Little Pickles Markets Buyers Tips

Our mission is to save parents as much money as they can kitting out their growing families from bump to early school years at our Little Pickles Markets and on through their primary years at our BIGGER Pickles Markets.

With this in mind, we have a few tips to help you to be a savvy nearly new shopper.

  1. Raid the change jar – If you have your £1 entry ready for entry to the market. It helps the queue go down quicker, so you can get shopping quicker. The stall holders also appreciate it if you have change instead of handing over a note.
  2. Time your shop – Our popular markets do attract a long queue of money-savvy parents eager to scoop the bargains. So if you want first dibs make sure you arrive early to get to the front of the queue. If you like a quieter shop, you can arrive later. Don’t worry there will still be tons of great quality bargains left.
  3. Make a list and set a budget – if you are expecting a new baby you might have a long list of needs and wants. Keeping a note of what you need already have. This will help you to ensure you don’t buy duplicates. Make a little note of how much you are willing to spend on certain things. It’s only a bargain if it is something you need/want and are going to use.
  4. Take a second look – You will be amazed what you can miss on your first circuit around the market venue. After all there will be tons of bargains for you buyers to see. So take a second or even third walk around the venue and see what pops out.
  5. Lastly be safe – if you are buying battery operated/electric items make sure you see these working before purchasing. If you would like to use a plug socket please ask the market organiser and she will be happy to help on the market day. Also if you are buying a pushchair or highchair or anything else that may have a knack for using it, make sure that you get a full demonstration from the sellers. There is a great range of toys at our events but please make sure these are complete with all parts/pieces before buying.

We hope these tips help and please share any tips or advice you could offer Little Pickles Markets newbie buyers.

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Extremely Good Fun Comes To Swindon

Fun-loving locals are in for a real treat with the opening of a brand new Extreme Trampoline Park in Swindon this week (1st February 2016)

The new 1,100 square metre park is the second of its kind in the UK and follows the launch of the Better Extreme Sports Facility in Barking, London last summer. It is operated by GLL, the charitable social enterprise that runs the facility under its brand name, Better Extreme.

Offering state-of-the-art equipment including a main court with foam pits, extreme dodgeball area, basketball, fidget ladder, slack line and performance walls, the trampoline park will provide a fun haven for children and adults alike.

Youngsters of any age are welcome and trampolining is a great way for kids to let off steam in a safe and supervised environment. Older teens who enjoy extreme sports can build up their confidence with support on hand if required, while adults can pit their skills against each other in activities designed to test their abilities to the max.


The facility can also accommodate birthday parties, company team building days and adult only parties

The trampoline park is situated within Swindon’s Link Centre complex and the site which includes an ice rink, swimming pool, gym, cycle studio and 3G pitches now offers the most comprehensive range of sports and leisure facilities in the town.

Commenting on the launch, Jamie Ross, Better Extreme National Sports Manager said: “We’re thrilled to be opening this park, which uses the latest state-of-the-art trampolining equipment which we sourced and imported from the USA. We’re hoping that it’ll become a real destination for the region, attracting visitors from across the South West.

“Trampolining really has something to offer everyone, from children, to extreme sports fanatics, to businesses who’re looking for a unique company away day or team building environment.”

The new Trampoline Park will be open from 1st February 2016.

Initial weekday opening times will be from 4pm – 9pm and weekend opening times from 11am – 6pm on Saturdays and 10am-4pm on Sundays. From 15th February opening times will extend to daily sessions of 10am to 9pm.

Prices start from as little as £6.95 and include concessionary rates. A reduced adults entrance fee of £7.95 will run during February 2016 (normal price £9.95).

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Eating Out with the Family – Lydiard, Swindon Beefeater Review

We love to eat out with the family, event though it can be a challenge. I think it is very important for children to experience what it is like to eat out, choosing their own food and learning table manners. But family restaurants with activities for the Little Pickles are always a draw, even if they only provide a colouring book to keep them entertained whilst waiting for our order.

I have to admit I haven’t been to a Beefeater for quiet a few years, I think when Tegan my eldest pickle was a baby so that’s about 13 years (crikey I’m old!). So was looking forward to trying it out.

For a treat the Grandma, Me and the Littlest Pickles Faryl, 4 and Aliza 2 headed to the newly refurbished Beefeater at Lydiard, Swindon.

The restaurant is just off the M4 so very accessible, with plenty of parking, it is pay and display but this can be refunded when you pay your bill in the Beefeater. So can be great to visit on a family day out, celebratory meal, shopping trip or stop off on a longer journey.

Beefeater Welcome

On arrival we were greeted by a polite waiter and shown to our table, it was early on Friday lunchtime when we arrived but soon got busier as the time went on, with a mixture of families, couples and business colleagues eating.

