18 June 2018

Shuffle Your Music - what's on your playlist? #shufflethemusic

I really am from the 'mixtape' generation. There was nothing better than having a mixed tape curated for you personally by a close friend who really knew you or wanted to introduce you to their music. There was no Spotify or Deezer and back then the highlight of the week was recording songs off the radio too - both from the top 40 and the John Peel show. Anyway along comes technology and even though I love my vinyl and still have many of those tapes – so many good memories I can't bear to throw them away – I also love streaming music. You can listen to other people’s playlists, discover new artists and download new tracks as much as you want. 

So I’m really pleased to have been tagged by Sarah from MummyCatNotes in a challenge to shuffle my music and give me the opportunity to think about and talk about the tracks I love to listen to. 

what's on your playlist? #shufflethemusic

14 June 2018

FIFA World Cup 3D Official Match Ball Football Puzzles (REVIEW)

Complimentary 3D puzzles supplied by Ravensburger.
My boys still love their jigsaws and over the past year have really loved getting into 3D puzzles. They happily play building new 3D puzzle creations such as Big Ben, a Minion, plus boots, storage boxes, and pencil holders. And now the latest 3D puzzles from Ravensburger arrived for them to try, two FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball puzzles, just in time for the World Cup.

3D FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball Puzzles

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12 June 2018

A Family Beginners Guide to Mountain Biking with Halfords (AD)

This post has been sponsored by Halfords.
Now that the boys have mastered cycling they are wanting to ride further afield, take on new challenges and really stretch themselves. I love that they are happy to spend so much time outdoors, getting exercise, riding their bikes, as well as having fun. And this summer has just been perfect weather-wise so far, so we are looking into longer rides and family days out to enjoy this summer.

A Family Beginners Guide to Mountain Biking with Halfords

8 June 2018

10 Fab Father’s Day Gifts for under £30 (AD)

Father's Day is on Sunday, June 17 this year. Not long to go now before we can spoil our dads, and help our children spoil their dads too.  Buying the perfect Father’s Day gift can be tricky but if you are stuck for gift ideas, we've got some ideas to fit every budget from £1 to £30.

10 Fab Father’s Day Gifts for under £30
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7 June 2018

Free Family Events in June North East England

There is plenty to celebrate this June. The month that marks the end of spring and brings us Father’s Day and the Queen’s Official Birthday to celebrate, and of course summer with the Summer Solstice of Thursday 21 June. 

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

whats on north east june

6 June 2018

Transform Holiday Photos into Wall Art + Giveaway (AD)

Making use of my digital photographs is something I’m really keen on. I create a photo album every year and we do have some of my travel and kids photographs framed and on the wall at home. No canvas prints on our walls though, so when I was contacted by CanvasChamp recently and asked to review their canvas print online service I said yes. 

Read on to find out more and the opportunity to win your own canvas.

Transform Holiday Photos into Wall Art with canvas champ

4 June 2018

30 Rhubarb Recipes + How to make Rhubarb Jam

We’ve been given lots and lots of rhubarb this year. We don’t grow it ourselves as our kitchen garden is too small but a family member does, and there seems to be so much rhubarb this spring. It's a very popular food to grow in allotments in the UK and has amazing health benefits as well as being a great cooking ingredient too.

I remember easting it simply chopped up with a small bowl of sugar to dip it in as a child, and of course there can’t be many people who have not had rhubarb crumble, however, I went looking for new ideas and decided to make jam and vodka.

30 Rhubarb Recipes + How to make Rhubarb Jam

1 June 2018

7 Things To Do In June

Well, I think we've had a pretty good Spring so far. Much more sunshine than we get during a whole summer some years. Long may it continue this month now that we have arrived in June. This month we have Wimbledon and the FIFA World Cup to look forward to as well as long sunny days.

June is the sixth month of the year and contains the summer solstice and longest day and by the end, we'll be half-way through 2018 - how did that happen? Anyway to celebrate what we hope will be a fab month here are seven things to do, eat, make and also enjoy in June.

strawberry recipes, family days out, vegetarian food, sunshine in june

30 May 2018

Flying High over Durham (AD)

Balloons in Durham returned to Durham City in North East England last weekend and we were there in the rain, wind and sunshine to see what it is that draws people to this sport as a balloonist and a spectator. And during the festival over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, we were both!

