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

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Two new play areas coming to Poole Park

Works will be carried out at Poole Park to re-design the play areas. The new facilities could be ready early next year.  BCP Council has announced exciting news for Poole Park. Local families will be able to enjoy two improved play areas with bespoke new features.  The aim is to improve the existing design and…

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Happy Ever After at Lighthouse, Poole this Christmas!

Lighthouse, Poole announces a special show this Christmas. Directed by CBeebies star Chris Jarvis and featuring CBBC presenters Naomi Wilkinson and Ed Petrie. Lighthouse is back this week with more awesome news. Poole’s Centre for the Arts has announced a very special family show taking the stage this Christmas, with a star-studded cast. Directed by CBeebies star…

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Looking after our furry babies! Mumbler reviews raw dog food from Bella & Duke

A review by our sister site Harrogate Mumbler.  As our regular readers will know, we often get asked to try out products for our kids, this time though, I get to introduce our “furry daughter” AKA the Mumbler mutt, Elsa (Yes, we got her in the height of the Disney Frozen craze in 2015 and…

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Pumpkin Picking In Dorset

Where to pick your own pumpkins from local farms in Dorset, and where to go pumpkin carving this year. Halloween may be slightly different this year but we think it’s a great opportunity to focus on what we CAN do, instead of what we can’t, and enjoy a slower pace of family life. After all,…

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Big Bang Box Review

Fun activities to do at home with kids of all ages     I reviewed with my family the new BIG BANG BOXES by Dorset-based business Big Bang Science. In this blog, I talk about why these boxes are completely different from any other I’ve tried before and why I think you’d love them too.  I have…

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Lighthouse Poole secures grant

Lighthouse, Poole welcomes incredible news this month!  Poole’s Centre for the Arts will receive nearly £1M from the Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to focus on recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Read more below.   Today’s announcement that Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, is to receive a grant of £987,964 from the Culture Recovery Fund has been welcomed…

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Half-Term and Halloween in Dorset

What’s on this year in Bournemouth, Poole and the rest of Dorset   Wondering what to do with your kids during the half-term? There are lots of options to choose from in Dorset. Although many events in the UK have been cancelled due to COVID-19, and many others are running at reduced capacity, we have…

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Is Trick-or-treating cancelled this year? Find out how you can celebrate Halloween

COVID-safe ideas for Halloween and alternatives to Trick-or-treating Now that most kids are back at school and life is slowly getting back to some kind of normal, many families are turning their attention to events and gatherings traditionally celebrated in the second half of the year. But wait! It’s 2020 and COVID-19 has changed the…

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Honeybrook Christmas Competition

Have a magical Christmas at Honeybrook Adventure Farm this year! Christmas isn’t cancelled at Honeybrook Adventure Farm! This year has been, without a doubt, very uncertain for many families. But the team at Honeybrook Adventure Farm has been working hard to respond quickly to any changes in COVID-19 guidelines and to make sure their visitors don’t…

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Agreeing time with your children following separation

A separation will inevitably mean a change in the family dynamic, and you may be concerned about what this will mean for your relationship with your children.  New arrangements will have to be put in place in relation to where the children will reside, and what time they will spend with each parent.   ‘There…

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