Mel's Magical Blog

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Christmas Ball Take 2

Christmas Ball Take 2

Due to our Ball selling out we have managed to wave our wand and secure a second ball at 3pm - 5pm 

Tickets on sale now via www.ticketsource.co.uk/magicalmelcumbria 

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SEP
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Featured Coach

Featured Coach

Congratulations to our September Featured Coach, Melanie Rickerby.

'Magical Mel has worked with children for 24 years in Schools, Groups, both voluntary and paid work. When working in Primary school 11 years ago she was looking for something to fill a gap in her sessions with children, a form of relaxation. Using relaxation techniques personally, and seeing the chaos in children’s lives and minds, her search began to find that something.

A colleague, at the time, brought me a copy of The Wishing Star Book, which she had found online. I wasn’t looking for relaxations to read as I felt the children needed a role model and to see myself participating alongside them. I had a mixed group of children all with different abilities and each their own needs. The book led me to find the Relax Kids website and WOW! what an array of choice. I spent the evening reading the website over and over but could see that I could not afford the training at the time. I could however, afford to buy all the CDs on offer as I just couldn’t decide which to try. As soon as they arrived I introduced them to the children within my weekly sessions, the benefits were clear even after 2 sessions and the children’s response was just what I had hoped for. It soon developed into a full Relax Kids session as we created artwork and creative writing, alongside the visualisation.

I was closely following the website and a competition for children to write their own story encouraged even more children within the school to get involved. Meanwhile I was frantically saving to do the training, eager to find out more about Relax Kids. I have always been creative and was running creative workshops for children at my Parents Therapy Centre so knew I could not only use Relax Kids in School, but also as a holiday activity.

I trained in 2008 and returned to school buzzing with excitement if what I had learned could help even one child a day then it had all been worthwhile. Working in a fantastic school with open minded teachers everyone was happy for me to run trial sessions and monitor the benefits. By the next School year the headteacher allowed me to implement Relax Kids throughout the whole school, so one day per week I delivered back to back sessions throughout school, from Reception to Year 6. Each Class had their own resources and used the CDs daily, alongside the Star Cards. I was also able to use it as a base for learning within our Nurture Room. I was working part time so also able to offer myself out to other schools and groups.

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MAY
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May Fairy Day

May Fairy Day

We are delighted to be flying back to Kirklinton Hall and Gardens for our May Fairy day.Such a beautiful venue for families to explore and enjoy a memorable day.

Many come along in costume to join in the fun this year our range of free activities has grown with so much more on offer for all,even lots of new stalls to see within the hall.

Magical Mel is already excited and looking forward to welcoming you all ,hoping she too can get around all the activities that are on offer .Do check out the event on Facebook for all that can be explored during the day.

Online ticket sales have now ended but earlybird tickets are still available direct from Magical Mel and Kirklinton Hall.

See you in the grounds on May 31st 11-3

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MAY
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Relax Kids adventures

Relax Kids adventures

With Mindfulness filling the TV these days my gentle fun filled approach for children is spreading .Our current term is full but I am now taking names for our next term.Classes are held in The Room of Enchantment and loved by children aged 4-11.

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Fairy Day 2017

Fairy Day 2017

Our main Fairy Day takes place at Kirklinton Hall and Gardens this year and we are delighted to be flying back.Fairy Day set off as a dream 8 years ago and although we are sad not to be flying back to Highhead this year we are truly grateful to be able to have our event in this mystical location.So many areas to explore whatever your age,new areas to the grounds have now developed including a beautiful maze.

Workshops on offer this year inc in the ticket price range from Yoga,crafts,relaxation,story time,fairy hunting and circus skills.With even further more on offer and many characters to meet as you enjoy a full day of fun for all the family.

We have traders flying in from near and far with an array of lovely things on offer.We are so lucky that Fairy Day brings together some amazing people all encouraging children to believe in the Magic of the day and make their own memories that will last a lifetime.

Most people embrace the fun and attend in their favourite costumes from Knights and fairies to dragons and superheroes,not forgetting princesses or a simple flower in their hair.We do hope you to embrace the Magic of this fabulous fairy filled day.

Online ticket sales will end in 10 days however you may purchase direct from Magical Mel and Kirklinton Hall.

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MAR
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International Happiness Day

International Happiness Day

UK ranks 23rd happiest country in the world according to the UK 2016 World Happiness Report. March 20th is International Day of Happiness. It was set up in 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly. In the UK, Action for Happiness (Patron Dalai Lama), helps people take action for a happier and more caring world. Relax Kids (Official Action for Happiness partner) are supporting International Day of Happiness in three ways, classes, free activity pack and miles of smiles. Relax Kids coaches around the world will be running a series of Happiness classes for children to help support their emotional health and wellbeing. Classes include movement, games, stretching, peer massage, breathing, positive affirmations and visualisation.