29 May 2018

How to play Rubik’s Flip and Rubik’s Battle (REVIEW)

The Rubik’s Cube, the familiar multi-coloured 3D brainteaser that has challenged puzzle enthusiasts for more than 40 years is still the world’s bestselling toy of all time, and with it Rubik’s won the retro toy of the Year category at the annual Toy Industry Awards.

Now John Adams is building the Rubik's brand with new titles Flip and Battle. Rubik’s Flip is a tile-based strategy game while Rubik’s Battle is a quick-thinking card game based on the Rubik’s cube colours. And we have been sent a copy of each to review.

How to play Rubik’s Flip and Rubik’s Battle

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25 May 2018

Hot-air ballooning at Balloons inDurham (AD)

Hot air balloons will once again fill the Durham City skyline for the return of a free family-friendly festival this weekend. When you look to the skies above Durham City, hopefully, it will be awash with brightly coloured balloons, if the weather conditions are right over the Spring Bank Holiday. 

We are working with Durham BID to bring you the low down on this year's event, unfortunately, the Friday evening mass balloon launch had to be cancelled due to the weather but there is still lots more to come this weekend. There was more activity on Saturday but sadly still no flying, but I have learnt lots about ballooning and that its a waiting game ... and a great was to learn some patience.

balloons in durham 2018 with balloonist ian sharpe

24 May 2018

A-Z Family Attractions Annual Passes in North East England + Map

North East England has so many great places for families to enjoy a fun-packed day out. Many of these are free – do check out our A-Z of Free Family Attractions in the region. However, we also have a wealth of award-winning attractions that do have an admission charge in Northumberland, Tyneside, Durham, Wearside and Teesside, and many of them also have annual passes making it easier than ever to plan cheap family days out. 

Here is our A-Z of Annual Passes for North East England Tourist Attractions - well nearly just missing an I, U & Y  – any suggestions let me know!


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22 May 2018

Free May Half-Term Family Fun in North East England

Schools break up for the holidays this weekend and there is plenty of half-term fun to be had in North East England and best of all lots of it is free. Yes, free family fun for everyone from Tyneside to Teesside. So whether you are looking for family days out in Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Durham or along the North East coast we've found is a hot-air balloon festival, theatre, comedy, craft, food and carnival fun to choose from. Let hope this glorious weather we have been enjoying returns and stays long enough for us all to make the most of it.

And don't forget to check out our A-Z of FREE family days out in North East England too.

Free May Half-Term Family Fun in North East England

18 May 2018

The Vegetarian Set Menu at Chaophraya Thai Dining (REVIEW)

Chaophraya Thai Dining has launched a new menu which includes a Vegetarian Set Menu, so as it's National Vegetarian Week we went along to one of their restaurants in Newcastle-upon-Tyne to try it out. It's not the first time we've been invited to review the food at Chaophraya - we've eaten à la carte, tested the lunch menu and also tried out a Thai cookery class. So how would the vegetarian set menu fair?

The Vegetarian Set Menu at Chaophraya Thai Dining Restaurant

16 May 2018

20 Top Vegetarian Recipes to Tempt Meat Eaters

It’s National Vegetarian Week 2018 and today we are sharing some of our favourite veggie recipes, but also others that vegetarians and meat eaters alike think are so good that they would tempt the most carnivorous person they know, to give veggie food a try.

Check out our post from earlier this week highlighting our 16 favourites tried and tested places to eat vegetarian food in the North East, and also our top 5 family-friendly vegetarian meals – perfect for quick and easy meals after school or for a lunch.

14 May 2018

16 Fab Places to Eat Out as a Veggie in North East England

I have been a vegetarian for over 30 years now and eating out as a vegetarian is so much easier now than it ever has been. Even opting for vegan food is getting slightly easier. And it's not just the big metropolitan cities that are offering such a range of choices. 