They were quick to bring us a highchair for Baby Pickle, we were given a kids Mr Men menus, activity books + crayons, full menus and the lunch menu.

Beefeater Menu

The kids menu was pretty impressive with a wide selection of starters, mains and desserts to cater for even the fussiest eater, as you can swap any of their sides.

They was a great selection of food, Grandma had nachos and Aliza joined her with the kids version, but to it was pretty large for her, but she made a serious dent in it. Faryl had garlic bread and I had Garlic prawns which were lush.

Beefeater Food

For main the kids both had one of their all time favourites sausages and mash, which was plenty for them, Aliza aka Little Miss Hungry woofed it down and Faryl ate most of his too.

Grandma had a steak cooked exactly how she requested it and she assured me it was lush.

I had a burger served with skinny fries and coleslaw which was yum and very filling.

We then had totally scrummy desserts to blow the diet right out of the window, oops!

Decor Beefeater

The decor in the newly refurbished restaurant is very modern with oranges and grey, a real hit with me as that is the colour of our living room. The colour scheme creates a relaxing homely feel, perfect for a family meal.

Beefeater are revamping lots of their restaurants across the country so visit their website for full details of a restaurant near you.

We were offered a free family meal at The Beefeater, Lydiard Park for our honest review.

Us at Beefeater

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


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Open Farm Sunday

On Sunday 8th June there was a national day called ‘Open Farm Sunday’ which enabled people to visit local farms free of charge to find out more about the day to day running of a farm, plus information about how our food is produced.

Seeing the not so great forecast for the weekend we didn’t make any solid plans for Sunday, as we thought we would have a day indoors doing some jobs and playing games. But we woke up to the sun shining bright so thought we should make the most of it as you never quite know how long it will last in this country.

So after seeing a few tweets that morning I remembered it was Open Farm Sunday, so I took to the website to see which was our local farm. After lunch we headed off to Rowdefield Farm, Rowde, Wiltshire which was only a 10 minute drive from our house.

We arrived and parked in a nearby field much to the worry of the pickles that thought the car might sink as it had rained over the last week!

This pickles started off with sitting on some farm machinery including tractors, diggers, quad bikes and topped off with a sit on a combine harvester which Daddy was very excited about too.

Then the kids planted some cress seeds, which we amazingly managed to get home without spilling dirt all over the car. Now the cress is growing well on the kitchen window sill. We then took a look at some farm animals including sheep, horses, chickens, and some very cute chicks and ducklings.


Then the part Faryl couldn’t wait for Tractor Rides, we all enjoyed this especially Baby Pickle who giggled all the way. It was a bumpy ride across a field.

After we finished on the tractor we headed to the barns to find out more about crops, the farming year and where our food comes from. Which was the whole meaning of the day, it really interested the bigger pickles. The afternoon was finished off with the pickles playing on hay bales and racing around in the ride on toy tractors.

So all in all we have a fantastic free day out and will have 7th June 2015 in the diary to do it all again next year, will you be joining us?

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



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Hypnobirthing – The Natural Birthing Way

My name is Natalie and I have a daughter who was born in April 2013 using Hypnobirthing techniques. I came across Hypnobirthing whilst pregnant as I was looking for something to help me deal with my fears of giving birth. My Husband and I practiced it throughout pregnancy, used it during labour and birth and I often used it afterwards too. We had the most wonderful experience and it inspired me to want to help as many women as possible to achieve the same natural, calm and amazing birth. I then trained with Katharine Graves later in 2013, whose course is specifically designed for the UK market and is very flexible.

Why choose Hypnobirthing?

Reduced need for pain relief

Feeling in control

Relaxed and calm labour; good for Mum, Dad and baby

Relaxed pregnancy

Increased chance of a relaxed and calm baby

Transferable techniques to apply through pregnancy, labour and early days of looking after baby (as well as in the rest of your life)

But most of all, by choosing to Hypnobirth your baby, you could be increasing the chance of having a ‘wonderful experience’ instead of one that fills you with dread. Everyone is different, but everyone deserves to have a good experience when bringing their child into the world.


Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal course and teaches you all you need to know about birth.  It is a 12 hour course, taught over a number of sessions.  It uses guided relaxation, breathing and massage techniques to help women and their partners release the negativity and fear with which our society views birth and reconnect with the simplicity and calm of a baby’s natural entry into the world.

Couples usually come to the classes together, but it works very well too if a mother comes on her own.

If you do decide to choose Hypnobirthing, or want to read up even more about it, then please don’t hesitate to contact me

By choosing North Wilts Hypnobirthing, you can be comforted in the knowledge that it is a member of The Hypnobirthing Association which is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

Written By Natalie Willis MHbA Owner of North Wilts Hypnobirthing

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Next Course Dates – April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and May 5th in Melksham, Wiltshire

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