Tomorrow evening, Tuesday the 13th March there will be a “Mad for Mutts” Palma Dog Quiz Fundraiser. It starts at 7pm at The Boathouse in Palma. There will be loads of prizes on offer and it’s a big support for animals which need rehoming. DETAILS HERE: Mad For Mutts

On Thursday March 15th there will be a book launch for Samantha Meade-Newman Whittington, her first book “Rosamunda y las Montanas del Norte” will be  Biblioteca Can Sales in Placa Porta de Santa Catalina from 7pm.  Also that same evening Club Ultima Hora has organised a conference with Chris Sharma, a famous climber from California who will talk about sports climbing in Mallorca. The event is free and starts at 8pm at the Trui Theatre. You have to pick up an invitation from the Palau de la Premsa in Palma beforehand. DETAILS HERE

On Friday March 16th at 8pm you can join the Mood Singers for The Rhythm of Life concert in aid of Cala Nova Cancer Care. The event will be at the Anglican Church in Son Armadans Palma. Tickets are 10€ per person including a drink and nibbles.

Also on Friday evening it’s the opening night of Stereo in Magaluf, marking the beginning of their season. DETAILS HERE

From the 16th to the 18th of March you can try out the island’s best craft beers and live music at the Bierkonig Centre in S’Arenal.

On Saturday 17th March there will be a mindfulness workshop. Designed as an entry level to mindful meditation you will practice meditation, mindful waking and eating and talk about the health benefits. DETAILS HERE

On Saturday evening at MariSol Yoga in Placa del Progreso in Palma there will be a women’s circle event from 8pm to 9pm. It’s an open event and all women are invited to join.  DETAILS HERE

Sunday the 18th of March will feature the St Patrick’s Festival in Santa Ponca, there’s plenty of market stalls, entertainments, and the Guinness will be flowing!

On Wednesday 21st March there will be the grand opening of a new handmade ice cream shop in Palma, called Bo Bom Gelato. They will be offering “true” Gelato, gelato cakes, Italian hot chocolate, Easter Eggs, and freshly made Italian Easter cakes called Colomba, and plenty of Prosecco as well!  DETAILS HERE

Also on Wednesday 21st March from 10am to 1pm there will be a Spring Equinox inspired session, the Sacred Chant Awakening the Divine Femine. It will be at Peopletree in Alaro and led by yoga teacher Jeanne Lurie. It will include a gong deep relaxation session.

On the evening of the 21st of March you can catch the Moscow Ballet at Palma Auditorium performing Swan Lake.

On the weekend of the 24th and 25th of March there will be the Sheep and Goat fair in Calvia village. There’s always loads going on, including plenty of animals to go and see, pony rides for children, market stalls and plenty of fun and games.

On Saturday March 24th there will be a  Car Boot Sale at the BIC school in Magaluf from 1.30 to 4.30pm. Anyone who wants a pitch should contact the school in advance.  Also on the same day you can catch the Fiesta de la Primavera at Port Adriano, El Toro where they promise to offer loads of family friendly activities.

Also over the weekend of the 24th and 25th there is a theatre event called Spring In The Magic Forest. It’s aimed at kids and will be performed at the Palma Auditorium. The show is in Spanish and English and the kids will be invited up on to stage so make sure they wear their animal costumes. DETAILS HERE

Also on Saturday March 24th there will be a March For Our Lives event held in Palma. This is a protest in support of the kids and families in America who are marching all over the country on this day in an attempt to change the gun laws. The march organisers are asking for everyone to come and join them in the peaceful protest to send a message from across the world to the US government.  Meet in Plaza La Lonja at 10am, wear a white shirt with red or blue, bring friends, family, neighbours and anyone who cherishes peace and life.     DETAILS HERE

28th March art exhibition opening at the Century 21 Palm Beach offices in Paseo de Mallorca. The artist Sebastian Bispo will be showing his most recent works.

On Saturday 31st March the next edition of the Vegan Day Out will be hosted at the Son Alegre Vinyard in Calogne. It starts at 1pm and will feature live music, yoga, meditation, cooking workshops, an organic wine bar and more. DETAILS HERE

If you like fun fairs then you have until the 15th of April to go along to the Fira del Ram. It’s down beside the Son Castello industrial estate in Palma and is open every day.

