As you know…being a Mum isn’t all about teething and tantrums (though sometimes it feels like it!).
Mum’s the Word brings together like-minded Mums and their families with inspiring guest speakers from around the UK to discuss everything from your career, style, health and well-being and you can bring the kids too!
Whether you are currently on maternity leave and wondering what to do next (go back to work, do something for yourself) a stay at home Mum, aspiring blogger, your kids are at school, an expectant Mum or even just thinking about having kids - we'll have a meet up event that's just right for you to get inspired and meet some lovely ladies.
We also run evening events - everyone's welcome (check out Fashion Re:Boot)
SUPPER CLUB, Framptons - Tunbridge Wells
Thursday 26th April, 7.30m - late
Book a babysitter ladies – the first Mums The Word Supper Club of the year has arrived!
The date of importance – Thursday 26th April. The destination location – Framptons, The Pantiles. The hosts – Laura from Freckles and Fire and Estelle & Afroditi from Dilly + Diti.
This Supper Club will be ALL about self-care, deliciously local food and some of our finest conversations! We'll kick start with a welcome glass of bubbles followed by a demonstration from cosmetic expert Juliette Goggin on how to get making our own beauty regime (and you'll get a cleansing balm pot to take home!). We'll then partake in a seriously stunning smorgasbord of sharing plates (menu below) and then an evening of kick back and chat! Tickets are £27 including all the above plus service charges and fees.
With Estelle, Afroditi and Laura at the hosting helm, this is going to be one night to remember!
Mamas Meet Up with Clemmie Hooper
Friday 27th April, 10am - 12 noon at East Quay in Whitstable
We are delighted to announce that our first ever Mamas Meet Up in Whitstable is with mama and midwife extraordinaire Clemmie Hooper (AKA mother_of_daughters)
Clemmie wil be joining us to talk about her second book 'How to grow a baby Journal' a beautifully illustrated journal where you can capture the highs, lows (and everything in between) of your pregnancy journey week by week. Whether it's recording where and when you found out you were pregnant or what happened that first night you spent with your newborn, Clemmie's journal provides an amazing keepsake of those key moments as well as useful tips and advice.
Clemmie will also be chatting about her life and how she juggles her work as a NHS midwife and author with being a wife and mother to four girls (how does she do it?). Please feel free to bring your little ones along, we will have lots for them to play with courtesy of What About the Kids, whilst you get inspired, drink all the coffee, eat pastries and meet lots of other lovely Mums.
You will be able to buy a copy of 'How to grow a baby Journal' and have it signed by Clemmie herself.
'Let's Talk About Flex' with special guest Anna Whitehouse AKA Mother Pukka
Thursday 22nd February, 7.30pm at the Harbour Hotel (Brighton)
We are VERY excited to announce that we will be joined by the one & only Anna Whitehouse (AKA Mother Pukka) discussing all things FLEX on Thursday 22nd February at the Brighton Harbour Hotel. Flexible working is not just a mum-issue...we are ALL striving for a better work-life balance, to be able to spend more time doing the things we love, with the people we love. It’s all about making our time at work COUNT. Mother Pukka is leading the flexible-working crusade and will be sharing her vision and passion with us on how to make work work for everybody.
We will also be finding out how Anna’s life has changed since ditching the 9-5...from blogger to vlogger to best-selling author, campaigner & all round Wonder Woman. We cannot wait!
Tickets cost £15 each and include a glass of wine (kindly sponsored by the brilliant Bubble babysitting) and we will also be joined by Waterstones selling copies of ‘Parenting the Sh*t Out of Life’ ready to be signed by Anna at the end of the talk.
We would love you to join us for this very special night - Tickets go on HERE sale this Thursday at 10am.
'Eat Happy, Live Happy' with special guests Melissa Hemsley (Co-founder of Hemsley + Hemsley) and Hollie de Cruz (yesmum)
Thursday 8th February, 7.30pm at One Warwick Park (Tunbridge Wells)
We have all heard the phrase 'you can't pour from an empty cup' and for busy women and mothers (with a million and one things on the to-do list) this could not be more true. It is easy to prioritise everyone else and to forget about taking care of yourself. But that has to change!
