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How to boss #BritMums17 as a first-timer: Let’s Do This!

by LaurettaCWright
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If you’re attending #BritMums17 and it’s your first time, there are probably 101 things running through your mind in the run up to the big event (which is now less than two months’ away!)

Will it offer great value for money? Will you meet new people? Will there be opportunities to gain a new level of understanding on blog topics you really want to master? Are people going to be friendly? Will you be left standing by yourself and feeling like a numpty? Is it going to be well organised? Will you know where to go and when? What equipment will you need?…And the list goes on.

Braving the unknown…

Most of these questions I can't answer – yet. You see, it's also my first time attending the conference and, if truth be told, I've no idea what to expect.

So…. you might ask, why did I book a ticket to attend #BritMums17 in the first place? Well, for a start it’s a really well-known community so I’m already pretty convinced that it will be well organised and they’ll be some great quality speakers there.

Secondly, having never been before I really want to tick the ‘been there, done that’ box, so I’m better informed on whether or not booking next year’s event will be worth it.

And lastly – but probably the most significant reason I’ve forked out for a ticket – is that I’m hoping my attendance will catapult my knowledge of subject matters that I just can’t get my head round.

I would love nothing more than to come away from #BritMums17 with answers to the following questions (backed up by some solid evidence if I’m to be convinced!)

1. What’s the single biggest thing I can do to attract genuine fans and boost my blog stats permanently? I don’t just mean attracting other bloggers and vloggers who happen to stumble across my site, but rather Joe Bloggs (pun very much intended) who is like a loyal puppy, returning day after day to see if there’s anything new to read.

2. What exactly am I doing wrong on my YouTube channel? I love making videos as I’m creating memories that will (hopefully) last a lifetime, but why do I only get about 6 people watching my videos? (of which 3 of those peeps is really my mum using different pseudonyms). Okay, I exaggerate, but you know what I mean.

3. When I publish a blog post what are the important SEO steps I need to do every single time? Okay, so in the two years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve figured out I need to download the Yoast plugin for SEO – done. But what other practical information can I do that will get me noticed on the search engines?

And I’m also REALLY hoping to experience a few ‘WOW’ moments at the conference.

You know when someone mentions a great idea and you wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself? And then all you want to do is rush back to start implementing the idea because it makes total sense? Yeah – that ‘wow’ moment.

I want to come away feeling enthused and empowered. I want to make friends and start supporting my fellow bloggers. I want to meet new brands and get on their radar. And I want to pick up great tips and tricks and learn how my blog can catapult me to success.

Everyone will have their reasons for attending the event – and each of us will be looking for different answers.

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Fail to plan = planning to fail 

So how then can we ensure that we really get the most from this year’s #BritMums17 as first time attendees?

Well, I think much of this has to do with the planning process – and adhering to the Scout’s motto of ‘being prepared’ will put you in good stead for a successful conference.

How can I be so sure? I can’t, but what I do know is that I’ve lived by this rule of thumb in the 20 years I've been a travel journalist and it has always put me in good stead.

And based on my experiences of attending conferences, here’s how I’m preparing to take on #BritMums17 and come away feeling like I’ve bossed it. Notebooks at the ready if you will…

1. The devil’s in the detail

So now you’ve got your ticket (or grab it here if you’ve yet to get one), you need to get planning. Keep an eye on the BritMums’ blog as sessions will be announced the closer we get to the big day (Saturday 30th September in London – with special experiences running the whole weekend).

This year’s event will be a mix of deep-dive sessions with quick-hit talks, so make sure that you know exactly which session or talk you plan on attending, who the speaker is and where the session will be held.

Leave plenty of time on the day to get there and to familiarise yourself with the layout of the venue and where the sessions will be taking place (as well as other important info like where the loos are and where the tea & biccies will be served at break times!)

2. Stand up and be counted

If you want to stand out in the crowd and you think that wearing something kooky or dying your hair a crazy colour (a popular trend amongst bloggers and vloggers come to think of it), is the way to go, then go ahead and express your individuality – but only if that’s who you really are.

If like me you’re more of a ‘jeans, t-shirt & trainers’, don’t rock on up in heels and a snug dress; you’ll feel uncomfortable and self-conscious – and it will show.

There are plenty of other ways to get noticed – let your personality shine, complement others (they’ll remember you) and seem genuinely interested in what people have to say. Be prepared to listen to people; opportunity sometimes knocks very softly! (one of my fave quotes).

3. Gear up! 

When I attend conferences I always carry my smartphone (more about this in a mo), a notepad, two pens, a pencil, tissues, a fully charged power bank and (usually) my MacBook.

