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Best Sledging Spots in & around Gateshead

These top spots for sledging in and around Gateshead have been recommended by local parents, we’ve put together a handy map to help find the best spots nearby! If you have any recommendations to add, please do get in touch here🙂 Stay Safe! The above sites are frequently recommended but haven’t been personally vetted –…

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Christmas activities in the North East, that don’t need to be pre-booked!

There are loads of fantastic family-friendly Christmas events in the North East for 2021. As booking some events can be tricky, you can take the stress out of the festive season with our bumper Christmas Calendar below with loads lovely events with no booking needed – including Christmas Light Switch Ons, Christmas Fairs, Santa’s Grottos, Go…

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Christmas Eve Boxes

The Christmas Eve Box is becoming an increasingly popular tradition. It’s a nice way to kick off the festive season, or to keep little ones occupied on Christmas Eve and share in some family fun. There are many ways to tailor the tradition to suit your family, and all ages and budgets. As well as…

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Where to Buy Real Christmas Trees & Wreaths in the North East

Buying a real Christmas tree can be a fun tradition to get into the festive spirit. There are some great options below to shop local for real trees and wreaths in & around Gateshead for Christmas 2021, for a more personal touch than buying from big garden centres, supermarkets or the annual Christmas tree deal…

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Elf on the Shelf

Everything you need to know if you’re new to the popular tradition of ‘Elf on the Shelf’ – or if you’re an Elf veteran check our photo gallery below for enough ideas to get you through Elf Season! Guest Blog from Anna – North Leeds Mumbler What is Elf on the Shelf? The child-friendly answer…

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Is your baby 6-16 months old?

The University of York are looking for babies aged 6 months to 16 months as part of their York BabyLab studies. You will be paid for your time and your baby will take part in new studies on language, motor & sleep development. If you want to know more… CLICK HERE to complete the google…

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Celebrate International Kindness Day with Gateshead Libraries

World Kindness Day is celebrated globally on 13th November each year, to promote the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. There are lots of ideas here for simple ways to be kind and for ways to get involved. Gateshead Libraries have a packed program of events taking place…

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How to plan a winter-themed Humanist naming ceremony at home

Bringing loved ones together to welcome your child into the family and your circle of friends is one of life’s truly special milestones. And what better time of year to hold a naming ceremony than in the run-up to Christmas? The decorations will be up, the fairy lights will be twinkling, and everyone will be…

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Introducing Functional Skills Level 2: Helping you achieve the equivalent of grade C or level 4 in Maths and English.

For those who don’t already have a GCSE grade C or level 4 in maths and English or a GCSE equivalent, functional skills level 2 in maths and English is the best equivalent to take. This qualification can be used to gain entry into University and other courses such as policing, nursing and apprenticeship training…

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Christmas Events in the North East

The festive season is almost upon us, and there are plenty of amazing Christmas events for families in the North East to look forward to, including winter wonderlands, light trails, Santa’s Grottos, train rides and more. Some events tend to book up very quickly (and as you can see below, booking starts early for some!)….

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