Showing posts with label Art & Culture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art & Culture. Show all posts

31 July 2018

First Person – free family theatre comes to Gateshead Quays (AD)

This post has been sponsored by Gateshead Alive.
First Person is a unique piece of public performance which is coming to Gateshead Quays next weekend on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August as part of Great Exhibition of the North in NewcastleGateshead - a free, summer-long celebration of the North’s pioneering spirit.

Outdoor theatre is often all about bringing original, exciting and different theatre, to an unexpected place. I love drama and theatre whether it is indoors or outdoors and the quirkier and more unexpected it is the better. The summer we’ve been having has been a great opportunity to see some outdoor theatre on all scales – so far we’ve seen Kynren and Out There and next, it will be 'First Person'. 


2 July 2018

Chopwell WoodFest returns in Land of Oak & Iron (AD)

This post is sponsored by the Land of Oak & Iron

This weekend on Sunday 8 July Chopwell WoodFest returns for a second year in the Land of Oak & Iron filling the Wood with crafts, entertainment and other delights for all the family. Families and visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy a fabulous day out in Chopwell Wood, try their hand at a host of heritage activities such as green woodworking, weaving willow, while kids can run wild in the Bushcraft Dell. 

So if you are looking for something to do this weekend in North East England read on ...

Chopwell WoodFest returns in the Land of Oak & Iron


25 June 2018

5 Reasons to Love Kynren + Everything You Need to Know for 2018 (Review)

Kynren - An Epic Tale of England is an action-packed live blockbuster outdoor performance that takes you on an amazing journey through 2,000 years of history, myth and legend, all in a field just outside Bishop Auckland in County Durham. 

We recently attended the press preview night which also doubles as a full dress rehearsal and discovered that Kynren is a captivating experience for all the family, it really has to be seen to be believed! It’s so hard to describe as it really is best ‘experienced’ live, however, I will try my best …


kynren durham 2018 tickets kids parking review


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


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.

UPDATE

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

19 March 2018

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

***SPONSORED POST***
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

6 December 2017

Everything You Need To Know About Enchanted Parks 2017 ... Now That We’ve Been to The Inventors Ball (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
Last night we went were invited along to review to Enchanted Parks 2017 – The Inventors Ball at Saltwell Park, in Gateshead.

It’s a popular after-dark arts adventure in the atmospheric setting of Saltwell Park. The annual event, which sees specially commissioned artists transform Gateshead’s Saltwell Park into a magical and mythical wonderland, will run for six nights in total.

Everything You Need To Know About Enchanted Parks 2017 Now That We’ve Been to The Inventors Ball

2 December 2017

Alice in Wonderland - The Festive Production at Northern Stage (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
It’s official. The Christmas Countdown has begun in our house. The tree is going up this weekend. We are off to visit Santa for the first time, today. The advent calendars are being enjoyed, the Christmas cake has been baked and we’ve been to our first Christmas Show – Alice in Wonderland at Northern Stage in Newcastle.

Alice in Wonderland - The Festive Production at Northern Stage

27 November 2017

12 Books for Tweens this Christmas (AFFILIATE)

I always think I’m really lucky that my boys love reading. They’ve always loved their bedtime stories, still do even though they are now tweens, they love audiobooks, listening to stories as well as reading them too.

12 Books for Tweens this Christmas

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22 November 2017

Pioneers of Pop at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle

Have you popped into the Hatton Gallery yet? We did just that recently, following its £3.8m redevelopment, to see the Pioneers in Pop exhibition. The first exhibition at The Hatton Gallery located on Newcastle University campus since it re-opened in October.

Pioneers of Pop at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University - newcastle the birthplace of pop art

14 November 2017

10 Things to Expect at Lumiere Durham 2017

Lumiere, the UK's largest light festival returns to Durham later this week, for a fifth time, lighting up the historic city's skies from Thursday16 - Sunday 19 November. 

Organised by Artichoke and Durham County Council the free biennial festival brings some of the world's most innovative artists and light designers together in a breath-taking and spectacular programme of artworks across four dazzling winter nights in the north east of England.

10 things to expect from  Lumiere Durham - #LumiereDurham2017

10 November 2017

Fireflight at Fire Station Sunderland – Everything You Need to Know (AD)

Fireflight - a spectacular free family-friendly outdoor event - will be performed in Sunderland this week - here is everything you need to know! This one-off performance will take place on Thursday 23 November, when more than 100 local performers will feature in the event which will officially open Sunderland’s newest arts hub, The Fire Station.

Fireflight at Fire Station Sunderland – Everything You Need to Know

20 October 2017

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

***COLLABORATIVE POST***

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


15 October 2017

The Hilarious World of Julius Zebra with Gary Northfield (REVIEW)

*** REVIEW + AFFILIATE LINKS***
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

6 October 2017

Art Workshops for Kids at Seven Stories, Newcastle (REVIEW)

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

18 September 2017

See The Snowman on Tour this Christmas (REVIEW)

***PREVIEW***


Yes, it's less than 100 days until Christmas. So much to do in preparation - but so much to enjoy as well. 

I love Christmas. And one of my favourite things about Christmas Eve is sitting down to watch The Snowman, and its equally good sequel The Snowman and the Snowdog, with the boys. 

The Raymond Briggs classic animation was released 35 years ago, but it still has all of the charm, enchantment and magic for me that it had when I was little. The iconic tune ‘Walking in the Air’ will always evoke special Christmas memories for me. So imagine my delight when My Boys Club received an invitation to go and see The Snowman at Durham Cathedral this coming December, providing the perfect winter outing for all the family.

See The Snowman on Tour this Christmas at Durham Cathedral

13 September 2017

Top Tips for Visiting Warwick Castle (REVIEW)

*** REVIEW ***

I love castles. Even got married in one. And I count myself very lucky to live in a country with more than its fair share of stunning castles, of which Warwick Castle is among the best in the UK.

We recently enjoyed a family day out at Warwick Castle with our boys, aged 8 & 10. As well as its own fascinating past it's also got Horrible Histories for the boys and hubby was very impressed to discover that Game of Thrones author George RR Martin, loosely based Lord Walder Frey on Richard Neville, also known as Warwick the Kingmaker. 

We had such a great time that we thought we'd share with you our top tips for visiting Warwick Castle.


Top Tips for Visiting Warwick Castle

11 September 2017

Overdue Date Night at Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
Date nights are always good. Whether it's a walk along the beach, a meal out, visit to the cinema, or in this case a night at the theatre. So when we get an opportunity for a date night, we try and make the most of it. 

On this occasion, we had received an invitation to the press night at the re-launched Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle, for the production of Overdue. And with a babysitter available we headed out for a pre-theatre meal and a show.

24 July 2017

Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art at Seven Stories (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
A new exhibition has opened at Seven Stories: the National Centre for Children’s Books, in the Ouseburn Valley in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Seven Stories has gathered together an eclectic mix of original comic art to impress and inspire all comics’ fans. 

My Boys Club went along to find out more…

Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art at Seven Stories in Newcastle