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  • The Hoopers Family Photo Shoot

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    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

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    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 […]

  • 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

    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 […]