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The Family Grapevine is a very useful resource for families with children from pregnancy to teenagers. We have been supporting local businesses and printing free local magazines since 1995.

Printed and distributed three times a year to tie in with school holidays, each magazine is packed with information on clubs, societies, holiday schemes, events, competitions and much more to help families plan their leisure time. Find your local area using the Search Bar above. If you run a local business and would like to advertise with us, in print or online, please do get in touch via [email protected]

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All aboard the Santa Steam Express with Steam Dreams Rail Co.

New for 2021: The only Santa steam train out of London. Families can get into the Christmas spirit on a magical steam journey with Steam Dreams Rail Co. departing from London Victoria station this December. The Santa Steam Express is new for 2021 and will be the only Santa steam train on the mainline out of London. There will be three daily departures of the service (0920, 1200 and 1415) on three different dates – Monday, 13 December, Tuesday, 14 December, Monday, 20 December and Wednesday, 22 December. Passengers will be welcomed into festively decorated 1950’s atmospheric carriages where Santa…

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Clifford the Big Red Dog

When middle-schooler Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) meets a magical animal rescuer (John Cleese) who gifts her a little, red puppy, she never anticipates waking up to find a giant ten-foot hound in her small New York City apartment. While her single mum (Sienna Guillory) is away on business, Emily and her fun, but impulsive, uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) set out on an adventure that will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat as our heroes take a bite out of the Big Apple. Based on the beloved Scholastic book character, Clifford will teach the world how to love big! In Cinemas from…

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Stride Into Life to Think Yourself Well

by Dani Simpson founder of Stride into Life   How are you? How many positive thoughts did you have in the last 10 minutes? We have 60,000 thoughts a day, so if we don’t take control of them, the damage done to our minds and lives would be significant. How many of those 60,000 are positive? How many are negative?  And what happens when we stay on a path of negative thoughts, rather than redress it? The truth is, we can’t control what happens in life BUT we CAN protect our mental health by training ourselves to respond better and…

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The Softest of Socks for Tiny Toes this Winter from sustainable fashion brand, GreenTreat

Eco-friendly fashion brand, GreenTreat has launched a range of organic cotton socks just for kids! Priced at £10 for a pack of 3, each pair of socks has been lovingly made with the softest of cottons to keep feet warm and cosy this winter. The new collection of GreenTreat children’s socks have been knitted with organic cotton, a natural growing, ethical and sustainable plant source. Each organic fibre retains the versatility and freshness of conventional cotton, however organic cotton has been grown without environmentally harmful chemicals or fertilisers. The result is a naturally breathable, soft touch cotton. Each sock features a comfort top that…

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Crystal Palace Chronicles transports young readers back in time at poignant book launch in the Palace Museum

The book launches two weeks before the 85th anniversary of the fall of the 'People's Palace'. Author Graham Whitlock (and thanks to the power of time travel, H.G. Wells) welcomed 50 guests of all ages to the Crystal Palace Museum last week (17th November) to mark the release of a time-travelling new novel for young teens, The Crystal Palace Chronicles: Star of Nimrod, just a fortnight ahead of the 85th anniversary of the burning of the People's Palace. The museum, the last standing part of the Crystal Palace, was a poignant and fitting location to celebrate the release of this…

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Wild Kids Company

Bushcraft vs Minecraft is the motto of Wild Kids Company. The great outdoors was always a very big part of our childhoods. We fondly remember our first camping trip, singing songs around the campfire, Grandad whittling with his penknife, staring at the sky looking for shooting stars and listening to the shriek of tawny owls somewhere close overhead. Then suddenly we grew up and found ourselves too busy to enjoy the outdoors and struggling to inspire our kids to go on those same outdoor adventures. Now all kids hear is the familiar – “let's go for a walk” as the standard…

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Hello products launch in Superdrug UK – A Review

I am the perfect person to try the new @helloproducts_uk whitening toothpaste, not because I am good at taking before and after photos, but because I have a veneer on one of my front teeth which was colour-matched to my other teeth when I was much younger and hadn’t drunk quite so much black coffee and red wine… After just a week of using the epic whitening toothpaste there is already less of a difference between my lovely white veneer and my real teeth - which is definitely something to smile about. We took the whitening toothpaste tablets on holiday with us,…

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Local Magazine

The Family Grapevine is published three times a year in March, July and November.  We take copies to nurseries, children’s centres, health centres, schools, sports centres, libraries, visitor attractions, supermarkets and many more places besides.  You can also find the latest issue of each magazine online by selecting your local Family Grapevine using the search box above.