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By Royal Appointment

I have had such a busy day today, which involved a fair amount of birthday present shopping, quite a lot of reading (Colin Mulhern’s ‘Arabesque’ – a blog will follow shortly) and cooking for the clan. I enjoyed all of these, but the most exciting part of my day began at 10 o’clock this morning. Do you want to know why? Well I’m going to tell you either way.

This morning I had a meeting with the lovely Claire Mackaness and a great team of people at Brentwood Town Hall (Lucy, Kim & Sarah) to discuss the FREE family events that are being organised and funded by the Council. Every Friday throughout the summer break, there will be a whole host of activities taking place at King George’s Playing Fields, including face painting, bouncy castles and the SX Urban Games. So much to do, it’s going to be amazing!

‘But what does that have to do with Chicken & Frog and Beautiful Things?’ I hear you cry. This is the part that I’m extra thrilled about… Claire and I will be running three of the sessions. Yippee! On 27th July we will run an Olympic-themed storytelling and craft day, on the 3rd August there will be junk-modelling monsters being created and on 24th August puppets will be hand crafted to take part in their very own play. All children will go home with a hand-made craft as a result and hopefully have a lot to talk about too!


I have a whole stack of gorgeous books waiting to be shared with the children (and adults), whilst Claire is busily compiling a list of all things crafty to gather together.

There’s no need to book, it’s free and open to all, from 10-3 each Friday from 27th July. In addition to that, we will be under cover, so don’t be fair weather friends, come and join in the fun, wind, rain or shine.

*These images are ideas and not the guaranteed outcome!


The independent children's bookshop and tuition centre in the heart of Brentwood, Essex. Owned and run by Mr Frog & Mrs Chicken (happily married book-nerds), with the sole aim of bringing high quality books and tuition to our community.