A number of family-friendly businesses across the county were recognised at this year’s Little Ankle Biters’ award.

The team from Little Ankle Biters hosted their annual award ceremony but due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the award ceremony was streamed live via Instagram to coincide with the easing of lockdown restrictions following postponement of the awards.

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It was originally going to take place on Friday, March 13.

With over 13,500 vote from members of the public, the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre gained the most votes overall to win the best theatre category, where they defeated the Wycombe Swan, which finished in second place.

Other winners this year include Sing & Sign for Best Children’s Activity Class and Tots Disco, winner of Best Children’s Party Entertainer.

Lee Duffy, who is the theatre director at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, said: “We are absolutely delighted to hold on to the crown of ‘Best Theatre’ for the second year running!

“Many congratulations to our fellow theatres who were also nominated.

“This is a lovely reminder of the constant support of our audiences, and for my wonderful team, this is simply the BEST motivator.

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“We cannot wait to reopen our doors, welcome back our local communities and present amazing live theatre to you all once again.”

Little Ankle Biters was launched in July 2017 by Michelle Cairncross and her friend Kate Gregory, as the two mums, who had worked together for nine years in marketing, decided to launch a website where parents, guardians and carers would be able to find information needed for their children in their area.

The website became a huge success and now has its own websites for specific counties, with Buckinghamshire being one of those counties.

It has become a huge success in the county.

Michelle Cairncross, co-founder and editor of Little Ankle Biters Buckinghamshire, said: “Congratulations to all finalists and especially to our winners and runners-up.

“This year really was very competitive as Bucks has so much to offer children. We hope the exposure gained from the Little Ankle Biters’ Awards will help ensure our family friendly community continues to thrive during these uncertain and challenging times.”

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Felicity Blakeman, Founder, Tots Disco, said: “Winning the two Little Ankle Biters awards for Tots Disco means so, so much to us.

“We were lucky enough to win one last year and it created a huge a buzz in the local community and further afield.

“Thank you very much to the lovely ladies at Little Ankle Biters for being so supportive of small businesses in our sector. We love our industry and working with awesome people all around us.

“We can’t wait to be able to start running our classes and see our fabulous customers - we have really, really missed them.”

The Little Ankle Biters’ Awards 2020 winners and runners up in Buckinghamshire are:

• Best Family Friendly Pub – Winner: Honey Bee, Aylesbury (Runner-up: Firecrest, Wendover)

• Best Family Friendly Place to Eat – Winner: The Works, Aylesbury (Runner-up: Giggling Squad, Marlow)

• Best Museum – Winner: Roald Dhal Museum (Runner-up: Bucks Museum)

• Best Theatre – Aylesbury Waterside (Runner-up: Wycombe Swan)

• Best Family Attraction – Winner: Green Dragon Eco Farm (Runner-up: Waddesdon Manor)

• Best Children’s Party Venue – Winner: Stay and Play, Aylesbury (Runner-up: Rogue Bowling, Aylesbury)

• Best Children’s Party Entertainer – Winner: Tots Disco (Runner-up: Party Poppers)

• Best Children’s Sports Club – Winner: Sports Factor (Runner-up: Tumble Tots)

• Best Children’s Activity Class – Winner: Sing & Sign, Aylesbury (Runner-up: Cha Char Chimps)

• Best Soft Play – Winner: Stay & Play, Aylesbury (Runner-up: Zoomania, Aylesbury)

Visit www.bucks.ankle-biters.co.uk for more information.