One of the great things about becoming a mum is that it has suddenly unlocked so many things I never knew existed, even in my well trodden home town. Yes, several doors have also now closed (pub after 7, anyone?), but I’m always eager to discover new opportunities that fit my new way of life. Therefore when I found out our local cinema, Everyman Winchester (or ‘The Screen’, as those of us who have lived in Winchester more than ten years still affectionately call it), host baby friendly film screenings every Tuesday, I jumped at the chance to go. And I don’t mean Peppa Pig or the latest kiddies flick – the films are genuine, bona fide new releases for us grown ups.
It’s a win-win situation – the cinema fills seats at 10am in the middle of the week, and us mums get 2 hours of something resembling normality. Granted, the lights and sounds are kept low, and you have to be prepared to miss portions depending on baby’s mood, but with a coffee and a cake thrown in to the ticket price (£9.50 for mum and baby) you can’t really go wrong.
Talking to friends a little further afield, it seems other local art house cinemas and some larger multiplexes offer similar screenings, so it’s absolutely worth checking out your local cinema listings if you’re not Winchester based and think this would be up your street. Personally, I’m going to make the most of it whilst I can.