It is the start of August and time to look back on all the adventures we all had in July. It looks like we all managed to take advantage of the warmer weather and get out and about exploring.

July out and about round up

Getting Medieval

A bit of time travel went on this month as Cheryl from Madhouse Family Reviews headed to a local village fete and a Medieval Fun Day.  Some magnificent birds of prey were on display and the kids had great fun on a bouncy castle and playing basketball.

Falcons at medieval fun day

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Continuing the medieval theme I revisited Newcastle Castle. Medieval Mischief was a mixture of stalls selling food and drink as well as demonstrations of life in Medieval times.  There were demonstrations of how a knight got dressed for battle as well as a medieval falconer and musicians. It was a fascinating glimpse into what life might have been like in the castle in these times.

Medieval Mischief at Newcastle Castle

 

Exploring Northumberland National Park

I was recently invited with some other bloggers to spend a day exploring Northumberland National Park.  It was a fascinating day and we fitted in lots.  From mountain bike trails to gentle hikes, muddy festivals, lovely lunches and dark skies where you can see the universe at its best, the park has it all.

view from simonside hill in the cheviots

June from Travel Jems was also on the trip to Northumberland National Park and shared her experience of the day. June managed to reach the top of Simonside Hill and found one of the ancient iron age cup and ring markings that is on the top. The reason for these markings is a mystery, if you have any ideas do let me know below.

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Days Out

When we heard the NE1 Motor Show would be back in Newcastle we decided to go and explore. It was an interesting day with a mix of high powered cars and vintage cars. It was fascinating seeing so many cars taking over the city centre and great to get close to some of the high tech models.

NE1 motor show

Cheryl from Madhouse Family Reviews visited the Sailing Tour De France. It looks like a lovely day out. As well as watching the boats come in after finishing the race there were plenty of other things to do. The kids took full advantage of the bouncy castle and trampolines.

Sailing Tour De France

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Cheryl also managed to fit in a visit to the Festipark Extreme Sports Festival There was lots going on with BMX bikes, a climbing wall and a skate park. Cheryl’s kids got involved and had great fun trying out stilts and taking part in a human table football game. What will they think up next!

 

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Ami from Cranberry and Apricot had a game of golf at Parklands mini golf  in Gosforth. I didn’t even know this existed but it looks great fun. The green has plenty of obstacles to avoid including water features. I imagine it is a challenge to finish.

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Travelling Abroad

As well as adventures close to home there have been some great travel tales on this months linky. Zoe took her motorbike on an epic trip around the United States. She visited some amazing places on her trip and has shared some of these. In Arizona Zoe stopped at the most famous river bend in the world, Horseshoe bend in Arizona. It must have taken the river a long time to carve out this amazing and breathtaking sight.

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Zoe also attempted to ride though Death Valley, the park is so hot that you can fry an egg on the rocks. It is an amazing place to visit. Sadly on this occasion Zoe was stopped by sand and had to give up on the attempt.

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Zoe did manage to do some hiking in Yosemite, which is a lovely place to visit. She stayed in a cabin in the woods that looked rather cosy. Getting off the beaten track and following some of the trails in Yosemite looks amazing, the views are stunning.

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Ami from Cranberry & Apricot also had some adventures abroad with a holiday in Canada. First she took a helicopter ride over Niagara Falls which looks amazing. I have seen the falls from the ground and they are spectacular. A helicopter ride certainly gives another  perspective to the sheer power of these falls.

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Eating Out

All those days out and travelling can make people hungry. Ami also visited the 360 restuarant in the CN Tower while in Toronto to celebrate her birthday. The tower has spectacular views of the city and it rotates round while you eat. The food looks amazing as well, an ideal treat for a birthday.

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Lindsay at Newcastle Family Life went to Thaikhun Metrocentre for a meal with her family. This is a Thai restaurant that has opened recently. The inside looks a little like a Thai street market. The food looks lovely with a varied menu as well as options for children. I am not sure I fancy eating the worms though. I will have to try and pay a visit soon.

