Mama Meet & Market


In just over two weeks the lovely Ainsley from the popular Instagram account LifewithOaksandOlive will be hosting her first ever shopping Event.

Mama meet & Market' is a family event with a difference, a child friendly shopping event with the opportunity to socialize and meet other mums. There will be a huge selection of local small businesses that sell kids wear, kids books, accessories and also some lovely home and giftware if you fancy spending something on yourself for a change.

Toddler Sense Derby's leading sensory play group will be providing an exciting set up for children under 5. A chance for them to discover their senses, play freely and meet new friends. Located less than 1 minute walk from the market hall, parents can escape the hustle and bustle to keep the little ones happy. 

Take a break in the tea room with cakes and cookies, Makeney Halls bar will provide liquid refreshments of all kinds. Seating will be provided so that you can rest your feet and chat to other mamas. Some of which you may already 'know' through the wonderful world of Instagram. 

Sunday 3rd September at Makeney Hall Hotel in Derbyshire. 

Doors open at 11am and close at 3pm, the first 30 children through the doors will receive an exciting goodie bag. 

Ainsley kindly interviewed us for a feature on her blog, if you want to have a read, scroll down. We are so excited about having a stall at this event and hope to see some of you there!!


1.     Hi Ladies introduce yourself? 

Hello! We are Caroline & Katie from Florence & Bow. We are an online Home & Giftware website based in Leicestershire. We attend lots of local Shopping events with our range and even host a couple of our own events.

2. Where did 'Florence and Bow' stem from?

We both worked together at a well known high street retailer for a number of years in Buying and Merchandising. We left at similar times to start a family and we both knew we didn't want to return to working full time for someone else. When are youngest two were just 6 months old we decided to start our own business and two and a half years later here we are.

3. How would you describe your stock?

We always look for something a bit different but still accessible to all. No matter your budget or style we hope you can find something to add a bit of a modern twist to your home or as a gift for a friend.

4. What influences you and your business? 

We are huge Instagram fans and love scrolling through and having a nosey at other peoples homes and lifestyles. We particularly love the house renovations and love seeing the before and after pictures!

5. How do you manage mum life and work life? 

This is something we struggle with daily. We both have two children of similar ages, one at school and the other in occasional childcare but very much still at home with us. We try to have one day a week where we get together to work but quite often we grab a quick phone call here and there. We are guilty of answering emails very early in the morning or last thing at night but at the moment this works for us and it will only get easier as the kids get older. We just love the fact we can work around the kids and get to spend as much time as we can with them, we are very lucky!

6. Where is your favourite place/s to shop? 

With very little time to get to the shops we mainly shop online. We also like to support small businesses at the events we attend and via instagram/facebook.

7. Are you looking forward to the 'Mama meet & Market'?

We can't wait!! Its a wonderful idea, something a bit different to some of the other events that we attend. We love the fact that there is something for everyone! Sensory play to keep the kids entertained and Afternoon tea for the adults. Not to mention all the other wonderful small businesses that will be there. See you there!!