Half Term Activities on a Budget

Yay it’s Half Term which I love due to the lack of routine, yes you may have guessed that I don’t lead a conventional life, well I do have 5 children and work for myself, so routine is definitely not my thing!! So the the holidays for us bring on lazy day’s, no school runs (can you hear the excitement in my typing) and taking it one day at a time. As much as we would love PJ day’s, the kids will soon need to be entertained to prevent them from pulling each other’s hair out.

So I thought I would share some of our budget day’s out with you to all.

Half Term

  • So first on the list following on from our love PJ day’s, why not grab some popcorn, treats and let the kids chose some good old classic Disney movies to fill a couple of hours, Little Mermaid and Toy Story are among my favourites.

  • There is nothing quite like a walk in the fresh air to wear the pickles out, we always enjoy a day at country parks, with free or minimal parking charges/entry fees. Pack a picnic and you have a cheapy day out. Couple of our favourites are – Moors Valley Country Park, you can watch the trains go by on the railway, follow the nature trails or the pickles can burn off some steam on the adventure playgrounds.  Lydiard Park A fantastic adventure playground separated into different areas for different ages. then there are lovely grounds to explore around Lydiard House and the lake. Some think parks and walks are only for fair weather, but that is why wellies and waterproofs are an essential part of any families wardrobes, well we do live in rainy England afterall.

  • Swimming is a great way to tire the kids out and keep them active and free swimming is offered to under 16s by many local councils during the school holidays, so make the most of this.

  • Refresh the bookshelf for free – If your house is anything like ours it is oer run by books. But the pickles especially Jolie (my little bookworm) love to get their hands on new and exciting books to read, so we head to the library to pick some some fresh titles and some old favourite we don’t own. If you are not a member of your local library you can join for free and start borrowing books straightaway, if you aren’t sure where your local library is the visit www.gov.uk to find out.

  • Bring out the artist in your little pickles – My kids love to make creations, Lexia so much so that she has her very own creation station in the dining room. It is a chest of drawers full to the brim with different papers, pens, card, felt, stickers, glitter, pencils, pva glue, paints and the list goes on, all regularly restocked for a few pounds at our local scrapstore. So from sticking, cutting (with supervision), painting, drawing we can have hours of messy fun (thank god for an oilcloth on the table).

  • Outdoor play – we are lucky enough to have a lovely large, if not a little wild garden. So with a swing, big trampoline, slide and a shed full of bikes and ride ons, we can waste hours having fun out there. So if you have a garden however large or small, make the most of it and let the pickles play.

  • Rejig the toy boxes – Over the last 13 years, I have spent thousands on toys for birthdays and Christmas for all the pickles, but they all have their usual ones leaving others to gather dust and think that your money has been wasted. The kids often find a new love the forgotten toys, once they are dug out from the bottom of the toy box, under the bed of on top of the shelf, so go on release the forgotten toys!!!

  • Cinema Outing – As most people have realised cinema viewing can be pricey especially if you buy the over-priced popcorn and other snacks at the kiosk. I always take our own snacks along, that’s one or the pro’s of having an oversized Mary Poppins sized handbag that can fit just about everything in. Most cinemas including Odeon and Vue have morning showings during the holidays, these special viewings are usually only a few pounds. Plus the sound is not a as deafeningly loud during these screenings so you don’t leave with your ear’s ringing, oh gosh how old do I sound!

So that is some of our tips for keeping your ‘Little Pickles’ amused this half term. If you have any hints of your own please feel free to comment and share with all of our followers.

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets

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Flexible Family Working

Please let me introduce myself (if you don’t know already), I am Jessamine, owner and founder of Little Pickles Markets plus mummy to my fantastic but ever challenging 5 children (The Pickles) Tegan, Lexia, Jolie, Faryl and Aliza.  I live in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and work from home around the pickles, which provides me with the flexibility to spend time with them.

A little bit about the business

Little Pickles Markets was born in Winchester in September 2010, when I wanted a new challenge that fitted in around 3 children. Now after relocating to Wiltshire and two more pickles later the business is booming. Little Pickles Markets has grown and is expanding at a rapid rate, with a fantastic team, I am very proud of.

Named after the pet name my late Grandad (a resourceful recycler) had given me and my siblings as children. This is very apt as even though we are helping parents save money, our markets also help perfectly good items find new homes and not ending up in landfill, so having a positive effect on our children’s environment and future.

Our markets are all held at weekends in indoor pushchair accessible venues. Tables are available for parents to hire to sell their good quality nearly new baby and children’s items, from Maternity to 8 years. We charge buyers a minimal £1 entry fee and all little pickles are free.

What the role involves?

You will be a self employed Market Organiser where you will be responsible for the following:

  • Liaising and booking the market venue.

  • Distribution of leaflets promoting your market.

  • Displaying a banner to promote the market.

  • Using social media to promote your markets.

  • Getting to the market 1 hour before opening to ensure the stall holders are all set up and ready to go.

  • Collection of money from people attending the market.

  • Ensuring the venue is tidy at the end.

  • Completing your market summary.

We advise each market will take approx 8 – 15 hours. This will involve 3 to 6 hours distributing marketing material, 2 -5 hours of computer work event listings, emails and social media and then 3 to 4 hours running the market on the day. These hours will be spread over the weeks running up to the market.

Existing organisers run anything from 1-4 markets a month but we would like you to hold a minimum of 9 markets within a 12 month period.


What can you earn?

This is uncapped and will be reflective of your effort and productivity. The more markets you run and the more buyers you welcome the more you will earn.

Why join Little Pickles Markets?

Little Pickles Markets is an award winning name in nearly new sales and we have a huge demand for our established sales, so there is scope to cover a much larger area and eventually the whole of the UK.

With our experience within the industry, our team offer a wealth of knowledge in organising these events, so will be able to give you step by step guidance and support you to have the same success in organising your own events.

We have a huge web presence, with a well rated google website, increasingly viewed blog and impressive social media following.

What we can offer you?

  • A step by step 6/8 week plan to help you successfully organise your first couple of markets.
  • A comprehensive handbook
  • An organiser’s support network
  • All the kit for you to run successful markets
  • Use of our website to list your events
  • Access to Facebook Pages
  • @littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk email address
  • Ongoing support
  • A chance to earn an uncapped amount of money whilst working your own choice of hours.

If you think the role of Market Organiser will suit you and you would like to join the Little Pickles Team.  Please leave a comment below and we can arrange to have a chat about getting you started.

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets

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