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31 March 2017

Testing out the Lunch Menu at Fat Hippo Durham

Whether the hamburger was invented in America or Germany (Hamburg to be more precise) there has been a proliferation in the number of burger restaurants in the northeast in recent years. The humble hamburger, a staple of western culture is no longer just available from street vendors, takeaway food outlets and fast food restaurants, eating a burger as a night out is now a thing, not just a meal to have with the kids, a quick bite or post-pub food. 

Testing out the lunch menu at Fat Hippo Durham

29 March 2017

April’s FREE Family Events & Activities in North East England (including Easter Holidays)

*** FREE EVENTS ***
There are over 50 free family events and activities in the North East this April including the Easter school holidays and Easter Bank holidays.

So with 30 days, five full weekends, as well as two weeks of school holidays, there should be plenty of time in April to enjoy some quality family events and activities. 

As well as the amazing paid-for attractions and events that happen across North East England, here is this month’s list of free family activities and events to make our pennies go that little bit further.


April’s FREE Family Events & Activities in North East England (including Easter Holidays)


If you have a free event and would like it included this month or in the future, please email me at myboysclub@debsharratt.co.uk

28 March 2017

A Family Day Out at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Northumberland

***REVIEW***
Although Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens opened in Northumberland in 2011, it is a local tourist attraction that both we and the boys were yet to visit. So when an invitation arrived inviting us to review the small zoo as a family, we said yes.

As well as providing a great family day out the aim of Kirkley Hall’s dedicated zoo team is to educate people about the various species of animals we have and their behaviours and habitats. So off we set to find out more. And knowing how much the boys love animals we were very much looking forward to it.
  
A Family Day Out at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Northumberland


27 March 2017

A Day at the Races, Newcastle Racecourse

***Review***
An invitation arrived in my inbox a few weeks ago to attend a day at the races. A bloggers day at the races in fact, at Newcastle Racecourse with Ladbrokes.

In the past, I have organised many corporate hospitality events at the races and I know it can be a good day out, so having not been for a few years, and offering the opportunity to meet up with fellow bloggers, I way happy to say yes.

A Day at the Races, Newcastle Racecourse


24 March 2017

5 Free(ish) Things to Enjoy on Mother's Day in the North East

Just in case you hadn't noticed, this weekend in the UK, not only do the clocks go forward, marking the start of British Summer Time, but it is also Mothering Sunday. 

Mother's Day is a traditional celebration honouring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

5 Free(ish) Things to Enjoy on Mothers Day in the North East including Adventure Valley, National Trust Gibside, Hall Hill Farm, Tyneside Cinema and Las Iguanas.

23 March 2017

Get Ready for April Showers with a November Rain Poncho

***REVIEW INCLUDES AFFILIATE LINKS***
It’s typical. Since my poncho arrived from new November Rain to review it hasn’t rained. I know unbelievable for British weather. It has been relatively dry (during the day at least) for over a week now! Plenty of wind mind – the March wind does blow!

“April showers bring May flowers” or so the song says. In early spring, as the jet stream starts to move northwards towards the UK, it brings with it strong winds and rain from the Atlantic. As we all know in one day the weather can change from springtime sunshine to winter sleet and snow – however, with my new Poncho, I’ll be ready for it this year!

Get Ready for April Showers with a November Rain Poncho plus 20% discount code.


22 March 2017

Roald Dahl's The Twits at Northern Stage, Newcastle

*** REVIEW***
Once we heard that The Twits live theatre show was coming to Newcastle’s Northern Stage theatre, we knew we wanted to go and see it. James and the Giant Peach was magnificent last year and we’d spent much of 2016 celebrating Roald Dahl that this was a must. We had been invited along to the opening night by Northern Stage but also bought extra tickets so the whole family could go together.

Roald Dahl's The Twits live theatre show at Northern Stage, Newcastle


21 March 2017

A Light Lunch Recipe: Tuna Rosti and Poached Egg

*** RECIPE***
One of the things I really like about working from home is that I have the option of making something light and tasty, to eat for lunch, and this recipe is one that I love. To be honest, the tuna rosti was first made as tuna fishcakes. But then I realised they could easily become a type of tuna rosti too. 

Either way, they are light, tasty, super quick to make and pretty inexpensive too! Great if you are trying to keep to a budget.

A Light Lunch Recipe: Tuna Rosti and Poached Egg


20 March 2017

A few hours in Brighton - What to See and Do

A work trip took me to Brighton this month. I didn't have much time to spare but with a sunny sky up above me, I thought I'd make the most of it and take a whistle-stop tour of what is renowned, to be, a hip and bohemian city, in Suffolk, on the southern coast of England.

A few hours in Brighton - What to See and Do including Brighton beach, Pier, Royal Pavilion, British Airways i360, The Lanes and ChoccyWoccyDooDah

17 March 2017

Dining In – The New Eating Out – Indian Family Feast

Our post about our Mexican Family Feast has been one of our most popular recipes ever. The boys continue to like Chilli and this month they have also come to love a good curry – albeit a mild one!