Looking into April, there will be an training event for entrepreneurs on the 13th to the 15th April called Woha.  DETAILS HERE

January events in Mallorca

Mallorca dimonis, Vicki McLeod, photographer, Oliver Neilson


You may think that Christmas, and New Year AND Three Kings are over, and that therefore everything is back to normal in Mallorca, but you would be wrong as we still have two more fiestas to go this month, and we love them!
First up we have St Antoni this coming weekend. You will be able to join in at outdoor barbecues all over the island on Saturday evening. Some of the best ones are in my neck of the woods which is Andratx and S’Arraco, but you will also have places like Sa Pobla, Felanitx, Muro, Santanyi, Sencelles, Son Servera, Pollensa and Binissalem to check out as well. They are spread out over the weekend with some happening on Friday evening as well. The fiesta is split into two halves: you have the barbecue where everyone steals everyone elses’ sausages and gets drunk, followed by the Corre Foc, the fire run where recently inebriated people are invited to participate with people dressed up in really scary devil costumes and play with fireworks. What could possible go wrong?
Up in Sa Pobla on Saturday at about 5.30pm they will also have human towers which I have always wanted to see so I might make a dash to get up there, then at midnight in Sa Pobla will be their amazing fire spectacular with demons, dragons and drummers in Placa Major.
If that doesn’t get you going then there’s always something going on at the Auditorium and I understand that this weekend there is a performance of Beethoven’s Pastoral with the Victor Ullate Ballet on Saturday evening. More information can be found on the Auditorium Palma website.

Then on Sunday 15 January you have to make your way to the church with your pet cat, dog, sheep, goat, hamster, whatever you have you should take along to be blessed. There are blessings in Biniali, Cala D’Or, Santanyi, Soller, and Andratx.
On the Monday the St Antoni fiestas continue in Alaro with a parade, bonfires and a correfoc in the evening. You can also go along to Deya, Maria de la Salut, Muro, Sa Coma, Santa Maria del Cami, Soller, Son Carrio and more action in Sa Pobla.
Then all attention is focused on Palma for the big San Sebastian parties. The Fiesta Sant Sebastia is one of the biggest festivals in Mallorca and celebrates the Patron Saint of the capital.
The big nights are around the 18th, 19th and 20th (the day of Saint Sebastian), with the main parties and concerts being held on the 19th. Other entertainments such as the Castellers de Mallorca and the fire runs (Correfoc – wear long sleeves!) are on the 20th January.
There will be exhibitions, music and parades for the duration of the festival and you’ll find all the details in the Official Programme (available about a week before the event).
This Thursday at Santosha Restaurant in Palma in their Sala Cinco they will have movie nights on Thursdays. This week it’s “Once” 12.1, and next week it’s “Forest Gump” 19.1 ( you should reserve though). And on Saturday nights they have live music during dinner.

This Friday there will be a live music movement meditation at Zunray in Palma from 20h30-22h30. It’s going to be a monthly event, but get in there quick as this is a great way to start off the year. There is also a weekly 5 Rhythms class at Ling Tai which is every Sunday from 6.30pm
You’ve also got the Palma Dogs fundraiser coming up. They’ve called it the “Beat the Meh, find your Woof!” Pub Quiz Fundraiser. It will be on Tuesday, January 17th at 7.30 at Atlanticos in the Old Town in Palma. You can have a team of up to 4, €2 each to enter. And there will also be a raffle at €2 per ticket. All proceeds going towards the various associations and individuals who work tirelessly to get owner less dogs out of pounds and into foster or forever homes. That’s organised by Caroline Stapley who regularly takes people up to the dog homes in Mallorca and takes the dogs out on walks.
On Saturday 21st Jan Tony from Bar Rosita’s, Calvia Village will be having his annual birthday bash, free live music Tony Paris, free buffet and lots of fun.
Of course, if you’re after a new year’s resolution and you want to get yourself fitter, healthier and take charge of your lifestyle then I can recommend you do the Whole Life Challenge. This is an eight week programme which starts on Saturday January 21st at CrossFit Mallorca. It incorporates diet, exercise and lifestyle enhancements such as beginning to meditate or taking time to spend with friends rather than your phone, small things which add up to a much greater deal. You can get more info by contacting on Facebook, just look for their page CrossFit Mallorca.
There will also be two detox workshops in January run by Ziva To Go, a vegan business which now has three locations on the island. Ziva’s founder, Petra Wigermo will lead the detox workshops. You can choose from one in Santa Ponsa on Thursday 26th and one in Santa Catalina on Saturday 28th. In both workshops you will be helped to plan your own detox and make decisions about how you want to approach it, learn about why it is good for you to do these things and also try out some different juice recipes which may be helpful for you. You can get more info and book up for that at any of the Ziva locations on the island, or find them on Facebook.
And if you want to get stuck in to some good works this year then you could either join up to The Wednesday Group which meets every, you’ve guessed it, Wednesday, in Bendinat. They are dedicated to making craft and knitted items which can be donated or sold on behalf of charities on the island and it’s also a fun and sociable way to learn new skills and make new friends. You can get more details from Kay at The Universal Bookshop in Portals Nous. OR you can go along to a meeting at The Boathouse in Palma on February 10th which is being organised by the Cancer Support Group as they are looking for people who can volunteer and help them with their ongoing work. You can get more information about that event on my website along with all the rest of this info and more.