 

Miles of Smiles Relax Kids coaches will also be encouraging schools and community groups/organisations to get together and write down a happy moment or what happiness means to them. These words will be used to create a colourful miles of smiles paper chain. You can get your free happiness paper chains in the happiness pack. Download the FREE happiness pack for your home or school. Pack includes a happiness diary, cards, happiness tokens, a happiness tree and happiness paper chains http://www.relaxkids.com/happiness-pack

 

Magical Mel has private sessions during the morning then open to anyone from 12-3.45 for free fun to put  smiles miles. She is also asking on Facebook for people to send her pictures of themselves smiling aiming to gather 200 before 9pm Monday 20th March.

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FEB
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New Term After School

New Term After School

Situated in The Room of Enchantment Magical Mel will be offering after school clubs.

These include

Fairy Knight Class on Wednesdays 4.30pm-5.30pm

Relax Kids Class on Thursdays 4.15pm-5.15pm

Chill Skills Thursdays 5.30pm-6.30pm

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The Room of Enchantment

The Room of Enchantment

Magical Mel was to become gnomeless as her parents made the decision to sell Hazeldean and therefore went in search of a new venue to run Fairy School and parties from.

Upon approaching Morton Manor she was welcomed with open arms and the decision was made to fly permanently within the Manor. January has seen Magical Mel Transform what used to be the old library into The Room Of Enchantment. Last Sat a Very Important Pixie Event took place where regular customers entered to explore. This Sunday sees a sell-out Grand opening!

The Room of Enchantment is where after school classes,Halfterm workshops and weekend parties will take place throughout the year.

Magical Mel Says “I believe that engaging families in imaginative events encourages their overall wellbeing. That children believing in Fairies enables them to believe in them self. In the chaotic world in which we live children need calm creative time.

 

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DEC
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Was the Night Before

Was the Night Before

This time last year I had spent the day at Fairy School with children calling to pick their own Fairy Christmas Tree it was a Special day but an awful wet and windy day.I returned home to settle down in preparation for our annual Christmas Ball in the Stunning Ballroom at The Crown and Mitre Carlisle.The gifts were wrapped ,the treats prepared and children all over Cumbria excited to attend.

However the evening got worse,the wind was howling the lights a flickering and the rain flowing,unfortunately a storm was on its way which led to the over spill of rivers ,the gushing of drains and peoples homes under threat.

Not many in the County slept that night, homes and businesses  were flooded,Christmas taken and hearts breaking.The following morning the news was devastating and the decision had to be made to cancel the ball.

Tonight I sit and reflect on the fact that this year our Ball is going ahead however so many families still not home,still recovering from what happened and i send out Love and hope for a Safe and Happy future.

Those attending the Ball tomorrow I hope to create yet again a memorable event at this years Christmas Ball x 

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AUG
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Memorable time

Memorable time

From me and my team it has been a Dream.

This years Fairy days have been so filled with smiles and positive feedback that it makes all the time and effort worthwhile.I have so many people to Thank who continue to support me and reassure me when skies are grey and they are right because everything is always great on the day.You the public make that happen by attending and supporting local traders and bringing along your own imagination.

It does however lead me to Thank Bernadette and Johnathon from Highhead for allowing us to return year after year flying around their valley where it all began.Unfortunately we will no longer be flying around the Valley sprinkling sparkles everywhere however our main Cumbrian Fairy Day will continue and info will be made available soon for you all.

So we started in May with our Super Sunny day in the stunning location of Kirklinton Hall and Gardens .Here the children got to make flower crown ,decorate unicorns and dragons along with dragon adoption.Pixie creations brought along their maypole and music makers ran some amazing workshops.Dancing on the lawn with Maddison entertainment was joined by Jason the Juggling jester.Many took time out to wander through the glen in search of the resident fairies and fairy shopping was enjoyed by all.

Our Main Cumbrian Fairy Day was bursting with Magic and an array of activities to take part in for free lets make next years just as Sparkly.From squirting paint to banging on drums boys and girls were glowing with smiles,their minds full of imagination as they joined the fairies to decorate toadstolls and visted the Gnome Zone to meet our chief elf.The day was finished with a super parade of colour,music and fairy dust. 

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New Term Classes

New Term Classes

Relax Kids Classes returning to Hazeldean this September on Thursday evening 4.15pm-5.15pm .Each week we will go on a new adventure engaging both boys and girls aged 4 and over.

On the 1st September I am running Back to School with Relax Kids sessions throughout the day ,these are now filling up.

About Classes

Just imagine….happy, peaceful, confident children

Dance your socks off... Stretch as far as you can...
Take in a deep breath and now it's time to RELAX.
Close your eyes, be very still and imagine you are lying in the clouds...Childrens relaxation classes aim to develop concentration, creativity and self-esteem with movement, stretching and breathing exercises, games, affirmations and simple visualisations
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JUN
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Wishes can come true

Wishes can come true

This weekend I will be running Fairy School fun within 3 wishes Faery School at their 10th Birthday feeling very honoured to be being a part of this Amazing Event.

3 Wishes is organised by Karen Kay a true Faery Queen who inspired me to bring Fairy Day to Cumbria 6 years ago which has encouraged imagination and belief throughout Cumbria creating memories for all.

