28 June 2017

Free Family Events and Activities in July in North East England

***FREE EVENTS***

There is plenty to celebrate in July. The school holidays will begin, it's Wimbledon, the sun shines and it is warm(er). It's also my wedding anniversary so a good month for us!

With over 25 free family events and activities throughout North East England in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Durham and Middlesbrough - where will July take you this year?

Free Family Events and Activities in July in North East England


27 June 2017

Lunch with the Girls at Gusto on Newcastle Quayside

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of enjoying lunch with a few friends. Although all mums of young children, on this occasion we left our children at home and enjoyed an afternoon of good food and wine and grown-up chat. We ate lovely food, and the sparkling conversation and wine flowed too at Gusto on Newcastle Quayside as we celebrated a birthday.
Lunch with the Girls at Gusto on Newcastle Quayside

26 June 2017

A Family Holiday to Loch Ness - Part 3 - A Harry Potter Road Trip

During half-term in May, we headed to Scotland for a family holiday. Our family of four based ourselves in a lodge overlooking Loch Ness and spent a week exploring the Scottish Highlands. On day 3 we headed west for a 'Harry Potter' road trip. Can you believe that it is 20 years since the first Harry Potter book, the iconic Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published?

A Harry Potter Road Trip through Fort Willam and Glenfinnan to Mallaig.


23 June 2017

Sunday Lunch at The Stables, Beamish, County Durham

***Review***
The Stables Bar, Restaurant and Brewery can be found at Beamish Hall, in County Durham. The boys enjoyed a taster session of the Beamish Wild Holiday Camps recently and while we were there we also sampled Sunday Lunch. Here's how we got on.

Sunday Lunch at The Stables, Beamish, County Durham - trying out the vegetarian alternative to the traditional meat Sunday Roast.

21 June 2017

Cool Citrus Coleslaw - This Summer's Perfect Slaw Recipe

***RECIPE***
The summer solstice is here. Today is the longest day of the year, with more hours of daylight than any other in the UK. Ofter termed midsummer, in fact, the summer is only just beginning. And summer food to me means salad. 

Not a warm salad that we’ve enjoyed over winter, but a dish that is crispy, fresh, tasty, light but also filling. So here is a delicious recipe for a cool citrus coleslaw.


Cool Citrus Coleslaw - with Red cabbage, carrot and red onion - this Summer's Perfect Slaw Recipe


20 June 2017

Will the Veggie Burgers at Smashburger Smash it?

***Review***

It's always nice to receive an invitation to try somewhere new, in this case, Smashburger in intu Eldon Square in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


19 June 2017

A Family Holiday to Loch Ness - Part 2 - Waterfalls & Battlefields

On day two of our family holiday to Loch Ness, in the Scottish Highlands, we come across waterfalls and battlefields, as we head into nature at the Falls of Foyers and also get a history lesson at Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre.

Family Holiday to Loch Ness falls of foyer, culloden battlefield, dores, fort augustus


16 June 2017

Our Four Favourite Strawberry Recipes


***RECIPE***

Do you have a garden full of strawberries and not sure what to do with them? Here you'll find our four favourite strawberry recipes plus lots more ways we want to try eating strawberries with this year's harvest.

Nearly everybody loves strawberries, making these bright red berries one of the most popular berry fruits in the world. They are also native to many parts of the world and can even be grown in gardens up north here in the UK!


Our Four Favourite Garden Strawberry Recipes


15 June 2017

Going on a Bear Hunt with Ready Brek

***Sponsored Post & Giveaway includes Affiliate Links***

Have you seen the Ready Brek packs that are on the supermarket shelves at the moment? They have a great tie-in with Walker Books and the children’s classic book ‘We’re Going On a Bear Hunt’. 

We have been lucky enough to have some of the new Ready Brek packs which include hints and tips about spending time outdoors and going on a bear hunt sent to us along with Bear Hunt adventure and explorer books. And you could win the same too. Simply scroll to the end of the post to enter!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt with Ready Brek and Walker Books


14 June 2017

Family Day Out at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Manchester

***REVIEW***
With a weekend in Manchester planned for the family, the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre was a place on the list that the boys were looking forward to visiting. They have been to LEGOLAND Windsor, and as the Manchester site is not a theme park, I made sure the boys knew this before we headed there for our family day out, but I needn’t have been worried. 

Although my eldest, now 10 is probably reaching the top end of the age group LEGOLAND Manchester is aimed at, he and his brother (8) had a brilliant time. Four hours later we only left because the visitor attraction was closing!

A Family Day Out at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Manchester

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