My thoughts on Britmums Live 2016

Britmums Live

It has been two years since I last attended Britmums Live and to say I was looking forward to it was an understatement.

Having taken Sebastian to that event which spoiled my enjoyment of it, I now recommend you don’t take a baby to Britmums Live, I was excited about attending sessions without having to worry whether he was making noise etc.

We started the celebrations on Friday evening at the Fringe Party at the Holiday Inn Camden Lock, where I was also staying. The party started with some complimentary drinks and nibbles, although we arrived a little later than planned so these were almost all gone.

The Glasshouse at the hotel is a gorgeous space with tall windows overlooking the lock and was full of some of my favourite blogging friends. It was lovely to catch up with old friends, as well as finally meeting those who I have only ever spoken to online. In fact I was so busy chatting I didn’t even take a picture!

Holiday Inn Camden

I was really lucky that my room had the same view as the Glasshouse, only I was a little higher up. Camden is a bustling, vibrant area and when you opened the doors to the juliet balcony you could hear the music and buzz of people enjoying themselves. Thankfully the room was very soundproofed so you heard nothing but the air conditioning unit when the doors were closed and I loved the local artwork that adorned the halls.

Holiday Inn

The next morning we set off for Britmums nice and early to get there to register at 9.30am. The Brewery is a stunning location and this year registration was upstairs in the main conference room which was much better than in previous years.

One of the highlights of Britmums Live is listening to and meeting inspirational men and women. I listened with tears in my eyes as Anne-Marie Cockburn (What Martha Did Next) spoke of her daughter Martha’s death aged 15 after taking Ecstasy and how she has turned her grief into a positive and is campaigning for all dangerous drugs to be taken out the hands of criminals and passed to medical professionals.

I finally met Oana from Mama’s Haven who bravely and emotionally spoke about the horrific reality of losing a child. Although I never met Georgie, I really felt that I knew him, Oana and her family as I saw their tragic story unfold and tried to help as best I could with messages of support. Of course there was humour too with bloggers sharing embarrassing moment with Cherry Healey and I will never see Slouching towards Thatcham in the same light after a great rendition of his blog post Pretty in Pink.

Britmums

This year I went with a plan and knew exactly which sessions I wanted to attend. The Travel Blogging panel was very interesting and I have taken all their hints and tips onboard already. The ladies from Experience Costa Barcelona were so knowledgable and enthusiastic about their home that I need to visit now!

Britmums Live

The session I got most out of was google analytics and I am looking forward to being able to understand all those reports. Of course Britmums Live isn’t just about the sessions and the chance to meet new brands, take silly photo’s and meet up with blogging pals really makes the day what it is. There were so many people there I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to catch up with but that happens every year!

Britmums Live

Last but not least were the BiB Awards where I was nominated for Best Travel Blog for Are We Nearly There Yet?. Sadly I didn’t win, losing out to the fabulous Mummy Travels, but it was lovely to see some of my favourites collecting awards on the night, especially Coombe Mill, whom we have stayed with twice and hope to visit again soon.

I much prefered the event being on one day, as it is easier to organise childcare for a day as my husband works most weekends and am already looking forward to next year!

Did you enjoy Britmums Live?

 

 

18 thoughts on “My thoughts on Britmums Live 2016

  1. Emma says:

    I was gutted to miss Britmums this year, but it’s great to hear that you had such a good time. I quite like the idea of one day also. x

  2. Ickle Pickle says:

    It was so great to see you – and so good to read your positive experience- I am so glad you had such a briliant day. Kaz x
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  3. I decide to skip Britmums this year, but it’s good to hear your report and interesting to read that you found the one day easier than the split over two.

  4. It sounds like such a great day and I erally wish I’d gone x

  5. It sounds like such a great day and I erally wish I’d gone x

  6. Tita says:

    Looks like everyone had a great time during the event. I’m sure moms were ecstatic to meet fellow bloggers and learn new things as well. Thumbs up for the organizers!

  7. Hannah says:

    Sounds like you had a fab time! Ive never been before x

  8. Thank you! I was in very good company in the finals – and a great day at BML16, I thought. I’m glad the travel panel was useful too, I did wish I could make notes on the other speakers myself… Always so lovely to catch up with other bloggers and try to put a few faces to names, although my list of those I didn’t see/meet always seems as long as those I did!
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  9. Great post, I didn’t make it this year for the first time since 2012! It was nice to read a round up of the events x
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  10. Anne says:

    It sounds like you had a great time and I love your photos. I missed it yet again, I might have been tempted with it being shorter, as I’ve always found it difficult to justify having a whole weekend away from my children.
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  11. anna nuttall says:

    I saw it was trending on Twitter at the weekend, I glad you enjoyed it – look a lot of fun!
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  12. Rachel says:

    I love reading these posts, so many people have so many differing views and thoughts x
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  13. Great to hear your views Kara. I know a few people felt that a one day event felt a bit ‘rushed’ to them but then others found one day more convenient! It’s good to hear all sides so that decisions can be made for future events!
    It was fab to see you at #BML16 and see you in a few weeks for our fabulous cruise!! x
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  14. gill says:

    Glad you had a good break with a good time andsome good fun company too xx

  15. Louise says:

    I have never been to Brit mums but love the idea of it just being a day. Sounds like a great excuse for blogging indulgence and some amazing learning x
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  16. Sounds like you had a fab day, sadly I couldn’t make it this year but I hope to be back again next year with bells on 😉 xx
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  17. Wasn’t it fab?! It was so lovely to meet you and put a happy, smiling face to your blogs. Roll on next year and hopefully a few opportunities in-between to catch up…especially about your amazing cruise!!
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  18. Oh it was my first time attending BML and I loved it! I am new to blogging so it was just fantastic to learn so much from those that really do know what they are doing! The talks were brilliant but I gained so much also just from chatting to other bloggers – amazing to put faces to blogs! Glad you enjoyed it too!

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