Winners from the first year
Winners from the first year

Harrogate Mumbler Awards shortlist

9 September 2016

Harrogate Mumbler, the district’s vibrant parenting website and online community, today unveils the shortlist for its annual Mumbler Awards. Now in their fourth year, these accolades honour the best, most child-friendly businesses and services in the region.

The winners will be announced at a black tie event on 25 November 2016 at the Old Swan Hotel. The Mumbler awards are produced in association with Wonder Media.

There are ten Mumbler Awards and, as ever, they are hotly contested. Which pre-school goes above and beyond daily childcare? Who throws the best kids’ parties? Where to go for a fantastic day out?

Harrogate parents and other supporters can now vote for their favourites at until midnight on Sunday 9 October 2016.


Stomp (independent shoe shop in Knaresborough) have won Mumblers’ Favourite Children’s Retailer for two years’ running


The ten Mumbler awards and shortlists (in alphabetical order) are as follows:

Mumblers’ Favourite Children’s Retailer Sponsored by Warmerlife: Hopscotch; JoJo Maman Bébé; Little Alligators; Next; Still Gorgeous; Stomp; The Little Star Co

Mumblers’ Favourite Day Nursery Sponsored by Watson Training Services: Footprints Day Nursery; Little Dragons; Play Away Day Nursery; The Academy; Tiny Teapots (formally First Class Childcare); Twinkles Knaresborough; Woodlands Day Nursery

Mumblers’ Favourite Pre-School Sponsored by Raworths Family Law: Bright Sparks; Burn
Bridge Pre-School; Busy Bees Pre-School Pannal; Little Crickets Pre-School; Oatlands Pre-School; Western Pre-School; Woodlands Day Nursery Pre-school

Mumblers’ Favourite Class or Activity Sponsored by Samantha Hamp Beauty and Skincare: Baby Sensory; Bright Water Swim School; Enjoy-a-Ball; Hartbeeps; Mini Kicks; Rachel’s Fitness For Mum’s; Turtle Tots; Water Babies

Mumblers’ Favourite Children’s Attraction Sponsored by G T Service: Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour; Hesketh Farm; Newby Hall & Gardens; RHS Harlow Carr; Stockeld Park; The Valley Gardens

“Eating out with the Kids” Sponsored by Stewart Amos, Mortgage Advisor, Barlow Barton: Pizza Express; Baltzersens; Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour; Damn Yankee; Fodder; La Feria; Old Spring Well; Squinting Cat

Mumblers’ Favourite Party Provider: The Academy Childcare and Party Zone; Beau Face Painting; Butterfingers; Enchanted Parties; Painting Pots, Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre; Rascals Entertainment/ Little Rascals; Riggmoor Reindeer & Mobile Petting Farm

Mumpreuneur of the year Sponsored by BCT Accountants: Stella Riley (Water Babies); Holly Fairweather (Enchanted Parties); Josy Thompson (Funcare); Laura Dudley (Painting Pots Knaresborough); Melanie Vauvelle Don (Rascals Entertainment); Rachel Hick (Rachel’s Fitness for Mums); Ruth Watson (Watson Training Services); Sarah-Lou Harper (Little Reds Homemade Gifts)

Childminder / Nanny of the year Sponsored by Dacres Estate Agents: Clementine Rhodes; Emma Quick; Helen Bassham; Lauren Parkinson-Haynes (Little Hands Childminding); Stephanie Fagan (Mud and Puddles); Sue Harrison

Teacher/Child Practitioner of the year Sponsored by The Academy: Cathy De Swardt (Woodlands Day Nursery); Claire Baxter (Brightwater Swim School); Clare Collins (Playaways); Diane Hall (Little Crickets); Rachel Earnshaw (Woodlands Day Nursery); Tory Hardy (Water Babies); Vic Whardall (Burn Bridge Pre School Leader)


Sally Haslewood, Harrogate Mumbler founder
Sally Haslewood, Harrogate Mumbler founder


Harrogate Mumbler founder Sally Haslewood said:

The Harrogate area is famously family friendly with fantastic businesses on our doorstep. The Mumbler Awards celebrates the very best of these: people, places and services that parents rely on, and that our children love too. It’s now down to the voting public to decide – each category is usually closely fought, so anything can happen! It’s always a great night out, so I wish everyone the very best of luck and look forward to celebrating together on 25 November 2016.


July’s launch of the 2016 Mumbler Awards saw a total of 1441 nominations made – with 500 nominations made in the first week. Over the past four years, some firm favourites have emerged on the shortlist and gone on to scoop the final prizes, including Little Crickets Pre-School, Water Babies, Little Rascals, Stomp, Funcare and Pizza Express.

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