Even with the coronavirus and all that comes with it threatening the festive fun, Halloween hasn’t ghosted us yet! There are plenty of ways for you to celebrate this spooky holiday while staying safe at home.
Whether you’re planning an adult-only fright night or a child friendly fun-filled day, we have some great ideas for Halloween 2020.
1. Video-Call Costume Party
After 6 months of social distancing, I think it’s fair to say we’ve all got the video-call parties down by now. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate with your extended family and friends, host a Halloween-themed costume party!
You can boogie to some spooktacular songs, chat while you craft some creepy decorations or carve out pumpkins, or share some scary stories.
2. Scary Movie Marathon
Grab some spooky snacks, pop the popcorn and stick on your favourite scary movie! This one can be enjoyed with your nearest and dearest on Netflix party, a drive-in cinema or simply with your family in the living room.
3. Pumpkin Picking
Carving out a pumpkin with some fangtastic faces is an age-old Halloween tradition, but over the past few years, picking your own pumpkin has grown in popularity in the UK too.
It’s a great way to spend an afternoon with the family getting into the Halloween spirit, and Lancashire has lots of great pumpkin patches for you to visit.
This is an activity you can do whilst keeping safe and socially distanced, with cashless payments and plenty of hand sanitiser.
4. Socially Distanced Trick-Or-Treating
The dream of trick-or-treating isn’t dead just yet, we have a few ideas that will allow you to keep this Halloween tradition while staying safe from COVID-19.
Set up a decorated treats table outside of your house for trick-or-treaters to pick up individual party bags or cups filled with sweets. This will add to your haunted-house decorations and keep contact to a minimum.
Another amazing idea we’ve seen is a candy chute! Using a long tube that runs from your house to a spot at least 2 meters away, you can send sweets down the chute to your visitors without going anywhere near them! Genius – right? You can decorate the tube to match your other spooky decorations too.
Here at the Hub we’ve seen some great things happen this month…
Both our hair & beauty salon and Splash pool has been allowed to re-open again, and our Cappucino cafe is back under new management! Our new and improved cafe features new decor, indoor and outdoor seating and an exciting new menu filled with delicious goodies. Here’s what you can expect to see…
If you’re a fan of handcrafted speciality coffee, teas and hot chocolates then look no further than Cappuccino. Relax in our stylish surroundings with an Americano and a piece of delicious cake. We have a wide range of coffee available which we know you’ll love – including espressos, cappuccinos, mochaccinos and for those of you who are chocolate lovers – luxury hot chocolate! Not to mention just about every flavour of tea you can think of.
Try our tasty range of sandwiches – from indulgent tuna cheese crunch paninis to our famous mighty meaty sandwich – plus many more delicious fillings. If you’d prefer something lighter then try one of our fresh salad boxes, the soup of the day or jacket potatoes with your choice of filling.
Our Brand New Deli Counter
We’ve also introduced a delicatessen counter to our cafe, run by our fabulous Chef Lorraine, who has over 37 years of experience in catering and hospitality. The counter is filled with goodies, with a range of meats, cheeses, pasta, rice and vegetables and salad, so you can put together any combination you like!
Scrumptious Sweet Treats
You just can’t beat a slice of cake for your afternoon treat. We have a ton of sweet treats to tantalise your tastebuds here at cappuccino, including a variety of homemade cakes, flapjacks, brownies, scones, Danish pastries and colonies – with some gluten-free options available too!
If you head over to the Shack you’ll also discover an array of tasty Fredricks ice creams – a real must-have when the suns shining.
Breakfasts to Start Your Day Right
Served from 7:30 am, we offer a fabulous range of breakfasts and coffees to kick start your day in the best way! From the classic full English to bacon butties and scones, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes here at Cappuccino.
Fish & Chips Friday’s
Let’s not forget about our fish & chips Friday’s! What better way to kick off the weekend than a chippy lunch? Choose from mushy peas, gravy or curry sauce to accompany your crispy battered haddock and golden chips. We even have a half-fish option available for the little ones!
Something a Little Stronger
We also have a fully licenced bar! Pick yourself up a beer and sit out on our patio on sunny days, or relax after visiting our salon with a cold glass of wine or prosecco. We also serve some heavenly cocktails, gins and spirits.
You’d be forgiven for being confused about what you can do with your kids in the six week holidays; nobody knows what they can do anymore!
If you’ve been spending a lot of time with your kids during lockdown and you’re feeling a bit lost for ideas, we’ve got a few that could help alleviate stress and tension.
There are plenty of parents that may be putting off doing activities for fear of not being able to do them correctly, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you look at it the other way, you might get the place all to yourself!
Here are some activities you can do with your kids in the six weeks holidays:
While you won’t get the seaside all to yourself, it’s perfect for a day out, and you don’t have to commit to going for more than a day if you can’t afford it or you’re uncomfortable.
If you prefer to be in the open, you can grab all your beach toys, make a picnic and get your swimming costumes out. The kids will love being out in the open air, and it’ll give you some time to play with them or sit back and read a book (or get a quick nap in!).
If you’re more into the arcade, fish and chips and crazy golf side of the seaside, most resorts will have these open. However, it’s worth giving a few places a ring to make sure.
Indoor attractions will provide sanitising stations, and some will employ a one-way system. Some arcades are even testing people’s temperature before they enter the facility. Have you got your 2p coins at the ready?
Zoos have been open for some time now, over a month. There are 141 zoos, aquariums and safaris in the UK, so you’ve got plenty of choices!
Indoor zoo attractions may still be closed, so check what type of wildlife centre you’re going to and give them a quick call.
Zoos are required to adhere to social distancing laws, and many have created one-way systems, viewing zones, takeaway cafes and sanitising stations.
At a time where zoos are reporting significant debts which could put their future at risk, visiting the zoo will be more welcome than ever.
There’s no doubt some of us are feeling the financial pressures of being furloughed, even if you’re back at work you might be trying to catch up after having to use credit cards or loans to live. Or you may just love the outdoors!
It’s a plus if you do because there are loads of landmarks in the UK you can visit for free. You could visit an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty such as the North Pennines or one of the UK’s National Parks such as the North York Moors.
You can take your walking boots (cue disdain from your kids!), a packed lunch and go exploring the natural world.
While it’s challenging to keep your kids entertained when you’ve already been doing it for three months, remember that getting out and about is vital to getting life back to normal. Stay safe and enjoy this wonderful time with your children; we’ll never get to do it again (hopefully!).
Father’s day is just around the corner, so you might want to start thinking about ways to celebrate one of the most special men in your life, your dad. Thanks to the coronavirus lockdown, your celebrations might look a little different from previous years, but there are still plenty of amazing ways for you to show your dad how important he is.
Breakfast in bed
Breakfast in bed is obligatory on Fathers day, right? Food + a lie in – what’s not to love?! This is a great idea for the kids to get involved in too. Put on the works with a full English, or keep it simple with toast and a brew – either way, it’s sure to put a smile on any Dad’s face.
A family facetime
If you have a large family, you might not be able to see each other face to face just yet, you can, however, share your day virtually. A big extended family video chat is just as good as a meetup – try out Zoom, Facetime, Skype or Facebook video chat.
If you’re all over the age of 18, you could even turn this into a virtual pup quiz! Plan your questions, get the pints in and allow your dad to real off his famous dad jokes in between rounds.
Get out and about
There’s nothing like the great outdoors – especially when the sun is shining. Dig out the walking boots and take your dad on a hike, there are loads of great routes around here. If long walks aren’t really your old man’s thing, why not go on a countryside picnic or a day out to the beach – weather dependant of course.
Prepare a home-cooked meal
What’s the best way to a man’s heart? Through his stomach of course! If you live with your dad, put your cooking skills to the test and rustle up a meal featuring his absolute favourite foods. You could even take the night up a level by adding a cuisine theme – Italian, Mexican, American or good old English perhaps. Nothing says I love you quite like home cooking.
Order a takeaway
If you lack the culinary skills to make a top-notch meal, why not order a takeaway instead? You can’t beat a Sunday night Chinese right? Or perhaps a Dominos is more your thing, no matter what you choose, good food always equals good mood!
Don’t forget to get your father figure a thoughtful gift and card to mark the occasion, and enjoy the day!
What’s the best thing about Easter Sunday? The Easter egg hunt of course! Happy faces, chocolate treasures and bunny ears galore – we can’t think of a better way to spend a springtime afternoon.
Although Covid-19 is causing some uncertainty, and large Easter celebrations are off the cards, you can still have fun!
Keep the kids entertained by turning this holiday tradition into a fun game for toddlers, teenagers and everyone in between. You can give the Easter bunny a run for his money with these tips for planning an ‘eggciting’ hunt.
There are lots of ways to plan an Easter hunt, you can go as simple or as super-sized as you see fit. One of the first things to think about when planning your hunt is where you want it to be held. This is obviously restricted at the moment, but whether you scatter eggs inside the house or expand to the garden, there are some things to consider.
Firstly, do a weather check. The last thing you want is to plan an amazing outdoor hunt, only for it to pour down with rain and ruin the fun – and let’s face it in Lancashire it’s more than likely. So, make sure you plan a hunt that can be transferred indoors if need be.
The difficulty level will depend on the age of the kids taking part. If you have little ones to entertain, it’s a good idea to keep your hunt simple. All you need to do is scatter the eggs in easy to access places and let the kids loose to find them.
For mixed age children, why not make things more challenging by hiding eggs around the garden in hard-to-see places? Make fun clues for them to follow to add another level of excitement to the game.
We all know how quickly things can turn to tears, so it’s a good idea to put some rules in place to keep things fair. Consider assigning different egg colours to different children or set a limit on the number of eggs each child can find. That way you’ll ensure everyone has the same amount of Easter treats to enjoy at the end.
Although it is undoubtedly the best of all the treats, there’s more to Easter than chocolate!
You can buy plastic eggs online and fill them with a range of Easter treats such as stickers, mini chicks and craft kits. Not only will this avoid the sugar rush, but it brings another element of surprise into the game and keeps things interesting. Don’t forget the basket to carry the eggs in!
It’s a good idea to keep a note of where you hide the eggs. Some difficult and creative hiding places might fool your hunters, in which case you will need to retrieve the treat. We don’t want any treats wasting!
Remember, just because you’re restricted to your home and garden, it doesn’t mean your hunt can’t still be epic! Have fun everyone.
Did you know that babies have a natural ability to swim? Even with this knowledge, we understand that introducing your baby to the water may seem daunting at first. Yet, there are so many physical and social benefits for you and your baby.
Not only does it teach them a valuable life skill by ensuring they’re safe and confident in the water, it’s also a great source of exercise. Let’s not forget, it’s fun and helps to make the bond between you even stronger. Here are a few benefits of baby swimming to put your mind at ease and encourage you to get your little one in the pool.
First and foremost, swimming is a great form of exercise that your baby can do from birth. It may seem like a lot of splashing around, but even small movements can help with important muscle development. The same muscles used for swimming are those needed to hold up their head and move their arms and legs, making them stronger outside of the pool too. Swimming is also great for cardiovascular health, strengthening the heart, lungs and brain.
The water is an ideal place for babies to improve their balance and coordination because the water acts as support and creates a subtle resistance. The simultaneous movement of their arms and legs, helps to improve their motor skills, which are also needed for crawling. As these skills continue to develop, they will have much better balance when learning to walk on their own two feet – meaning a few less bumps and bruises!
A 2013 study found that children who take swim lessons from a young age have more self confidence and independence both in and out of the water. Baby swimming starts this early, giving your little one the ability to enjoy the water without fear. Socialising with kids their own age will also come more naturally when it comes to introducing them to nursery.