Newcastle and the whole of North East England have such a great range of places that it's now sometimes too difficult to choose. It's a far cry from when you were lucky if there was a vegetable lasagne on the menu, and once on our travels, we were even asked to leave a restaurant in Paris after we asked if they could offer vegetarian dishes. I'm so glad thing have improved!

national vegetarian week where to eat out north east england

10 May 2018

30 Fantastic Real-Life Random Acts of Kindness

When was the last time you did a random act of kindness? A totally selfless act that brought you no benefit, other than, maybe, a really good sense of wellbeing. Or maybe you have been on the receiving end of another person’s unexpected but very welcome gesture of kindness - no matter how small. 

30 Fantastic Real-Life Random Acts of Kindness

8 May 2018

Northern Chords Music Festival Returns to Tyneside (AD)

The Northern Chords Festival is returning to Tyneside later this month. As part of my day job, I do get to work on some pretty cool projects, working alongside some very talented people. My current project is no exception. The Northern Chords Festival is one of the North East's most prominent and vibrant chamber music festivals and was founded by North East cellist and conductor Jonathan Bloxham. Find out more about this three-day festival returning to Newcastle later this month...

7 May 2018

7 Things To Do In May

Well, it's May Bank Holiday Monday today, and what a scorcher of a weekend it has been. Hopefully, the rest of May will bring us, even more, warmer and longer sunny days to enjoy.

May is not only the fifth month of the year but also gives us two bank holidays plus a week of school holidays too and it really starts to get warmer, lighter and we all start feeling better. So here are seven things to do with and without the family, to eat, make and also enjoy in May.
7 Things To Do In May

3 May 2018

Balloons InDurham – Everything You Need to Know for 2018 (AD)

This post is sponsored by DurhamBID
Hot air balloons will once again fill the Durham City skyline for the return of a free family-friendly festival at the end of this month. When you look to the skies above Durham City, it will be awash with brightly coloured balloons. The horizon will be lit up with hot air balloons galore as a weekend of spectacular Spring Bank Holiday family fun, from Friday 25 May until Monday 28 May, comes to Durham. And we are working with Durham BID to bring you the low down on this year's event.


Fingers crossed for better ballooning weather this evening and tomorrow morning. Keep an eye on DurhamBid Facebook page for more updates.

durham hot air balloon festival

1 May 2018

PENGUINPIG in Gateshead - Keeping our Children Safe Online (AD)

When I was a child I remember not having mobile phones, email, internet or social media. Like many of us, these were things we and our parents didn’t have to worry about. However, times change and technology has moved on. Now we have all kinds of information at our fingertips. And for those of us whose children have access to electronic devices, they too have lots of information at their fingertips. Internet safety has become as important a topic to teach our children as the Green Cross Code.

So as parents how do we ensure our children are safe online? It’s the subject of a live puppet show coming to Gateshead next month so ahead of seeing this performance next month I’ve been speaking to some parents about their thoughts and tips regarding e-safety.

Penguinpig in Gateshead - Keeping our Children Safe Online

29 April 2018

What's On in May - Free Family Fun in North East England

Looking for family fun and days out in North East England this May? We've found lots of free events and activities taking place across Northumberland, Tyneside, Durham and Teesside offering free family fun this month. These include festivals such as Balloons InDurham, Stockton Stages and The Late Shows as well as special days at Locomotion, Kielder and the Stephenson Museum, and a special performance to re-open Middlesbrough Town Hall.

What's On in May - Free Family Fun in North East England

26 April 2018

Easy homemade kids birthday cakes - recipe and decoration ideas

At this time of year, our family celebrates a lot of birthdays. Over the next few weeks, everyone in our household will celebrate their birthday, plus a few other relatives will too. Me and my eldest son even share a birthday. The other thing we all have in common is that we all love cake too!

I love baking and although I may not be the best baker or indeed the best cake decorator, in the world, I do love baking and making birthday cakes. A homemade cake is one of my favourite birthday gifts to give. So in this post, I'm sharing a tried and tested, very simple sponge cake recipe and method, and also some of the simple birthday cake creations I've made over the past few years, just using sweets and chocolate to decorate the cakes. They may not be award-winning designs but they have always gone down well with my boys and their friends.

Easy homemade kids birthday cakes - recipe and decoration ideas

24 April 2018

5 things to do in Barcelona with kids (AD)

Barcelona is one of my favourite cities in the world. Who could fail to love this beautiful city on the shores the Mediterranean Sea? It has art, culture, shops, history, attractions, sea & sand and football. 