At this very special event Melissa and Hollie will be discussing the importance of self-care and how we can look after our health and well-being in our busy day-to-day lives.
Melissa Hemsley is the younger Hemsley sister whose food business Hemsley + Hemsley has pioneered modern healthy cooking since 2010. Melissa has featured in The Guardian, The New York Times and Vogue (to name a few). She has also appeared on Saturday Kitchen, Sunday Brunch and BBC Goodfood shows and cooked at festivals and high-profile events internationally.
Hollie de Cruz is a London-based mum, celebrity birth coach and social entrepreneur. Through her award-winning yesmum affirmation cards, Hollie's focus is on empowering women and their families on their journey into motherhood and beyond, and her first book will be published in Summer 2018. She also has a popular Instagram platform (@theyesmummum) promoting positivity, education and self-care. Hollie lives in South London with her son Oscar and their two dogs.
We are hosting the 'Eat Happy, Live Happy' event as part of Melissa Hemsley's tour for her BRAND NEW cookbook (which is packed full of incredible 30-minute recipes, using easy to find ingredients, leftovers, minimal waste and batch cooking). This is all about making feel-good food that is achievable everyday - even when you're seriously time-poor. Melissa will be doing a live cooking demo, answering questions and signing copies of 'Eat Happy' on the night.
Tickets cost £15 each and include a glass of fizz on arrival.
Mum's the Word Christmas Party featuring the Scummy Mummies, HUB Creative Space (Tonbridge)
Friday 1st December, 7.30pm - 1am
Ellie & Helen are bringing their Christmas comedy show to KENT on Friday 1st December & we cannot wait!! You can expect yuletide sketches, filthy carols, festive stand-up and some very funny Santa stories. But the fun doesn't stop there...we will also have a glitter beauty bar, photobooth, pizza van, cocktail bar and our very own #Wild_Child DJs playing your favourite 90s/00s and Xmas classics.
Tickets cost £30 each and will include
* Two free drinks
* Scummy Mummies Comedy Show
* #Wild_Child DJ set late
* Glitter Beauty Bar
* A proper Christmas knees-up
MAMAS SUPPER CLUB, Jeans (Tunbridge Wells)
Thursday 9th November, 7.30pm - late
We are very excited to announce that Hattie (aka That Mum Blog) and Jeni (aka Everything is a Phase) will be hosting the next Mamas Supper Club at Jeans Kitchen & Wine-Bar on Thursday 9th November. Tickets cost £22.50 each (plus a £1 booking fee) which includes 2 courses, 2 glasses of wine and a PUB QUIZ!!
Dress up, dress down, come with a mate or come alone. ALL WELCOME. #youcansitwithus.
Mamas Meet Up #12 with Katie Kirby
Brighton - 13th October 10am - 12 noon Brighton Harbour Hotel - SOLD OUT!
Tunbridge Wells - 3rd November 10am - 12 noon Royal Wells Hotel - SOLD OUT!
We are very excited to announce that our next Meet Up will be with the hilariously funny author of Hurrah for Gin, Katie Kirby. Katie will be joining us to talk about her brand new book 'The Daily Struggles of Archie Adams Aged 2 1/4'
Hot on the heels of her best selling book 'Hurrah for Gin' Katie's new book depicts the highs and lows of family life through the eyes of Archie - one highly opinionated, creatively-stifled modern-day toddler.
We'll be speaking to Katie about the inspiration for her latest book, how she's created a career from drawing 'sweary, stick people' (her words!) and how she juggles her new career as an author with being Mum to two boys.
There will be time for tea, coffee and Katie will also be signing her book! We will have Waterstones joining us to sell copies of The Daily Struggles of Archie Adams Aged 2 1/4. Children are very welcome to come along too, there will be plenty of toys and play equipment provided by What About the Kids to keep them entertained while you get to listen to the brilliantly funny Katie!
Hollie McNish - Mum's Night Out - SOLD OUT
Wednesday 4th October 8pm at One Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells
Hollie will be reading from her award-winning book NOBODY TOLD ME which is a collection of poems and stories about raising a child in modern Britain. She talks about feeding, sex, gender and of finding secret places to scream every once in a while!!
