Aylsham

Calling all families – Baby Bump and Toddler show is coming

Just Regional
Mar 28, 2014 3 mins read

Calling all families – you are invited to The Norfolk Bump, Baby & Toddler Show on Sunday, April 6 at Sporkspark, UEA. With everything from baby essentials for mums-to-be, to free activity taster sessions, it’s a fun day out for the whole family.

This is the third year that events managers Events in the East have put on The Norfolk Bump, Baby and Toddler Show, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever – with a little help from media partner Just Regional, publishers of Just Eaton & Cringleford!

The show is the brainchild of Events in the East director Lucy Stone. A mum of two boys herself – Alfie, four, and Frankie, 20 months – Lucy decided to combine her background in events management with her experiences of motherhood to create a show aimed at families.

“When I fell pregnant I had the agonising decision that all mums face: do I go back to work or stay at home with the children?,” explained Lucy.

“I embraced motherhood and decided I was going to spend time with Alfie, going out to baby groups and having lunch with friends. However, as he grew up I realised I really wanted to earn my own money and was missing the events industry.

“I had become aware that there were lots of baby shows all over the UK, but the nearest one at the time was Cambridge. Suddenly a light bulb went off in my head.”

The first two events were a huge success, and Lucy is determined to keep developing the show to create an even better experience for visitors.

The 2014 show has doubled in size, with more than 100 exhibitors offering everything needed for pregnancy, babies and toddlers. Plus the first 250 families through the door will receive a goody bag supplied by JoJo Maman Bebe.

There’s plenty to keep the kids amused with free taster activity sessions in everything from cooking to arts and crafts, plus face painting, a free bouncy castle and storytelling. Dave Doughnut will be entertaining the children throughout the day, plus special guests Peppa Pig and George will also be appearing, and visitors can have a signed photo with them for £3.

There will be lots going on around the main stage throughout the day, including The Harmummies, who will be opening the show with their unique choir, expert talks on weaning and baby sleep, a baby-wearing catwalk show by Norwich Sling Library, an afternoon fashion show by Little Peek a Boo clothing, with 2D Dance Company closing the show.

And if you want to escape the kids for a bit then there’s even a dedicated pamper area where mini treatments will be available for a small charge.

As a community publisher, Just Regional is excited about being involved with the show. “Most of us in the office have young children and we could see the appeal the show would have for our readers, a large proportion of which are families,” said editor Sophie Stainthorpe. “I’m especially looking forward to the baby-wearing catwalk show!”

Show details

What: The Norfolk Bump, Baby & Toddler Show

When: Sunday, April 6, 10am-4pm

Where: Sportspark, UEA

Price: £3 (plus online booking fee)  in advance or £5 on the door (cash only), under 16s free.  Free parking.

Website: www.norfolkbump.co.uk

Organiser Lucy Stone with her two children.

Organiser Lucy Stone with her two children.

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