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

If you would like to write a guest blog on any parenting or local issue then we would love to hear from you. Please submit it to us via the ‘contact us’ page.

Here are the links to some more blogs that mumbler loves:

North and Soul by our very own mumbler, Gillian Bruce.

The Future of Downs Written by an amazing and inspirational friend of Mumbler, Helen Kingdon.

Shrinking Violet in the ‘gate A fantastic local lifestyle local blog. Check out the article about Mumbler! (biased? Us?!)

Areyoukiddingney Another of our amazing Mumbler mums, Elizabeth Dimelow.

Finding Books To Engage Reluctant Readers

When it comes to reluctant readers, statistics show that a higher number of boys are less likely to want to read for pleasure than girls. However, when they do read, the issue (especially with boys is seems) becomes how well they read.   Lots of studies have looked into the reading habits of children. One…

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The Yorkshire Vet At Countryside Live

Kick start the Autumn half term with a fabulous new event at the Great Yorkshire Showground, as TV favourites Julian Norton and Peter Wright take centre stage with “The Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live”.   The TV favourites will be the star attractions of the two-day event in Harrogate which will be bigger and better…

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Mumbler Review: Twigs N’ Stix Forest School

Twigs n’ Stix Forest School is set in 11 acres of ancient woodland in the heart of Nidderdale, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is located on the outskirts of Glasshouses village, down a little country road, surrounded by farmland with a view of the National Trust site of Brimham Rocks. All…

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StrEat Food & Family Fun Festival Newby Hall, Ripon 22-24 September 2017

If you loved the Valley Gardens StrEat Food Festival over the bank holiday weekend then prepare yourself for the brand new StrEat Food and Family Fun Festival launching at Newby Hall and Gardens from 22-24th September! The 3 day event will take festival goers and foodie fans on a gastronomic global journey of discovery, combined with…

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Ways To Encourage A Reluctant Reader

Does the statement “I hate reading” sound familiar? Unfortunately, many children feel this way about reading, and our third blog in our back to school series focuses on those reluctant readers.   The link between reading for pleasure and success in school is well documented. Many studies* have shown that those children who read for…

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Mind Your Language

According to a report published by Save the Children* the number of words your child knows by the age of five is a key indicator of their reading success at age eleven, and the impact of children’s early language development can extend far into adulthood. A child with weak language skills at the age of…

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A Teacher’s Thoughts On Heading Back To School

It is that time of year when parents are thinking about getting their children ready for going back to school. There are lots of ways that you can help your child to prepare – Here are some helpful tips and hints to guide you. First and foremost, plenty of sleep is important to your child’s…

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An Open Letter To Parents Of Three And Four Year Olds

The government has brought in ‘free’ childcare for many 3 and 4 years olds from today, however as the full picture emerges, it would seem that many, if not all local childcarers and nursery settings could suffer and may be forced to close their doors as a result of these changes. Harrogate nursery owner (and…

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Mumbler Review: Swinton Bivouac

Tucked away in the rolling hills and moors on the edge of Nidderdale, close to Masham and only 25 minutes from Ripon, is a mysterious folly known as the Druid’s Temple set in the grounds of Swinton Bivouac, part of the larger Swinton Estate. Not much is known about it’s construction but it is thought…

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Tried And Tested Harry Potter Party Ideas

While my kids are at different points in the Harry Potter series they both love the books and the few films they’ve seen. We made the mistake of asking what they wanted to do for their birthdays this year and both said Harry Potter party. So we started looking for ideas to try out. And…

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