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Christmas gift ideas for children by age range

It’s that time of year when we all start to think about Christmas shopping, but before you head out to the shops (or stay on the sofa & browse Amazon) you’ll need some Christmas gift ideas. Maybe your children and relatives know exactly what they want (lucky you) or maybe you are in need of…

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Opening doors and changing lives…

If you have been thinking of a new challenge, then putting your skills and experience to work on our No Wrong Door Service could be just a phone call away…  Find out if you have what it takes to be a No Wrong Door Hub Community Family… Could you build a supportive relationship with a…

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Halloween & Bonfire Night Safety Tips from North Yorkshire Fire Service

Mumbler has been given who has given us some invaluable advice to keep our families safe at Halloween & Bonfire Night. To download the full Safety PDF (aimed at KS1 & KS2) please click here Halloween Clothing – while it’s great for children to dress up most Halloween costumes are highly flammable (sadly Claudia Winkleman’s…

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8 Not So Spooky Family Days Out Ideas for Halloween in and around Scarborough, Whitby & Filey

If you’re looking to shake off the cobwebs and enjoy all things ‘Spooky’, we have ideas for days out to enjoy as a family this Halloween. Spooky Half Term, Whitby Abbey Saturday 27th Oct – Sunday 4th November 2018  11am – 4pm Join us for some frightening fun this October half term. Hear a spooky…

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Halloween Biscuits!

The Little Cook Company has a wonderful range of kitchen utensils for children aged 3 – 8 years, so they can enjoy baking and get creative. We’ve been making gingerbread biscuits today, it was such fun for Mum and children alike! The cutters are so versatile and lend themselves to different themes. We made some…

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Helping your Baby When the Clocks Go Back

Becky Palmer runs Happy Sleepy Baby, here’s a few tips for helping your baby (and you) get some tips when the clocks change this weekend. “Spring Forward, Fall Back” is a saying that my grandmother would say to me when I was young so that I would remember which way the clock goes in which season…

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Free or Low Cost Activities and Events in and around Scarborough, Whitby and Filey this October Half Term

Keeping the Mini Mumblers happy and entertained throughout the Half Term Holiday doesn’t need to be expensive with these fun activities that are either free or low cost in and around Scarborough, Whitby & Filey this October Half Term. 1. Activities and Events Friday 19th October to Sunday 4th November 2018. Spooky Grotto & Pumpkin Trail at…

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10 Pumpkin Related Activities

There are loads of things you can do with Pumpkins this Autumn. They are not expensive to buy and are available from lots of places around or near to Scarborough, Whitby & Filey. I have picked out my 10 favourite Pumpkin Related Activities. Do share your photos on either the Ryedale & The Coast Mumbler Chat…

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Autumn in Dalby Forest

Dalby, the Great Yorkshire forest covers over 8,000 acres – perfect for fun, exploration, learning and adventure! There are walking and cycling trails for all abilities, exciting play areas, Go Ape, bike hire, learning walks, Highway Rat trail and an Enchanted Wood. To refuel, there are two cafes plus BBQ and picnic spots. At this…

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Big Bear Bikes, Pickering

Bikes and the associated accessories are often a Christmas purchase. We popped along to Big Bear Bikes in Pickering to have a look. This was a great experience as they have a vast array of stock and very helpful staff. Here is a bit more about our experience… We started with trying helmets on both…

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Prize draw tickets to the Ascairum at Sea Life Scarborough

Prize draw for tickets to the Ascairum at Sea Life Scarborough You can win a family pass for 2 adults and 2 children (aged up to 16 years old) to visit Sea Life Scarborough during their Ascarium event which runs between October 20th and November 4th.   For more information click here. If you can’t make…

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Tabby McTat

Freckle Productions are delighted to bring their latest production, a world premiere stage adaptation of Tabby McTat, based on the book by Julia Donaldson with illustrations by Axel Scheffler, to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre next month, as part of a UK Tour. Tabby McTat is a busker’s cat with the loudest of meows. He sings…

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Supporting Local Mums

Rebecca Palmer runs Happy Sleepy Baby, whose main aim is to support mums via baby massage and baby yoga. Becky wants to reach out and support as many mums in need as possible. Whether it’s a mum who has been rushed into hospital to have her baby, a refugee family who has just arrived into…

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Fun Palace in Scarborough

Fun Palaces is both an ongoing campaign for culture at the heart of every community, and an annual weekend of action – arts, science, craft, tech, digital, heritage and sports events and activities – run by and for local communities. Fun Palaces weekend is the first weekend of October every year. The next Fun Palaces weekend…

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Teeny Weeny Rounders

Wednesdays at Stephen Joseph Theatre, Outreach Rooms, Scarborough 9.45am – 1 to 3 years 11am – birth to 12 month This is a morning of storytelling, creative play, singing, movement, crafts and sensory activities. For the younger ones, baby massage too! Eliza and I attended for the first time. A really lovely group with children…

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New Noise! sessions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre for 2018/19

