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Find an Online Tutor during the Lockdown

An increasing number of parents are turning to online tutoring  to help their children learn whilst schools are closed. As many parents consider another half term of home schooling, it can be overwhelming and exhausting. Over the past few weeks mums and dads have tackled trying to teach their children,  whilst home working, doing the…

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The Ickabog – JK Rowling

The Ickabog – JK Rowling JK Rowling has surprised fans with the announcement of a brand new children’s book, which she is publishing in daily instalments on her website for free. The Ickabog is her first children’s story not to be linked to Harry Potter. She wrote it over a decade ago for her own…

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10 Outdoor Activities for Kids

10 Outdoor Activities for Kids With the weather looking good, there’s no better time to getting outside with the kids and enjoying some outdoor play and we’ve got 10 great ideas for you to keep the kids busy!!   1. Mud Pies Oh, what fun!! I would recommend an apron as we had to strip…

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Covid-19 Home Learning: Mumbler May Half Term Holiday Boredom Buster Guide

We have put together our Mumbler May Half Term Holiday Boredom Buster with ideas for themed activities each day!  Great way to give the kids some element of structure to the day whilst allowing them the space to use their imaginations! You can download a copy HERE Check out our May Half Term page for…

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10 ideas to make May Half Term in Lockdown Different

If like me you are trying to think of ways to make half term feel different to the rest of the week, we have a few ideas as recommended by other Mumblers here.  One big positive is the weather is looking good!   1. Go for a Picnic Why not grab your picnic blankets and…

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Foster Care Fortnight – Fostering Network

During Foster Care Fortnight 2020, we want to say a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our foster carers who do such a great job for our North Yorkshire young people, not just during lockdown but every day of every month, throughout the year – and we’d like to take the opportunity to…

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10 Ideas for Chill Out Time for Kids

Whenever I say to my kids you can have some ‘quiet time’ they instantly think that is a signal they can have the Ipad (please don’t judge me!).  I won’t lie the use of Ipads has increased during lockdown but we have also found lots of other activities they can do during quiet time and…

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Ask a Midwife!

  What should I do if I’m worried about my baby? You can continue to contact us in the normal way and we would like to encourage you to continue to seek support from us at any time. If you have concerns about any aspects of your pregnancy or baby, you can call the hospital…

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Whispers from the Museum

Scarborough Museums Trust is calling on adventurous young people to help solve a brand new mystery, Whispers from the Museum, at Scarborough Art Gallery and the circular Rotunda Museum.   The museum and gallery are closed at the moment, but strange messages have been appearing inside – who or what is making them? And what…

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COVID 19: 10 Ideas of Easy Games you can Play Virtually with Family & Friends

As we move into another week of lockdown, we have found the children starting to lose interest in family zoom calls so we have been looking at ways to keep them interesting.  It means that they are always excited to get on the calls (and means that they have a fun time with their Grandparents). …

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VE Day 75: How to create the perfect Afternoon Tea at home with the kids

There can be nothing better to enjoy at home on VE Day (or any day!) than the popular British tradition of an Afternoon Tea!  Why not try one of the great places in North Leeds offering Afternoon Tea for delivery or collection? (all detailed at the bottom of the blog) We’re huge fans of afternoon…

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Fostering North Yorkshire during Covid-19

Could you offer a local foster home to a child or young person who needs one? Right now we are recruiting foster carers across the county – in particular those who can offer homes to older children and sibling groups During this difficult time we are still dealing with enquiries and processing applications, though we…

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Children’s snack ideas during lockdown

Are the kids eating you out of house and home this lockdown? Mine certainly are! They are confusing boredom with hunger and are wanting regular snacks which they would not normally have! After chatting with friends this seems to be a common occurrence, but here are some great ways to control the snacking! Daily Snack…

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10 Ideas to make walking with kids more fun!

Exercise options are limited at the moment so your family walks might be feeling a bit like Groundhog Day! We’ve come up with 10 ideas to help make getting some much needed fresh air and exercise a little bit more fun… Our first tip is to try and add some variety to your walking route so you…

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Ways to Celebrate VE Day at home with the family during Lockdown

The weekend of May 8th – 10th 2020 is the time to commemorate and celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, marking the end of the war in Europe. Why not throw a “LOCKDOWN” VE Day Party at home – we have put together some great ideas to get the kids involved! To plan your…

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How to help children practice their reading and writing during the lockdown

If your child doesn’t want to read at home you are definitely not alone. Ideas to make reading and writing fun for kids! Write a journal: Encourage your kid to write a journal about their own experience during the lockdown. Their writing level isn’t an issue, even if they can only write a few words because…

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Pyjamarama

Friday 1 May 2020, libraries will celebrate Pyjamarama – a national story sharing event. It will of course be more challenging this year as libraries are closed! Filey Library are determined to reach as many parents and young children as possible. Pyjamarama is an initiative by Book Trust to promote the benefits of storytelling, especially…

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Earth Day 2020

Earth Day 2020 is Wednesday 22nd April 2020. Here are a few ideas as to what you can do to do your little bit to help as a family whilst we are living in these unprecedented times.   Litter Picking – whilst on a daily exercise, take a bag and pick up any rubbish you…

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St George’s Day – Shields, Castles & Dragons!

On Thursday 23rd April, it’s St George’s Day so we have decided to make some shields, castles and dragons to celebrate!   St George was made the Patron Saint of England in 1350 by Kind Edward III and the legend is that he slayed a dragon!   There are  also lots of resources for parents…

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Homeschooling Topic Ideas

As we’re now “back” at school, are you enjoying a bit of routine? Or have you had enough? Wondering what to do now? Our school have been fantastic and we feel very lucky to have such amazing support. We are supplementing the set school work with some fun topics which can be tailored for any…

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20 Ways to Celebrate Birthdays During Social Isolation

Birthdays still happen even in isolation, but how to make it fun…?! Fellow mumbler Charlotte has just celebrated her first child’s birthday during the lockdown and has sent us these fab ideas! Toddler Mumbler turned two on Saturday – our first birthday celebration in social isolation! Having no idea what a birthday is usually like,…

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Mini First Aid Online Courses

As we are all aware, normal life is on hold as coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect our everyday routines. As such, we are very aware that many of you will be unable to attend our 2 hour Baby and Child First Aid class in person. That’s why we have pulled out all the stops to…

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Easter Egg Hunt Ideas with a Difference

With the prospect of the entire Easter Weekend fully at home, you might want to mix things up a little bit and make the traditional Easter Egg Hunt a little more challenging or creative. We’ve come up with a few ideas you might want to try; and who knows, maybe it will spur a new…

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Egg Decorating & Easter Bonnets

Whether you need to prepare an entry for the Egg Decorating competition, Easter Bonnet parade or you’re simply looking for ways to entertain the kids our tried and tested ideas may come in handy!!  Whilst anything crafty fills me with fear they are great fun to do with the kids and they can be as…

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Covid-19 Home Learning: Educational TV Programmes for Kids

Do you just want 15 mins to finish off some work, have some you time or to get dinner ready but you want the kids to watch something that’s a bit more educational? I’ve heard people say “if you put the sound on mute and turn on the sub-titles they can practice their reading skills”…

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Downloadable Colouring Sheets

Here we have some downloadable colouring sheets which may buy you a bit of time and what is more, are themed on thanking key workers! We have two here to thank the NHS Superheroes. Becky from Pass the Party – York. , who works as a doctor in the NHS and Ellie, an illustrator from Nutkin Avenue …

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Meet Chloe – could you fostering be for you?