Mamas Meet Up 'Body Positive Special' with Megan Jayne Crabbe & Nat Lee
Tunbridge Wells on 22nd September 10am - 12 noon The Royal Wells Hotel - SOLD OUT!!
Brighton on 29th September 10am - 12 noon Brighton Harbour Hotel - SOLD OUT!!
We all know that once we have a baby we change shape beyond our recognition; often this leads to negative feelings about our body & we forget the incredible things that our bodies have done (grown, birthed & fed our babies). If you're tired of being at war with your body there are now two women on the block championing body positivity, giving us the power back and reminding us that our bodies are amazing - just the way they are.
Joining us on the panel is the inspirational Megan Jayne Crabbe whose body image issues began as a child; she spent years dieting, binging, losing and gaining weight. Until she found body positivity, quit dieting, and finally escaped the cult of thin. Megan has been announced as the new face of @dove for their 60th Anniversary and is determined to let as many people as possible know the truth: that we are all good enough as we are.
Also on the panel is the amazing @stylemesunday -fashion blogger and mum of two girls, Nat is the creator of #WarriorWomanProject. Her campaign is all about breaking down those insecurities, being brave and not letting anything hold you back from being the best version of you. It doesn't matter whether you're a side 6 or a size 26 we all have our own issues and vulnerabilities and it's about trying to free yourself from the shackles and not hiding away anymore.
Please join us for an inspirational morning celebrating our amazing bodies - it's time to leave our hang ups at the door.
There will be tea, coffee, loads of toys and time to chat to other mums. Megan will also be signing copies of her new book 'Body Positive Power'.
If you're a blogger, influencer or instagrammer and you want to know how to work with brands, build your following, create imagery that generates likes and keep your audience engaged - look no further than our next evening meet up. Joining us on the panel is the amazing Zoe de Pass AKA Dress Like a Mum; with over 80,000 instagram followers Zoe will be providing insight into how she works with brands, how she started out and how she's grown her audience to epic proportions in just over two years.
The event will also be for those Mums running small brands and businesses. Are you a small brand/business who wants to grow your audience and want to know how to work with influencers? Then you won't want to miss out on hearing the brilliant Laura Williams from The Modern Nursery speak... Laura will be joining us on the panel to discuss how she works with influencers and how she built a mega brand, with a following of 43.1K on instagram in less than two years.
Completing our panel is Francesca Mifsud founder of influencer-marketing platform Infiltrend. Infiltrend is a dedicated platform and agency designed to bring brands and influencers together. Francesca will be imparting her wisdom on influencer marketing, telling us how to network with the right audiences and there will also be an opportunity to sign up to her free platform on the night.
Mamas Supper Club, L'Amour, One Warwick Park
Thursday 20th July at 7.30pm - late
Come join us for Mamas Supper Club at L'Amour restaurant at One Warwick Park, hosted by Victoria Genevieve and Pascale Banks. A chance for us all to get together for great food, great wine & great company! Tickets cost £22.50 and include a pornstar martini on arrival, your dinner and a tip for the restaurant. Tickets are limited so you'll need to be quick.
Mum's the Word Summer Party - Featuring the Ruby Darlings
Friday 7th July, 7.30pm - 12.30am at The Secret Manor, T-Wells
Our first SUMMER PARTY will be held The Secret Manor on Friday 7th July & it's going to be MEGAAAAA! There will be comedy from the brilliantly filthy The Ruby Darlings (be prepared to laugh your asses off mamas 😂) cocktails aplenty, beauty treatments by The Beauty Bar, a photo booth and #Wild_Child DJ's to see us through until the small hours. So grab your girlfriends & get your glam on for this very special girls night out.
Tickets cost £20 each and include a glass of fizz on arrival.
Mamas Meet Up #8 with Clemmie Hooper - SOLD OUT
Friday 23rd June, 10am - 12pm at the Harbour Hotel Brighton.
We are delighted to announce that our first Mamas Meet Up in Brighton is with mama & midwife extraordinaire CLEMMIE HOOPER (aka @mother_of_daughters). Clemmie will be joining us to talk about her new book 'How to Grow a baby and Push it Out' as well as how she juggles having four children, her work as an NHS midwife and life as one of the most well known insta-mums.
