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  • South Tyneside Festival

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    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

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    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

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    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 […]

  • Jump 360 Hartlepool

    Jump 360 Hartlepool

    Trampoline parks are the latest craze and seem to be popping up in Industrial units everywhere. For two gymnastic obsessed girls they are a dream come true.  A chance to jump around like crazy, have fun and practice some gym moves.  The girls have been to a few organised birthday parties to trampoline parks where […]

  • Drayton Manor Rides

    Drayton Manor Theme Park – Staffordshire

    Drayton Manor Theme Park is located in Tamworth. Thomas Land is a huge draw to parents with smaller kids and is ideal for the under 5’s.  This was our first visit to the Drayton Manor Theme Park and Drayton Manor Hotel.  We were keen to see how it compared with the Merlin owned Chessington, Alton […]

  • Drayton Manor Hotel Deals

    Drayton Manor Hotel Deals- Stay & Play

    Just a week after we returned from our short Easter trip to Drayton Manor we heard the terrible news of the death of 11 year old Evha Jannath.  A full Health and Safety investigation has been launched to hopefully prevent something like this from ever happening again.  Lessons need to be learned as no parent should ever […]

  • Park Foot Camp SIte

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    Park Foot Campsite – Pooley Bridge – Ullswater

    If you are regular readers of this blog you will know that we are partial to a bit of camping.  Last Summer we wracked up 15 nights under canvas tacking Kendal, Boroughbridge, Mid-Wales, Just So Festival Cheshire and Kendal Calling.  All very different experiences with all of the weather unpredictability the UK could throw at […]

  • The Late Shows Newcastle

    The Late Shows

    The Late Shows is a regional Culture Crawl around some of Newcastle and Gateshead’s galleries, museums, libraries and workshops.  The event takes place annually on consecutive Friday and Saturday evenings in May from 6-11pm alongside the national Museums at Night. I had always dismissed The Late Shows as an adult only event. Something about excitable kids, […]

  • Annie The Musical Newcastle

    Annie The Musical – Tyne Theatre & Opera House

    One of the most famous family musicals hits the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle this half term holiday. Toe tapping, singing and lots of tissues at the ready for Annie The Musical, which has been delighting audiences since its Broadway opening in 1977. Annie The Musical Produced by Astravaganza Entertainment, Annie tells the […]

  • Tatton Park Mansion and Gardens

    Tatton Park Cheshire

    After an action packed day in Manchester city centre exploring the Museum of Science and Industry we were very ready for a chilled out Sunday.  No typical Manchester rain today.   The sun was shining and set to stay so the plan was head to a historic home. From Hale there were two large National Trust […]

  • Museum of Science and Industry

    Manchester Museum of Science and Industry

    Another weekend, another road trip.  Our poor little car will be needing a rest from the A1.  This weekend Manchester was the destination and budget was the theme.  Handily my Dad’s friend Freddie has a big enough home to accommodate us all (my parents included) and we lined up some free family fun. First stop […]