For some people, like Chloe, with the nights still cold, its not great to be hanging out on your own, whether in town or in the park, if you just need to get away from stuff at home for a while.  But that’s what Chloe seems to be doing more of just recently, because things…

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Easter Crafts

At this difficult time, we are all looking for activities to do and I know crafting is a big hit in our house! We got out the crafting kit and have had a play, including doing a bit of research as well as including a few old favourites! There are some you can easily send…

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10 Basic Life Skills for Kids

As the first week of ‘home schooling’ draws to a close, you may be wondering what else might be worth teaching? As well as maintaining your child’s academic education, now is the perfect time to teach (or remind!) them some much needed basic life skills. Not all learning is done in the classroom, and these…

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FREE Daily Resources for Kids

Here’s what various celebrities are offering you and your kids for free each day to help with their education while schools are closed: PE with Joe Wicks: 9 am every weekday. FREE 30 minute PE lesson for kids and adults Maths with Carol Vorderman: Try free sessions and games to help keep maths fun. English…

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Little Sleep Stars: Successfully Springing Forward

How to get your child to sleep when the clocks go forward on Sunday 29th March 2020 As if there wasn’t enough to think about, the clocks go forward this weekend! Fortunately we’ve got a professional to help us out! Here Lauren Peacock from littlesleepstars.com a professional sleep consultant, shares her expert advice. In the midst of…

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Get Growing! Gardening Ideas for Little Green Fingers

I’ve just updated this blog, first published during National Children’s Gardening week 2019. I thought it may be useful now as there is never a better time to get outside in the fresh air. Whilst I am not a brilliant gardener, my son seems to love it. He loves nothing more than digging and planting,…

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National Literacy Trust launches new online zone for parents to engage children at home as schools on the North Yorkshire Coast close

Explore the National Literacy Trust’s Family Zone: literacyfamilyzone.org.uk   In response to school closures on the North Yorkshire Coast and across the UK, the National Literacy Trust has today launched a free comprehensive online zone for parents seeking ideas and guidance for activities that will engage their children at home, whilst also benefiting their reading,…

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101 Things To Do With Kids Indoors & In Your Garden

With the current situation in mind, I thought it was a good time to share some ideas for fun and easy things that you can do with kids indoors, or (if you have one) in your garden. 101 things to do at home! Make playdough (loads of recipes online) Grab a torch and make shadow…

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LETS KEEP BUSY!

What activities can you do mess free? Are you looking for activities to do that are mess free but will keep your children entertained? Below I have listed some fab ideas for children with the appropriate age group next to each activity. And best of all they are mess free! 🌸 Paint in a bag…

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Help Local Businesses

As lock down continues, we have to remember our local businesses and continue to shop local. When we come out the other side of this nasty virus, we want them still to be here. Many are adapting to help us too. I have tried to list as many as I know about here….(happy to add…

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Entertaining and Educating Kids at Home

School closures continue, I saw this on another group and thought it was pretty handy! It has been put together by the home ed community 💗 feel free to share. FREE online education resources Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses…

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Mother’s Day Crafts

Mother’s Day this year is Sunday 22nd 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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Coronavirus and what you can do to help yourself

The Coronavirus is obviously very much in the news now, therefore Bigvits felt it might be useful to remind you of the advice from the NHS, World Health Organisation and the UK Government regarding Coronavirus. Coronavirus is a family of viruses that are common across the world causing a range of illnesses from the common…

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Dalby Forest in Spring 2020

Put a spring in your step Spring cheers us all up! What better way to take in the signs than heading to Dalby? Spot the leaves unfurl, wildlife emerge and colour come back to our favourite scenes. With lots of trails, open spaces and plenty to do, it’s the perfect spot. We’re also excited about…

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Horizon Festival 2020

DAVID KNOPFLER FOUNDER OF DIRE STRAITS HEADLINING HORIZON FESTIVAL SLEDMERE!   Horizon Festival is returning to the stunning Sledmere Estate in East Yorkshire from May 29-31, with Dire Straits founder David Knopfler headlining the exciting line-up.   Following last year’s successful launch, Horizon is again teaming up with Half Moon Brewery, bringing you a big…

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Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day 2020 with the Family in Scarborough, Whitby & Filey

Mother’s Day this year falls on 22nd March 2020. 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 Day 2020 in and around Scarborough, Whitby…

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Nut and Noggin

Raising the bar for the haircare industry Beauty insiders launch female founded, plastic free shampoo brand A new shampoo bar brand aimed at reducing the estimated 17million* plastic shampoo bottles we waste in the UK each year. Led by two beauty industry insiders, Nut and Noggin uses vegan ingredients and gives £1 back to charities…

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How Scarborough & Whitby Mumbler is supporting the Challenge

On 13th June 2020, I will line up as a jockey in the #rideoftheirlives at York Racecourse. I will be riding a real race horse, trained by a public trainer owned by a paying owner at one of the most prestigious racecourses in the country, if not the world. There will be in excess of…

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Head down to Stockeld Park this Half Term for some February family fun!

February half term is just around the corner! If you’re looking for a family fun day out in Yorkshire then look no further, Stockeld Park is for you! February Fun is open from 15th – 23rd February with plenty to keep the whole family entertained! Remember you can get a further 10% off pre-booked tickets…

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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 some activities across the area that are either free or low cost. The weather can often be unpredictable in February Half Term, but this year it is looking good. I have included a…

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No Wrong Door

No Wrong Door Our supported lodgings hosts do a great job – providing welcoming and supportive homes for local young people                         Come and join our award winning team!  Our No Wrong Door service is looking for people from all walks of life, living in or adjacent…

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Sledmere Friends Membership

Are you enjoying the free entry to Sledmere Grounds and Gardens? This lasts to 14th February 2020. Perhaps, buy a Sledmere Friends Membership so you can enjoy the facilities for free all year round. What is more, they have a lovely snowdrop walk which will become more and more pretty in the forthcoming weeks… Sledmere…

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See Moor Stars at the Dark Skies Festival

The North York Moors is a stargazer’s paradise, with some of the best night skies in the country.   In an urban area you’ll be lucky to see 20 stars on a clear night, but in an area of low light pollution, such as our National Parks, you could see as many as 2,000!  …

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Local Supermum Launches Nanny Agency in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

* Advertising feature Born and raised in the Humber area, Sophia is ideally positioned to meet with clients face to face, offering a truly personal service. Sophia has extensive experience in both management and finance and is keen to bring affordable, flexible and quality childcare to the Humber, Yorkshire and Lincoln areas, enabling parents with…

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Brave the new Rainforest Adventure at Sea Life Scarborough

Brave the new Rainforest Adventure at Sea Life Scarborough Psst… do you hear that? An adventure is calling! Brave the new Rainforest Adventure at Sea Life Scarborough – opening Saturday 15th February. Ranger Andy invites you to discover our brand new Rainforest Adventure! A storm has hit SEA LIFE Scarborough and Ranger Andy needs your…

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Tour de Yorkshire 2020: The Route!

The Tour de Yorkshire once again hits the areas roads. This time it is on Stage One. Find details of this year’s route below.   THURSDAY 30 APRIL – STAGE ONE MEN (176.5KM): THE YORKSHIRE COAST STAGE – BEVERLEY TO REDCAR The men’s race gets going in Beverley and proceeds to Hornsea before following the coastline in…

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Mumbler visits Dalby Forest for the Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail

To end the Christmas Holidays, we had teacher training so we hopped in the car and popped to Dalby Forest. Both kids choice (they agreed)!!   We downloaded GLOW TRAIL clue hunt app – it is free from www.forestryengland.uk/shaunthesheep and will need to be downloaded before your visit. PLEASE do download this, it really makes the trail….

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Returning to Work

Are you thinking of returning to work after maternity? Here are some top tips from Kelly at KD Recruitment Limited. Have confidence in your skills and abilities. Think clearly about what you want to do moving forward in terms of the type of job you want. Do you want part time or full time work?…

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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 also Scarborough, Whitby, Filey and Carnaby. The New Year is often a time for changing routines and starting new activities. To help provide some inspiration, here are some ideas of new ones you might…

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A Peep workshop is happening near you! Come and join us!

WORKSHOPS RE-START MONDAY 6th JANUARY 2020 Peep was established in Oxford and is a ‘Learning Together Programme’. As trained practitioners we provide comprehensive child development activities and share information with families. A first-of-its-kind for the borough, the ultimate aim of the programme is to help participating children to be ‘school ready’. You will develop an…

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Forest Holidays

  *Advertising Feature With Christmas over, book a family break to find your inner calm in 2020…..A sunlit forest glade, birdsong on the breeze, absolute peace. Forests to explore, rivers to canoe, and mountains to climb. The time, the space, the people you love. On a Forest Holidays short break in the UK, freedom awaits…and…

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Kathy Seabrook’s Fun Music Review

A local Scarborough Mumbler user has sent a lovely review for Kathy Seabrook’s Fun Music. Read it here and the details of Kathy’s fun classes are below… Odelia and I have attended this clsss since she was two weeks old and we have thoroughly enjoyed Kathy’s upbeat classes. The hour consists of making music with…

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Adventures in Lapland

A lovely Mumbler tells us about their family adventure to Lapland…. Last week we had an amazing adventure in Lapland. It has been a great dream of mine to visit Lapland and last year I persuaded my husband that time was running out for the opportunity to visit Santa Claus whilst Christmas is still full…

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Meet Sam and Katie – Fostering North Yorkshire

Life is really different now for them – only a year ago they had never sat down to a shared family meal, and regularly heard their parents arguing loudly at night when they were in bed. Katie said it made her feel scared.  Both children had suffered from neglect and differing levels of physical abuse….

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10 Ideas for Family Days Out After Christmas in and around Yorkshire

If you’re looking for ideas to get out of the house and for the kids to burn off some energy once the Christmas celebrations are over, we have listed our ‘Top Ten’ day trip ideas which an easy drive of Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.  We have included indoor and outdoor activities in case the weather…

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Morrisons to Give Customers FREE Wonky Carrots for Rudolph

We love Wonky Veg at Morrisons, now we love it even more – Free carrots for Rudolph! To help customers with Christmas Eve tradition of leaving carrots out for reindeers and as farmers struggle with carrot crop due to wet autumn weather; Morrisons supermarkets across the UK will be giving away 125,000 paper bags of…

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The Christmas Eve Box – an increasingly popular tradition

The Christmas Eve Box is becoming an increasingly popular tradition. It’s a nice way to keep little ones occupied on Christmas Eve and to share in some family fun. There are many ways to tailor the tradition to suit your family, and all ages and budgets. The Box The ‘box’ can be something as simple…

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The 12 Tech Tips Of Christmas For Parents

Guest blog from The E-Safety Office   With Christmas looming, it is a busy time for parents buying presents and making sure that they will have happy faces on Christmas Day morning. Whilst traditional toys such as Lego, board games and character figures are still popular, there are an increasing number of interactive toys which…

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Christmas Apps And Websites

Mumbler has listed of some of the best free Christmas apps and websites including how to track Santa on Christmas Eve, receive a phone call from the man himself and how to reroute him to Granny’s house for those children worried about Santa finding them on Christmas Eve if they’re not at home. These apps…

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Christmas and New Year holiday waste and recycling collection arrangements

Please check the website here for details of the dates of your collections over the Christmas period. If you do not put your bin out on time, they will not return to collect it. Tips and Recycling centre details here

Treasure Island

Treasure Island is full of pantomime fun with lots of singing, dancing, puppetry and adventure. The actors and actresses will certainly deserve their Christmas lunch this year! Let’s hope these intrepid explorers make it home in time….   We loved it! Henry and I haven’t been to The Round Theatre before – what a lovely…

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Card Factory: Scarborough & Whitby Mumblers Top 10 Personalised Christmas gifts

We ALL know how hard it can be for to find the perfect gift for those #ungiftable family members, friends or colleagues! Finding something within the budget which is not just another piece of “tat” adds to the pressure even more. I love to watch a recipients face when they genuinely LOVE the gift I…

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Christmas TV!

Here’s a handy guide split out by day, time and channel – set the Sky Plus, it could buy you a lot of time…. New Years Eve  The Railway Children – 11.20 am: BBC1 Teen Wolf – 12.50pm: Film4 Paddington 2 – 1.30 pm: BBC1 Oliver Twist – 2.30pm: Drama 4: Rise of the Silver…

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Go, Go Go to see Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat!

The Perfect Christmas Theatre Experience: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat If you’re looking for a festive family theatre experience, Bill Kenwright’s brilliant production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical returns to the Doncaster Dome this December. Starring the hit TV show finalist and Britain’s Got Talent sensation, Mark McMullan, the…

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Noel Narwhal Knows It All

The story of a nosy little narwhal who wants to know everyone’s business and ends up getting more than he bargained for is the Christmas treat for the youngest members of the family at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre.   Noel Narwhal Knows It All is interactive, silly, fun and there may even be a surprise…

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You’ll Never Guess One of the Best Christmas Days Out Near York this Festive Season…

Whether you’re spending precious time with your Grandchildren or seeing your little piggies enjoy their first ever Christmas, jump aboard Magical Sleigh Rides at Piglets Adventure Farm in Towthorpe, near York for a truly unforgettable, magical Christmas experience for all the family. Santa’s Secret Tip: Treat a special pre-school or take your little ones after…

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Peter Pan-tomime, Live at Driffield Showground!

Get ready for a great family adventure with Peter Pan as he flies in to whisk audiences away on a magical adventure this December 2019! Shows are 21st and 22nd December at10:00am, 1:00pm and 5:00pm. Nothing quite gets you in the festive spirit like a Christmas pantomime and this holiday season Driffield Showground are once…

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If you’re an empty nester – could it be your time to foster

Have you been thinking about fostering and are now ready to take that next step… or maybe you have only just heard of fostering and would like to find out more? Our foster carers do amazing work every day with children who are unable to live with their own families. Some of them may have…

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So much festive fun to be had at Stockeld Park this Christmas!

Advertorial blog for Stockeld Park Christmas is just around the corner and why not celebrate at the true home of Christmas, Stockeld Park! If you’re wanting to find some festive fun for all the family, Stockeld Park is for you! The Christmas Adventure is open from 14th November 2019 to 6th January 2020 (excluding 25th…

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Do your Christmas shopping differently this year – treat the kids to experiences, rather than stuff!

Christmas may be the time for giving, but like many of us, you may already feel like your house is bursting full of toys and ‘stuff’. So, if you’re thinking about moving the focus more towards gifting time and memories this year, we’ve curated some ideas to help you along the way. These ideas can…

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BRAKE: Road Safety Basics with Beep Beep! Day and Timmy Time

Road safety is a great subject to engage children with. It’s a subject even the youngest children know something about because everyone uses roads and road danger impacts on everyone. On average, six children are killed or seriously injured on roads in Britain every single day, that’s equivalent to a whole classroom of children every…

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Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail in Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest has a a brand new interactive glow trail! A local Mum, Laura, popped along the other day… We have really enjoyed the walk with our 3 and 1 year old. We can definitely say its worth getting an activity pack as you need the invisible pen with the torch to see the patterns…

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Humble Bee Farms Halloween Events

One of our lovely local Mum’s popped along to Humble Bee Farm to pick a pumpkin and do the spooky trail with their two girls (ages three and four). They thoroughly enjoyed ourselves….read more below… “We rang before hand to book our tickets (£5 per child, this goes up to £8 on certain days when…

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Illuminated Whitby Abbey 2019

Henry and I braved the rain to go to Whitby for Illuminating Whitby Abbey. There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing…. We certainly went organised! Waterproof coats and trousers together with Henry dressed as Harry Potter, complete with cloak (sadly not waterproof and a touch long….) and wand! The Abbey looked…

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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. Click on the links for more information.. 1. Activities and Events Friday 25th October –  Sunday…

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The Halloween Adventure at Stockeld Park Opens 26th October 2019

Advertorial feature for Stockeld Park We know it feels like the kids have only just gone back to school, but October Half Term is nearly here! If you’re trying to think of ways to entertain the younger ones during their week off, then look no further, Stockeld Park is here! The Halloween Adventure is open…

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Slime!

Beth, a lovely Mumbler popped long to see SLIME at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre today – here’s a review here. “We went to see ‘Slime’ at The Stephen Joseph Theatre today and it was brilliant! I took my 3 year old daughter and our friends accompanied us with a 3 year old and 6 month…

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Sea Life Scarborough October Half Term

Ascarium event running from 19th October – 3rd November 2019 Enter the Ascarium this Halloween and meet the mystical Sea Witch in her lair! Journey around the Centre searching for the magical ingredients and if you can help her cast the spell of ‘un-locking’ you will be able to open her treasure chest and share…

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We Fight Allergies

Maisy and Hope are taking part in the Lifestyle Challenge. The challenge is open to all 10 – 17 year olds who are resident in North Yorkshire. The mission is to think up a project and then do it! Maisy and Hope are targeting playgroups in the area because they both have siblings who suffer…

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Where to pick your perfect pumpkin

If you’re looking for a family day out pumpkin picking, we’ve got the low down on where to go locally and further afield. Cedarbarn Pumpkin Express Farm shop, café and miniature railway situated between Pickering and Thornton le Dale. Lovely half term event, “The Pumpkin Express” incorporating rides on the train and featuring Spookley, The Square…

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Brompton Ducklings Toddler Group

Our lovely Mumbler, Beth has been to Brompton Ducklings Toddler Group recently and has kindly written a review here… “We have been to Brompton Ducklings Toddler Group a couple of times recently and have found it to be a really great group. There are a range of activities on offer each week and they vary…

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Colic. A Myth or a Reality?

The word ‘colic’ is often said to parents of a miserable baby. Baby won’t stop crying? Colic. Baby constipated and struggling to poo? Colic. Baby arching his back and writhing around in pain? Colic. How can colic be so easy to diagnose yet every colicky baby seems to have different symptoms, but all have one…

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PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT PIGLETS ADVENTURE FARM

Get ready for stacks of Halloween family fun at Piglets Adventure Farm’s Pumpkin Festival, back this October. Pick your own FREE homegrown pumpkin for every child and enjoy NEW Skeleton Stilt Walkers it’s packed full of spooky family fun. Taking place from 10am – 5:30pm every weekend from 5th October and every day from 26th…

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Granny’s Exploding Toilet, for the Stephen Joseph Theatre

Granny’s Exploding Toilet, for the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough Tuesday 29 October to Saturday 2 November 2019 The first stage play from an award-winning children’s author is the autumn half-term treat at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre. Granny’s Exploding Toilet has been written by Saviour Pirotta, whose books include The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths,…

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Cameron – Fostering North Yorkshire

Meet Cameron – he’s 14. Things aren’t good between Cameron and his parents right now. There’s been a lot of arguments and shouting going on at home for some time and his dad often loses his temper when he’s been drinking. Things at school aren’t much better. Cameron spent the evening with his mates at…

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Illuminating Rievaulx 2019 Preview

Tonight, I visited Rievaulx Abbey for a sneak preview of what is to come…. Wow, the moon has landed in Rievaulx Abbey. It is amazing and so impressive. This year’s theme is the MOON, which coincides beautifully with 50 years since the moon landing. The colours were amazing with the back drop of a virtually…

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Flock to the forests, an alien has landed!

  For the very first time in history, Forestry England has confirmed that an alien has crash landed in the forest. Lu-La, from the Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, in UK cinemas 18 October, is an impish and adorable alien with amazing powers. She has been stranded in the forest and needs to charge her…

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Future Fossils

Yorkshire Fossil Festival September 14 – September 15 2019 Follow in the footsteps of our prehistoric friends and join us for a weekend of theatre performance and Dino Walks to talks from Geology experts and fossil workshops. Entry to the Festival is free. All events and activities are FREE except where stated. Children under 18 must be…

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Illuminating Rievaulx 2019

Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd September 2019 7pm – 9.30pm For four nights only see Rievaulx Abbey in a whole new light as it’s flooded in bright, atmospheric colours. Ancient walls will become bathed in light as the sun sets and fire pits warm the autumn air. Roast a marshmallow or two in the fire pit…

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Heritage Open Days 2019

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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The Plough Inn & Fun Farm

One of our Mumblers, Beth, visited The Plough Inn & Fun Farm for a party. Here’s a bit more about it….a great place for a rainy day or Sunday lunch with the kids… “We attended a child’s party at The Fun Farm (situated in The Plough at Lebberston) which my daughter thoroughly enjoyed. The Fun…

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Scarborough Fair Collection

Roll up, roll up to a great day out at the Scarborough Fair Collection… The Scarborough Fair Collection hosts a magnificent working collection of Vintage Cars, Steam Engines, Vintage Fairground Rides and Mechanical Organs topped off with a ‘Mighty’ Wurlitzer Organ in the spacious ballroom where you can enjoy music and cake! Located at the…

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Our holiday to Boggle Hole

This year we decided to have a stay-cation and explore the wonders that we have on our doorstep. We all love the beach so it seemed perfect. In short, we had a fantastic time. We chose to stay at Boggle Hole YHA. This is a fab location, right on the beach. We booked a family…

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Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park. It is an ideal destination for families, walkers, cyclists and outdoor adventure. 13 walking trails (including easy access) 6 cycling trails 4 running trails 2 play areas Go Ape for Treetop Challenge, Treetop Adventure and Forest Segway Cafés Multiple BBQ and…

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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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They Said…. Fostering North Yorkshire

Some of the children and young people in our care talked to us about what they felt were the things they really valued about their foster carers…here’s what they said:   ‘They give me love and support’ ‘Listening to me is really important’ ‘They want to get to know me’ ‘Treating me as part of…

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Join the Refill Revolution in Scarborough

Can you REALLY tell the difference between tap and bottled water? 🚰🤷 When UK tap water is safe to drink, tastes just as good and can save you money and the planet – it’s a sensible switch to make! In Scarborough, many shops and businesses are signing up. This is the current list so do your…

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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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Sewerby Hall & Gardens

We’ve had a great day out today at Sewerby Hall and Gardens! I used to go annually when I was little and it’s a long time since I last went – Safe to say, we had a great time and it was just as lovely as I remembered! We met the lovely Hull and East…

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Treasure, dinosaurs, teddy bears, cave art and more! Summer fun at Scarborough Museums Trust

Families can get close to real minibeasts, hunt for treasure, create art and architecture and take part in many other fun and creative activities at Scarborough Museums Trust venues the Art Gallery, the Rotunda Museum and Woodend this coming summer school holiday – and (with one low-cost exception) they’re all free!   A wide range…

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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 (or LOW COST) activities and events. Scarborough, Whitby & Filey Libraries are running a Summer full of free and low cost events and activities. This years reading challenge is the Space Chase  – see the mumbler…

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Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge 2019 for children from 4 to 12 years old.

Looking for ways to keep your child reading over summer? Join the library’s Summer Reading Challenge and they will have lots of fun along the way! The Summer Reading Challenge is a national initiative to encourage primary age children to continue to read throughout the summer holidays. Research has shown that the Summer Reading Challenge…

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Family Fun at the Races

Let me start with this one crucial piece of information – KIDS GO FREE!  So now I’ve got your attention I can tell you more about the family fun you can have at the races.   There are nine racecourses in Yorkshire and each one hosts at least one family day throughout the year.  The…

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Tiny Time Tales: Lottie Gets Lost in Bookland

Tiny Time Tales: Lottie Gets Lost in Bookland Saturdays until 24 August at 10.30am   A magical show for the smallest members of the family at the Stephen Joseph Theatre this summer will include a book swap.  Lottie Gets Lost in Bookland is the latest of the hugely popular Tiny Times Tales, which have been entertaining…

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Mumbler Exclusive Flash Sale for Stockeld Summer Adventure

We know how tricky it can be looking for fun family activities to entertain everyone, particularly in the summer when the children have a whole 6 weeks off school! Life can get a little crazy and busy mums and dads don’t always have the time to create Pinterest-worthy activities. Luckily, Stockeld Park are experts in…

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NEW SUMMER FUN AT PIGLETS ADVENTURE FARM

NEW for 2019, explore The Beach at Piglets Adventure Farm! From 20th July – 1st September Piglets Adventure Farm is full of unmissable family fun, with fantastic Foam Parties, Maize Maze Challenge, amazing magic shows and incredible circus acrobatics, you won’t want to miss it! Get discounted tickets online at pigletsadventurefarm.com!   Grab your swimwear and sunhat as…

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Driffield Show – The Show with something for everyone.

The gates will be opening on Wednesday, 17th July for the spectacle that is the Driffield Show.  This year the Driffield Show will celebrate its 144th   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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Camping With Kids

Recently, our lovely friend at Calderdale Mumbler had a great weekend camping at Humble Bee Farm, Flixton. She has written some great camping tips to help all of you who may be camping over the summer holidays. This was her first time camping and added into the mix are 3 children, 6, 3 and 1…

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Dam cute! Bouncing baby beaver born in Yorkshire!

Forestry England’s beavers in Cropton Forest have become parents, giving birth to two adorable kits. Video captured at the beaver site in Yorkshire shows the kits already swimming and settling into their new home with their mum. Beavers are born precocial, meaning they are a miniature version of adults, seeing well and moving independently from…

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How to make your Household More Eco Friendly

Ditch the single use plastic. We hear it all the time, but this is one of the biggest things you can do to help protect our planet for future generation – your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  This month is Plastic Free July, a global movement helping people reduce their plastic use. Find out more…

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Fantastic summer events at Humble Bee Farm

Humble Bee Farm is nestled in the Yorkshire Wolds near to Scarborough and the Yorkshire Coast. They have a range of accommodation on their working farm from luxury cottages to Wigwam® Cabins, Yurts and standard camping. For guests at farm, they also a Nature Trail, playground and sports field and they also put on extra…

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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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Could you help a young person like Beth?

Could you help a young person like Beth? She’s just had a huge row with her mum – things haven’t been good for some time now. Since mum’s new boyfriend moved in, in fact. It all ended with doors slamming and lots of shouting, and Beth throwing some of her favourite things into a suitcase…

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Prize draw for a Wolds Way Lavender Family Annual Pass

Win a Wolds Way Lavender Family Annual Pass You can win a family pass for 2 adults and 3 children, valid for the remainder of the year, value £81. Our unique family run Lavender Farm has evolved over the years to provide an amazing day out for all the family. Our Giant Games Maze, Nature…

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Coping with early risers from Sleep by Kate Johnson

In the second of her series of guest blogs Kate Johnson, Sleep Consultant shares her advice on how to cope with early risers (a problem in her house since the clock change!)  Kate will be covering a different topic on ‘sleep’ each month, please feel free to email your questions for Kate to answer. Since my…

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Spa at Alpamare – A Mumbler Review

Together with a friend, I was invited to visit the Wellness Spa at the Alpamare Water Park Scarborough. I have a good friend who I have dragged along to a few Mumbler related visits that she wasn’t that keen on, so I took the opportunity to repay her loyalty with a treat! Neither of us…

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Beach Cove, Hornsea: Review

Beth, one of our lovely Mumbler’s went to The Beach Cove and sent me a review for you all to read… Myself and a friend took our four children (age 2 to 4 years) to The Beach Cove at Hornsea Freeport, we spent approximately three hours there. Entrance is £3.75 per child (age over 9…

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Harminis Review

One of our lovely Mumblers popped along to experience Harminis today and here is her review of the class. “I took my two year old to Harminis, a lovely music class run by Kate. This is the first Harminis class we have been to and we felt very welcomed. The age range of this particular…

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10 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day with the Family

Father’s Day is just around the corner and I’m sure every dad is looking forward to their special day. Hopefully, by then the warmer weather will be back in full force too! There are loads of great ways to celebrate Father’s Day in and around the Coast with the kids and plenty of special deals…

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5 top tips to help promote a good nights sleep with little ones from Sleep by Kate Johnson

In the first of her series of guest blogs Kate Johnson, Sleep Consultant shares her ‘5 top tips to help promote a good nights sleep with little ones.’  Kate will be covering a different topic on”sleep” each month, please feel free to email your questions for Kate to answer.   Hello! I am Kate, mum…

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The Big Forest Find

From birds and butterflies, to insects and plant life on the forest floor, help celebrate 100 years of forestry by discovering and recording wildlife in the forest. Your findings will help us protect and provide habitats, now and in the future. The Big Forest Find is England’s largest survey of forest wildlife. The animal and plant…

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday

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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10 Ideas for Family Days Out over May Half Term

If you fancy a day out over the May half term holiday we have listed our ‘Top Ten’ ideas.  Hopefully, there’ll be plenty of Spring sunshine over the holidays but if not, we’ve also included indoor activities too. 1. Wolds Way Lavender – Family Fun Come and explore the 12 acre site! Complete our Quiz and…

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Showstoppers return to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre

After a sell-out performance at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre last summer, the Showstoppers return to the venue with not one, but two, shows. On Saturday 8 June, the country’s leading creators of improvised musical comedy will present The Showstoppers’ Kids Show in the afternoon, and the Olivier Award-winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical in the evening….

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Prize draw tickets to Sea Life Scarborough

Prize draw for tickets to the 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 Pirates and Mermaids event which runs between 25th May – 8th September 2019.   For more information click here. Read our review…

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Dinosaurs are on the loose at Stockeld Park – this May Half Term only!

**This is an advertorial blog for Stockeld Park It feels like the children have only just gone back to school after Easter doesn’t it!? And now we’re about to break up again for the May Half Term! Are you worried that you’ve already used up all your ideas for entertaining those little people? Don’t worry,…

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Kate Tyson – Harminis

The ups and downs of running your own business I think it’s  safe to say  the last 12 years have shaped my life, and it’s also a sure bet that I couldn’t have got through the last 1 yeasr without the love and support of the many friends I have made through running Harminis. I…

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Foster Care Fortnight

This is national Foster Care Fortnight – the Fostering Network’s annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives – and this year’s theme is Change a Future. Fostering North Yorkshire would like you to meet some of our foster carers and their families, to hear about the…

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Weekly forest visits work wonders for mental health

The experts say that just 2 or 3 short visits to the forest a week can dramatically improve mental health. In response, Forestry England & television presenter Kate Humble are encouraging people to visit the nation’s forests during mental health week (13–19 May) to enjoy the natural health benefits they provide. Over half the population…

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Staxtonbury

Would you like to win tickets to the Staxtonbury Family Music Festival 2019? You can here! I have a pair of Saturday tickets and what is more is you pop across to the Ryedale Mumbler website HERE you can win 2 pairs of Friday tickets. Staxtonbury an even longer weekend for anyone who wants even…

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May-Hem Circus at Piglets Adventure Farm

May-Hem Circus is back this May Half Term with unmissable fun for the entire family! Roll up, Roll up! From 25th May – 2nd June, prepared to be wowed by the amazing Fatt Matt! With death defying stunts, upside down juggling and amazing acrobatics, get ready for jaw dropping entertainment every day over half term! Get discounted tickets…

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Kate Wimbush Jewellery

I graduated from University in 2005 with a degree in Design: Craft, specialising in jewellery and plastics. I then went on to work for another jeweller where I learnt so much more! Then real life got in the way and I moved to Manchester and got a job, mortgage, etc so creative work went on…

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Are you a special one?

As a specialist foster carer with us you could receive over £34.5k per annum, based on a 52 week placement, for a child aged 11 – 15 years old – tax free! If you have the skills and resilience needed to deal with complex or challenging behaviours in children and young people, you could join…

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Early Years Learning Bags

While on maternity leave with my daughter, I attended a few baby classes in the local area and soon discovered how much she enjoyed the activities and resources. She loved the bright colours, songs and textures which she could observe and interact with. Being a first time Mum was exciting, daunting and very tiring at…

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Mumbler Guest Review: Playdale Farm Park

We visited Playdale Farm Park just before the bank holiday in April whilst visiting relatives in Scarborough and thought it was so packed with things for Mini Mumblers to do that it was worth recommending! Located in Cayton, it’s a stone’s throw from Scarborough and you can easily spend hours and hours letting Playdale entertain…

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Hare and Tortoise

On Tuesday, we visited Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre to see the Hare and Tortoise. We loved it!! Henry and Eliza were captivated throughout. The actors were brilliant and the singing much enjoyed. The bright colours of the set and costumes were very apt.  The audience participation was a great success. “The hare stopping during the…

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Keep the children entertained at Stockeld Park this Easter holiday!

**This is an advertorial blog for Stockeld Park “I’m bored!” If you’re a parent or you help to look after children during the school holidays, chances are this is a phrase you are all too familiar with! At Stockeld Park, we know how to nip boredom in the bud! Keeping the children entertained in the…

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Big Vits can help your family

You naturally want what’s best for your children and want them to thrive as they progress through their milestones and life. With conflicting advice regarding supplements and vitamins it is sometimes hard to know what is best. Bigvits are on hand to help! Supplements for Pregnant and New Mums The NHS recommend that a daily…

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Step into Spring with Scampston!

*Advertising Feature Who says gardens are just for grown-ups to enjoy? Scampston welcomes both young and old to explore everything that its beautiful garden and parkland have to offer. It’s always the first sign of the warmer, sunnier months to come – Scampston will re-open on Friday 5th April, when the spring bulbs are in…

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Wolds Way Lavender 2019

*Advertising Feature Bring the whole family for a day of fun and laughter to our family run attraction. We have added a whole new dimension to our lavender farm and there is lots to see and do for all ages. We are situated just off the A64 six miles East of Malton on the way…

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NEW EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA FUN AT PIGLETS ADVENTURE FARM

*Advertising feature With new egg-citing activities, cute baby animals and lots of family fun, there’s plenty to see and do this Easter at Piglets Adventure Farm From 30th March – 28th April, little egg hunters can take part in the new Easter Egg Hunt. Bigger & better than ever before, collect eggs from hidden chicks…

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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 9 lambs (5 boys and 4 girls). All have to be named beginning with the letter Z so we have Zulu, Zog, Zap, Zara, Zoe so far with four names…

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Dalby Activity Centre

Predictably, Dalby Activity Centre is based in Dalby Forest, the perfect place to experience exciting new outdoor sports. Whilst there is lots to do for big kids including paintballing and airsoft (visit the website here), there is also lots for the smaller members of the family too. New for 2019, is Battle Royal, outdoor laser…

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Spring into action at Dalby

New horizons in Low Dalby We’re delighted that Hidden Horizons now have an Explorer Hub in Low Dalby courtyard. It’s their new base for stargazing, bushcraft, tree climbing, birthday parties, forest school trips and the new Dalby Adventurers Kids Holiday Club running in April. Next time you’re at Dalby, why not drop by to find…

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Maria Machin – Doula

I’ve always been a mum, since the age of 16 when my first son came along I worked part time in various roles in order to pay our bills, I got my first mortgage at 19 and stopped working soon after to dedicate my time to raising our growing brood of boys. When I was…

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Homemade Mother’s Day Card Ideas by Mega Awesome Messy Art

With Mother’s Day fast approaching we have a great guest blog from fellow Mumbler and mum Victoria.   Below she shares two ideas from her MAMA blog for homemade Mother’s Day cards that are quick and simple but really effective! My name is Victoria Seal, I am a wife, a mum, a part-time Doctor and an…

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Safer Sleep Week

This years #safersleepweek is focusing on co-sleeping. Sister site Wakefield Mumbler explains more below… Sadly, 4 babies die every week from SIDS and unsafe co-sleeping is certainly a factor. With greater awareness and information given to carers, we can together reduce this number! I have co-slept on and off with Mini Mumbler since he was…

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Fostering North Yorkshire Mockingbird Family Model Programme

Welcome to Mockingbird Fostering North Yorkshire has joined the Fostering Network’s The Mockingbird Family Model Programme, along with 22 other fostering services around the country. Mockingbird was originally developed by The Mockingbird Society, which was formed in 2004 by a group of foster carers in America. The Mockingbird Family Model centres on a ‘constellation’, with…

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Enjoy British Science Week at Home

Have the children been celebrating British Science Week (8-17th March) at school? If you want to continue the fun this weekend at home, here at Mumbler we love a bit of messy play, so grab a lab coat – or an apron – and get the Mini Mumblers experimenting!  The below ideas also might come…

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Sea Life Scarborough

Over half term we visited Sea Life Scarborough. Henry loves nature and this was one of his suggestions. At Sea Life Scarborough, you can obviously see and learn about the creatures in the aquarium, but there is more than that….they undergo rehabilitation work with seals, seabirds and now have a Turtle Rescue experience. We followed…

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George Clarke is looking for families, couples or singles to be a part of his Channel 4 programmes this year…

In search of Pre-1940’s properties and ‘Change of Use’ renovations for the new TV series. In ‘George Clarke’s Old House, New Home’, George can help you to make the most of your period property. Are you about to start (or have started) to renovate/re design your house or flat to suit your style of living?…

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Pancake Day in Scarborough and alternative pancake ideas

It is one of the tastiest days of the year! With this in mind, we have listed family friendly places/ activities to celebrate Pancake Day in Scarborough on Tuesday.   We also have some tasty alternative pancake ideas to try at home with your Mini-Mumblers this Shrove Tuesday! Pancake Racing – 12pm – 5pm on Aberdeen Walk…

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Go Ape Competition….

I am excited to announce that we have a competition to win a free family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for Treetop  Challenge (formally known as Treetop Adventure). This family ticket can be used on other activities including: Treetop Adventure (formally Treetop Junior) Or Forest Segways. Read the Mumbler review HERE from when we attended…

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Is your inner compass telling you a change of direction is the way forward?

You could do something incredible and foster for North Yorkshire – and change a child’s life forever Right now we need foster carers able to look after teenagers who need some support as they work through those difficult years – remember those? We’ll be there beside you all the way with all the training, support…

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Star Gazing with Hidden Horizons

After nights of clear skies with loads of stars on display, I drove Henry and I to Sutton Bank in fog feeling a little bit downbeat. The event was part of the Dark Skies Festival 2019. When we got there, we were met by the lovely Hidden Horizons team who had a “bad weather” plan….

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Gullivers Retreats

This is a little feature on Gullivers Retreats and how it has come about. Scarborough Mumbler is running a feature to showcase some local “mumpreneur” businesses. Kelly is the founder of Gullivers Retreats and is mum of one little boy. Below she tells her story and the products she makes. “I have worked from the…

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Dalby Forest Cycle Hub

We recently went to Dalby Forest for a great family day out. Dalby Forest Cycle Hub have some bikes great bikes and we used them for a family bike ride. They have cool trailers for toddlers too. Henry is 6 and Eliza is just 4. We had previously ridden around the Zog trail on her…

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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. Click on the title to visit their websites. English Heritage –…

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Dark Skies Festival

The North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales are a stargazer’s paradise, with some of the best night skies in the country. In an urban area you’ll be lucky to see 20 stars on a clear night, but in an area of low light pollution, such as our National Parks, you could see as many as 2,000. 80%…

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Family Based Overnight Short Breaks Scheme

Have you ever wanted to do something really amazing? Here’s how – if you live in the Scarborough area, then ask about joining our  Family Based Overnight Short Breaks Scheme You could really make a difference to a local child or young person with a disability* by giving them quality time outside of their own…

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A Fiver Party: The latest craze??

We ALL know how expensive children’s birthdays can be, the gifts, the party, the cake… The “Fiver Party” could offer the perfect solution! The “Fiver” Party is the latest craze from Australia and it’s hitting the UK. What is a “Fiver party”? A fiver party is simply a party where the invited guests DO NOT bring…

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Day out in Dalby Forest, including Zog…

Yesterday, we went to Dalby Forest for a family day out. I can report we had a wonderful time! On arrival, we decided we would do the Zog Trail first. This trail is in the same place as the Gruffalo and The Highway Rat before it. The Highway Rat has been completely removed, whereas the…

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Maternity Voices Partnership

A Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a NHS working group: 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. The work of the National Maternity services Partnership network can be seen here http://nationalmaternityvoices.org.uk/ National Maternity Voices provide support…

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Meet Jackson – he’s 12 and here he tells his story…

‘Things weren’t good at home. I was sent to my room a lot, mum and my step dad were always shouting at me, telling me I was stupid and lazy and stuff. I got punched and hit quite often. My step dad hit me really hard once when I couldn’t do my homework and left…

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Time to Talk Day 2019

Time to Talk Day 2019 is taking place on Thursday 7 February. However you do it, make a conversation about mental health. However you do it, make a conversation about mental health Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about…

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Tip’s For Keeping Little Ones Warm!

It’s getting colder! Again! The cold weather always seems to catch me by surprise and after enjoying my first few months as a parent with a Summer baby out in the sunshine it was a complete shock when Mini-Mumbler number 2 was born in Winter… and snow!   Here’s some tips for keeping a baby…

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Safer Internet Day 2019 – Tips, advices & resources to enjoy technology and internet safer

Safer Internet Day 2019 will be on Tuesday 5th February and will be celebrated globally with the theme: Together for a better internet.  The UK Safer Internet Centre has launched top tips and advice pages especially for Safer Internet Day 2019. These tips, advice and resources are to help young people and their families enjoy technology and the…

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New year, new reasons to visit Dalby Forest

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed a lovely festive spell – we’d like to wish all our wonderful visitors a very happy new year! There’s plenty going on in the forest to help fend off any winter blues and lots to look forward to in 2019. Head to the website and get out those calendars, dig out your…

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The Deep

We visited The Deep for the first time and it was brilliant! It is said to be one of the most spectacular aquariums and we are lucky to have it on our doorstep. The interactive nature of the exhibition was perfect for both kids (Eliza nearly 4 years and Henry 6 years) and they were…

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Boxing Day & New Year Walks

If you have over indulged over the Christmas period you are probably craving fresh air and the kids are likely to have excess energy to burn off!  It’s time to wrap up and get out of the house! We’ve compiled a list of Boxing Day and New Year walks in and around The Coast –…

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Join Zog on his magical forest adventure at Dalby Forest!

Following the success of the Gruffalo, Stick Man and Highway Rat trails at Forestry Commission sites across England, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s magical children’s picture book, Zog, will be the new activity trail for families to enjoy at Dalby Forest this winter. Launching on 11 January 2019, the trail will follow the premiere of the…

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The dreaded question – “Is Santa Real?”

As parents, it is one of the questions that we dread. “Mummy is Santa Real?” This will happen one day. Whilst we all do our best ostrich impression and hope it won’t be soon, there will come a point in life. It will be heartbreaking as the magic of Christmas does fade a bit when…

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Christmas Eve Box Ideas, it’s not too late!

It’s not too late to do a quick Christmas Eve Box if you want to. It doesn’t have to be expensive and can be done quickly, easily and last minute! Here are a few ideas! 1. The Box There are some lovely Christmas Eve boxes around but if you have decided to do this last…

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A Fabulous Afternoon at the Brid Spa Panto

The lovely Hull & East Riding Mumbler popped along to the Brid Spa Panto this weekend. Read her review here… On Saturday we escaped the gale force winds and rain with an afternoon at the pantomime (oh yes we did!). I took my two children and their Grandad to Bridlington to see Jack & the…

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Meet Holly

Christmas and New Year can be magical times…but for some young people – like Holly – its just that time of year when the evenings are getting darker and colder – so its not great to be hanging out on your own, whether in town or in the park or playground.   That’s what Holly…

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Christmas Family Traditions

We all have our own Christmas Traditions, whether they stem from your own childhood or are something new you have started since having kids. It can really add to the magic and excitement of Christmas. In our house, we decorate the tree together, advent calendars are important, together with some crafting and we enjoy decorating…

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Christmas Crafts!

Christmas should be about spending time together, you can have fun at home making the house look festive without breaking the bank….here are some ideas that we have either tried and tested or will be this Christmas. Salt dough decorations. Easy and lots of fun plus you get something for your tree or to give…

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Favourite Festive Family Films

We have created a handy list of favourite festive family films in case you need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit, or if you just want a little inspiration for lovely films to watch with your Mini Mumblers… Our top 24 Festive Films: one for each day until Christmas Day! 1. Elf (PG) 2….

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‘Tis the Season to be Pregnant!

🎅 So your baby bump might be rivalling Father’s Christmas’s belly but so what! Tis the season to be pregnant!   With just some minor alterations, Christmas + New Year + Bump can be extra special, just think next year they’ll be no more ‘silent nights’ for you (sorry….)   Here’s some Mumbler tips to make…

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Day out with Granny at Castle Howard

Mummy Mumbler was away last week so kindly Granny was in charge! After much deliberation and reading of the website, they decided to go to Castle Howard to see this years Christmas display, the 12 Days of Christmas. By all accounts they had a lovely time. It is running until the 31st December. “We had…

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Helping Others at Christmas

Christmas is a truly ‘magical’ time for children but as my two have got older I have been keen to remind them that the festive period it as much a time for giving as it is receiving, encouraging them to think of others that maybe not as fortunate. Weeniverse are running an Elves of Kindness…

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Mumbler Tried and Tested Elf on the Shelf Ideas!

If like us, you started the Elf on the Shelf tradition last year, or are thinking of starting this year, this blog might come in useful! *Warning* If you decide to start Elf on the Shelf this year once you have started there is no going back – you have 23 more days to complete! …

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Alice in Wonderland at Stephen Joseph Theatre

Thursday 6th to Sunday 30th December 2018 A brand new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland with a local setting and a big sprinkle of Christmas will burst onto the stage at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre this December. Adapted from Lewis Carroll’s classic novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking-Glass, Nick Lane’s Alice…

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The Little Cook Company

Whether you are making Christmas biscuits or looking for Christmas presents for children aged 3 – 8 years, look no further than The Little Cook Company.   The Little Cook Company has a wonderful range of kitchen utensils for children, so they can enjoy baking and get creative.   We had a busy weekend in…

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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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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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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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