Dining in is the new eating out - My Boys Club enjoy an Indian Style Family Feast together.

16 March 2017

Getting Your Car Ready For A Family Road Trip

*** COLLABORATIVE POST***
As we move into Spring, and the sun comes out we are more likely (and more willing) to head for the car and embark on a family day trip or longer road trip.

But as it’s Britain, we have wellies, waterproofs as well as sun cream at the ready and a picnic, snacks and spare clothing. If you are like me, you make sure all family members are ready, been to the toilet etc. got their tablets, sweets and books for the journey. Then we make sure that our children are in the correct child seats - but have we checked that the car is ready too?

Getting Your Car Ready For A Family Road Trip

14 March 2017

A Delivery of Flowers and its not yet Mothers Day

*** REVIEW ***
It is always nice to get flowers, even when they are sent to you to review. 

That's what happened to me this week. Lucky me! Flowers already and it's not yet Mothers' Day!

A Delivery of Flowers and its not yet Mothers Day. We test out the 24 hour delivery service from Prestige Flowers.


13 March 2017

Starting at Easter - School Holiday Camps at Beamish Wild

*** REVIEW ***
It’s approaching the next school holidays, yes already. And as much as I love spending time with the boys when they are not at school, the school holidays do create stress for a lot of parents, who need to find childcare that is both affordable and reliable, and that the children will find fun and enjoy.

Over the past few years, many places have started up holiday camps, providing exactly what parents need – safe, dependable and entertaining - and at a price, we can afford.

Beamish Wild is offering new Holiday Camps starting this Easter and they invited My Boys Club along with other North East family bloggers to test them out. 

Beamish Wild is offering new School Holiday Camps


10 March 2017

WIN a VIP Pass to Durham – With Free Entry to Tourist Attractions for a Whole Year

*** GIVEAWAY ***

Durham is a stunning tourist destination in North East England that offers amazing countryside, a dramatic coastline & a captivating city and we have teamed up with This is Durham to offer our readers the chance to win a VIP Pass to Durham that lasts for an entire year!


The pass includes free entry for two people to many of the county’s top attractions and is worth over £400, although it's not available to buy – it’s exclusive to VIPs only.

Enter our giveaway now ...

9 March 2017

New Rating Service Opens Doors For Disabled Community

Like me, are you just so used to rating sites such as Trip Advisor, as well as various blogs and tourist destination websites and social media, that it has become second nature to research new places online before you go? 

A simple click and we can find out what people thought about a restaurant, cinema, pub, museum - in fact, any public place, and we can then check it out before we go? 

But have you ever thought about how you would find out about places if you or a friend or member of your family had a disability, and therefore had specific needs?



8 March 2017

Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral with Kids and Beasts!

*** REVIEW ***
On a recent trip to Durham, we decided to take the boys to see a new exhibition at Durham Cathedral called Beasts! 

With a Harry Potter artefact, elephants tooth, griffin’s claw and yes a unicorn's horn, all on display, in Durham in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle, I thought Beasts would be right up their street. What I hadn't counted on, though, was just how interesting they would find, the whole of the Open Treasure exhibition. 

They didn't want to leave ...
  
Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral with Kids and Beasts!


6 March 2017

EatDrinkSunderland from March 11 – March 19

*** REVIEW ***
Got to love a Restaurant Week and the chance to dine out, taste new flavours and try out new venues - without breaking the bank. The first ever restaurant week happened in New York City in 1992, but now they are commonplace all over the globe, bringing new diners to new cities, attracted by the opportunity to catch up with friends or family, whilst trying out new dishes in new venues or sticking to old favourites. And Sunderland is no different with its second Restaurant Week starting later this week.

From cafes to restaurants and traditional pubs to cosmopolitan bars, Sunderland Restaurant Week has something new for everyone to try. And between March 11 & 19 you will be able to eat out for £5, £10 or £15 at nearly 50 different venues across the city.

EatDrinkSunderland from March 11 – March 19 - Sunderland Restaurant Week


2 March 2017

5 Big Books for Little Kids on World Book Day

*** GUEST POST ***
Like many parents, my hubby is really keen on reading - both for himself and with the boys. So with that in mind, as it is #WorldBookDay today, I asked him about his favourite books for the boys ...

Experts tell us that reading to our children is good for them and who am I to disagree! 

So, in my role as super geek dad, it was obvious that I'd want my boys, aged seven and nine, to enjoy the same books I experienced as a kid... Even if it turns out I was a teensy bit older (teenager) than they are now. So sometimes we settle down in the evening to enjoy these bedtime stories ...

5 Big Books for Little Kids on World Book Day


1 March 2017

March FREE family events & activities in north east England

With 31 days in March and four full weekends, there is ample opportunity to enjoy some quality time with the family this month. As well as the amazing paid-for attractions and events that happen across North East England, here is this month’s list of free family activities and events to make our budgets go that little bit further.


And there are more than 20 of them ...
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