Please feel free to bring your little ones along, we will have lots for them to play with courtesy of What about the kids whilst you get inspired, drink all the coffee and meet lots of other lovely mums.
You can also buy your copy of 'How to Grow a baby and Push it Out' at the Meet Up (Waterstones Brighton will be there!) and have it signed by Clemmie herself.
Mamas Meet Up #7 - How to make work WORK - with Clemmie Telford, Gill Munro and Elizabeth VanBergen - SOLD OUT!
Friday 19th May, 10am - 12pm at the Royal Wells Hotel, Tunbridge Wells
Are you currently pregnant or on maternity leave and thinking about what will happen when you return to work? Or are you already back at work and finding it hard to keep all those childcare/work/life plates spinning? If the answer is YES we have the perfect event for you.
We are very excited to welcome Clemmie Telford to our next Mamas Meet Up on Friday 19th May at the Royal Wells Hotel to discuss 'How to make work WORK for you'. Clemmie is mum to two boys (Bertie & Woody), a Freelance Creative Strategist at Facebook & Instagram and also has a mega successful blog 'Mother of all Lists' with a following of over 35k on instagram - this mama knows her stuff & we cannot wait to meet her.
Joining Clemmie on the panel we are also very excited to welcome Gill Munro from Digital Mums, who are leading the charge with their #WorkThatWorks campaign. Digital Mums offer training and support to enable mums to achieve their perfect work/life balance.
And finally Elizabeth VanBergen from TW Women's Equality Party will be joining our panel, Elizabeth is a fountain of knowledge with over 20 years experience as a barrister specialising in employment law. Elizabeth is a firm believer that having a baby need not/should not put the brakes on a woman's career and would love to answer your questions about every aspect of returning to work from balancing childcare costs vs wages to the best way to request flexible working.
There will be time for tea, coffee and chats! Children are very welcome to come along too, there will be plenty of toys and play equipment provided by What About the Kids to keep them entertained while you get the lowdown on this very important topic.
#Mamas Meet Up #6 with Clemmie Hooper - SOLD OUT!
Friday 10th March, The Royal Wells Hotel, 10am - 12pm
Clemmie Hooper is a Mum of 4 and Midwife extraordinaire that needs no introduction...
With her successful blog 'Gas and Air' and a huge @Mother_of_daughters instagram following (226K), Clemmie has been described as the midwife to the millennials. We are delighted to announce that Clemmie will be joining us to talk about her new book 'How to Grow a baby and push it out. She will be discussing all things pregnancy and birth related, from morning sickness to what to expect at your scan, through to pushing out your baby and the fourth trimester; how to cope when you come home from hospital, breastfeeding and beyond. We'll also be speaking to Clemmie about how she juggles having four children, work as a community based midwife and life as one of the most well known insta mums!
There will be time for tea, coffee and Clemmie will also be signing her book! We will have Waterstones' Tunbridge Wells joining us to sell copies of How to Grow a Baby. Children are very welcome to come along too, there will be plenty of toys and play equipment provided by What About the Kids to keep them entertained while you get to be inspired by the amazing Clemmie Hooper.
Mamas Meet Up #5 Goals on Tour with Supercharged Club - SOLD OUT!
Friday 20th January, The Royal Wells Hotel 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Who's ready to take on 2017? Do you want to set GOALS and focus on how to achieve them this year? If the answer is YES then our first MamasMeetUp of the year is for you!
Whatever your GOAL is for 2017 (get fit, start a business, write a blog, create a website, get your baby to sleep through, create some 'me' time, go back to work etc etc) the inspirational Mary from Supercharged Club will talk you through how to take ACTION to turn these dreams into reality in 2017.
Set Goals, dream big, take action...Let's do this Mamas!
Tickets cost £20 and include a glass of fizz on arrival, on sale from Friday 6th January at 10am
Mamas Meet Up #4 Comedy Night with the Scummy Mummies - SOLD OUT!
Friday 18th November, 7.30pm - midnight, One Warwick Park - Tunbridge Wells
Fizz, comedy from the Scummy Mummies & #Wild_Child DJs.