Young people in the borough of Scarborough can take part in free music workshops at the Stephen Joseph Theatre over the next six months. Noise! Is a series of musical workshops for eight-to-19-year-olds, inviting young people to try something new, with monthly music workshops including samba drumming, DJing, songwriting, singing and much more. It was…

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No Wrong Door Service

Opening doors and changing lives… If you have been thinking of a new challenge, then putting your skills and experience to work on our No Wrong Door Service could be just a phone call away…  Find out if you have what it takes to be a No Wrong Door Hub Community Family… Could you build…

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Sledmere House

Looking for somewhere different to go? Eliza and I popped into Sledmere House the other day. We had a really fun time in a beautiful place! It is superbly located on the Yorkshire Wolds. In recent times, Sledmere have put new things in for children including a relocated, new adventure playground. The animals are really…

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Residents Weekend – Discover four amazing Attractions

On the Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September, if you live in YO11, 12, 13 or 14 you can visit four great local attractions, on the cheap! Take proof of address – like your driving licence, or a utility bill to save money on entry at Scarborough’s North Bay Railway, Sea Life Scarborough, English Heritage…

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Have you ever considered fostering?

Hello – we’d like to tell you a bit about fostering teenagers. Lots of our foster carers tell us they get so much out of fostering teenagers. Teenagers entering the care system have had a lot to deal with – many people think they are at fault if they are in care but that’s not…

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10 Activities Children can do with Conkers this Autumn!

If you are anything like me you are probably currently inundated with conkers! We have had great fun collecting them at various places throughout Scarborough, Whitby & Filey. Every time we spot a horse chestnut tree, we have to have a quick look! Good for leaf recognition! So we have been doing lots of crafts, games and…

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Back to school doesn’t have to mean back to bugs!

Ah September. The beginning of Autumn with its beautiful orangey yellow hues, crisp mornings and some warm Indian Summer sunshine if we’re lucky. We might even dare to start thinking about Christmas. But if you’re a parent of young children, then you’re probably been preparing for those three words that we all fear. Back. To….

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Family Things To Do in Bridlington

This summer Hull Mumbler has employed an intern from the University of Hull. Whilst he is a student in Hull he is originally from Bridlington so she asked him to write a little blog about all of his favourite spots for families in his home town. I hope it inspires you with some ideas for…

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Thursday 13th September – Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl is a child hood favourite author of many throughout the world. He is fast becoming that of Henry (6 years) too. Given Thursday is Roald Dahl Day and Saturday was a wet day, we did some Roald Dahl crafts and activities….plus found a few more we didn’t have time for, so thought we…

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Ryedale Book Festival 2018

    Competition Closes 15th September Writing and Drawing Competition Tell Us a Dragon Dragons have long been an inspiring subject for writers and illustrators. Why not have a go at creating a dragon of your own and enter our competition? We have a selection of signed book prizes from famous dragon writers for the winners!…

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Making Tracks – North York Moors

Making Tracks is a lovely box set of 12 walks for children to enjoy with their parents. They are beautifully presented and recommended for children 5 – 12 years. Unable to leave Eliza at home, we took a punt and embarked on a couple with her in tow (she is 3.5 years). We did not…

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Heritage Open Days 2018

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers.   Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences, many with children’s…

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A Day Out on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

This has to be one of the highlights of our summer holidays! We took the 11am train from Pickering. Both Henry and Eliza were really excited when the steam train pulled into the station. The carriages are so spacious and with so much pretty detail including mirrors for the vain! We settled back and enjoyed…

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Scarborough theatre trials innovative new childcare scheme

On Friday 7 September, the theatre will have a free crèche on the premises between 5pm and 7pm, run by qualified staff, to allow parents of children aged 0 to 12 years  to attend the 5.30pm performance of Build a Rocket. Places on the crèche will be included in the ticket price, and light snacks…

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What a great foster care fortnight we had

Every year, Foster Care Fortnight brings some extra opportunities to promote fostering. This year was one of our busiest ever, we provided fostering features to two online tv stations, our press releases were widely covered, and then Look North approached us to work on a Foster Care Fortnight feature, too! We’ve sent the link round…

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Classes with Spaces

As everyone gets back in to the swing of things, I thought it would be helpful to highlight the classes with spaces. Hope you enjoy whichever class you choose!   Scarborough PUDDLEDUCKS Friday mornings 10am – 12pm Floaties (0-6 months) Splashers (6-15 months) Kickers (15 months – 2.5 years) Little Dippers (2-5 years) We run…

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Family Day at York Races

The Press Family Raceday is fun for all the family, with seven thoroughbred races, and a Charles Owen Pony race at the beginning of the card, as well as our ‘interactive racing zone’ which includes fun and games for our youngest racegoers. Elsewhere look out for bouncy castles and slides, face painting, pony rides and…

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A letter to my school ready baby…

Wharfedale Mumbler puts into words the emotion behind her youngest starting school…. September felt so far away, but now to me, it feels like it’s only a matter of days.  It’s the end of an era, my baby is gone, no longer a toddler and soon not even a Pre-schooler and I’m emotionally torn.  Your brother was ready when he went to school, you are MORE than ready… But this time I AM NOT.  You are my youngest, my LAST EVER baby and I want to hold…