Mallorca’s perfect.


Don’t you miss London? It’s something I get asked now and again, and I can honestly say No, I don’t miss it. I still love it, but I don’t want to live there anymore. I’ve got plenty of things to keep me happy, occupied and stimulated right here on my doorstep.

Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to have the chance to photograph many concerts and DJs at BH Mallorca Hotel (formerly Mallorca Rocks Hotel). It was quite a different experience last Sunday evening when I arrived with my cameras. Instead of hordes of young people and pumping loud music I was greeted by neat rows of silver haired music lovers seated on chairs with blankets over their knees. It was a little like stepping into a different dimension, it looked familiar but something very different was going on. It wasn’t long before I was approached by a man sporting a bowler hat with feathers sprouting out of it. “Hi, my name is Robin, are you from the papers?” I guess the big camera gave it away, that and the fact I was definitely NOT the oldest person in the venue, another change from my normal BH experience when I certainly feel a bit on the elderly side. Robin briefly introduced me to Gerry Flynn, the festival organiser who told me that they were delighted to be in Magaluf and that they were thrilled with BH Mallorca and how the festival was going. “We’ll definitely be back with twice as many people next year,” he told me, “it’s perfect for our needs. We’ve basically got a large space which functions as a festival field and then hotel rooms around it.” “Like extreme glamping?” “Yes, exactly that.”

Eddie Reader and Band performing in Magaluf last weekend PHOTO CREDIT VICKI MCLEOD PHOENIX MEDIA -9654

I’d arrived in time to see Eddie Reader and her band. Would her voice be as beautiful and clear as it had been when singing on hits such as “Perfect” back in 1988? Yes it was. She and her band gave a fantastic hour long performance of songs spreading across several genres including folk, pop and jazz finishing off with a beautiful closing rendition of “Moon River”. I really enjoyed the performance of one of the songs of my youth, Patience of Angels, which was sung by its original writer, Boo Hewerdine (who has a long association with Eddie). Then after a short break, where I wished I’d brought my own blanket, The Lindisfarne Story began their set and knocked out some tunes even I recognised before I decided to call it a night and leave the revellers to their party. You can follow the organisers’ plans for next year at

Morcheeba are headlining this weekend coming in Palma

Next up in Mallorca we’ve got another festival this weekend. This time at Son Fusteret in Palma. You can see that line-up at Not sure how many silver haired rockers there will be there, but the organisers promise three consecutive stages with indie, rock, world music and electronica all going off over the weekend. Headlining acts include Morcheeba, Nic Fanciulli, Booka Shade, Fuel Fandango and Laura Jones. Or if you don’t fancy that, there’s the Palma Boat Show, or the Beach Rugby back down on Magaluf beach…. Looks like 2016 has finally begun!

The GrapeVine


Santosha Cafe in Palma

So, when you see a new business starting up and talking about operating within very strong ethics then I think it’s a good idea to go along, check them out, support them, find out about them, and if you like the food/place/people, then make sure you return. I had the opportunity to go to a new place I keep hearing about when my friend and colleague Aimee celebrated her birthday a week or so ago. We met up with about a dozen friends and had a menu del dia together at Santosha which is just off Bon Aire in Palma. I was seriously impressed with the venue, the care taken by the owners and staff there, and of course, the food. I found out that Santosha café-restSantosha Cafeaurant is the fruit of years of planning for the owners. They care deeply about slow food, family, community and the planet, and this care is behind everything they do. Most of the food they serve comes from local organic producers. Their menus will change according to what fresh fruit and vegetables are in season. Any animal products they serve come from animals who have enjoyed a good life and been treated humanely. Their coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate and other ingredients that cannot be Santosha Cafe (2)grown locally are all sourced from small companies who treat their employees with the same respect with which they endeavour to treat theirs. What they hope to create is, above all, a positive and welcoming space for food lovers and art lovers, for readers and day-dreamers, for coffee addicts and yogis, for worn-out parents and lovely loners and everything in between.  I’m definitely returning soon! You can see more about them on