To be invited to run a session within 3 Wishes is a Dream come true for me so do always keep Wishing and Believing its all you have to do to make your dreams come true . 

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MAY
18
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Blown Away

Blown Away

LOCAL FINALIST IN NATIONAL CHILDREN'S AWARDS SCHEME!

 

The FINALISTS for the prestigious What's On 4 2016 Junior Awards with Headline Sponsor Insure with Max have been announced - and Magical Mels Fairy Day from Cumbria  is amongst them!

 

This exciting awards programme celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a record 5,500 nominations (as sponsored by STA) and fabulous new hosts, Chessington World of Adventures! These pioneering awards launched in 2007, celebrate the UK's best activities, classes, people and places for children as nominated and voted for by the experts - parents, carers and parents-to-be. Voting in the UK was sponsored by Konfidence and a record 112,000 votes were received in total in this exciting year. 

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MAR
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Magical Announcement

Magical Announcement

Over the moon and away with the Fairies that Cumbrian Fairy Day has been nominated in the

What’s On 4 Junior Awards 2016.

HUGE thanks to those who nominated our Fairy Day in “Best Family Day Out category”.

There is a lot of time, effort and sparkly energy goes into making Fairy Day a memorable day for families and I am delighted that we are flying back again to Highhead for this year’s Fairy Day Sat 9th July..

Why not make us winners and take the time to vote for us in these fantastic National annual Awards. All you have to do is follow the ink and choose Fairy Day Cumbria from the drop down list in the Best Family Day Out category.

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FEB
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May Fairy Day

May Fairy Day

Join us for an Enchanting Day in a Mystical Venue.May Fairy day held at Kirklinton Hall and Gardens where you can enjoy the venue at all it has to offer.This year we will have a wide range of activities for both girls and boys,on offer both indoors and outdoors.Refreshments will be available and you will be able to take part in workshops meet the fairies and even adopt a Dragon from our Good Knight.If you are feeling like an adventure then search The Faerie Glen a delightful woodland walk along the cliff above Longcleughside Beck, crossing three footbridges over their formal cascades; with Rhododendrons, spring bulbs – and faeries; leading ultimately to the River Lyne and The Captain’s Seat, a notable local beauty spot and the location of an ancient, enigmatic rock-carved face. Legend tells that this carved face all that is left of Maelgwyn the Fair, a faerie princess who pined away for love of the first de Boyville to make Kirklinton his home.

 

All Tickets are £5 under 2s Free The Fairies will welcome you 11-3

Kirklinton Hall Cumbria CA6 6BB

Sunday 22 May 2016

 

Contact telephone: 01228710386

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Relax Kids February

Relax Kids February

I love Relax Kids and the children who attend do also.I have been using the products and delivering classes for 9 years and it has taken me on many Magical Adventure.

This month I am offering a Free Parent Intro at Hazeldean and spaces must be booked are they are limited,join me at hazeldean and learn how Relax Kids can benefit you and your family.Classes will then return after half term at Hazeldean Therapy Centre and St Cuthberts School Wigton.

Visit Relax Kids to also find out further information www.relaxkids.com 

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Fairy Fun Feb

Fairy Fun Feb

When Schools closed Fairy School Sparkles.This month we have Lovely Fairy School taking place during halfterm at Hazeldean Therapy Centre.Children join in with various activities during the 1hr 30 min class.Leaving with a bag full of Love and Treats.

At the end of the month I am running a one off Unicorns and Rainbows spaces are now limited for this class which will include decorating a Unicorn to take home and making a Rainbow.The class will also include games,dancing and storytime.

Stay Sparkly!

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JAN
29
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We shall go to The Ball

We shall go to The Ball

We may of had to cancel our Christmas Ball due to floods but things are getting Eggsiting for our Easter Ball.Tickets available via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/magicalmelcumbria

 

Special Guests,Easter Treats,Entertainment from Flip Ents all set in the Stunning Ballroom at the Crown and Mitre Carlisle.

 

This is your Fairy Godmother recommending you wear your dancing shoes and join us creating Magical Memories. 

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JAN
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Relax Kids Adventures

Relax Kids Adventures

Classes return next week

Wednesdays at Wigton 3.30pm-4.30pm 

Thursdays at Hazeldean Therapy Centre 4.15pm-5.15pm

Cost £5

Contact Mel 01228710386 to secure your space 

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OCT
18
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Voting open for Shining Examples

Voting open for Shining Examples

Voting is now open for our Shining Examples, please visit the site and vote for your nominations. Do look at all the other children nominated too and give a few more votes as you can vote in each category. Also encourage your friends and family to vote so we can raise awareness of how Wonderful all these children are.

 

On the 7th Nov the children with the most votes will be announced and they will receive an invitation to attend Magical Mel’s Christmas Ball where they will be given their trophy. Here is the link  www.wowawardscumbria.co.uk  

 

Wishing you a Magical Day 

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