20 October 2017

5 Family Friendly Things To Do Before Christmas In the Land of Oak and Iron


It seems a long time ago now, but I actually grew up in a place that is now named the Land of Oak and Iron. Sounds really cool and mystical, doesn’t it? And actually, it is. It’s a place that is bursting with acres of beautiful natural woodland, rich in wildlife, and also has a whole industrial and cultural heritage to celebrate. 

Plus, it is less than 30 minutes away from Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland. So before Christmas why not try pumpkin carving, follow the red kite trail, find woodland sculptures, discover the power of water and choose your Christmas tree in the Derwent Valley.

5 Family Friendly Things To Do Before Christmas In The Land of Oak and Iron

19 October 2017

Free October Half-Term Family Fun in North East England

***Regional Events***

This October we have found over 30 free family fun events and activities taking place across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham. There are Halloween themed events and activities, science-based fun, nature, comedy and plenty of pumpkins too. So wherever you go we hope you have a spooktastic time!

18 October 2017

Espresso Maker and Wine Preserver Giveaway

A confession here. I am one of the world’s biggest coffee fans. It is always my first drink of the day. I love a skinny latte or a black coffee with ginger syrup, and for when I’m feeling the need for a caffeine pick-me-up, an espresso too. 

So when I was offered the chance to review a coffee maker and to add to that a wine preserver too, plus the opportunity to offer a lucky reader the chance to win both, I obviously had to say yes!

17 October 2017

Fun Family Walks - Northumberlandia in Northumberland

Have you been to Northumberlandia? We met up with family and friends there a few weeks ago and it has to be said it is a fab place in Northumberland for a fun family walk.

16 October 2017

Where To Book A Family Holiday in Late Autumn

This warm weekend has made me realise just how much I've missed the sunshine recently. Suddenly I'm longing for a bit more of it and craving another holiday. Have you ever taken a late-autumn break?

Where do you holiday? Where do you go and how do you choose where to go? And is it different now to before you had children?  With so many places in the world offering different things,  it's sometimes not so easy to choose. Which is where companies like Tots to Travel can help with their experience of crafting perfect family holidays.

15 October 2017

The Hilarious World of Julius Zebra with Gary Northfield

Gary Northfield has been writing and drawing comics since 2002. He has regularly worked for esteemed magazines such as The Beano, The Phoenix, National Geographic Kids and The Dandy.

He regularly visits schools and libraries, teaching kids of all ages and abilities how to draw comics and cartoon characters. We were lucky enough to be invited along to a workshop at Seven Stories recently where we were introduced to the hilarious world of Julius Zebra.

The Hilarious World of Julius Zebra with Gary Northfield

13 October 2017

How To Make A Dairy Free Nacho 'Cheesy' Dip


If you are looking for a dairy-free alternative to a cheesy nacho dip then try this recipe. It's basically a carrot and a potato and a few ingredients out of the store cupboard. Honestly, it's that easy. It's also dairy-free, gluten-free and suitable for vegans too.

How To Make A Dairy Free Nacho 'Cheesy' Dip

11 October 2017

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon

Did you know that behind the Visitor Centre at Plessey Woods in Northumberland there is a forest school? 

Hidden away under a canopy of trees you will find Footprints on the Moon – who invited us to unleash our inner wild one Saturday afternoon to try out their new Exploring and Survival Forest School.

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon at Plessey Woods

9 October 2017

When to Put up the Christmas Decorations?

When do you start putting up your Christmas decorations? When I was little I remember putting up the Christmas tree every year. Not at the beginning of December, and never any earlier, but probably a week before the big day and the tree always then stayed up until 12th Night (5 January).

When to Put up the Christmas Decorations? with Cox and Cox

6 October 2017

Art Workshops for Kids at Seven Stories, Newcastle

Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books with unique exhibitions, engaging storytellers, visiting authors and fun activities for all ages. It is located very close to where we live in the Ouseburn Valley, just outside the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, and is housed in a former grain and flour warehouse with a tremendous riverside setting. 

We have been to Seven Stories so many times, but did you know that as well as books and exhibitions, it often has art and illustration workshops too?

Art Workshops for Kids at Seven Stories, Newcastle

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