Last Friday I was invited to the Baby Show at Excel London by Tommee Tippee. Being half term I had all of the pickles home so I had to take some of them with me so I took my two eldest girls 12yo and 7yo plus Baby Pickle herself, leaving the terrible two 4yo and 2yo with the childminder.
We packed the car with lots of supplies, including drinks and snacks plus a treat or two. The journey was ok well if you don’t mind motorway driving, M4 and M25 most of the way, 2 and half hours later we arrived at Excel. And what a fab place it is, there is ample parking, which is reasonable at £15 a day. Other transport links include DLR which is right outside the venue.
Inside the venue it is huge, light and airy with a really relaxed feel. There are plenty of restaurants, with a good choice of food. Toliet’s including baby changing a plenty and lots of lifts.
The Show itself had a good selection of Exhibitors from Swim Schools to Birth Preparation Classes, new innovative businesses to established traditional baby retailers. They had a stage with a great selection of speakers and fashion shows.
There was a stage with fashion shows showcasing the latest must haves for families.
I meet the lovely Elizabeth from the fantastic charity Count the Kicks, who raise awareness of the importance of baby’s movement during pregnancy.
We stopped to feed Baby Pickle courtesy of Plum giving us a free pouch of food and Tommee Tippee who supplied the food and milk heating station, plus spoons and bibs.
After lunch we went on for the main purpose of our visit the Tommee Tippee Press Launch, to hear all about their new range of soothers (dummies to you and me). It was lovely to meet to team and learn more about the range. Plus we got a goody bag, nothing like a free goody bag especially when it includes a delicious big bar of yummy chocolate from ‘Hotel Chocolat’ ( And yes I did hide it from the kids and enjoy it all to myself)
Once we had been to the launch it was a chance to look at new products and services that are about for expectant parents and families. Also at the same time Excel also accommodated the The Work and Family Show
The show offers parents a chance to explore the options open for working for yourself, running a franchise and building your current business. There were also plenty of guest speakers, workshops and Q & A sessions. So a good free added extra to the Baby Show.
We had a fun day and met some fantastic businesses and picked up a few bits and pieces to try out with Baby Pickle. We will certainly be visiting again in the future.
Right and then for the long journey home, but I won’t bore you with that as it was Friday rush hour after all!
Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets