Monthly Archives: August 2013

Our Proud ‘What’s On 4 Junior’ 2013 Award Winners… And a new Royal Baby!

We are pleased to announce our 2013 Award Winners…!  Here at What’s On 4 HQ we are still overwhelmed at the fantastic response to the awards this year.  Like all the Imagevery best awards ceremonies there were tears, laughter, VIP guests, inspiring speeches, standing ovations and champagne at the National What’s On 4 Junior Awards on June 30. The awards were held at Brighton Racecourse and were hosted by TV star, presenter and mum of 2, Lucy Piper.  We were also delighted to welcome Sarah-Jane Honeywell from CBeebies, who presented the award to ‘Green Trunks Garden Centre’ (and their friendly reptile, Norman)!

We welcomed so many amazing and inspiring business owners, individuals and franchisees, all celebrating being recognised as the very best by the UK’s parents!   These awards were also our biggest and most successful to date so every finalist and winner should be very proud! 


Our 2013 Winners!

Best Pre/Post Natal Activity – Sponsored by & Glam Media


Best National Baby & Toddler Development Activity (newborn to 2 years) – Sponsored by Konfidence

Baby Sensory

Best National Pre-schooler Development Activity (2 to 5 years) – Sponsored by lawyers4mumpreneurs


Best Local Activity for the Under 5s – Sponsored by Raspberry Red

Boppin Bunnies (London)

Most Outstanding Committee Led Pre-School – Sponsored by Humphrey’s Corner & The Children’s Trust

Breaston Pre-School Playgroup (Derbyshire)

Most Outstanding Baby and Toddler Group – Sponsored by Jenny Photography

Little Steps (Edinburgh)Image

Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s – South – Sponsored by BabyExpoUK

Guy Lewis – Gymboree (Brighton & Hove)

Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s – West & Wales

Nikki Sayers – Dandy Development (Warks)

Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s – East

Claire Shaw – Baby Sensory (Derby East)


Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s – Northern Ireland & Scotland

Heather Royan – Toddler Sense (Cumbernauld)

Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s – Nationwide

Guy Lewis – Gymboree (Brighton & Hove)

Best National Activity for children aged 5 to 12 – Sponsored by The Dinky Fingerprint Company


Best Local Activity for children aged 5 to 12

Green Trunks Garden Centre (Northants)

Most Outstanding Activity Leader for children aged 5 to 12 – Sponsored by Starfish Accounting

Jenna ‘Jellybean Clark’ – Enjoy-a-Ball (Inverness)

Best After School or Breakfast Club – Sponsored by Get In The Press

Go Active Coaching (South England)

Best New Activity for Children – Sponsored by Exceptional Mumpreneurs

Bach to Baby (London)

Most Outstanding Community Group Volunteer for children, babies or families   

Claire Cornthwaite – Pandas Support Group (Hove)Image

Best Children’s Party Entertainment


Best Children’s Party Supplier

Honey Pot Ceramics (Edinburgh)

Best Family Day Out – Sponsored by ABC Magazine

Fishers Adventure Farm Park (West Sussex)

Best Exported Activity for Children

Baby Sensory 


Now in their 7th year, our awards celebrate the best activities, classes and party providers from all over the UK, as nominated and voted for by the experts – parents and carers.  The awards were bigger than ever, covering 21 different categories and the big news this year was that a record 76,400 votes in total were cast – 60% more than in 2012!   This year also saw the highly successful launch of the What’s On 4 Junior awards in Ireland, and for the 2nd year running in Australia, making the awards truly international!


UK Parents Offer Advice to Kate & William in the What’s On 4 Little Ones Survey

The recent What’s On 4 Little Ones survey received responses from hundreds of mums throughout the UK who are keen to advise from their experience, one mum to another, at this exciting and critical time in any woman’s life.Image

Recent reports suggest that Kate is using Prenatal Yoga and Hypnobirthing in order to prepare for the birth of her first child. These birth preparation classes are just two of a growing number of support services being used by pregnant women in the UK, according to our survey.

We found out that new mums UK-wide would advise the Duchess of Cambridge to participate in Baby Activity classes as a way to meet other new mums, find support and help the development of the new Royal baby! There’s a wealth of classes and activities out there for parents and babies to enjoy together and the benefits to both can be enormous.

William should also take note! According to the survey not only are new mums and little ones increasingly enjoying and benefiting from baby classes, clubs and activities – dads are now getting in on the act too – relishing the opportunity for some 1-2-1 time with their baby and enjoying meeting other new parents not to mention giving new mum a bit of break!

Take a look at the full survey results here.


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