Out and About Round Up: July 2016

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.


Image credit: Travel Jems


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

Image Credit: Madhouse Family Reviews


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!


Image Credit: Madhouse Family Reviews

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.

Image Credit: Cranberry & Apricot

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.

Image Credit: Splodz Blogz

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.

Image Credit: Splodz Blogz

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.

Image Credit: Splodz Blogz

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.

Image Credit: Cranberry & Apricot

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.

Image Credit: Cranberry & Apricot


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.


Image Credit: Newcastle Family Life

Out and About Linky

The out and about linky is a linky for places of interest you have visited, restaurants you have eaten out at, days out with the kids or holiday diaries. If you have been out and about over the month do link up . It is co-hosted with Chez Maximka and stays open until the end of the month. If you have been anywhere recently why not link up? We love to find out about your adventures.
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