 

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A few weeks ago my twitter friends visited Newcastle and we met for the first time. We had a lovely night out, eating at Viva Brazil on Grey Street. They had to leave the next afternoon so we took the opportunity to have a look around Newcastle. We visited the Quayside and popped into the Quayside market. We also had a wander around the Baltic, an art gallery on the Gateshead side of the river. On the way back to Central Station we passed Newcastle Castle and noticed that Medieval Mischief was on.

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Medieval Mischief at Newcastle Castle

Newcastle Castle is a medieval fortress near Central Station in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. We have visited Newcastle Castle before and really enjoyed our visit, finding out a lot about the part the castle played in the history of Newcastle. It is worth walking to the top of the castle for the stunning views across the city. Medieval Mischief was the takeover of the castle by people from medieval times. There were plenty of craft stalls, gifts and food as well as demonstrations and displays about medieval life.  Medieval Mischief was arranged by Time and Tide events who were responsible for the Mercutus, or Roman market, at Segedenum which we went to last year.

Newcastle Castle is made up of two parts, Black Gate and the Castle Keep.  We started off by going into the Black Gate which is the 13th Century Gatehouse.  We noticed a wandering minstral and a buffoon outside the gatehouse as we arrived and we followed them into the Black Keep.

Medieval Mischief

Medeval Mischief at Newcastle Castle

Inside the Black Keep

Inside the Black Keep were plenty of food and craft stalls. We tried some samples of mead from the Lancashire Mead Company. Mead is an alcoholic drink made from fermenting honey and whilst it tastes sweet is quite strong. I loved the names of the meads, Vikings Blood, Freya and Odin among others. They all have a slightly different taste as slightly different things have been added during the fermenting process.

Medieval Mischief

I also bought some pies from this pie stall to take home for my husband to try later.  They had a great selection and some of the pies used medieval herbs like chicken and comfrey.

Medieval Mischief at Newcastle Castle

The Castle Keep

Leaving the Black Gate we headed to the Castle Keep, the castle’s fortified stone tower. There were plenty of stalls on the way to the keep as well as a chance to get your face painted. If you fancied a cake there were plenty to choose from.

Medieval Mischief at Newcastle Castle

Inside the keep were plenty of displays about medieval life. We were shown how difficult it was to dress a knight, I definitely would not fancy wearing that armour.

Medieval Mischief at Newcastle Castle

There were also displays on how to prepare food and falconry. I find birds of prey fascinating and recently had a chance to hold a kestrel. This time we got close to a Harrier Hawk and an owl, both of which are beautiful creatures.

Medieval Mischief at Newcastle Castle

Harrier hawk at Medieval Mischiief

Owl at Medieval Mischief

There was plenty more to see but we did not have time. The short time we spent there was really interesting and we learnt about what it was like to live in medieval times.

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I can’t believe it is the end of May already. This year seems to be rushing past. It has really been starting to feel spring like over the last few weeks. The blossom is out and the hedgerows are starting to fill with flowers. The lovely weather has certainly made it easier to get out exploring and this month you have all been on quite a few adventures. I have really enjoyed finding out what you have all been up to and you have made me want to go and visit lots of different places.

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Melissa from The Diary of a Jewellery Lover is always visiting far flung places and this time she spent 48 hours in New Orleans. Her guide on what to see and do certainly gives a good overview of the city. She packed in a lot included the famous French Quarter and its beautiful architecture. She also managed to do a voodoo tour which sounds fascinating. I would love to go and visit one day and now I have a great idea on what is good to see if I go.

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Galina from Chez Maxikma  spent a day and a half in Brighton with her son Eddie. They packed in a lot on their visit, the Royal Pavilion and the pier. They also managed a trip to Sealife Brighton which looks like a lovely aquarium. I haven’t been to Brighton for years but now I want to go back.