As mentioned earlier, time in the water is hard work for babies! They’re working their bodies super hard while trying to stay warm. All that extra activity uses a lot of energy, so it’s not surprising that your baby will be extra hungry and sleepy after their session. Which means a bit more quiet time for mum and dad!
For many working parents, time in the pool is one of the few times they have to get that 1 on 1 quality time. The water is the perfect place to connect with your baby as it centres on trust and skin-to-skin contact, strengthening the bond you share.
Let’s not forget, It’s FUN! It’s a great opportunity for both parent and baby to socialise with the other swimmers. Seeing the joy on their little faces as they splash around is a priceless experience.
Read about our Splash baby swimming classes in detail and view photos of our facility.
You’ve only just stopped treading on toys, and there are still remnants of wrapping paper poking out of your sofa.
The kids are back at school soon, and you’re about to get even busier than you were at Christmas! So how do you keep fit? Getting fit in January is possible, here are three ways you can get some exercise into your routine.
Although it might be cold, there are plenty of benefits of walking your dog if you can stand it. The NHS says ‘dog owners are 34% more likely to hit exercise targets as they walk their pets regularly.’
There are also plenty of health benefits, including better cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, stronger muscles and bones and decreased stress.
If you’re out in the week and struggle for time keep your walks short, if you’ve got more time at the weekend you could take your dog for a long walk and drive out somewhere special (depending on how far your dog can walk).
If you pick up some toys or a tennis ball, your kids can play with the dog, and everyone will be entertained.
If you’re self-conscious or don’t have the time to leave the house to go to a gym, you could try a home workout.
There are plenty of DVDs and fitness gurus these days, so you won’t have any trouble trying to find one. There are also plenty of free YouTube exercise channels, so you don’t even have to pay.
If you want to try to get your kids or other half involved, go for it! They’ll get some exercise in, and it’ll be a chance to spend some quality time with them.
If they aren’t interested, no bother! You can do it yourself. Be careful not to overstretch yourself to begin with as you may hurt yourself.
You’ll need some gym kit if you’re getting hot and sweaty, plus, don’t forget to turn the heating down.
Okay, so it’s a bit out there, and you’ll probably be hated for a period. But everyone needs to learn to clean, and there’s no better time than January.
We’ve all been there, you’ve been cleaning for an hour or two, and you have to take a well-deserved break. Tea and biscuits. Or something healthy!
See if you can round the kids and your other half up and get them blitzing a room at a time. If you’re particular about the quality of your cleaning, you may want to do it yourself.
If you do want to take a more traditional route of getting fit, there are 24-hour gyms in most of the UK now. Also, remember you need to eat well, too!
Everyone’s praying for snow – we all want to get our hats and gloves on and sleigh down the biggest hill we can find!
Snow doesn’t fall throughout winter in the UK though, and it isn’t much fun playing outside in the cold without it.
That’s why we’ve listed three activities you can do to ensure it isn’t all Christmas films and munching on sweets.
Here are our top three winter games:
If you love the snow that much, why not bring the fun indoors? If you’ve got a little time and you like making things with your kids, you can create some makeshift snowballs that’ll keep you entertained until the real thing arrives.
All you need is paper, and the optional extras of a hula hoop, washing up basket, a ping pong ball and an empty bottle.
And if all fails? Snowball fight!
The Christmas adaptation of musical statues, you’ll need a music source that can play Christmas songs and a camera if you want to take photographs.
It’s simple; all you do is play the music and then stop it, the kids have to ‘freeze’ and the one who freezes last is out.
Take photos of everyone when they’re frozen, and show them after the game for a few extra laughs.
If you want a fast-paced, funny Christmas game to play with your kids, this is the one for you.
The supplies are easy to get a hold of as well, all you’ll need is some toilet roll and any extras you want to add, such as a snowman hat and scarf.
