Category: North East Days Out

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • South Tyneside Festival

    KT Tunstall at the South Tyneside Festival

    It’s that time of year again. The sun is barely warming the ground and the rain is still lashing down for most weekends. SO, yes that will be the British summer and the Festival Season. We like to take it a little easier and stroll along to the South Tyneside Festival at Bents Park. Which […]

  • 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 […]

  • Sage Summer Party


    Sage Summer Party 2017

    Believe it or not we plan our year around the Sage Summer Party! For the past few years Sage has thrown a Staff party at their headquarters on Great Park. The best bit is that they also open up the invites to residents of Great Park too. As neither of us work there, but know […]