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If you are planing a visit to Brighton Attachment Mummy has put together a great list of the top ten things to do in Brighton with kids This list will keep you busy for a while with plenty of places to visit in Brighton including well known attractions like the pier and promenade. There are also a couple I was not aware of. Volks Railway looks like an interesting place to visit.

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Eileen from ET Speaks From spent a night glamping at Chessington World of Adventures. The accommodation looks really cosy and even had free wi-fi powered by macaw flight! Definitely unusual. The food looked great as well and of course there is access to Chessington World of Adventures. It looks like a great adventure.

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I had a short dog friendly holiday in Scotland, staying at Parkdean in Wemyss Bay. While we were there we took a short trip into Largs. It is a lovely seaside town and while we were there we discovered quite a lot about the Vikings.

View from coast near Largs

Days Out

As well as some lovely holidays there was a collection of great days out. One thing I always love doing is exploring the woods and Attachment Mummy had the same idea. She headed into the woods with her children and spent the day discovering new things. The woods look great with swings and dens to explore. The dens are a permanent fixture and everyone adds a bit to them as they pass by. More woods should have dens like this, it looks great fun.

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Attachment Mummy also visited a farm, she went to Langdon Farm near Southampton. It looks a great place to spend the day. As well as getting close to lots of animals, chicks, pigs, lambs and goats, there was a great playground with trampolines. Visiting a farm is always a great way for kids to learn more about animals, especially if they live in the city. These piglets are really cute.

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I managed two days out. First we visited the Clayshed Festival which was a vintage fair taking place in Hoults Yard in Newcastle. As well as lots of vintage items for sale there were workshops going on. You could learn calligraphy, how to do vintage hair and make up or learn how to jitterbug. There were also vintage cars, plenty of music and lots of food. It was a very interesting visit and funny to think that some of the things that were common when I was a child are now considered vintage.

Tins at the Clayshed vintage festival in Newcastle

We also visited the Maker Faire at the Centre for Life. . The Maker Faire is a celebration of technology and showcases inventions that people have been creating. It is a great mix of ideas, you will find anything from robots to craft to bubbles. The people who have been making the technology are there and are always happy to chat about their inventions. There is a real buzz in the air and I always love visiting.

Maker Faire 2016 at the centre for life

Cheryl from Madhouse Family Reviews went exploring Canterbury and found some hidden gems. Greyfriars Gardens looks like a lovely peaceful place to eat lunch as well as being filled with history. Cheryl also managed a trip on the river and found some lovely historic buildings as well as discovering how boats had to be walked though tunnels. I wouldn’t fancy doing that if the tunnel was very long.

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Cheryl also went on a walk on Oye Plage, a nature reserve near Calais. http://madhousefamilyreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/madhouse-diaries-discovering-oye-plage.html As well as plenty of natural treasures from caterpillars to fish they also found bunkers on the beach. These are remnants of the second world war and have an eerie feel about them. It shows how well constructed they must have been as they have lasted so long.

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Dunkirk is going back in time to the second world war. Cheryl shows us how Operation Dynamo is being reconstructed due to a film being made. The town is being gradually transformed with props. It must be fascinating travelling back in time this way and it will be interesting to see the film when it is finished.

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There certainly have been some amazing adventures this month and I look forward to seeing where everyone goes in June.

 

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On a sunny weekend at the end of April my son and I set off to to visit the Clayshed Vintage Festival. This was a big vintage fair organised by Britain Does Vintage. It promised to be a fun day with food, classic cars, vintage workshops and vintage stalls to browse. The festival itself was taking place in Hoults yard which has been revitalised in recent years from an industrial estate into a funky office studio complex. Hoults yard was originally the site of Maling pottery which was produced here from 1817. At it’s peak Maling employed over 1000 staff. The buildings made a fitting backdrop for the Clayshed Vintage Festival.

