From classes aimed at children to businesses making children’s clothing or items Peterborough is full of amazing talents! My new series looks at the person behind the business or class to bring a more personal touch!
If your run a business or class aimed at families in the Peterborough area then please get in touch! I would love to feature you too. You can contact me by emailing here.
Meet Kayleigh. Kayleigh is an independent Usborne book organiser living in Peterborough.
1) Do you live local? What do you think of where you live?
I live in Orton Longuville on Botolph Green. When we found out I was pregnant we were living in an idyllic little cottage built for 2 (literally) in Castor. We obviously needed a much larger space for a baby with stairs that met building regulations (don’t ask) I was worried about where could match the village atmosphere and scenery like Castor, but Botolph Green is so lovely. The residents run lots of local groups as well as the Festival on the Green each summer and the Carols on the Green at Christmas. We can walk to Ferry Meadows, Calm-a-baby and Big Sky from our house which is great
2) Do you have children? Would you like children?
I have one child, a daughter called Regan. She is 16 months going on 16 years. Her approach to life is amazing and makes me proud every day, she literally takes everything in her stride and just gets on with it, i could definitely learn a lot from her!
3)What is your favourite part of the city? And why? (I love the cathedral, it is always so peaceful, yet beaming with history!)
My favourite place to go in Peterborough is Ferry Meadows. I literally cannot praise that place enough. Its fully funded by the Nene Valley Trust, so doesnt cost the tax payer a penny. The renovated play areas are amazing as well as the new Riverside Cafe which uses Grasmere Farm meat in their meals. Its a fantastic place to spend the day with kiddies. You can bring a pack up and not spend a penny all day if you walk or the very reasonable parking charge if you drive.
4) What do you like to do on your day off?
I’m a stay at home mum so “Days Off” never happen or I’m always off, depends how you want to look at it really. On those occasions when Regan is with my partners parents for the weekend we love to visit Wagamamma’s or Handmade Burger Co in town and have been know to partake in the odd spa day at Imagine Spa in the Orton Hall Hotel
5) What is Business/Group? Why did you start it?
I am an Independent Usborne Organiser. This basically means I sell children’s books at groups, play centres, anywhere really. I can also offer fantastic offers and “Cash Back” deals to schools and nurseries. I made the plunge to join Usborne because I hadn’t worked for over 2 years. Staying at home with your baby is a wonderful opportunity that many parents don’t get the chance to do, however it can get very lonely and sadly slightly boring. There are only so many times you can change a nappy, prepare a dinner and sing itsy bitsy spider with genuine gusto. I wanted something for myself and thought sharing my passion for reading would be a great thing to do.
6) How is it going?
I only started this week so nothing major but the response to my group on Facebook has been great and booking in stalls and story times at baby groups has been well received. I plan to hold a launch party next week, everyone is welcome, I will post the information on my group page.
7) Any funny/embarrassing moments?
I have to do Facebook Live videos which can be really daunting, I’ve accidentally sworn more than once but nothing awful, yet, fingers crossed
9) Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Hopefully we will be able to have another child or 2 in the next few years. We are looking to buy our first home together this year and a proposal wouldn’t go a miss haha but generally i just want my family to be happy and healthy and together in 5 years.
10) If you could be Mayor of Peterborough for the day, what would you do?
If I was mayor of Peterborough for the day I would turn any unused units in town, offices and basically any empty buildings into places for the homeless to sleep. I would encourage local cafes to offer pay it forward meals to feed those who may not be able to feed themselves or their families. I would open as many food banks as possible. Homelessness is a humanitarian issue and needs to be treated as such.