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Part 5: Letters from a teacher

Katrin from Norwich Mumbler gives an insight to children starting school in September as part of the Getting Ready for School series of blogs. “I started as a fresh-faced NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) in Reception with the very youngest class, the ones that were all Summer borns, and stayed in Reception for 4 years before I…

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Flying with Children

Travelling abroad with children can seem like a daunting task, the below guide from Sainsbury’s Bank is full of handy tips to make the flight go as smoothly as possible, including what you need to pack, dealing with illnesses and keeping the kids entertained. Sainsbury’s Bank Money Matters Blog www.sainsburysbank.co.uk/moneymatters

How to get your child ‘School ready’ Part 4 – Mind your Language

Part 1 – Home Educating Part 2 – Positive Beginnings Part 3 – Independence This is Part 4 in a series of short articles about how you can support your child as September and the start of their Reception year approaches. According to a report published by Save the Children*  the number of words your child…

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Piglets Adventure Farm Review

We have recently visited Piglets Adventure Farm and what fun we had! It is approx 45 mins to an hours drive from Scarborough depending on the dreaded A64. Handy for those on their way to or from the Coast or to meet friends from the West Riding. We met a friend with 3 children so…

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Muston Scarecrow Festival 2018

SATURDAY 28th JULY to SUNDAY 5th AUGUST 2018 Our lovely friends at York Mumbler dropped in at this years Scarecrow Festival on their way home. They were really impressed and had great fun going round the village. The scarecrows are brilliant and the kids loved walking round them. They popped into the village hall for…

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Independence, Independence, Independence.

School Ready? This is Part 3 in a series blogs regarding schools. This is written by Lucy Patrick, a primary school headteacher and co – owner of North Kirklees Mumbler, about how you can support your child as September and the start of their Reception year approaches. Children are so able. The have skills and…

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10 Days Out Ideas for the Summer Holidays

If you fancy a day out over the summer holidays we have listed our ‘Top Ten’ ideas either on the coast or within an hours drive (ish?!).  Hopefully, the amazing weather will continue over the holidays but if not, we’ve also included indoor activities too.   1.Piglets Adventure Farm – Summer Family Fun Unmissable Summer family…

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Teddy Bears’ Picnics with Scarborough Spa Orchestra

This Tuesday, we rushed to Scarborough for the Teddy Bears’ Picnic outside in the Scarborough Spa Suncourt. Having heard so many positive reviews, I couldn’t resist the invitation and we weren’t disappointed. It is a quintessentially British scene with blue and white striped deck chairs and the last remaining professional seaside orchestra. The layout was…

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The lighter way to enjoy Summer – FREE or low cost ideas!

Keeping the Mini Mumblers happy throughout the Summer Holiday doesn’t need to be expensive, with these Fun but FREE activities and events. FREE Events throughout the Summer Holidays at: Scarborough, Whitby & Filey Libraries A Summer full of free events and activities at Ryedale’s libraries. There’s a reading challenge and whole programme of events –…

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UNMISSABLE SUMMER FAMILY FUN AT PIGLETS ADVENTURE FARM

From 21st July – 3rd Sept Piglets Adventure Farm is full of unmissable family fun, with amazing magic shows and incredible circus acrobatics, you won’t want to miss it! Get foam fever this summer as you boogie on down with bigger & better Foam Parties daily, watch hilarious Pig Racing in the Pork-shire Hurdle, soak…

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway

21 July – 2 September 2018 Create memorable experiences this summer holiday (21 July – 2 September) with the whole family! Take a trip behind a steam engine, visit five heritage stations, see stunning views of the North York Moors National Park and explore the Yorkshire Seaside Town of Whitby! Remember all our day return…

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Summer Reading Challenge 2018 – Mischief Makers

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers; celebrating the 80th anniversary of the much-loved comic, Beano. Your child can help Dennis, Gnasher and friends explore Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure – with tons of fun along the way! Children aged 4-11 years (or above and below) can join this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at Libraries across…

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Introducing our new Foster North Yorkshire DVD

We’re very proud of our new DVD that we launched in Scarborough’s Brunswick Centre. It’s called Fostering Teenagers and it’s a brilliant account of all of the rewards our foster carers enjoy when they give a home to young person that needs one.   We are thrilled when we saw that the story of our…

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July Fun at Flamingo Land

There is always loads of fun to be had at Flamingo Land and of course the start of the summer holidays is no exception… Party in the Park returns on Saturday 28th July with S Club 3 as part of 90’s weekend. Party in the Park is part of general admission to the theme park for…

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Breaking the stigma around Mental Health

Libby Binks, 37, suffered from postnatal depression after her daughter was born. Despite sharing her struggles with health professionals, she didn’t receive any support for a long time. Here’s her story. “I struggled to cope from the day my little girl was born. I was used to managing a team of people at work and…