The capital of Catalonia, it is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city with Roman remains and medieval quarters. So Barcelona with kids. It’s a city I think my boys will love and I’d love to take them there, so for this post, we’ve teamed up with Musement - a website that helps travellers get the best from destinations by providing a great choice of local tours and attractions bookable on multiple devices. So if you are thinking of planning a Barcelona family holiday, read on ...

5 family-friendly things to do in Barcelona

19 April 2018

Holidaying with Hadrian! A staycation at Hadrian’s Holiday Lodges on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland (REVIEW)

At the Heart of Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain comes to life! As well as the Hadrian's Wall Trail, there are amazing Roman Forts such as Vindolanda and Housesteads, fantastic countryside and a wealth of accommodation too. 

We were invited to review some new luxury B&B lodges close to Hadrian’s Wall, aptly named Hadrian’s Holiday Lodges. In fact, they are just 120 metres off the Hadrian’s Wall Trail. So read on to discover how we found our complimentary two-night stay … 

17 April 2018

5 family-friendly places to see wildlife this spring in the Land of Oak & Iron (AD)

Spring finally seems to have arrived. How much better does it feel to see blue skies and sunshine? I know it improves my mood, and it’s great to be able to get out and about in the great outdoors on family days out and excursions again. In this post we are collaborating with the Land of Oak & Iron and today we are looking at the top 5 family-friendly wildlife spots to visit this spring in the Derwent Valley.
5 family-friendly places to see wildlife this spring in the Land of Oak & Iron

12 April 2018

How to make Peanut Butter at home

Peanut butter is so popular in many countries. It’s also very popular with my boys. Peanut butter is a food paste or spread made from ground peanuts. It often contains additional ingredients that enhance the taste or texture, such as salt, sweeteners or emulsifiers. 

However, you can avoid these additives if you make your own at home. And it’s so easy to do. You don’t need much more than peanuts and a blender and gives you a massive saving on the shop bought versions of the spread.

How to make Peanut Butter at home recipe

10 April 2018

A Family Day Out with Lowry, Berwick-Upon-Tweed in the Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders are just over an hour away from our home, making a family day out to this part of our region, easily achievable for us. The border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed has the dubious title of being the most disputed town in the UK, as it has changed hands between the English and the Scots 13 times so far. 

Today, the town is the most northerly of England and located in Northumberland but the Scottish border is a just a couple of miles north of the coastal town. A couple of weeks ago we headed north up there on the A1 for a family day trip.

A Family Day Out with Lowry, Berwick-Upon-Tweed in the Scottish Borders

5 April 2018

20+ Easy Family Friendly Ways to Reduce Food Waste

Did you know that in the UK we throw away over 7 million tonnes of food every year? That’s nearly 20% of what we actually buy going into our bins. Some of this food will have sadly gone off, but what’s worse is that according to research by WRAP,  more than half (4.4 million tonnes) of this food that ends up in our waste collection, could still have been eaten, which equates to around 13 billion ‘5 a day’ portions.

Food waste can be minimised, and in this post, I’m highlighting some of the ways that I’m trying to cut down on my food waste and I’m sharing some other peoples really great family-friendly ideas too. We haven't eliminated food waste in our house, but we are trying our best. Read on to see how to reduce food waste - helping to save you money and saving the planet.

20+ Easy Family Friendly Ways to Reduce Food Waste

2 April 2018

7 Things To Do This Month - April

Well, April this year started on what was April Fools Day and Easter Sunday, but this month does give us two weeks of school holidays to enjoy, and hopefully some warmer and longer days with not too many April showers! We've been chilling out over the long Easter weekend and planning out our month ahead ... so here are 7 things we are going to be doing in April.

30 March 2018

Eating Out At Riley's Fish Shack – King Edwards Bay, Tynemouth

On a secluded cove, underneath Tynemouth Priory on the northeast coastline, you’ll find one of the most innovative and tasty places to eat, in the world, Riley's Fish Shack. In fact, when you are there you really do feel like you are on holiday, not just a few miles from home.

