Community Go-To Guide hosts Local Family Awards
Thousands of St Albans and Harpenden parents voted and the finalists in the thirteen categories, joined local business sponsors to celebrate their success in an amazing awards celebration where clubs, retailers and family services were recognised for their outstanding service to parents.
Event organiser and Raring2go! editor, Claire Healy said “I wanted to hold these awards to celebrate the extraordinary array of clubs, events, activities, restaurants, services and retailers which provide local parents and children with such diverse opportunities."
DJ’s play Park, winners of Best Party Venue summed up the response of small business owners “Thanks to all those you voted and book parties with us… it keeps us smiling and surviving!”
Raring2go!, the Go-to Guide for you and your family, has been providing parents with ideas for things to do over the last 14 years and Claire has first hand knowledge of the local area having lived and raised her family in St Albans. “We've been amazed by the response to these awards – we had over 4000 votes and there are obviously some outstanding businesses out there which parents felt deserved recognition. Many are run by passionate individuals wanting to pass on their interests to the next generation, who now have the recognition they deserve”
These are the very first awards we have done and we shall definitely make it an annual event, as these local business owners work so hard and with such passion to ensure there is always something for our children to enjoy.
And the winners were....
Best Pre-School Club Gymboree Play & Music UK
Best School Age Club or Class Best Theatre Arts
Best After School or Holiday Club FizzBug
Best Family Friendly Eatery The Smokehouse Deli
Best Family Retailer Raindrops On Roses St Albans
Best Party Venue DJ's Play Jungle
Best Party Entertainer Mr Banana Head, Children's Entertainer
Best Family Attraction Willows Activity Farm
Best Parent Services Home-Start Hertfordshire
Best Local Family Event Meraki Festival
Best Childcare Provider Fusion Childcare Services
Best Family Service Verulam Pet Services
Reader’s Choice Award Naomi Czuba Dance