30+ of the Best Cycle Routes for Kids around North East England


Over the years,  I have been asked a lot for ideas where families can ride their bikes with kids. I am not an expert in this - we just ride our bikes along the cycle path near our house or at the coast.

It is something I have been asked more and more during the past few weeks though so I decided to ask my readers for suggestions for their favourite routes so I could put them all together in one list for others to use. I hope you find this resource helpful. 

30+ of the Best Cycle Routes for Kids around North East England

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Life Lately (June 2020)



Welcome to another little catch up. Here is what has been going on this month...... 



Heidi is back at school 

The biggest change for us this month is that Heidi is back at school now. She is in Year 6 and transitioning to a new school this year. We weighed up the pros and cons and decided it was best for Heidi to return. She attends school two days per week in a small class of 8 with her teacher and absolutely loves it. 

Heidi has really enjoyed being back with her friends and is enjoying some fun activities at school such as designing a fairground, coding a ferris wheel, making pin art, school games and making space doughnuts. Honestly when I dropped her off on the first day I was so nervous, it was worse than the first day of school in reception but she was beaming when I picked her up later that day and it was the happiest I have seen her in days. 
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15 of the Best Parks & Playgrounds in North East England



15 of the Best Parks & Playgrounds in North East England


Please note, due to COVID 19, some of the facilities (especially water play areas/cafes/toilets) may be closed. Check details with venue direct for up to date info before setting off. In England, parks are permitted to open from 4 July but not all will open on that date.  Always check venues direct for up-to-date details before setting off. 

Please respect the local area, observe social distancing, use alcohol hand gel / wash hands regularly (especially before eating), leave no trace, park responsibly and if somewhere is busy on arrival, consider leaving and returning another time. 

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus, please stay at home and follow NHS advice/guidelines. 
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Dinosaur Crazy Golf & Dobbies Garden Centre Morpeth


Like many people during lockdown, we have taken to gardening this summer. We have visited Dobbies Morpeth (aka Heighley Gate) a few times over the years but it had been well over a year since our last visit. 

Dinosaur Crazy Golf & Dobbies Garden Centre Morpeth


The garden centre is just off the A1 - exit onto the A697 towards Coldstream and it is less than half a mile up the road on your left (use postcode NE61 3DA). There is a huge free car park for customers. 
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A Pizza Picnic from Di Meos Ouseburn


Ouseburn is my favourite part of Newcastle. I just love the vibes in this area of Newcastle plus it is home to some of my favourite restaurants, pubs and places to visit

A Pizza Picnic from Di Meos Ouseburn


Back in February Half Term, we were going to visit Di Meos for Pizza and ice cream after a street art trail but the queue was too long, there were no spare seats and it was freezing cold so we popped to Gingerinos instead (which by the way is fantastic and I would also highly recommend) . 

As Steve's payday treat this month though, I was craving a trip to Ouseburn and this time was a little more organised and phoned ahead to pre-order our pizza at Di Meos. 
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Strawberry Picking in North East England - What to Expect this Summer


We love visiting Brocksbushes Farm near Hexham to pick strawberries and are honestly over the moon that we have still been able to enjoy this tradition this summer. 


Strawberry Picking at Brocksbushes

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The Best Places to Paddle in Streams across North East England


A few weeks ago, I published a post sharing safety advice against the dangers of swimming in reservoirs (you can read the full post here). Please do not swim/paddle at the likes of Kielder / Derwent Waterside Park. There are lots of hidden dangers. 

The Best Places to Paddle in Streams across North East England


However, paddling in streams is a kind of rite of passage in childhood I think. Obviously, you still need to remain vigilant - young children can drown in a teeny amount of water and depths can change suddenly. Children should never be left unsupervised. 
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Bedlington Country Park Riverside Walk & Stepping Stones


This week we enjoyed another super local walk to us (less than 3 miles away) with a trip to Bedlington Country Park. We brought the kids here a few times when they were little to paddle in the river, play in the park and jump across the stepping stones and it is somewhere I would hang out with my friends quite a lot when we were younger. It is a lovely walk/area and usually a lot less busier than nearby Plessey Woods. 

  
Bedlington Country Park Riverside Walk & Stepping Stones



We parked in Attlee Park Car Park (postcode NE22 5RX) at the bottom of Bedlington Bank. It is free (no ticket required) and there are plenty of spaces. If you wish to skip the woodland walk and head straight to the stepping stones/play park,  use Humford Mill Car Park (NE22 5RT). 
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20+ North East Restaurants Offering Take Away Kids Meals


I love that more and more restaurants have started opening up again and now offer a takeaway service. I have to say though, I have been disappointed with the lack of children's menus available. If we order a takeaway, it is generally on a Saturday night and a treat for the whole family, including kids to enjoy. 



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10 Reasons to Never Visit Northumberland


 Northumberland is a terrible place to visit and you definitely should not come here. There is nothing to see or do and I would hate for you to waste a journey here. 

10 Reasons to Never Visit Northumberland
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Top Tips for Visiting Local Reservoirs & Waterside Parks this Summer

This is an advertisement with Northumbrian Water. Details correct as of 6 June 2020. Visit  www.watersideparksuk.com  for updated information regarding site opening (which can change) and up-to-date visitor advice. Please follow current Government guidelines regarding social distancing. 

Top Tips for Visiting Local Reservoirs & Waterside Parks this Summer


There are several Northumbrian Water Waterside Parks & Reservoirs located across North East England and their beautiful locations make for a wonderful day out or location for exercise and walking.  Kielder & Derwent Waterside Park are two of our favourite spots in the whole of the North East.
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A Guide to Saving Money with Plum

This post is not an advert, I am recommending Plum as a normal customer. If you sign up via my referral link, I will receive a little bonus. I am obviously not a Finacial Advisor, join Plum at your own risk. 

A Guide to Saving Money with Plum



I first signed up to Plum after reading this post by Honestly Helen back in January. I am not the best at saving, and an automated system like this seemed like the perfect way for us to save a bit of cash.  So far I have managed to save over £200 (although I have withdrawn some of that when I needed some emergency cash). At the moment, I currently have £180 sitting in my Plum account. 
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