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End of Year Teacher Gifts

Seriously – how quick is this year going?  It’s nearly the end of the school year already!  Children and teachers across of the country rejoice, whilst, lets face it – us parents are slightly terrified about the thought of keeping these little ones entertained for the next six-to-eight weeks! So let’s hear it for those…

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5 Easy Homemade Ice Lolly Recipes

Looking for ways to cool the kids down during the current heatwave?  Homemade ice lollies provide the perfect solution, we have 5 easy ideas below. SUPER JUICE LOLLIES Ingredients: Cordial x 3 flavours Water Fruit Method: Place cut up chunks of orange or satsuma in a lolly mould (grated carrot is also yummy!). Mix the…

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Dive into Yorkshire’s prehistoric past and come face-to-face with ancient creatures from the deep.

Ancient Seas of the Yorkshire Coast. A story through time from Whitby to Flamborough Head  The Rotunda Museum’s new exhibition launches on Saturday 21 July 2018 with a free public family fun day. Press visits can be arranged. How long ago did rhinoceros, hippopotamus and hyenas roam Yorkshire soil? What terrifying prehistoric creatures once lurked…

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Is your Child School Ready?

School Ready? This is Part 2 in a series blogs regarding schools. This is written by Lucy Patrick, a primary school headteacher and co – owner of North Kirklees Mumbler, about how you can support your child as September and the start of their Reception year approaches. This week – Positive Beginnings It’s likely that…

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MATERNITY VOICES PARTNERSHIP

A Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a team of women and their families, commissioners and providers (midwives and doctors) working together to review and contribute to the development of local maternity care. We would like to invite you to be part of our local maternity voices partnership which focuses on how we plan and deliver…

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National Breastfeeding week 25th June – 2nd July

National Breastfeeding week 25th June – 2nd July This year focuses on “Protect not promote” so what does that mean to you? To me it means Protect those that choose to feed in public, did you know it’s illegal to ask someone to stop breastfeeding in the UK?, we have laws to protect us yet…

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How to keep your little ones cool when the temperature is soaring!

How to keep your little ones cool when the temperature is soaring! Staying cool this summer How long have we been waiting for this – the sun has got his hat on and he is FINALLY coming out to play! After months of complaining about this long cold winter it’s now time for the real moaning…

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Dalby Forest Explorer Day

It’s our Explorer Day on Sunday 8 July, 10.30am – 4pm Visit us on Explorer Day If you’ve always wanted to visit Dalby or just want to find out more, don’t miss our Explorer Day on Sunday 8 July. It’s your chance to come and discover what’s happening in and around the forest. Local and…

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A day of farm-themed fun, big vehicles and chunky machinery at Burton Agnes Hall

Join us on Sunday 1st July for a day of farm themed family fun. See an impressive display of Burton Agnes Estate’s farm machinery, including 200 horsepower John Deere tractors, a 30ft cut Claas combine, a digger, sprayer, drill, plough and forklift, to name just a few! Take your child’s photo – or have your…

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Action Medical Research

Hello, We’re Action Medical Research. We’re the leading UK-wide charity funding vital research to help sick and disabled babies, children and young people. Around one in nine babies born in the UK needs some form of special care at birth as a result of a difficult birth, a life-threatening condition or because they were born…

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Local “Mumpreneur” Reaches Finals of National Business Awards

North Yorkshire based mum, and business owner, Rebecca Palmer, has earned herself a place in the final line-up of The Mpower National Business Awards, prestigious awards celebrating parents throughout the UK who manage the difficult task of juggling business with family life. Founder of Happy Sleepy Baby, mother of 2 from Scarborough, Rebecca, provides Baby…

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Home Educating – an insight…

For many, September is fast approaching and your “little babies” will soon be starting school. A series of related blogs are in the pipeline. However, this is not the only option when it comes to education. Home education is becoming increasingly common. Here is an insight from a lovely Mumbler…. I started to home educate…

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Bugs, Glorious Bugs!

Kids love digging up a few good bugs to play with – even if it makes the rest of us squeamish. And during National Insect Week (June 18-24), it’s the perfect time to celebrate our wriggly, buzzing, flying and crawling little friends. From crafts and activity sheets to getting your hands dirty with a magnifying…

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Driffield Show – The Show with something for everyone.

