Cat Hooper

  • Tyne Theatre and Opera House

    1867 at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House

    After a crazy busy day at my day job helping the new university ‘Fresher’s’ with all manor of random queries such from the mundane ‘Where can I buy ziplock bags?‘ to the more serious ‘What happens if I’ve missed my induction?‘ I was really looking forward to a Monday night out at the Tyne Theatre […]

  • Surprises our Girls at Alton Towers


    How we surprised the girls at Alton Towers!

    Some people think a day out walking round a crowded theme park the equivalent of hell. Queuing for disappointing rides, being fleeced for overpriced hotdogs and listening to other kids whine is just not for them.   If you have learnt anything from our blog ramblings you will know that is just not us! We […]

  • Things to do in the Costa Del Sol

    Costa Del Sol Things to do : A Day in Malaga

    It was a happy coincidence that our friends the Duncans (Craig, Debbie, Alex and Kieran) were docking in Malaga on their super swish Royal Caribbean Med cruise when we were in the area. Plans to catch up with them over a Rioja or two close to Malaga cathedral were hatched. The last time we saw […]

  • The Hoopers Family Photo Shoot

    Family Photoshoot with Mandy Charlton

    Buying birthday gifts for my Dad is always a tricky one.  This year my Mam came up with the idea of a Mandy Charlton Family Photoshoot. Genius plan! It’s been a couple of years since we had some nice shots and Mandy always delivers with her natural, relaxed style.  The girls are growing up fast. […]

  • Northumbria University Clearing

    Northumbria University: The Best Decision

    Northumbria University has been part of my life now for 15 years.   After completing a Sociology degree in 2005, I started working at the Students’ Union that same year and have been there ever since. Helping students to make the most of their time at Northumbria University is extremely rewarding. Forget school, University really […]

  • Spiegel Tent Q Festival

    Q Festival: Glitz and Glamour

    I’m a little late to the party with this one and can’t believe I haven’t been down to the Q Festival on Baltic Square.  Based in the beautiful 1920s feel Spiegeltent, Q Festival has been running since July 14th ending on Sunday 6th August. Q Festival is running in conjunction with Gateshead Council and Jesterval […]

  • Disney Cruise Line, Newcastle

    Disney Magic Cruise Ship & the Shields Ferry

    When the Disney Cruise liners started their UK tours in 2016, I did wonder how popular they would be.  After all, the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean or the Mediterranean aren’t really comparable with the choppy North Sea.  However, the itinerary must have been a success as the liner is back on a 2017 […]

  • South Tyneside Festival

    Busted at the South Tyneside Festival

    Another partly sunny/partly overcast Sunday in South Shields can mean only one thing for the Hoopers. A Bents Park concert as part of the South Tyneside Festival.  This time the headliner was Busted.   Still to come is the X Factor show on 23rd July and Sister Sledge on the 30th July. Bents Park Just […]

  • Cat's Book Club

    Top 10 Summer Reads for 2017

    It’s no secret that I’m a massive book worm and love nothing better than a good book.   Whether it be sitting in the garden or lounging on a sun bed by the pool, books are my must have accessory. I’ve compiled my Top 10 Summer Reads for 2017 for you.  A mixture of genres from […]

  • Rainbows sleepover at Gibside

    Rainbows Sleepover – The Stables, Gibside

    I’m back in Brownie Pack Holiday planning mode for next Spring.  Options include heading back to Cheviot View in Wooler, which we loved, or staying closer to home to save on the coach travel.  So the decision hasn’t been made yet.  When my fellow Rainbow leaders in the division Karen and Natalie were looking to […]