Alan Hooper

  • Updating our Family Bathroom

    Transforming our Bathroom into WOW!

    At the end of 2017, we updated and reworked our ensuite. The room was tired and we’d grown to hate so many things about it. We barely used it and it was essentially a toilet and a crap shower. When it was done we loved it and used it so much. The problem was it […]

  • What happened in 2019

    What changed in 2019?

    2019 has come and gone and just like that dumped a load of change on the Hoopers! While there has been a lot of consistency in certain areas (still creating happy customers at Hooper Signs), something changed and our focus dwindled. Becoming Family / Travel Bloggers When we started blogging 4 years ago, our plan […]

  • Beauty and the Beast Theatre Royal Newcastle

    Beauty and the Beast Review, Theatre Royal Newcastle.

    Panto season has just begun which means Christmas is not too far away. I love this time of year as it means I’ll be having some much needed time off work with my family. Relaxing, watching TV, stressing over the gifts and visiting loved ones. This is then followed by counting down the days to […]

  • Teesside Park Christmas Shopping and Bowling

    Christmas Shopping at Teesside Park

    Ad-we were invited to Teesside Park for a festive day out Sunday morning and for once we were up out of the house early to take a trip to Teesside Park in Stockton-on-Tees. This large retail & leisure park is somewhere we have passed loads of times on the way down the A19 but have […]

  • Viva Vegas Diner

    Viva Vegas Blackpool – Diner and Cabaret Night

    They say Blackpool is the ‘Vegas of the North’ & what better way to test out the saying by booking the ‘Viva Vegas cabaret night’. Located just next to the Blackpool Tower ‘Viva’ is a cabaret venue that hosts evening shows every night of the week. As we were looking for something to do on […]

  • Destination 1850 Newcastle Central Station

    Destination 1850 at Newcastle’s Central Station

    Ad – we were kindly invited to Destination 1850 for lunch & drinks On a very wet Sunday lunchtime, we headed to Destination 1850 to sample the food & drinks on offer. Newcastle’s Central Station has undergone a massive transformation in the last few years with the addition of a huge glass atrium at its […]

  • Post Box Ponteland

    Sunday Brunch at Post Box Ponteland

    I’ve passed this place several times and had always heard great things about it. It was on the to-do list and we eventually got a slot in our schedule. By 9 pm on Saturday night, I really looking forward to breakfast, long before even going to bed. Our plan was to get there early in […]

  • Lewis Denny Karen the Mam Alnwick

    Karen the Mam’s Night In… Out | Lewis Denny Alnwick

    This year we stumbled upon something special. Something that really tickled Catherine, yet remained relatable. Lewis Denny, star of the Tyne Theatre Pantomime, created and released a second persona, Karen the Mam. With over 500,000 views on the video, you could say that the sketch was a success! Several more videos followed and then came […]

  • The Beatles Story Liverpool

    The Beatles Story Exhibition Liverpool

    #AD – We were gifted entry in the exhibition The Beatles Story is located on the Royal Albert Docks & is easy to spot (and hear) with Beatles tunes pumping out & staff dressed in Sargent Pepper BRIGHT uniforms. We headed to the reception desk where we were given our audio guides (we are becoming […]

  • Bills LIverpool | Bills Restaurant LIverpool One

    Bill’s Liverpool Review | Restaurant in Liverpool One

    After a full day of activities in Liverpool, we were feeling hungry. We’d been around the Royal Albert Dock and most places that we fancied seemed to be fully booked. Being a little nieve, we had forgotten to pre-book. So, to move away from the crowd we headed over to Liverpool One and spotted Bill’s […]