The gates will be opening on Wednesday, 18th July for the spectacle that is the Driffield Show.  This year the Driffield Show will celebrate its 143rd  year, with its winning formula of  celebrating the traditional and embracing the future the Driffield Show has earned its place as a ‘ must do’ event on the calendars…

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Cooper King Distillery: This Father’s Day give the gift of Yorkshire Gin

  Located in the heart of Yorkshire, Cooper King Distillery is a family-owned gin and whisky distillery built on the site of a stable, featuring a shop and tasting room.  Formed in 2016, by Dr. Abbie Neilson, a former scientist and Chris Jaume, a chartered architect, Cooper King Distillery is independent, self-built and powered by 100% green…

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Fostering North Yorkshire Meet Ups

We’ll be at Costa Coffee in Whitby on June 21st between 10 am and 12 noon, and Scarborough on June 28th so please pop along and pick up some info on fostering – or chat with a member of the team – or both –and remember to tell your friends, too! www.northyorks.gov.uk/fostering https://www.facebook.com/FosteringNorthYorkshire/

LEAF Open Farm Sunday on 10th June 2018

LEAF Open Farm Sunday is the farming industry’s national open day. Visit a farm on Open Farm Sunday on 10th June and discover the world of farming. Find out about the story behind our food and how farming affects our everyday lives. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at…

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PERFORMING ARTS SUMMER SCHOOL TO PERFORM SMASH-HIT MUSICAL ALADDIN

The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in Scarborough is gearing up for it’s biggest Performing Arts Summer School yet, as this year the organisation takes on the challenge of preparing Disney’s smash-hit West End Musical, Aladdin! PQA Summer Schools are 5 to 6 day performing arts experiences for children and young people. Young performers…

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National Bookstart Week 4 – 10 June 2018

It’s National Bookstart Week this week (4th-10th June 2018) – the BookTrust’s annual celebration of the joys and benefits of sharing books, stories and rhymes from as early an age as possible. There are some lovely things going on in libraries across North Yorkshire with this one specifically in our area. More Than Just Books…

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Mumbler Reviews YHA Hostel at Boggle Hole (Whitby)

Our friends at North Leeds Mumbler recently came to stay at Boggle Hole. Here’s their review…. Friends had recommended to me the youth hostel at Boggle Hole near Whitby and how child-friendly it was.  So when eldest Mini Mumbler said she wanted to go fossil hunting after a recent topic at school I took the…

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Wetwang Scarecrow Festival 2018

Wetwang Scarecrow Festival has always been something we have enjoyed from the car but this year we thought we would do it properly and we weren’t disappointed! We parked opposite the Wetwang Village Hall and popped in to buy a map for 50p and were soon to be given a Dwarf Competition form too! There…

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Buzzing Offers at Humble Bee Farm

This is an advertorial blog from Humble Bee Farm   We’re the place to be at Humble Bee Farm! Humble Bee is a working farm in the peaceful Yorkshire Wolds, close to Scarborough, with a variety of camping, glamping and cottages for you to stay in. You can stay with us and watch Farmer Percy…

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Half Term at Hornsea Freeport

If you’re looking for a fun day out over the May Half Term holiday why not head to Hornsea Freeport. There are 2 great children’s attractions there, along with the usual range of shops and discount outlets.   Discover Beach Cove, the fantastic play experience at Hornsea Freeport.  Swing, slide, zip, bounce, climb, dig and…

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English Heritage North Yorkshire Attractions have lots to offer the families in 2018

English Heritage North Yorkshire Attractions have lots to offer the families of Ryedale Scarborough Castle is beautifully situated on the cliffs overlooking the North Sea and Scarborough. After the success and fun of the Kite Festival over Bank Holiday, there are several more events this summer. Medieval monarchs recognised Scarborough as an important fortress that…

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Family Based Overnight Short Breaks Scheme

Want to do something amazing? Here’s how – if you live in or close to Scarborough, then ask about joining our Family Based Overnight Short Breaks Scheme. You could really make a difference to a local disabled child or young person by giving them quality time outside of their own family – and helping them…

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FAMILY FUN AT FLAMINGO LAND

FAMILY FUN AT COMBINED THEME PARK, ZOO AND HOLIDAY RESORT Flamingo Land Resort is situated between York and the East coast, and this combined theme park, zoo and holiday resort is an ideal destination for a fun-packed family holiday. All areas of the park are open daily between 24th March and 4th November 2018 (with…

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NEW Online Learning Platform Launches from Hull

Good2learn is a brand new, online learning platform for Primary school age children, built and developed in Hull. Its aim is to make life easier to support your child in Maths and English and to help them reach their full potential. They’re based at the C4Di building on the Fruit Market so I popped in to…

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Foster Care Fortnight

Hello again At Fostering North Yorkshire we’re getting ready to celebrate Foster Care Fortnight. Foster Care Fortnight is The Fostering Network’s annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. This year it runs from 14 to 27 May and we’re very proud to be involved. Fostering North…

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Stax-ten-bury Prize Draw

    Would you like to win tickets to the Stax-ten-bury Family Music Festival on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July 2018? You can here! I have 2 Friday tickets, 2 Saturday tickets and 4 Sunday tickets to give away. As well as the music, we will be holding free activities for all…

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Welcome Tour de Yorkshire!