What I’m trying to say is – take your phone to get pictures of slides. This is especially useful if the session is moving too quickly for you to take notes or you are not following what is being said – you can come back to it later. But remember to put it on silent mode first – no one wants to hear your camera clicking every few seconds!

Take a notepad and pens to take notes – you don’t have to write down every word they said – just pointers that you want to look into or consider later.

You need a power bank as a back up; if you’re anything like me by 10.30am my iPhone is on 33%. I have a Kavson Besiter Eclipse Powerbank which means I can charge my iPhone five times over if I need to – it’s worth its weight in gold and gives me peace of mind I won’t run out of charge.

Take tissues as you never know when you find yourself howling with laughter with tears running down your face; finding yourself in a toilet with no loo roll – or even having an attack of the sneezes if the hayfever kicks in. Tissues are a must. Every. Single. Time. So too is antibacterial hand gel, but maybe that’s just me.

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4. Get smart

Talking of getting organised before the big day, if you do have a smart phone, then there are a few apps that I swear by.

In no particular order they are: Voice Memos (found in Utilities on an iPhone), which acts as a dicataphone. Great if you don’t want to miss a word of the session taking place and there’s not too much ambient noise going on around you.

Text Detective (downloadable from the App Store) which reads printed copy and transforms it into editable notes on your screen – yes really! So basically, if a brand hands you some printed material, say in a promotional brochure, use Text Detective to essentially take a photo and the app will then make the words magically appear in notes – so you can edit it. No wasted time typing up the words – hey presto!

Another favourite app of mine, which is occasionally hit and miss, but totally worth downloading is Dragon Dictation. This is where you can voice record yourself (or a speaker) and it turns it into print that can be edited. How cool is that?

There are plenty of other apps out there to make your life as a blogger easier when it comes to taking notes, capturing data, automating systems etc, but rather than leaving it until the last minute to discover them, start searching (and using them) now so that you’re a pro at using them when you really need to.

5. Get networking

Believe it or not, yours truly once owned a networking business. I used to facilitate networking events for sole traders and independent businesses to encourage them to generate new business for themselves by supporting each another.

Sadly there’s a huge misconception about networking, with many people seeing it as an opportunity to sell their product or service. How networking works best (and trust me, I should know) is by building a network of people you click with (think of it as making new friends) – and then you help and support one another in whatever ways you can.

If you go about networking in this sense (with an understanding that it might take a while to get something back from it for you and your blog), then you’ve truly understood what it means to be a great networker.

You’ll be spotting opportunities for people in no time, building trust amongst your new-found business friends and on your way to being remembered when a great opportunity arises.

Talking of networking, if you do happen to spot me at #BritMums17 (and good luck with that as I’m only 5’1”), then do say hello. It’s my first time too and I can guarantee a friendly smile and good chat – especially if you know the secret to attracting more YouTube subscribers 😉

PIN THIS FOR LATER…

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70 comments

Mandy McDonald 11th September 2017 - 6:58 pm

This is great thanks for sharing lots of useful tips it’s my first time too and I’m sooo excited and nervous at the same time! Hope to see you there I’ll have a huge smile on my face, as I do when I’m nervous ??

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LaurettaCWright 12th September 2017 - 6:11 am

Thanks Mandy – great to hear you found it useful. If you see me, come say hello! 🙂

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Taslyn Russell 1st August 2017 - 11:34 am

I’ve never heard of britmums I think I would be very nervous to go to something like this.

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LaurettaCWright 2nd August 2017 - 9:58 pm

I’m sure you’d be absolutely fine Taslyn! 🙂

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Stephanie 31st July 2017 - 10:01 pm

Great post, I am too scared to go to a conference like that! I know I shouldn’t be but I’m a wimp!

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LaurettaCWright 1st August 2017 - 8:16 am

I’m sure it wouldn’t be as scary as you think it is ? And bloggers are a friendly bunch x

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Michelle Twin Mum 31st July 2017 - 8:04 pm

You’ll have an amazing time. BritMums is always my favourite conference and this year it will be totally different and a new experience for us all. Over the years I worked at the conference, spoken at the conference and just been an attendee. This year I’m one of the room moderators so I’ll be sure to see you. Mich x
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LaurettaCWright 31st July 2017 - 8:52 pm

That’s great Michelle – I’ll keep an eye out for you too! x

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Kara 31st July 2017 - 10:21 am

Some great tips, I love Britmums but my first one was very daunting!!

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Kerry Norris 31st July 2017 - 5:43 am

Wish I’d read this before I went last year. I’m not going this year ( I don’t think) x

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LaurettaCWright 31st July 2017 - 7:02 am

That’s very kind – thanks Kerry. If you do decide to go – this year or down the line let me know… I’d be happy to hook up!

