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Dad’s Day ideas

13 Jun

Give your Pops a special thank you with some of these Father’s Day bits n’ pieces.

Folksy 'FanTACHEtic' Father's Day card


Treat the moustached man in your life with this card. (This particularly appealed to us at EggMag of course.) A snip at £2.50, from Folksy.



Red Ted Art - permanent paintings for Dad


Follow this guide on how to create a real work of art with your littl’un and give your chosen one something to cherish. Or take your pick from many more ideas by our favourite crafty Mum at Red Ted Art.



Sipsmith Vodka & Gin


A bottle of Sipsmith’s Barley Vodka (£26.25) or London Dry Gin (£27.49) will certainly pep up your Papa’s day. Made in small batches using a unique copper still named Prudence, Sipsmith truly believe in spirit-making as a craft. Find them here.






Aura Que’s super-soft, ethically made and leather goods are a real treat. Snap up one of these travel card holders for your commuting Dad for a reduced price of £10.




The Ride magazineTHE CYCLER’S MAG

Is your old man a bike-aholic? Does he crave a bit of a different spin (sorry) on the usual cycling journalism? If the answer’s yes, The Ride journal might just be for him. This lovely collection of tales and ideas from riders of all walks (or cycles) of life can be found online here for £9.50 including p&p.




If he fancies himself as a bit of a Bear Grylls, this storm kettle will be a hit with your Pops. No stove or electricity is needed –  just a bunch of twigs and a match. The small fire inside the kettle heats up the water in the double skin surround in a matter of minutes. Genius! Bag one for £48.50 from Ethical Superstore.





Stuff to do in June


As always, we’ve had our ears flapping busily, and have heard news of some smart goings on in the next couple of weeks. We thought we’d share some of them with you:

LOST ART3-30 June: The Lost Collection at KK Outlet

See around 60 accidental works of art on show for the first time ever. The art spans from graphic doodles to full-on Impressionistic landscapes – all of which have been lost or dropped on trains, the tube, in buses and black cabs. If ever there was a reason to use a sketchbook, this is it…



Visit the first ever Taste Festival for Muswell Hillians and enjoy all sorts of fun stuff from music and poetry to food and drinks and more. Our old favourites, Planet Organic will be putting on tastings, demos, an artisan bread market (Fri & Sat only) and, to top it of, giving shoppers £3 off, when you spend over £15. Simply email  mh@planetorganic.com to get your special voucher.

Open Farms Sunday12 June: Open Farm Sunday

Spend a day in your wellies – that’s not at a festival! At this annual event visitors can meet our good British farmers to learn how they grow our food and care for the countryside. Many will offer trailer rides, self-guided or hosted walks and, of course, you can have a real root around some lovely farm shops.


Two Degrees 201112-18 June: Two Degrees 2011

Rally together and make your voice heard in this festival combining climate change action and art. Try your hand at bingo bike-riding, sit back and enjoy some stories, or simply have a rant.

Sundays throughout June: Creative Summer Sundays at Here Today Here Tomorrow

Join the Dalston-based sustainable fashion foursome for a choice of workshops from making your own zipped purse from vintage materials to learning how to dye and batik fabrics and more. Prices are between £30-40 and the team promise that tea, cake and refreshments will be provided. Crafty fingers at the ready…

Brighton. Right on.

27 Apr

Brighton seafrontYes, yes, I know, EggMag has been stocked in Brighton for about 14 months. But I’ve got to be honest, the team have been so busy we’ve never managed to get down there for more than a couple of hours at a time. So, it was with great delight that I accepted an invitation to stay in the Brighton Artist’s Residence Hotel.

I arrived early (and before the hordes from London) so had some time to mooch with my Brighton-based buddy as my guide. We did the obligatory stroll along the seafront, visited one of the many delis serving properly good food, then checked into the hotel.

You can’t fault the location – it’s one block from the beach and if you have a room on the front, you’ll have a sea view across the square. Each room in this young and quirky little hotel is unique and painted by hand by different artists. Our rooms looked very sweet, although the artwork was a bit rough round the edges (literally), which made it a little messy I thought. But the idea behind the hotel is a good one: they rent the basement studio out to up-and-coming artists who then exhibit their work in the gallery and reception area. The proprietors are also making steps to eco-up the place, so it’s all in all a happy place to stay.

Artist's Residence Hotel

There’s plenty to keep you busy in Brighton: it genuinely is like a mini-London and I can’t think of many towns this size that would have such an interesting arts, shopping and music scene. Even Proud (as in Galleries) have an amazing ballroom here, hosting a programme of brilliantly boho and vintage-inspired events. There are plenty of little independent shops – like the lovely FAIR, which stocks some EggMag fashion favourites such as Bibico, Nancy Dee, People Tree and Bourgeouis Boheme – and a plethora of pubs and bars. We had a pint in The Dorset on North Road, and later headed to the characterful and laaarge Lion and Lobster pub.

Morning came with it a bit of a hangover, but luckily, my ‘breakfast in a bag’ courtesy of the good people at hotel, sorted me out: a super-soft croissant, Innocent OJ and a pot of yog. All good.

So. Summer’s here now (hopefully) so get your cheap advanced tickets from Southwest trains and get down to the seaside.