Hoults Yard where the Clayshed Vintage Festival took place

When we arrived the festival was already in full swing. As we entered we could hear Buddy Holly songs courtesy of Lewis Hill echoing down the path. There was a range of classic cars supplied by Northumbria Classics which were of great interest. Vintage cars are one of my son’s interests and we spent a happy day at Kielder Water last year for their vintage car rally. We spent some time admiring these cars before entering the festival.

Vintage cars at the clayshed festival

clayshed festival at Hoults yard

Lewis Hall at the clayshed vintage festival

There were plenty of fabulous food stalls outside in case you felt hungry. Some of these were were familiar with like the Pickled Porker who we encountered at the British Street food awards last year. Fat Hippo were also there, familiar from the Boiler Shop Steamer along with Streetzzeria, Monsieur Crepe and Gin Fizz. I never get tried of watching crepes being made on the big hot plates. It would have been easy to eat far too much.

Clayshed vintage festival

Inside there was a light and airy space with plenty to look at and buy. From vintage clothing to things for the home there was plenty to choose from. There were plenty of things I remembered from the past like Beano annuals and paper sewing patters as well as an amazing range of vintage clothes. Things kept catching our eyes, an amazing range of chocolate, a crockery set, beautiful hats and shoes. My son managed to discover a strange pipe from the Fang Tribe of Africa, who sound a bit dangerous. I was fascinated by the fox fur and the vintage suitcase, it looked like someone was ready to set off on a voyage of discovery.

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

We kept finding different things the more we browsed and the stall holders were helpful and quick to chat. If you got tired browsing you could stop and enjoy some fabulous looking cake at Melonberry Vintage tearoom. You could also sit and watch the dancers, who were fabulous. Lindyhopping away, watching them you could easily imagine that you had travelled back in time. If you were feeling brave you could have joined in the dance classes they were running.

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

At the Clayshed Vintage Festival you could also take part in workshops and demos during the day. From Vintage hairstyling and make up, to furniture painting and learning calligraphy or knitting and stitching, there was plenty going on. It was a lovely way to spend a few hours.

Did you go to the Clayshed Vintage fair? What did you think? Did you buy anything while you were there? My son bought a pottery Viking longboat which now has pride of place in our cupboard at home. It was an interesting day out and I look forward to seeing them return next year.

 

The Clayshed Vintage Festival 2016

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It is April already, this year seems to be going so quickly. March was not a great month weather wise which seems to have stopped people getting out. The last few days of the month were a bit brighter. I am hoping April will bring lots of chances for exploring and adventures to read about. I know I didn’t manage to get out anywhere this month. Fortunately I had the pictures from our visit to Kirkley Hall Zoo over the summer so I finally got the chance to write about it.

Kirkley hall zoo

Kirkley Hall Zoo is a small zoo found near Ponteland in the Northumberland countryside. As well as the zoo there is a 17th Century mansion and gardens. There is plenty to explore and you could easily spend a day there. The zoo itself does not have any large animals like elephants or tigers, but there are plenty of other species to see. My favourites were the Mara, which are very strange looking animals and the meerkats. I could spend ages watching them, they are so funny.

Zoe from Splodz Blogz managed to fit in two adventures this month. First she went exploring Bridgnorth

Bridgnorth

Bridgnorth is a lovely town in Shropshire, somewhere I have not been for a long time. I have vague memories of the place where we were staying being haunted by a ghost dog. Bridgnorth looks to very atmospheric with lovely views over the River Severn and a steep hill which can be negotiated by using the funicular railway. Sadly there was also plenty of rubbish spoiling the views.

Zoe then went for a day hike to Mam Tor in the Peak District. This is an area we visited a few years ago when we took a canal trip on the Caldon Canal, the scenery is beautiful. It looks like a steep trek up to the top of the hill but the view is worth the walk. It is stunning but I am sure it is cold up there.

Mam Tor

Thanks to everyone who linked up this month and I hope to read more of your adventures next month.

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