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Sarah 30th July 2017 - 9:22 pm

I wish I could justify the cost for brit mums as it sounds fab x

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LaurettaCWright 31st July 2017 - 7:05 am

It’s quite pricey – I get that. I’m hoping that the costs will justify how much great information is actually being passed on, meaning that it might turn out to be great value for money.

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Emma 30th July 2017 - 7:52 pm

I went to BritMums last year and found it so cliquey that I left early. It’s put me off going this year, but I’ve heard the format is different so I hope that makes it a lot better for people attending. I hope you have a lovely time.

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LaurettaCWright 30th July 2017 - 7:59 pm

Thanks Emma – and thanks also for your honesty. I’m sorry to hear you left early – I’m not a fan of cliquey myself, so I’ll be reporting back on how I really found it. I know the organisers have been listening carefully to feedback in order to change formats to appeal to everyone, so here’s hoping that’s what will happen…

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Stephanie Usher 30th July 2017 - 5:19 pm

Wow, there are a lot of good tips here! I hope you have a good time! xx

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LaurettaCWright 30th July 2017 - 5:59 pm

Thanks very much!

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Louise Smith 30th July 2017 - 4:49 pm

I’ve been blogging for almost six years now and I still haven’t been to Britmums Live! I hope you have a fab time and come away feeling positive and ready to explode your blog and YouTube channel (in a good way, of course) 🙂

Louise x
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LaurettaCWright 30th July 2017 - 5:10 pm

Thanks very much Louise!

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Talya 29th July 2017 - 7:26 pm

You have definitely got this figured out! The networking part is huge as it’s my second time I’m feeling much more relaxed about it this year..please come and find me! X

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LaurettaCWright 29th July 2017 - 11:09 pm

I’ll be on the look out for you Talya – and if you spot me, do say hello – I’m very friendly! 🙂

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MELANIE EDJOURIAN 29th July 2017 - 1:29 pm

I’ve not been to Britmums before. I’m not sure if I would make it until my youngest is a little older. It sounds like great fun and is handy to read your tips so I am well prepared to brave it.

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LaurettaCWright 29th July 2017 - 3:30 pm

I’m sure you’d be fine to brave it Melanie! 🙂

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Laura H 29th July 2017 - 12:58 pm

Definitely a good idea to take a power bank and all the right stationery so you make sure you don’t miss anything here!

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LaurettaCWright 29th July 2017 - 3:28 pm

Thanks Laura – i wouldn’t be anywhere without my power bank!

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Lynne Harper 29th July 2017 - 12:58 pm

I really wanted to go this year, as s newbie the information would be great. I hope you have a fabulous time and come away brimming with ideas x

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LaurettaCWright 29th July 2017 - 3:28 pm

I’ll be sure to share any cracking ideas Lynne – thanks! 🙂

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Ana De- Jesus 29th July 2017 - 12:26 pm

Aw good luck! I hope that you have a good time at Britmums and you come away with the knowledge you have been seeking xx

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LaurettaCWright 29th July 2017 - 3:29 pm

Thanks Ana – really appreciate that..

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes 29th July 2017 - 9:22 am

BritMums sounds like a really interesting event, great tips! I’ll look forward to hearing about your experience there 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 29th July 2017 - 3:29 pm

Thanks Jemma – watch this space! 🙂

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Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... 28th July 2017 - 8:23 pm

Great tips, I’m the same height so we can find each other!

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LaurettaCWright 28th July 2017 - 10:13 pm

Yay!! If you’re going I’ll be looking out for you! XX

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Claire 28th July 2017 - 7:47 pm

I have been to Britmums twice. I love going. So much fun learning new things and meeting new people/bloggers I only ever knew online. I really want to go this year but not got a ticket yet. I need some spare pennies 🙁

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LaurettaCWright 28th July 2017 - 10:14 pm

That’s really good to hear it has been useful to you Claire!

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melissa major 28th July 2017 - 6:23 pm

I have never been to this before but these are some pretty amazing tips on here! Thanks for sharing

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LaurettaCWright 28th July 2017 - 10:27 pm

You’re very welcome Melissa!

