16 January 2018

Family Walks - A Circular Riverside Walk in Durham

Durham isn’t just one of the UK's heritage cities with a maze of medieval streets or the site of the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral & Castle, or the location of a world-renowned University. It also offers a really pleasant walk along its river banks. Perfect for a family walk, family day and getting the kids some fresh air. It is like being in the countryside without leaving the heart of the city.

north east Family Walks - A Circular Riverside Walk in Durham

12 January 2018

Veganuary at JD Wetherspoons - Tasting The Vegan Menu at The Bishops Mill, Durham

A Wetherspoons pub isn't somewhere we often eat out on an evening, but we were in Durham and staying opposite the Walkergate Leisure Complex, which has lots of casual dining restaurant chains. 

The boys had decided they wanted burgers or hot dogs so as the Mexican and Italian restaurants weren't going to provide this, we took a look at The Bishops Mill menu. The boys were happy so we headed to The Bishops Mill in Walkergate to try out their menu. 

As it's also Veganuary this month we thought we'd test out their vegan offerings too.

vegan menu at wetherspoons durham
(Please note this post includes pictures of meat dishes as well as vegan dishes)

10 January 2018

Taking Your Tween to their First Football Match

Football is the nations favourite game. Over 13 million people watch a football match every year in the UK. Even more, watch on TV, and then there are the thousands of people, male and female, who play the game on a regular basis too. 

Newcastle United FC is our local team and one I have supported since I was a child. Over, 50,000 people watch every home game live in the stadium of St. James Park and I was really excited to get the opportunity to take my tween to his first footy game.

8 January 2018

5 Vegan Ways to Zing Up a Baked Potato and Beans (using items from the store cupboard)

I love a baked potato for lunch, especially during the winter months. It’s warming, tasty and also quick and easy to make if you opt for the microwave version – although an oven-baked jacket is so much better!

There are some great toppings out there to choose from, but not all are vegan.  One of my favourites has always been baked beans. Beans and potato just go so well together, but I’ve always cooked it with butter and added grated cheese. This month I’m trying to be not just healthier after the festive season but also a little more vegan too, it is January and Veganuary this month. 

5 Vegan Ways to Zing Up a Baked Potato and Beans

5 January 2018

Eating Out Vegan Style at The Ship Inn, Ouseburn, Newcastle

Ever wondered where you can find vegan food in Newcastle? And eat out as a vegan?

Eating vegan food whilst out is not always the easiest thing to do. So as January is increasingly becoming known as Veganuary I thought I'd share our recent experiences of eating out in a dedicated vegan pub with you. The pub is The Ship Inn, Ouseburn, Newcastle - luckily for us less than half a mile from our home! 

Eating Out Vegan Style at The Ship Inn, Ouseburn, Newcastle

3 January 2018

Watching The Snowman On Tour at Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral was the penultimate stop for The Snowman on Tour show in 2017 and we were invited along to review the show.

1 January 2018

What's On January - 9 FREE Family Fun Events & Activities in North East England

Happy New Year everyone and to celebrate I am continuing the popular – FREE family event post into 2018. Every month I’ll highlight some of the great FREE events, places, attractions and things to do with your family across Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside,  Teesside, Durham, and Northumberland.

To ease us gently back into the swing of things for 2018 we’ve compiled a list of free family events and activities taking place in January – in addition to the usual free attractions – to help us out as we recover from the festive season. North East England has so much on offer there are many great paid for attractions and events as well but as we tighten our belts after the festive season here are some events you can enjoy for free in January.

9 Free Family Fun Events & Activities in January 2018 in North East England

31 December 2017

2017: The My Boys Club Year in Review

What will you remember about 2017? There have been 365 days of political turmoil, tragedy and disaster and economic uncertainty, but it has also been a year that saw fab films, great music, a broadening of political understanding, and a Royal engagement.

For My Boys Club, we travelled the length and breadth of the UK, cooked vegan and vegetarian recipes, ate out at some amazing restaurants, shared giveaways with our readers, highlighted hundreds of free family events and activities in North East England and got on our soapbox too (but just a little bit). 

Anyway, as we await the 2018 Winter Olympics, World Cup, and a Royal Wedding, here is our monthly highlights and most read blog posts from 2017. 

2017: The My Boys Club Year in Review

28 December 2017

8 Ways to have Free Family Fun on New Year’s Eve in North East England

Sunday 31st December is the last day of the year in 2017. It is New Year's Eve. Many people will see the old year out with a party, welcoming in the New Year with toasts of champagne, fireworks, first-footing, singing Auld Lang Syne and exchanging good wishes for a 'Happy New Year'. 

How will you and your family be celebrating? We've compiled a list of FREE ways to have some family fun in North East England on New Year's Eve from 10am right up until midnight. 

21 December 2017

How To Spend Christmas Morning With Children

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly choosing to spend Christmas morning with children, namely Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as the newly-engaged couple are rumoured to be spending Christmas Eve with Meghan's future in-laws.

Before I had children of my own, Christmas morning as an adult was so different to now. Often spent nursing a hangover from Christmas Eve celebrations. All that changes when you become a parent though.

On Christmas Eve, no doubt we’ll be wrapping the final presents, prepping the veg for Christmas Day and enjoying the food and drink that has been left out for Santa & Rudolph. But what about Christmas morning? How do you spend it with kids?

How To Spend Christmas Morning With Children

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