Can Corem

Last year, at the party to end all parties: Sa Taronja, my wedding anniversary, it was fantastic, we had Jerry with his amazing free range hog roast, karaoke, too much wine, a million friends and…. these guys: Delta Flo. Now they will be performing on Saturday Great Delta Trio!night (30 Jan) at Can Corem. They play Country & Southern Rock, Bluegrass, and Delta Blues. So if you want to hear achingly beautiful, cry in your beer ballads, foot stompin’ rockin rhythms, and dueling instruments then you might want to get over to Can Corem which is between Llucmajor and Campos. Entry is 10€ per person, and you can get yourself fed there as well if you want to eat. The musicians are an international bunch. You will see and hear Isaac Vega (Spanish) playing acoustic guitar and
singing harmonies, Lynn Gaydosh on lead vocals (from Ohio, USA), and Soriana Ivaniv (from the Ukraine) playing violin and singing harmonies. Doors open at 19.00 and the show starts at 20.00. Find out more at



The AGM for Europeos Por Espana will happen on Thursday 4th February at 6.30pm for 7pm at the OD Hotel in Portals. Anyone who wishes to attend should make sure they are punctual.


Vamos Challengers!

We’ve started the first Challenge of the year, and so far, so good. I’m being fairly dedicated: getting up extremely early in the morning (by my standards anyway) to train
at Crossfit Mallorca, and then arriving back in my village in time to capture photos of the s'Arraco mistearly morning mist and sunrise. I understand from our captain, Lidia Villalonga, that she has a few surprises in store for different training venues oThe Challengers in various states of pain!ver the next eight weeks, for example I know for sure that we will be invading a children’s playground somewhere in Palma! It’s fun. Whoever thought I would write that!

Flash bang wallop!

Pernilla shooting Noemi at Mood

Bikini shoot at Mood

Even though Mood has been closed for holidays (reopens on February 12th in time for Valentine’s Day which will be lovely) we’ve seen a lot of photo shoots. One for a new wedding store destined to open in Santa Catalina, another for a bikini catalogue (thoseAll made and ready for my close up girls must have been freezing, but they look great) and even with one for a project I am involved in. A photographer who I have known about for a while, Pernilla Danielsson and the team from Look Mallorca, came to shoot their profile photos at Mood. There was hair and makeup, and hopefully there might be a tad of Photoshop to make the larger members of the team (okay, me) look a bit thinner, younger, more like Penelope Cruz… a girl can dream!


Carlos doing his Respiralia presentation

I was asked by Carlos Pons from the Respiralia Foundation to attend their ten year anniversary last week to take photos for them. I was sitting in the front row with my camera, ready for action, when up on the slide show popped my face and the faces of Margaret and Tony Whittaker! We were thanked, along with other expats, for our work in helping to raise funds for the organisation. It was a lovely surprise, and very nice to be thanked. If you want to know more about the foundation which supports children with cystic fibrosis and their families, then visit

Renee’s party!

Renee and friends

Someone else who has a big heart is Renee who will soon be celebrating her birthday. She doesn’t want presents though, she’s decided instead to raise money for animals on the island. You can make her wish come true by attending Bar Leos (opposite The House of Katmandu in Magaluf) on February 6th from 5pm until late. The theme of the party is Blue, so I guess you should wear something Euro-coinblue, or maybe go as a smurf! The singer Angel Flukes will be performing, there will be a tombola, a quiz, a raffle and karaoke, so plenty to keep you entertained. The money raised will be going to pay for the castration of street cats and to help other animals as well. Well done Renee, and the best of luck!

