Cat Hooper

  • St Marys Inn Stannington

    St Mary’s Inn Stannington, Northumberland

    Disclosure: We were invited on the break for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own Last Saturday, we really were living the dream. Spending the night away from the kids, eating lush local food & relaxing on a giant bed! The day hadn’t been without it’s stresses brought about by the […]

  • Turtle Bay Kids Menu

    Turtle Bay, The Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne

    We continued our festive Sunday out with an evening meal in Turtle Bay, which is on the outside of  The Gate, next to the Premier Inn.  We had been invited to try out the Kids Menu (and main menu). Alan and I have been in here a few times for cocktails & for an evening […]

  • Cinderella Tyne Theatre Panto

    Cinderella at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House

    Friday night was here and another pantomime for us to enjoy!  This time we had the treat of watching Cinderella at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House on Westgate Road.  We loved Enchanted Entertainment’s production of Snow White last year, so knew we would be in for a treat.   We were pleased that Charlie Richmond was back […]

  • Hotel not a hotel Amsterdam

    Discovering Hotel Not Hotel in Amsterdam

    When my parents kindly offered to take the girls on a Norweigan Cruise this summer, we decided to take the opportunity to head off on a child-free city break.   We toyed with a few destinations but settled on Amsterdam.  With daily KLM flights from Newcastle with less than an hour flying time and easy transfer […]

  • New brownie Badges 2018

    New Girlguiding Programme

    Girlguiding hit the national news last month.  For the first time in decades, a new programme was revealed to the nation, parents, and leaders.  After 18 months of research, trials, and focus groups by Girlguiding Headquarters, the organisation revealed a new 21st-century ready programme!  Girls’ interests have evolved over the years so it is only […]

  • Disney On Ice Dream Big

    Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

    Disney on Ice is an Autumn family tradition in the Hooper household as the show makes its annual October stop at the Metro Radio Arena.  I don’t think we have ever missed a show since taking Imogen as a tiny baby.  One year I took 50 girls aged between 5 and 10 on a guiding […]

  • Seaham Sea Glass

    Seaglass Hunting on Seaham Beach

    I cannot believe we have made it to week three of the school holidays, it’s going so fast.  Although waiting for my holiday from work this last week has dragged a bit! Roll on the August holidays! The amazing hot weather of 2018 has been fantastic and I’ll be sad when it comes to an […]