Bring Your Baby - 'BRING YOUR BABY' GUIDED LONDON WALK: 'De Beauvoir Town, Haggerston, Kingsland, Dalston & The Regent's Canal'
WINNER of 'Best Parent Activity' at the '2020 Bablands Awards'!
This activity is usually led by This activity is usually led by Lucy Madison, who is a trained walking guide and historian, and worked as Primary school teacher in London before having her son. She is mum to 3 year old Evan, and dreamt up the idea for 'Bring Your Baby' somewhere between breastfeeding and napping with her son. Lucy is also the founder of 'Bring Your Baby Pub Quiz', which started out as an alternative for walks in the winter, and exploded. ('Bring Your Baby Pub Quiz' will be back as soon we can be back in pubs.) Aside from 'Bring Your Baby', Lucy runs the blog 'Horrid Hackney' and works with the Hackney History group, supports Primary schools with their local history curriculum, and gives public talks. She is currently writing content for a book about significant Hackney women.
London , Greater London
0 months - 2 years
Bring Your Baby
NB: This event MUST be booked in advance. No drop-ins.
- See the Haggerston street where Ronnie and Reggie Kray were born; learn how 'Kingsland Waste' got its name; see rows of original Georgian houses once home to the wealthy; discover the site of 17th century Whitmore House, a notorious madhouse which treated its inhabitants cruelly; visit stunning Kingsland Basin on the Regent's Canal, once home to dozens of busy wharves; see the house of the 'Mole Man of Hackney', who for decades dug out tunnels so big beneath his house that the road began to collapse, and four cars and a boat were eventually excavated by the Council; hear about Samuel Pepys' childhood connection to the area where he lived as a boy; see the estate used in as 'Top Boy' and '28 Weeks Later'; learn about the origin of the beautiful De Beauvoir Square; visit several disused factories, once used for making gas meters, clothing and war munitions.
Walk starts: Outside the entrance to Haggerston Station, Dalston, London E8 4DY.
Walk ends: The last stop is Kingsland Basin and I will guide you back to Kingsland Road, close to where the walk starts.
- The latest government advice is that events organised by businesses following COVID-19 secure guidelines can host larger groups in public outdoor spaces provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance.
- I am resuming guided walks in August 2020, but with a limited number of people. In order to take extra-precautionary steps, I will be limiting tickets to 10 adults (your children are included in my calculations), even though gatherings in an outdoor space *organised by businesses* may be allowed of up to 30 people. Please let me know if you intend to bring more than one child so I can account for them in my risk assessment.
- I will be speaking at a conversational volume, and will be following the guidelines provided by the 'Institute of Tour Guiding' (link at https://www.itg.org.uk/news-and-events/institute-news/covid-19-guidance-for-guides/) whereby, if requested, guides will consider wearing a mask or visor.
- Customers are not required to wear face masks, as long as they follow social distancing guidelines, including 'rule of 6'.
- We will be following routes and standing in places where we can at least stand 1 metre+ apart, but wherever possible 2 metres apart. I will be reminding people of this during the walk, as I know it is sometimes hard to concentrate when you are caring for a baby at the same time.
- There is a coffee stand near to Haggerston Station, but unfortunately we will not be able to stop indoors *as a group* to feed and change, go to the toilet or take refreshment as we would normally do. There will be occasions along the walk where we can sit down at a bench, square or green space etc., or you are also very welcome individually to visit a cafe to meet your needs, following normal social-distancing protocol. I will always try to remind people when I think there is a good chance to do this, but please understand opportunities may not always be immediate. As this may take longer than normal, everyone's patience is appreciated - and I certainly won't be impatient with you; it's what 'Bring Your Baby' is all about.
- I will maintain rigorous hygiene practices, and will use a personal hand sanitiser during the course of the tour. Please note, I will not be able to share hand sanitiser with members of the group and ask that you bring your own and use it should you touch any surfaces in the course of the tour.
- If on the day of the walk we are forecast to have very bad weather, I may have to postpone the walk if cannot guarantee there will be anywhere we can shelter while also adequately socially distancing. If it's a bit of light rain we will cope!
- If I feel unwell, I will cancel the tour. And if you or anyone in your household is unwell in the days or hours before the tour, it is imperative that you should not join us.
Every walk follows the usual health and safety guidelines, such as crossing at traffic lights where possible and having hazards pointed out to you at the start and along the route.
There may be times we have to stand in direct sunlight (although I will always choose shade where possible). Please bring all the necessary sun protection for yourself and your child.
As we are not able to stop collectively for refreshment, it is recommended you bring appropriate drinks and snacks. We do not anticipate being able to stop for food. There is a coffee stand near to Haggerston Station.
Please note: I will contact you with booking confirmation after you book. I will supply my mobile number in case of emergencies or in case you are running late. I will also ask you to provide me with a mobile number so you can be contacted before, during or after the walk, but this is *not for marketing purposes*. Your number will only be used for COVID-19 track and trace purposes (much like pubs and restaurants use when you first enter), and in case of lateness, walk postponement, cancellation or separation. Please note that if you are more than a few minutes late I may ask you to catch up with us.
I really appreciate the custom of anyone who books this walk - I know times are tough, and hope that we can get back to far more relaxed ways of doing things soon! I hope you enjoy this walk.
***If you like the look of any of my walks, but would prefer to book me privately, please make enquiries at [email protected] This may particularly be the case if you have people interested who do not have babies.***
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