Tynemouth, recently named as one of the best places to live in the North, by the Sunday Times, is also home to Riley’s Fish Shack. It is exactly what it says – a shack (made out of two containers) on the beach (yes, on real sand) that is a restaurant that sells predominantly fish (and a few other things). And it's well worth a visit.


28 March 2018

What's On in April - Free Family Fun in North East England - including Easter Hols

There are over 25 free family events and activities in the North East this April which include 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. 

What's On in April - Free Family Fun in North East England - including Easter Hols

26 March 2018

Play By Your Own Rules with Infinity Pitch at BALTIC this Easter (REVIEW)

For the next three weeks, Baltic, the Centre for Contemporary Arts, is inviting visitors to play by their own rules. Infinity Pitch is a new interactive art installation that is for everyone and open daily until Friday 15 April at Baltic on Gateshead Quays on NewcastleGateshead Quayside.

free Infinity Play at BALTIC newcastle gateshead Easter

23 March 2018

Tasting the Lunch Menu at Chaophraya Newcastle (REVIEW)

There is no shortage of places to eat in Newcastle. There are so many different styles of venue to choose from, cuisines and costs. It’s not much more than a year since Chaophraya opened in the new restaurant quarter in Eldon Square, and we’ve already worked with the Thai Food restaurant twice. One for a late Valentine's date and another time to try out their Thai cookery school. So when we were invited along again I decided it would be the perfect time to try out their lunchtime menu.

Tasting the Lunch Menu at Chaophraya Newcastle

21 March 2018

Fighting Heart Disease with Vegan Mushroom, Fig and Spinach Pizza

I’m certainly not a Delia or Nigella. And I have no ambition to win MasterChef, however, food is one of the topics I really enjoy writing about on this blog. Whether that’s eating out or creating recipes for dining at home. I love cooking with and for my family, my boys like to get in on the act in the kitchen too, especially trying new recipes and foods, and creating dairy-free and meat-free alternatives to traditional recipes.

So I’m really pleased that I’ve been able to donate a recipe to Heart Research UK, a national charity who fund pioneering medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease as well as helping communities improve their lifestyles, and this week my recipe for a vegan Mushroom, fig and spinach pizza was published in their Happy Healthy Heart Cookbook.

 Fighting Heart Disease with Vegan Mushroom, Fig and Spinach Pizza

19 March 2018

Gateshead Theatre Show Promotes Children’s Online Safety (AD)

Penguinpig is coming to Gateshead in June. A cautionary but beautiful story about the internet is told with puppets and is made for families ideally with children aged between 3 & 8 years old. 

Gateshead Theatre Show PenguinPig Promotes Children’s Online Safety

16 March 2018

Vote for Hall Hill Farm as #TourismSuperstar Voting Draws To A Close

My full-time job is not that of blogging but an independent PR & marketing practitioner. It's a role I've undertaken on a freelance basis for over seven years now, with clients, primarily in the tourism and leisure sector right across North East England. One of my first clients was Hall Hill Farm in County Durham, and their 26-year-old shepherd is currently nominated for a national Tourism Superstar Award. 

If you feel like voting for him there is still time, voting closes in the VisitEngland competition on March 20 via The Mirror newspaper website.

15 March 2018

#EatDrinkSunderland Returns to Sunderland For Restaurant Week (REVIEW)

North East food lovers will be able to enjoy a range of top dining experiences at bargain prices, again as Sunderland Restaurant Week returns to the city between Saturday 17 March and Sunday 25 March. We were invited to a preview event for #EatDrinkSunderland with the organisers, Sunderland Business Improvement District, for a taste of what was to come. 
#EatDrinkSunderland Returns to Sunderland For Restaurant Week

13 March 2018

Exploring Barter Books in Alnwick, Northumberland

A few weeks ago we were enjoying a staycation in Northumberland just a few miles from Alnwick so we took a trip to Barter Books as we headed further into England’s northernmost county before heading home. My eldest was so captivated by the bookstore that he spent his own money on buying a hardback copy of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel.

barter books Alnwick Northumberland JRRTolkien

9 March 2018

Treat Yourself With Your Own Treatbox + Giveaway (REVIEW)

How often do you treat yourself? We have teamed up with treatbox to offer you the chance of winning your own little treat. Just for you. 

Treat Yourself With Your Own Treatbox box of goodies

8 March 2018

Celebrating International Women's Day on My Boys Club

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. So I thought I’d take the time to outline some of the women I have admired most and celebrate their social, economic, cultural and political achievements. But also look at some of the women my young boys already know have contributed to our history; and also which women influence the influencers - I asked other mum and dad bloggers about their favourite historical female characters.

6 March 2018

Family Games Night Playing Quirky & Baffled with Our Tweens (REVIEW)

Friday night is often family games night in our house. I’m a big fan of board games so I’m really pleased that my tweens seem to have my enthusiasm for them too. They like card games, board games as well as computer games, and I love how they all provide the opportunity to spend some quality family time together, creating important bonds and memories. Have to admit, we (I) do get a little bit too competitive at times though!

Review of Baffled and Quirky board games
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5 March 2018

7 Things to do this Month - March

Snowmageddon and the Beast from the East wasn't the start I was expecting for the month of March, and of course Springtime here in the UK. But it did turn our local park into a ski resort for a few days and we all remembered just how much fun sledging is, if not the road and traffic chaos that comes with so much snow. 

Anyway, the snow seems to be on the way out and now we can look forward to the month of March with St Patrick's Day and also this year Maunday Thursday and Good Friday.

2 March 2018

Win Snazaroo Brush Pen Face Paints

We have teamed up with Snazaroo to offer you the chance of winning two packs of their new innovative face paints. Snazaroo’s innovative face paint Brush Pens are a clever combination of paint and brush that’s set to revolutionise both novice and professional face painting.

Win Snazaroo Brush Pen Face Paints

1 March 2018

What’s On - March – Free Family Fun Events & Activities in North East England

Every month I aim to 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.

We are so lucky. North East England has so much to offer. There are many great paid for attractions and events as well, but as we head into March here is a list of 20 family events you can enjoy for free across the month.

What’s On - March – Free Family Fun Events & Activities in North East England

27 February 2018

A Family Day Out at Space Golf, Newcastle – All You Need To Know (REVIEW)

Adventure golf has come to Newcastle. In the former Co-op Department Store building on Newgate Street, in Newcastle City Centre, sandwiched between Zaap Thai and the Premier Inn, you’ll find Mr Mulligan’s Space Golf.

I’m going to be honest when I first heard’ Space Golf’ I really didn’t know what to expect. But after meeting up with Adventure Leisure in the autumn, and hearing about their plans for adventure golf in the city, I knew it would be something my boys would love. So when we were asked to go along and review the first Space Golf after it opened during half-term in Newcastle, my boys didn’t need asking twice.

A Family Day Out at Space Golf, Newcastle – All You Need To Know

22 February 2018

Our 8 Favourite North East Coastal Family Walks - worth braving the cold for even in winter and early spring

The Lake District may have taken top honours in the nation's top 100 walking hotspots recently revealed in ITV's 'Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100' but we’ve picked out eight of our favourite coastal places in North East England, that are perfect for family walks in Winter, and early Spring ... or any season really!

8 Favourite North East Coastal Family Walks

20 February 2018

The Cultural Spring Brings More Children’s Theatre to Sunderland & South Tyneside (AD)

The first of four news shows aimed at getting more people to experience and be inspired by the arts arrives in Sunderland and South Tyneside later this week. Wee Red and Her Wolf, a tale inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, suitable for children aged 7 and over, will be able to be seen in five community venues in Whitburn, South Shields and Jarrow.

16 February 2018

Win a month’s supply of speciality coffee from Coffee & Kin! (REVIEW)

If you are a caffeine addict like me then we have the perfect giveaway competition for you. We have teamed up with Coffee & Kin, who roast their coffee beans on Holy Island in Northumberland, to offer you the chance to win a month’s supply of coffee! 

Choose from coffee beans or pods to make your coffee the way you like it!


13 February 2018

A Family Staycation in Northumberland at Felmoor Park (REVIEW)


Forget Me Not Lodge has got to be one of the most aptly named holiday lets I've ever been to. Located just half-an-hour north of Newcastle, this family-friendly and pet-friendly, two bedroomed luxury lodge with a hot tub, is a perfect place for a family staycation in Northumberland and after our recent press trip there, one we won't be forgetting it in a hurry.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub