a grass trumpet. Now until Sunday 10 Sep 2017

Pirates of the Maize Maze

Set sail on a treasure hunting adventure through the 10 acre maize maze at National Forest Adventure Park, Now until Mon 4 Sep 2017 from 10 am to 6 pm.

Glewy The Alien and Friends!

Come and meet Glewy the Alien and his puppet friends. Play party games, sing songs, tell jokes and stories. Win prizes, and have fun with the naughty little monster and his friends. 29 July 2017, 10:00 - 16:30 at Matlock Farm Park

Take The Tomato Trail Challenge

Can you count how many delicious, juicy fruits are hiding around the Emma Bridgewater factory to win a treat? From now until 3 September.

Summer Family Fun at the West Shed Museum, Midland Railway

Have a go at summer seaside themed craft activities and make a 'junk model' train. From now until 1 September, 11-6 pm.

The Princess and the Pig

There's been a dreadful mix-up in the royal nursery. Priscilla the princess has switched places with Pigmella, the farmers new piglet! Biddulph Grange Garden, Saturday 5th August 2-3 pm. Bring along your blankets and folding chairs to enjoy this open-air production, filled with music and puppetry.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

Bilingual babies: Study shows how exposure to a foreign language ignites infants' learning

Bilingual experience has been shown to improve cognitive abilities, especially problem-solving.

How to stop worrying about your baby's sleeping pattern

Parents are twice as likely to suffer depression if they worry about their child's shut-eye, expert warns.


Asda Little Angels nappy withdrawn after baby 'left blistered'

Asda has withdrawn an own-brand type of newborn nappy after a family complained their baby had suffered a "chemical reaction" to the product.

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