We’re counting down the days until the Tour de Yorkshire 2018 arrives in the area for the historic finish in North Bay. There’s lots happening in the area as it crosses through Ryedale to the Scarborough and Filey – with many family-friendly events running through the day. But if you’d like to whip up some…

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Holiday crafts to do at home – indoor and outdoor

Here are a few crafty ideas that you can do at home this summer holiday, inside and outside. Nature Mobile Turn a scavenger hunt into a craft session as well. Create a nature mobile by tying pine cones, feathers and other garden treasures onto a large stick with twine.  You can hang your nature mobile…

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Fostering North Yorkshire would like you to meet – our new Enquiry Workers…

Fostering North Yorkshire would like you to meet – our new Enquiry Workers…   Here at FNY we want to make sure you get the warmest welcome and all the information you need as quickly as possible when you contact us. Step forward Miranda and Dianne, who between them will deal with all our initial…

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Wetwheels comes full throttle into Yorkshire

Wetwheels Yorkshire (WWY) is the fifth boat to be launched by the hugely popular charity, the Wetwheels Foundation. The boat, currently under construction, is due to arrive into Whitby in May where she will enjoy a full season taking disabled and disadvantaged people out on the water. Originally conceived in 2011 the Wetwheels Foundation builds…

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Scarborough Survivors

Scarborough Survivors is a mental health charity run by people with lived experience of mental illness. Some of you will perhaps have visited the popular seaside town of Scarborough. It may seem a long way from you, but our simple message is relevant wherever you are in North Yorkshire – we need to talk about…

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Memberships / Family Schemes in or near Scarborough

There are some fantastic attractions in or near Scarborough where you can benefit of membership or becoming a “friend”. I have picked out a few below which may be of interest to you. Some offer discounted family tickets, others unlimited entry for a year. English Heritage – Scarborough Castle and Whitby Abbey plus Helmsley Castle…

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Reigning TDY Champion & mum-to-be, Lizzie Deignan answers Mumblers questions

Photo Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2017 In an EXCLUSIVE blog for Mumbler, during the TDY 2018, Lizzie Deignan, reigning Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Champion has agreed to answer your questions… We were inundated with questions from across the Mumbler Network so we picked 10 from TDY stage areas. What are your favourite local bike rides?…

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Magical Quests North

Are you looking for a children’s party provider across North Yorkshire? Preferably one that just “sorts it for you”? Look no further than Magical Quests North based in Malton but are more than happy to travel to Scarborough, Filey and Whitby. They put your child at the heart of the adventure with an exciting and…

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Classes in Whitby, Scarborough & Filey

There are loads of classes in or near Ryedale. I have picked out a few with contact details (hopefully a good selection to give you an idea of what is available)…. Hope you enjoy whichever class you choose! Click on the title to be taken to the website. All classes are listed in the What’s…

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Yellow Yorkshire Day

Yorkshire Air Ambulance is delighted to have been chosen as the official charity for the Tour de Yorkshire 2018! They are encouraging schools, businesses, community groups, friends and family to join in with YELLOW YORKSHIRE DAY again this year on Friday 27th April for lots of yellow themed fun! “There are lots of ways you can support…

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Thumbelina at Stephen Joseph Theatre

This morning, Henry (5 years), Eliza (3 years) and I headed to the Stephen Joseph Theatre to see Thumbelina. My “team” were pretty excited as they love the theatre and we were not disappointed. Firstly, what strikes you as you walk in, is what a lovely intimate theatre the McCarthy auditorium is – ideal for…

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Whitby Goth Weekend

It’s time once again to roll out the black carpet and batten down the hatches, as Whitby Goth Weekend strikes the sleepy seaside town with its biannual independent music festival. As ever, Whitby Goth Weekend is an all ages event. We welcome – nay, encourage – families to attend and introduce the next generation of…

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Go Ape

What a Saturday we spent at Dalby Forest trying out the Tree Top Adventure. It was our family – Henry (5 years) and Eliza (3 years) and my brother and sister in law with their 3 children (Annie 11 years, Ed 13 years and Kitty 15 years). It was a great day out for all…

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Easy Ideas to Use Up Leftover Easter Chocolate

Have you got a mountain of Easter Eggs? Are you getting daily questions from the children when they can eat the next one?!  Use these easy recipes and turn those chocolate treats into milkshakes, fudge, dips and more! Get Dipping! Who doesn’t love fruit dipped in yummy chocolate? There are all kinds of different things you…

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The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts goes from strength to strength in Scarborough!

The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts provide outstanding performing arts tuition for children aged 4-18 years at their Academy in Scarborough. This popular national Academy came to our area in October 2014, launching with great success and many young performers coming through their doors. They run fabulous classes in Musical Theatre, Comedy & Drama…

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10 Ideas for Days Out over the Easter Holidays

If you fancy a day out over the Easter Holiday we have listed our ‘Top Ten’ ideas that are reasonably close.  Hopefully, we will see signs of Spring during the Easter break but if the weather doesn’t play ball we have also included indoor activities. 1. Easter Adventure Quest at Scarborough Castle and Whitby Abbey…

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15 Fun Easter Themed Games to Play as a Family

Looking for ways to entertain the kids at home over the Easter Bank Holiday? If you want to do something a bit different from the usual egg hunt this Easter, why not try some of our Mumbler tried and tested family games.   Image source: Activedark.com 1. Glow in the dark Egg Hunt – For an…

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Activities that are FREE or low cost this Easter Holidays

Activities that are either free or low cost in and around Scarborough, Whitby & Filey this Easter Holiday. Moo Music Scarborough, Filey & Beyond are offering you a free session at your local library in Scarborough. These sessions are fun and exciting for you and your little one to enjoy! We bring our songs to…

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Role of a Doula

World Doula Week 22nd March to 28th March “A woman who is trained to offer practical and emotional support to another woman before after and during chid birth” From the Greek word doula meaning servant of a woman Doulas are there for women and families during pregnancy, birth and beyond, depending on the families needs….

