6 September 2018

Book Review: Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything

I love second-hand bookshops. Leafing through other people’s no longer needed and discarded books that you’ve discovered on dusty shelves in a quirky retail environment is one of my guilty pleasures. Guilty, because I have so many books still to read. Yet a pleasure because I don’t think you can ever have too many books. And when your purchases also help Amnesty International, as they do from my local second-hand bookstore in Newcastle then, all the better.


Book Review: Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything

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3 September 2018

How to Help Your Child Survive the First Week at Secondary School

Starting big school is such a big step for parent and child. My eldest starts Secondary School tomorrow. He is 11. And growing up fast. He’ll go out of the door by himself, wait for the bus and buy a ticket that will take him to school on time for registration and we won't hear from him again until after school. Up until now, it has been the three of us on the school run. Now it will only be two. Read on to find our 10 point plan to help both parent and child survive their first week at secondary school.

How to Help Your Child Survive the First Week at Secondary School


1 September 2018

Free Family Fun in the North East this September

It's September. I can't quite believe the boys go back to school this week and the summer holidays are over but that doesn't stop there being plenty of opportunities to get out and about in the northeast and enjoy some free family fun and activities. If you are looking to find out what's on this month for families here in the North East don't forget the Great Exhibition of the North is still on until September 9 and we've found these great events happening too. Check them out here.

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This is a FREE listing service for FREE events in North East England. If you would like to submit an event for October and beyond please email myboysclub@debsharratt.co.uk

29 August 2018

How To Prepare Your Child for Secondary School

How did you prepare your children for school? In less than a week my eldest son will start high school. Starting school is such a big deal at any age. It is one of life’s great milestones. And so memorable. 

It is such a big part of your life and shapes your future. From the inspiring (and sometimes not so inspiring) teachers to best friends, friendship groups and form classes. To education itself, the journey to and from and who you make it with. It’s such a big transition at an age, but this one, moving on to secondary school, I think is the one that defines you most.


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26 August 2018

7 FREE Things To Do in the last week of the School Holidays

That's it, the last week of the summer holidays is upon us and schools go back next week. But don't worry if you are wondering whats on in the North East this week to entertain your family and children take a look at these 7 FREE family events in Sunderland, Darlington, Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, Durham and Stockton.

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19 August 2018

7 FREE Things To Do in Week 5 of the School Holidays

Wow, week 5 of the school holidays and we are nearly through the six-week break. If you are running out of ideas and wondering what's on in the North East this week for families, then take a look at these 7 free family fun events happening across the region this coming week including Newcastle, Gateshead, Bishop Auckland, South Shields and Sunderland. 

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13 August 2018

7 FREE Things to Do in Week Four of the Summer Holidays

We are now into the second half of the school holidays and summer fun still doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. There are several ways to keep the kids busy this summer without breaking the bank. So here are 7 free things you can do this week with your family in North East England now that we are in the fourth week of the summer holidays.

The weather is more changeable this week so there are some great indoor options included this week too.

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9 August 2018

Seven of the Best Summer Soups

Everyone I know seems to have grown courgettes this year. Requiring full sun to grow I’m not surprised that this summer, with the UK heatwave, has been a great season for courgette growers. We’ve acquired quite a few from a family allotment and have enjoyed quite a few bowls of summer courgette soup, creating a new recipe that is now one of our family favourites.

In fact, so many soups are easy to make from produce that is easy to grow in the garden from tomatoes to peas and rocket. It's not only healthy but frugal too - helping us to keep fit and keep money in our pockets. Read on to discover the recipes for seven of the best summer soups.

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7 August 2018

How to play Frenetic in 5 Simple Steps (AD)

FReNeTiC is a board game which features the elements of the Periodic Table.  It sees players write down as many words as possible within 45 seconds from Element symbol tiles placed on the board. We recently received a copy to review and we also have one to giveaway!


How to play board game Frenetic

5 August 2018

7 FREE Things to Do in Week Three of the Summer Holidays

Can't believe at the end of this week we'll be half-way through the summer holidays! Summer fun doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. There are several ways to keep the kids busy this summer without breaking the bank. So here are 7 free things you can do this week with your family in North East England now that we are in the third week of the summer holidays.


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