MAPS Festival - A Guide to this Brand New Festival for Newcastle & Gateshead | February 2019


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February Half Term is going to be EPIC this year. We're so lucky that there's so much going on in the North East (look out for my full guide at the beginning of next month) and one of the main attractions this year is the brand new MAPS Festival which takes place from 15 - 17 February across venues in Newcastle & Gateshead.

MAPS Festival - A Brand New Festival for Newcastle & Gateshead | February 2019
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Preston Park - Behind the Seams Review | 10 Reasons to Visit with Tweens and Teens

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Behind the Seams at Preston Park is an exciting new exhibition showcasing some of the best costumes from TV and movies. The exhibition runs until 3 March 2019 and is available during normal museum hours. Admission to the exhibition costs £5 per adult, £3 for concessions and under 16s are free. You'll also need to buy an annual pass to the main Preston Park Museum which is a steal at £5 per family, per year (up to 2 adults and 4 children) and gives you the perfect reason to re-visit.

Preston Park - Behind the Seams | 10 reasons to visit with tweens and teens
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Try the FREE Zog Trail at Kielder Forest


A new Zog Trail is launching at Kielder Forest this weekend (11 January). Perfect for little legs, this magical trail runs through the forest and promises the chance to discover lots of characters from the popular Julia Donaldson tale.

Try the FREE Zog Trail at Kielder Forest
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12 exhibitions in 12 months | An alternative resolution

The new year is the perfect time to set a goal for yourself. 'New Year, New Me' resolutions just aren't for me and I'd much rather set a goal which I'm going to enjoy so this year I've decided I'm going to get out and see as many exhibitions as possible.

12 exhibitions in 12 months | An alternative resolution
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Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in North East England


Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in North East England

Officially, Chinese New Year 2019 begins on 5 February and continues until 19 February. We're moving into the Year of the Pig and I love this calendar below from https://chinesenewyear.net/ which explains more about when the celebrations will happen.

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Stay Active with the Family | 20+ Family Activities to try in North East England

Hands up if you over-indulged over Christmas? We certainly did - it's part of what Christmas is all about. I know it's a HUGE cliche but January is such a good time of year for a fresh start and to focus on eating right and leading a healthier lifestyle. I think it helps you to start the new year in the right frame of mind and counteract the over-indulgence of the festive season. The importance of staying fit and healthy is something I think we should all instil in our kids and staying active together as a family is important. After all, actions do speak louder than words. Today I'm sharing a few ways the whole family can stay active across North East England this year - why not challenge yourself to try a different activity each month? Let me know your ideas too.....


Stay Active with the Family | 20+ Family Activities to try in North East England
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The Woodmans Arms Review | Sunday Lunch near Gibside

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The Woodmans Arms Review | Sunday Lunch near Gibside

Something I am asked time and time again is, 'Where is good to eat near Gibside?' and now I'm pleased I can recommend this gem of a pub. The Woodsmans Arms is just a 6 minute drive from Gibside and the perfect place to relax with the family after a walk around the popular National Trust estate. Make sure you build up an appetite as the portions are super generous and you'll want to leave room for their sticky toffee pudding.
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What to expect from your child's first term at secondary school - a parent's perspective

Harry turned 12 in September last year and started Secondary School (year 7) in the same month. After almost 9 years at Primary School, he was more than ready to make the transition but as Harry is my first-born, it has been a bit like stepping into the unknown for all of us. I really wanted to share how his first term at Secondary School has been going and hopefully provide some insight into others who are making the transition next year.

What to expect from your child's first term at secondary school - a parent's perspective
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What's On in North East England for Kids | January 2019


What's On in North East England for Kids | January 2019

After hibernating over Christmas, I can't wait to get out and about in January again. I have a few days out planned this month including a trip up to Kielder to try the new Zog trail. I can't wait for that! January is all about being frugal too so please share any ideas you have for free/low-cost days out over in my North East Days Out Facebook Group here. 
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