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The Stephen Joseph Theatre goes teeny tiny with Thumbelina this Easter

Two familiar faces will return to the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, for an Easter holiday treat for the youngest members of the family. Elliott Rennie and Adam Karim will join Alice Kynman in Thumbelina, the story of a teeny tiny girl on a quest to find a friend, which will delight young audiences from Tuesday…

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2018 FAMILY FUN AT COMBINED THEME PARK, ZOO AND HOLIDAY RESORT

Flamingo Land Resort is situated between York and the East coast, and this combined theme park, zoo and holiday resort is an ideal destination for a fun-packed family holiday. All areas of the park are open daily between 24th March and 4th November 2018 (with Winter Zoo open daily during November to March). Easter Activities…

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Night Terrors

Becky from Happy Sleepy Baby, a baby massage and baby yoga instructor based on the Yorkshire Coast in Scarborough and Filey. She loves helping parents along on their new journey as parents encouraging bonding, love and helping with issues such as colic and sleep. Baby massage and baby yoga classes, workshops and one to one…

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Scampston in Spring-Time!

Who says gardens are just for grown-ups to enjoy? Scampston welcomes both young and old to explore everything that Scampston has to offer. It’s always the first sign of the warmer, sunnier months to come – Scampston will re-open on Friday 30th March and there will be lots to keep the whole family entertained over…

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Hello – we’d like to tell you about fostering teenagers.

Lots of our foster carers tell us they get so much out of fostering teenagers. Teenagers entering the care system have had a lot to deal with – many people think they are at fault if they are in care but that’s not how it is. Usually there are multiple reasons and they are there…

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SJT extends £1 ticket scheme for YCH residents to cinema

A scheme enabling residents of a Scarborough housing association to see shows at the Stephen Joseph Theatre for just £1 has proved so successful that it’s being extended to include cinema tickets. For the past two years, many people booking tickets at the SJT have added a £2 donation, and the money has been used…

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Where to see baby animals near Scarborough, Whitby & Filey

It’s the time of year when lots of animals are having their babies. I am excited to tell you that my Ryeland sheep have had 7 lambs (2 boys and 5 girls). All have to be named beginning with the letter Y so we have Yogi, Yeti, Yoga, Yoyo and Yasmin so far with two…

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Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day with the Family in and around Scarborough, Whitby & Filey

Mother’s Day is this weekend and hopefully, the weather will resemble Spring more than recent days. I won’t lie. I dream of a day of leisure without interruption, but spending the day with my family trumps any time I would spend drinking wine and eating chocolate! There are loads of great ways to celebrate Mother’s…

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Jodie’s Story

Mother’s Day may bring cards and flowers, but for many it is over-shadowed by domestic abuse.   Independent Domestic Abuse Services, explain how we can help a friend or family member who is experiencing domestic abuse and how, with their support people can move on to lead safe and happy lives.   Jodie, a former…

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Mother’s Day Crafts

Mother’s Day this year is Sunday 11th March and much as we LOVE a beautiful bunch of flowers and a yummy box of choccies a little something created by our children is always a winning touch! We have put together some crafty ideas to make Mum and Grandma feel extra special this year…Hopefully there is…

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Help the birds during the cold snap and have some family fun making a Bird Feeder

Whilst the kids have enjoyed the snow the ‘Beast from the East’ has brought, we need to spare a thought for wildlife. The RSPB has warned that birds will struggle to cope with the plummeting temperatures and urges people to give them a helping hand by providing food and shelter. On Thursday you may have…

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15 Things To Do Indoors On A Snowy Day

15 Things To Do Indoors On A Snowy Day With the Beast from the East really taking hold, once you’ve build some snowmen, Mumbler has some great ideas of fun indoor activity ideas to keep the little ones busy. 1. Make Shadow Puppets This website has STAR WARS shadow puppet ideas! But you can make…

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Save Money On Your Energy Bills This Winter

With a prolonged cold snap predicted for the UK this week it might be worth checking to see if you qualify for any additional support with your energy bills. Find out more about the various grants and schemes available to help your family save money this winter.   While a lot of this support is…

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WIN a Family Ticket To SPRINGTIME LIVE 2018!!

Newborn chicks will be just some of the animals flocking to Springtime Live when the annual event returns to the Great Yorkshire Showground on Easter Saturday. Tickets are now on sale for the family event which allows children to get close to farm animals from chicks to lambs, piglets to calves, goats and rare breed…

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THE JOY OF GIVING – LUXURY GIFT BOXES FOR EVERY OCCASION

Struggling to find a unique gift for someone special, don’t have the time to scour the shops, or maybe you need to send a gift abroad? Ginny & Joy curated gift boxes have been created with this in mind. Our unique gifting service allows you to give something truly fabulous you cannot wait to give….

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Easy Costume Ideas For World Book Day 2018

World Book Day, Thursday 1st March, is creeping up on us! We have put together 15 ideas that you can create from items at home. Last year I got quite adventurous and made Peter Rabbit which was very easy with help from Boyes and a little bit of sewing (the top was literally cut out…

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15 TIPS For Hosting A Child’s Birthday Party

We all know how stressful planning and hosting your child’s birthday party can be so here are our top tips! 1. Create a guest list that makes everybody happy. Don’t feel pressured to invite the whole class just because someone else did! 2. Pick a theme. Picking a theme early on in the planning will make…

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Activities for February Half Term that are FREE or Low Cost

Well, February Half Term has crept upon us and if you are still feeling the expense of Christmas we have pulled together 10 activities that are either free or low cost in and around Ryedale. The weather can often be unpredictable in February Half Term so we have included a mixture of indoor and outdoor…

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February Half Term at Flamingo Land

Whilst the theme park area is closed until 24th March 2018, our amazing animal collection is open DAILY. There is then additional Winter entertainment at weekends and school holidays….. Weekdays outside of school holidays Flamingo Land Zoo is open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, allowing you to enjoy over 140 species of reptiles, mammals,…

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Safer Internet Day 2018

Two-thirds of children think parental controls are a ‘good idea’ and help protect them from adult content, according to a new survey by online safety organisation Internet Matters. Majority of teens are in favour of parental controls The findings, released today as part of this year’s Safer Internet Day, reveal 65% of young people aged…

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Do you know someone who has just had or is about to have a baby?

When a new baby arrives do you find yourself scrambling around searching for a special gift only to be overwhelmed and disappointed by all your gifting options? Do you begrudgingly send a gift that “works” which most likely arrives in a crushed paper box accompanied by a generic typed note…? Or maybe you have a…

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Eat Sleep Love Travel visit Noelle’s Cottages Pickering

North Yorkshire is a stunning part of the country and being from East Yorkshire ourselves, it is right on our doorstep, how lucky are we? Even though we say that, we often neglect places close to home in favour of far-flung destinations. However, after our visit to Pickering in early January to visit some friends…

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RAISING AWARENESS OF VASA PRAEVIA

If you are pregnant, or know someone who is, please read this. This is Leo. He is a miracle. Most people have never heard of Vasa Praevia, and due to its rarity, thankfully most people will never experience it. Yet knowing about it could save your baby’s life. My 20 week anomaly scan revealed that…

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February Frolics at Piglets Adventure Farm

We are so excited to be opening for February Half Term, 10th – 18th February! UNDERCOVER FUN There’s loads of undercover fun including Lambing Live (if you’re lucky you might even see one being born), tractor trailer rides, animal petting barn with Piglet Maternity Ward and lots more. BALE PLAY BAAARN Plus, explore the Bale…

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Welcome to Scarborough & Whitby Mumbler

I am SJ Barker, mum of Henry (5 years) and Eliza (3 years) living just outside Malton. I also have additional members of the family: 2 horses (Osi and Patsy), 7 Ryeland sheep (with some more due any minute!) and 5 Araucana chickens who produce blue eggs. I already run Ryedale Mumbler and it has…

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15 Things to do on a Rainy Day

15 Things To Do Indoors On A Rainy Day With another round of wet and windy weather heading to Yorkshire, Mumbler has some great ideas of fun indoor activity ideas to keep the little ones busy. 1. Make Shadow Puppets This website has STAR WARS shadow puppet ideas! But you can make anything you want…

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Win a bunk bed worth £399 from The Home & Office Stores!

The Home and Office Stores are an independent UK family run furniture company based in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Their mission is very simple, to offer friendly and professional customer service and support combined with good quality, practical and affordable furniture for the home and office. As well as offering a…

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Yorkshire Bank Bike Library unveils quirky new location – a Victorian prison

A Yorkshire Bank Bike Library has moved into its quirky new premises where bicycles will be ‘chained up’ – Scarborough Victorian Prison. The Coast and Dale Bike Library, which has been running for just over a year and is part of the Scarborough & Ryedale Community Cycling centre, had been looking for new premises when…

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Forest Holidays

The perfect UK family holiday? Outdoor adventures, a picnic by the river and ice creams at the seaside. Lazy afternoons with no agenda, family games and fun places to visit. Special moments that make lasting memories. Whether you have little ones who want to splash in puddles and look at the squirrels, older children who…

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Fostering North Yorkshire

Hello – we’d like to tell you a bit about what we’ve been up to in Fostering North Yorkshire. Every year we look after around 300 children across the county at any one time – and it takes some very dedicated people to care for them. There’s often a number of reasons why the children…

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