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

19 March 2018

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

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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)

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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)

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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

18 July 2017

6 Films to Watch in the 6 Week Holiday at home with the Kids (AD)

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There are so many great children’s films around at the moment. So much more than when I was little. We do like to get out and about as a family during the holidays but the boys also need some downtime, to recharge those batteries and we all love a family film night with pizza and popcorn.

If you missed any of these films when they were in the cinema, then the school holidays are a great opportunity to catch up with them on DVD and watch on an HD television such as the 4K TV Panasonic.

So get the whole family comfy, slice up the pizza, open up the popcorn and it’s just like having Hollywood in your home.

6 Films to Watch in the 6 Week Holiday at home with the Kids

12 July 2017

Win A Family Ticket to Newcastle Panto this Christmas - Sleeping Beauty (PREVIEW)


***GIVEAWAY***

As the Pantomime season gets ever closer, yes, it is only 166 days until Christmas Day, we have a family ticket to Sleeping Beauty at Gateshead International Stadium in December to give away to one lucky reader.

Win A Family Ticket to Newcastle Panto this Christmas - Sleeping Beauty

29 June 2017

10 Rainy Day Ideas in North East England

Last week it was too hot. This week it's too wet. Got to love the British weather.

On average it rains one in three days in the UK, so as Brits it's always good to have in mind things to do, places to go and activities to enjoy as a family on rainy days. 

Living in the UK we are the used to the changeable weather, but as well as the sunshine that also means rain. Britain has four distinct seasons of fairly equal length - spring, summer, autumn and winter - and here in North East England we have a mild humid temperate climate with warm summers and no dry season. 

Much of our region has at least 105 days of rain every year so it's no wonder that we have so many great indoor places to enjoy family days out when it is wet.

10 Rainy Day Ideas in North East England

5 June 2017

AniMalcolm by David Baddiel - A Book Review (AD)

AniMalcolm is a new children's book by author David Baddiel. My Boys Club were asked to write a review of the book based on our very own honest opinions. I have to say before you read this review, of AniMalcolm, that I am a big David Baddiel fan. 

From right back to my student days when there were some TV programmes that our whole house watched religiously – by appointment as it is called it now - and even opted to stay in for (or at least head to the pub afterwards). One of these was The Mary White House Experience – a topical sketch show which transferred to TV from radio starring David Baddiel as well as Rob Newman, Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt.

My Boys Club review AniMalcolm a children's book by David Baddiel now out in paperback.

9 May 2017

Northern Orchestra - Increasing Access to Classical Music

***REVIEW***
Last weekend, me and hubby went to a classical music concert. It was to see an orchestra that I had been working with as a PR client, however knowing my hubby likes classical music I suggested we went along.

Northern Orchestra - increasing access to classical music

3 May 2017

Quentin Blake: Inside Stories - Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
The Quentin Blake: Inside Stories exhibition is on at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle until 8 July. 

My boys love their art, love Roald Dahl and with an artist, for a dad, I knew this was something the whole family would love to see when we were invited along to review the exhibition. So during the recent school holidays off we went.

Quentin Blake: Inside Stories at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle