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Gateshead Pumpkin Trail

🎃Join in the pumpkin trail and help give kids some ‘trick or tricking’ fun!!🎃 Whether or not trick or treating is specifically prohibited, there will be many people who won’t feel comfortable knocking on doors this year or picking up sweets, and people who may be shielding or isolating who wouldn’t welcome trick or treaters….

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Free Halloween trails in the North East, that don’t need to be pre-booked!

You can enjoy some fantastic Halloween trails in & around Gateshead without breaking the bank, with some great options below that are free (or just a few pounds) and most of which don’t require any pre-booking. There’s fun for all ages with pumpkins, mega monsters, spooky skeletons and more to find! Details may be subject…

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Halloween & Bonfire Night Safety Tips

Guest Blog from Harrogate Mumbler and North Yorkshire Fire Service. Mumbler has been to Harrogate Fire Station to meet (the very lovely) Helen Richardson, Community Safety Officer who has given us some invaluable advice to keep our families safe at Halloween & Bonfire Night. Halloween Clothing – while it’s great for children to dress up,…

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Bonfire Night Crafts, Games & Party Food

Guest Blog from York Mumbler Most of the usual bonfire night and fireworks events are not happening this year. If you’re celebrating at home, here are some great ideas for crafts, games and nibbles, and you can check our safety tips from the fire service here if you’re planning on setting up fireworks, bonfires or…

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Sneak Peak at the NEW Kiddies Play Cafe, Felling

A brand new play cafe is coming to Gateshead!! The new Kiddies Play Cafe will be opening it’s doors on Saturday 24th October and is welcoming families with a special event, including Storytime with Granny Glenis, a visit from Peppa Pig and kids activity packs on offer. The cafe is designed to be an inclusive…

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Halloween Party Ideas at Home

Guest Blog from Wharfedale & Craven Mumbler If you’re staying at home for Halloween, here are some ideas for party games and extra activities to throw a spooky Halloween Party! Party Games Put a spin on the traditional party games with these fun ideas! Pin mouth on the pumpkin – a take on pin the…

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School Admissions in the North East – Dates & Useful Links

There can be lots of things to consider when applying for primary and secondary school places. There’s some handy info below for the admissions process for September 2021 in & around Gateshead, including admissions age ranges, key dates and deadlines and useful links for comparing schools. Admissions Age Ranges for Sep 2021 If your child…

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Shop Local for Halloween Sweets & More!

Make Halloween extra special with yummy sweets and spooky treats from fab local businesses in & around Gateshead. Treat your little monsters (or yourself!) to sweets and chocs, and help to set the scene with scary decorations, candles, accessories and fun activity kits. All with the added bonus of helping to support local businesses in…

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Cheap & Easy Autumn Activities With Kids!

Guest Blog from Charlotte – Calderdale Mumbler I have a confession: My name is Charlotte and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE AUTUMN! From wrapping up warm to colourful crunchy leaves, darker nights, pumpkin spice, muddy puddles and even the wind and rain, it’s gorgeously atmospheric and probably my favourite time of year. Add in Halloween and Bonfire…

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10 Fun Things to do with Conkers

Conker season is upon us! If you haven’t already built up a good stash over the last few weeks, there are plenty of places below that are often recommended as conker hot spots, along with 10 tips for fun activities once you get your conkers home! Where to look for conkers in & around Gateshead…

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