Cat Hooper

  • Cafe Fish Scarborough


    Cafe Fish – Scarborough

    Last weekend I packed my bags and headed down to Scarborough for my annual girls weekend. No kids, no responsibilities, plenty of chat and prosecco is the recurring theme of the trip. Our base for the stay is my parents holiday home, Meadowside.  The four bedroomed home is located in the village of Burniston, some 5 […]

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    Katjes Magic Candy Factory Newcastle

    3D printers are the latest in technology, Imogen’s new school even has one in the computer labs. Last weekend, the girls made their own plastic robots at Science at Life’s Maker Faire, which showcased many 3D printers. The latest pop up concession at Fenwicks Newcastle brings this 3D technology to a whole new level….printing an […]

  • Cheviot View Kirknewton


    Cheviot View – Brownie Pack Holiday

    As I sit typing this, my eyes feel really heavy and even a strong Costa coffee isn’t helping.  Daylight saving time coupled with an action-packed Brownie holiday is taking it’s toll! Feel like the walking dead! This blog post is for mainly my guiding friends to talk about my experiences of organising my first ever […]

  • The Twits Northern Stage

    The Twits – Northern Stage

    Not too long ago on Christmas Eve, we were at the Northern Stage watching an adaption of James & the Giant Peach.  Tonight we were here for another Roald Dahl classic ,The Twits.  Produced by the Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston, The Twits, is showing to sell-out audiences at Northern Stage from Tuesday 21st until Saturday 25th March.  So popular […]

  • Naomi's Wild and Scary Show

    Naomi’s Wild & Scary Show, Easter Monday 2017

    Do you have a budding Michaela Strachan or David Attenborough in your family?  Do your children love nothing more than getting up close with wildlife?  Then here’s a great idea to entertain them on Easter Monday.   Escape the chocolate egg mountain and rubbish repeated TV movies by heading to the theatre to learn some cool animal […]

  • Newcastle Castle


    Newcastle Castle : The Gateway to Old Newcastle

    Hard to believe that for my 34 years on this planet I’ve never visited Newcastle Castle.  Must have walked or passed it on the Metro, heading into town hundred of times. Located high above the Quayside sandwiched between the High Level Bridge and main Railway line going into Central Station. The Newcastle Castle is very hard to miss! […]

  • Lambton Worm Customs House

    Lambton Worm Customs House

    At the end of the brilliant performance of Jack & the Beanstalk the cast announced that 2017’s Custom’s House production would be the Lambton Worm.   We were intrigued and loved the idea of the Customs House re-telling a local legend in their own unique way. I’ll admit my knowledge of this legend goes as far […]

  • Cat's Book Club

    Cat’s February Book Club

    The start of the year lends itself to lots of nights curled up in front of the fire reading a good novel. I’ve made a good start on my Good Reads target of 35 books in 2017 and here’s a few I’ve enjoyed over the month of January: The Fault in Our Stars by John […]

  • The Word South Shields

    The Word – South Shields

    Libraries have had a lot of bad press in the last few years.  Local authorities all over the country are closing branches and slashing opening hours.  Close to home, our own Gosforth library has seen opening times reduced, despite the protests of the local community.   In tough economic times big decisions have to be made […]

  • Oriental Museum Durham

    Durham Oriental Museum

    On Sunday afternoon we decided to head down the A1 to visit Durham for a few hours.  It’s a gorgeous city that we don’t visit often enough.  In the past we have enjoyed lovely afternoons strolling along the river with a picnic in hand.  Durham is also a great place for a browse in the shops […]