Once you’ve got your supplies, get your kids together (bring in the adults if need be) and tell them to create the snowman – the faster, the better.
However, you’ll soon find it’ll descend into chaos, and the race won’t matter!
Give all three games a try if you have the time, and see how much your children enjoy them. Have a fantastic festive period from everyone at The Hub Buckshaw; we hope you have some winter fun!
The summer has come to a close and autumn has arrived. It’s a wonderful time of the year and there are always activities to do around the period leading up to Christmas, whether you’re into Bonfire Night, Halloween or just prefer the excitement of autumn.
Here are our top picks in the Preston area:
It’s the perfect time of year for some spooky witches’ tales, and that’s what Samlesbury Hall offer with The Witch of Samlesbury Hall Tour.
Traditionally, the Lancashire area is known for the tales of the Pendle Witches, but the Samlesbury witches have a few tales of their own. Janey the Witch brings the history of those terrible times to life, engaging audiences of all ages.
What’s more, it’s free! You’ll also have the opportunity to see a fantastic Tudor-style building and wander around the beautiful grounds.
There are also other tours this November with the likes of Henry VIII and spooky historian Simon Entwistle.
Location: Samlesbury Hall, Preston New Rd, Samlesbury, Preston PR5 0UP
Event Details: 10th of November 2019 Tours begin at 11am and 2pm
Prices: You won’t need a ticket for this event, but the hall welcome donations
Rewind back to your childhood – it was the highlight of the pre-Christmas period, flicking rapidly through the Argos catalogue trying to narrow your 100 item list down to 50, then 25, then 15.
Brockholes have added a touch of magic to the proceedings by inviting children to the reserve to write letters to Santa Claus. They’ll go and hunt for Santa’s Post Box and send their letters to Lapland (they’ll get a reply from Santa, too).
Afterwards, you can stroll back to Kestrel Kitchen and indulge in a hot chocolate – which comes with you ticket. It’s a fun day out for both adults and children, and there are plenty of the same event, so you should get tickets for your chosen date.
Location: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston New Road, Preston, PR5 0AG
Event Details: 10am-1:30pm, muddy weather expected so dress accordingly, bring money for parking as well
Prices: £5 for a letter pack online, £6.50 on the day
Get your tickets here.
If you aren’t interested in any of the above events, there’s still plenty for you to do in Preston. Prefer being indoors? Check out the local play areas or trampoline parks.
If you’re more outdoorsy, go for an autumn walk and collect some conkers – Avenham Park and Worden Park are beautiful at this time of year.
Or if you want to relax, come to our Cappuccino cafe and relax! Whatever you this autumn, we hope you make some fantastic memories.
At Buckshaw Village Nursery, we are thrilled to have been awarded with Millie’s Mark – the gold standard in paediatric first aid for childcare providers.
The accreditation is awarded by the National Day Nurseries Association (the NDNA), in association with the Department for Education, along with Millie’s Trust. It ensures that all employees who work directly with children are trained in paediatric first aid and are confident in utilising their skills. Millie’s Mark is named after Millie Thompson, who died after choking on food whilst at nursery in 2012. She was just nine months old. Millie’s Trust was founded by Millie’s parents, Joanne and Dan – they say:
“A setting achieving Millie’s Mark is an exceptional achievement for not only the nursery but for the children and the parents too.
The achievement of the mark acknowledges that staff would be confident in maybe one day saving a child’s life if they needed to. Confidence is a key factor in the administration of first aid and Millie’s Mark allows nurseries to feel confident in their own team.”
We have worked very hard to assess every aspect of first aid at the nursery and are proud to be recognised as a setting that goes above and beyond to ensure the safety of the children within our care. (We are also the only childcare setting in the Chorley area to have been awarded with Millie’s Mark.) We are committing to continually improving our skills, and to maintaining the criteria for Millie’s Mark over its year three lifespan (when we will then be reassessed), and beyond!
Find out more about Millie’s Mark here.