Supper Club Networking Group

A previous Supper Club meeting

Finally, the first meeting of The Supper Club for 2016 will be on Thursday February 18th at 7pm. If you want to attend then send me an email to


Thursday October 1st


Goodness me, it’s great bringing up my little girl in Mallorca, she’s just turned four, she goes to our small local school, speaks three languages, she’s a complete darling, very happy, and has lots of international friends, as do I. Some of my friends look after my little girl when I’m working, and I reciprocate for them. But let’s keep our collective fingers crossed that there isn’t a Majorcan version of Ofsted about to come round checking for ‘illegal babysitting arrangements’ as several of my girlfriends and I will all be in trouble, Police officers Leanne Shepherd and Lucy Jarret in Milton Keynes have fallen foul of what might be the craziest new legislation in the UK: if you look after a friend’s child for more than 2 hours regularly, and in some way ‘benefit’ from it, perhaps by then being able to ask your friend to have your child when they need a sitter, then you need to officially register as a childminder! Add some more pressure on top of that with a new study that claims that the children of working mothers watch more tv, eat more sugar and take less exercise, and it leaves you feeling a tad frustrated really. Interestingly the report didn’t cover the effects of working fathers on the health of their children…. but there’s always the next week and the next survey I suppose.




Anthea and Julian

It’s been a busy week in the Andratx area where we live. Local residents were out in force last weekend to support Julian De Freitas. Julian is preparing to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Kenya over the next couple of weeks in aid of . Julian is part of a team of 12 climbers all attempting to reach the summit and raise a target of 85’000€. So it was great to see so many people at the Bridgeport Restaurant on Friday September 25th to participate in one of Julian’s legendary fun quizzes. Along with the ‘Reject Raffle’ the event raised over €1000 on the night. Julian expressed his thanks to the Bridgeport’s owner, Errol, and his team for hosting the evening and supplying delicious Indian snacks to boost the quiz teams’ brainpower! You can donate online by visiting the website, and I think there may be a follow up quiz night after the team return from Kenya. By the way, congratulations to Anthea, Julian’s partner, who is expecting their first child next March!



Claudia, Blanca and Trudi

Another well known face from Andratx celebrated last week. Trudi Murray, the founder of Gaia Natural had an open evening at her beautiful shop in Palma. Gaia Natural began about 6 years ago when Trudi did a school science project with her kids – creating soap in their kitchen. From that simple experiment a successful business has grown to the extent that she is now a Master Artisan soap maker. Using totally natural ingredients, many of which she grows organically in her garden in Sa Coma, Trudi has created an important brand for Mallorca. She’s a well known feature at craft markets around the island, and a visit to her shop should be on your ‘to do’ list if you want to get some genuinely unique Mallorcan gifts for friends and family. Many of the soaps and creams are designed for use by children and babies. Apart from the lovely products she makes by hand you can also find other services such as yoga classes and massage sessions, and of course a rather nice cup of tea is always on offer.


ROCK AND ROLL – for grown ups

Tony and The Cadillacs played last weekend at Sharkys in Palma Nova. They’ve got plans to make a regular revival night for rockers, so brush up your blue suede shoes and get ready for some fun nights over the winter.




ROCK AND ROLL – for kids


Boogie Baby  Promotional Photographs

Red Nose Day was back in March, and I organised a kids’ event to raise money for Respiralia, the Cystic Fibrosis charity on Mallorca. We had an incredible turn out – over 250 children and their parents came along to Mood Beach to party for a couple of hours and raise over 1500€ for a deserving cause. It was an exhausting, but exhilarating experience for everyone involved! Now local girls and young mums Sadie Dominguez and Carly Weeks have got together to launch Boogie Baby which has its inaugural event this Saturday afternoon from 15.00 to 18.00 at The Gallery Club in Palma Nova. It promises to be a lot of fun – specifically for kids under the age of 9, it’s a disco for the whole family and an opportunity to have some fun. Sadie and Carly from Boogie Baby are planning to hold parties on the first Saturday of every month which will feature face painting, a bubble machine, a soft play area, a dress up box, a clown, balloon bending, snacks for all, and loads of terrific music played (in this instance)  by DJ God, Des Mitchell. They’ve thought of everything, even the lovely Sally from Angels Nursing Agency, and Chetana from the massage company Bodhana will be in attendance. Tickets are available in advance for 9€ per head (non walking babies get in free) or €10 on the door. Knowing what this sort of event entails I wish the Boogie Baby chicas lots of luck: our little girl has already got her princess outfit looked out for Saturday afternoon! Carly 608 396 919 or Sadie 659 686 353


MUSICAL – by kids, for kids

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat was originally written by Tim Rice, and occasional island resident Andrew Lloyd Webber well over forty years ago for a school group. This weekend is an opportunity to catch it at the Sala Mozart in Palma 2nd – 4th October. Performed by Centre Stage Productions you can get more info from 971 221 530. Good luck to one and all!


If you want to suggest a family activity please email: familymattersmallorca(at sign)