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Inside and cosy

The Encounters Film Festival is on. There are lots of weird and wonderful things to see for adults and children alike. It focuses on short films and animation. Cheaper than the average cinema as well.

Got under 5s? – I suggest We’re Going On A Bear Hunt. Swishy swashy, stumble trip, oh no, we’re not scared, etc.

Got over 8s? – I suggest Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers, etc. God love him, he did write some amazingly wrong tales of gory glory!

I also love that there is a showcase of works for the deaf, including children’s programming, and a Polish showcase too, to support our Polish community.

Outside and active

It’s the Chandos Rd Street Party this weekend, on Sunday, from 12-6. If you’ve been before, you’ll know it’s a really good way to explore this enclave of lovely food and drink, and have the children entertained by lots of different things, from stalls to artwork and games. There’s always music, too. Everyone welcome.

New places to try

I went to Albatross Cafe on North Street last night for the launch of the new issue of Lionheart magazine, and it was just as lovely as it looks from the outside. The owners are some of the most fun and approachable I have met, and the coffee and cocktails match their approach.

It may be one more suited to the design and ceramics lovers amongst you, perhaps if you can slip away without the kids, but all are welcome, so head on down.

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I’m also really excited for everybody in our former hood, BS4, now that the old Gaines Greengrocers is a (good) memory and Fox and West has opened, restoring the balance, and adding a cafe! It’s hard to believe that four years ago, in this bit of Totterknowle, there was NOWHERE to get takeaway coffee, aside from Acapella.

Good luck to Fox and West, I’ll be in for some BS4 memory lane buggy pushing action asap.

Old place new place

I also think this should be the weekend you check out We The Curious. No matter what you think of the name change, the new, massively energised focus on questioning, and experiencing science with your hands, your voices and your eyes, is perfect for children. You know Toddler Takeover’s always been good. I think the curious toddlers just got one step closer to a total takeover.




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