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lisa prince 28th July 2017 - 12:13 pm

been a parent blogger for 8 years now , not professional about it i just do the job and its more a hobby for me which i and the children enjoy . we have all the opporintities coming in weekly so im not complaining , ive never been to an event yet though and would love to

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LaurettaCWright 28th July 2017 - 12:26 pm

That’s great news! One of the reasons I go is to meet like-minded people as it’s always nice to chat to people who just ‘get’ blogging 🙂

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Caroline 28th July 2017 - 12:09 pm

Great advice, I’m looking forward to hearing all about your highlights from the event. Xx

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LaurettaCWright 28th July 2017 - 12:27 pm

Thanks Caroline! If I pick up some great tips I’ll let you know 🙂

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Lilinha 28th July 2017 - 11:54 am

I remember as if it was today when I attended Britmums for the first and had a great time! 🙂
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LaurettaCWright 28th July 2017 - 12:01 pm

that’s great – thanks Lilinha – hope I do too!

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Joanna 28th July 2017 - 11:40 am

I love blogging conferences, they are so useful! I am a travel blogger so I attend the one specific to my niche and I have noticed how inspiring they can be. Networking there is amazing as well, you always learn more and more from other bloggers.

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LaurettaCWright 28th July 2017 - 11:43 am

Yes I can see how this would work – it’s more who you know that can really help isn’t it? It’s all about engagement 🙂 thanks Joanna.

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Stephanie 28th July 2017 - 10:50 am

I’ve not been to Britmums before but it sounds like a fab blogging conference x

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LaurettaCWright 28th July 2017 - 11:15 am

From what I’ve heard – it should be…

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Clair 28th July 2017 - 10:23 am

If I become a parent blogger, I would need a child first, I would love to go to this!

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LaurettaCWright 28th July 2017 - 10:44 am

AS far as I’m aware Clair – you don’t need to be a parent to go!

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Yaya 28th July 2017 - 9:46 am

Brilliant, brilliant post! I haven’t been to Brit Mums, but if I became a mummy blogger I would love to get involved. Enjoy the conference! x

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Rhian Westbury 28th July 2017 - 8:30 am

Great tips. I’ve never been to an event or conference like this one, maybe one day x

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LaurettaCWright 28th July 2017 - 8:55 am

Hopefully the tips will come in handy for when you do!

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Elinor Hill aka Beachhutcook 28th July 2017 - 5:45 am

I’m always found britmums a positive and motivating event. I bet the new venue will be great.

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LaurettaCWright 28th July 2017 - 8:05 am

That’s great to know – thanks Elinor!

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Lucy | Real Mum Reviews 27th July 2017 - 9:17 pm

Ah I really wish I was going! Maybe next year!

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LaurettaCWright 27th July 2017 - 10:23 pm

I think it’s got to be tried at least once maybe? Thanks Lucy ?

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Mummy Times Two 27th July 2017 - 8:56 pm

Somecreally great tips here. I am hoping to attend for the first time this year.

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LaurettaCWright 27th July 2017 - 10:21 pm

Shout me out if you do – always happy to hook up and meet new bloggers!

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Emma Raphael 27th July 2017 - 7:26 pm

This will be so helpful for those who haven’t been before, it can be a bit of an overwhelming thought for some – understandably! Hope you have a brilliant time, I have always enjoyed them in the past, and even having spoken at a few always come away with having learned something new! 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 27th July 2017 - 7:48 pm

Ah thanks Emma – I hoping they’ll be helpful tips! I’m really looking forward to getting my first conference under my belt!

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Sarah Bailey 27th July 2017 - 6:57 pm

Britmums always sounds like something so many bloggers enjoy going to and these sound like some awesome tips. I hope all who go have a great time.

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LaurettaCWright 27th July 2017 - 7:16 pm

Thanks Sarah – I may well do another post following the event 🙂

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Cathy Glynn 27th July 2017 - 5:24 pm

This is really useful, I have had great fun at Britmums and I hope you have a great time x

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LaurettaCWright 27th July 2017 - 5:31 pm

Ah thanks Cathy! ?

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Joanna 27th July 2017 - 4:13 pm

Great informative post I’ve never been however I’d love to so this info will come in handy if I do eventually get the chance to go.

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LaurettaCWright 27th July 2017 - 5:32 pm

Glad you thought it was helpful Joanna – thank you!

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Nayna Kanabar 27th July 2017 - 7:34 am

This is a very helpful post for 1st timers, the text conversion app sounds amazing and I am off to down load it.

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LaurettaCWright 27th July 2017 - 8:52 am

thanks Nayna – glad it was helpful! 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 27th July 2017 - 6:57 am

Oooh yes – please do come over and say hi – I usually find myself a bit lost in a crowd. Good to know you do a lot of socialising – I’ll look for you too 😉

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Laura 26th July 2017 - 11:33 pm

These are some really good tips, I have been a few times now and actually find it’s more socialising than anything else although there are always some good talks on. Will come over and say hi, I’m also short (only 4ft11 🙂

Laura x

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