The “Mumblings” are a collection of our own blogs, guest entries, interesting articles and anything else that we like the look of!

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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 popular 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…

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Firework Displays in the North East

From Halloween fireworks to Bonfire Night 2021, these family friendly firework displays in the North East have something for everyone with fairground rides, entertainment, live music, delicious food and more – with options to suit every budget including fab FREE displays in South Shields, Seaham, Whitley Bay & more. Details are subject to change, please…

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Roundup of October Half Term & Halloween Events

There are plenty of amazing family-friendly Halloween events to choose from in the North East. We’ve put together a handy A-Z with a few ideas for frightful fun during October half term 2021. There’s something for all ages with pumpkin picking, wizards school, scare parks, spooky drive in cinema, circus and more! Tickets may book…

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

There are some fantastic Halloween and half term activities for families in the North East to enjoy without breaking the bank. The events below are free (or just a few pounds) and don’t need to be pre-booked – perfect for those last minute plans. There’s fun for all ages with pumpkins, potions, mega monsters and…

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Halloween at Home

Taken from guest blog by Charlotte – Calderdale Mumbler It’s the spookiest time of the year – and the best excuse to eat sweets that was ever invented! There are plenty of ideas below to help your little monsters have lots of scary fun. Spooky scavenger trail: you can have some fun inventing scary clues…

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Are you looking for an alternative to a religious christening for your child? Give your outdoor naming ceremony a stunning autumn backdrop

We’re big fans of Humanist Ceremonies here at Mumbler, after attending a beautiful and extremely personal humanist funeral, Mumbler’s founder, Sally Haslewood went on to have humanist naming ceremonies for both of her daughters. We are, therefore, delighted to be able to tell you a little bit more about Humanist Ceremonies and why you might want to consider having a…

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Toddler Term Time Specials in the North East

Make the most of getting out and about with your toddler while the big kids are in school, with fab places to explore in the North East that offer Term-Time Specials and Discounts. With 20+ places perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers in our A-Z below and a handy map, helping to save money and find…

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Tappy Toes NEW Baby & Toddler Classes

Advertorial feature Calling all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers who love to WIGGLE, JIGGLE AND GIGGLE!! Join award winning Tappy Toes dance classes – new to the North East this autumn! At Tappy Toes all of our classes are welcoming, sociable, supportive and most importantly so much fun for children and parents! Suitable for boys and…

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