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Cerrie – CBeebies Presenter Cerrie – CBeebies Presenter | 16:57 UK time, Tuesday, 6 September 2011


Cerrie on the bunk beds in the new studio


Hello I’m Cerrie CBeebies presenter, writer, Mama and now it would seem adventurer! The CBeebies house has already relocated (with a new wonderfully colourful and beautifully modern set) to the city of the future: Media City and in exactly three weeks our journey north begins!

It’s the closing of a chapter and the opening of a fresh page.  A fresh start, a new energy. And there is something wonderfully uplifting about the prospects of a new adventure. But I could not write about moving to Manchester, without first saying my goodbyes to London. In three weeks we will kiss farewell to our favourite parks, theatres and museums, our favourite cafes, bars and bookshops and all of our favourite memories. For me, wandering through London is like strolling through a street map of memories. It’s such a huge city, such a hub of cultural diversity and it holds so much  history. And so much of my history. My earliest London Memory is riding a camel at London Zoo, being gripped with terror that I might fall of and die, thankfully I survived! Then I had my first ever audition at the Unicorn theatre.  And soon Tuesday became my favourite day of the week, because that was the day my mum and I would travel up to London past the smokey chimney pots and then down onto the bustling underground, before we hurried into the theatre, with its curtains that smelt of dust, to begin rehearsals.

Later I was a member of the national youth theatre and had some of the best summers of my young life, hanging out around Camden and rehearsing late into the night on Holloway road. I got my first acting job in London when I was 23, and have lived here on and off ever since. Eventually I fell in love with Hackney; I bought a house and had a child. And then I got my fabulous job and we moved west to the bright lights of shepherds bush. 

And now we are nomads lingering at my parent’s home, waiting to re-locate to Manchester. Anticipating all the new adventures that await  us. The CBeebies house is up there, looking fantastic, and glowing with positivity.

So now all I have to do is the make the transition to our real new home. A new nursery, for little un, a new neighbourhood for her to explore.  New cafes to try out and most importantly new memories to lay down. And I’m genuinely happy to be going. London for all its brilliance and  romantic nostalgia can be a hard city, especially as a mother. And Manchester is not a completely unfamiliar landscape. (I studied here – ten years ago!) I remember wandering through Chorlton just after I graduated. Like most young actors I was broke on a daily basis and could only imagine what it might be like to live in Chorlton or even afford a donut. And somehow  my dreams seem to have come true, because in three weeks time we are moving to a lovely little flat, just near where I used to dream of living all those years ago.

Between now and then I’m trying to squeeze in as many London-centric things in as I can, one of which was trip to London Zoo, with my almost three year old. The lions were asleep. The elephants had gone. The camels, snakes and tigers, were all strangely still. The highlight for my daughter was getting a pencil in the shop. As we headed home that night both of us agreed, it’s definitely time to head North. 



  • Comment number 1.

    Welcome to the North! And such an echo - I moved from London to Chorlton many years ago. You won't regret it, even if the place does seem to be full of students these days! I found it a much less hurried pace of life, and the change was wonderful. (I did move again, but only the couple of miles over the border into Salford, not far from your studios.)

  • Comment number 2.

    Welcome too! What a moving 'moving blog'. I moved up here with my husband and nearly-three-year-old back in April (to the Ribble Valley, north of Manchester) and it's great, but I recognise all those 'saying goodbye' moments from our favourite parks and coffee shops where we lived before.

    One word of warning - do expect it to rain every day and then you won't be disappointed. Saying that, it's sunny today for a change... :)

  • Comment number 3.

    good luck,and just think all those wonderful memories of growing up in london you have your little'un will have of manchester and the surrounding areas!

  • Comment number 4.

    Hope you and the family find some good green space to enjoy in The Quays.

  • Comment number 5.

    Welcome to Manchester! I made the same move from London about two years ago, and it was the best thing we ever did. My girls love it up here, and I'm loving working in Media City.

    Oh, and I hope I didn't scare you too much stopping you for a photo on your lunch break - my girls were so excited when they saw it!


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