The Scummy Mummies are bringing their show to Tunbridge Wells for an evening of laughs for less-than-perfect parents. Comedians Helen Thorn & Ellie Gibson cover a wide range of parenting topics, from pelvic floors and play-dates to farting and fish fingers. Based on the UK's No. 1 Kids and Family podcast, as recommended by The Telegraph & BBC's Woman's Hour. Expect songs, sketches, stand-up and some incredible catsuits!
Ellie Gibson was born and raised in south-east London
and is too lazy to leave. She is a wife, mother, veteran
video games journalist and aspiring stand-up
comedian, often all at the same time. She
lives with her husband, Pete, their four-year-old
son Charlie and baby Joe.
Helen Thorn originally hails from some tiny town in Australia
straight out of A Country Practice, but has lived in the UK
for many years. She is also a stand-up comedian and
has been on telly and everything. Helen is married to
the lovely Will, with whom she has two children -
Matilda, aged seven, and Hugo, four.
Mamas Meet Up #3 Blogging and Vlogging Special with Anna Whitehouse AKA Mother Pukka - SOLD OUT!
Friday 16th September, 10am - 11.30am, Royal Wells Hotel - Tunbridge Wells
Mother Pukka is the ultimate blogger and vlogger for people who just happen to be parents!
With over 46K instagram followers, Anna is not only a brilliantly funny commentator on parenthood (assisted at all times by her 3 year old daughter and company VP, Mae) but also a campaigner for real issues like flexible working and miscarriage.
Anna will be offering her #parentingtheshitoutoflife pearls of wisdom on everything from blogging, vlogging, building a brand like a boss to balancing work life with motherhood.
There will be time for tea, coffee and a chat with Anna and like-minded Mamas before and after the talk. Children are very welcome to come along too, there will be plenty of toys and play equipment provided by What About the Kids to keep them entertained while you get inspired.
To find out more about Mother Pukka, check out her website here.
Mamas Meet Up #2 - Fashion, Beauty & Cocktail Special - SOLD OUT!
Friday 15th July, 10.30am - 12 noon, Royal Wells Hotel, Tunbridge Wells
Do you struggle to dress now you're a Mum? Has your shape and skin changed beyond your recognition? Don't know a BB cream from Sudocrem? Then this session is for you! Our fashion and beauty special is perfect for anyone that feels like they've lost their fashion and beauty mojo since having a small person BUT wants it back!
Joining us for our Meet Up is personal stylist and mama Victoria Genevieve and fashion blogger and mum to twin boys, Style Mum (aka Pascale Banks) talking all things fashion; school run hacks, breast-feeding friendly clothes (that aren't twee), clothes that work for work AND must-have (budget) buys for the summer!
We will also be joined by the highly acclaimed No. 6 Clinic who will be discussing tired skin, eye bags and make-up tips (helping us to look fabulous when we feel far from it!)
And to finish off the session every Mama will get a delicious cocktail courtesy of The Cocktail Social.
There will be time for tea, coffee and chat with like-minded Mamas plus our speakers before and cocktails and more chat afterwards!
Children are very welcome to come along too, there will be plenty of toys and play equipment provided by What About the Kids, to keep them entertained - while you get inspired!
Mamas Meet Up #1 - From Bump to Business Special…SOLD OUT!
Friday 10th June, 10am - 11am, Royal Wells Hotel, Tunbridge Wells
Our first-ever Mamas meet up is focusing on Mamas on who are not only raising a baby but also building a business and is the perfect session for anyone who wants to find out what it takes to create and run a small business with babies (toddlers, children) on board!
Joining us for our very special launch meet up are local TW Mamas Rebecca & Dominique, creators of luxury changing bags Jem + Bea.
As well as Steph Douglas Founder of Don’t Buy Her Flowers (thoughtful gifts for new Mums and anyone in need of TLC).
These three #MumBosses will be imparting their experiences (good and bad), advice and tips for making it work!
There will be time for tea, coffee and a chat with like-minded Mamas plus our speakers before and afterwards. Children are very welcome to come along too, there will be plenty of toys and play equipment provided by What About the Kids to keep them entertained while you get inspired.