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I'm a SAHM to one beautiful little boy and for the time being a hobby-blogger about all things North East. Because everyone needs something to keep them occupied during nap-times.

Mother of Dragons blogs about York, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Leeds.

Holgate Windmill - by Mother of Dragons

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Holgate Windmill is a beautiful and fascinating building preserved through the hard work of a group of volunteers, and for any curious toddler the idea of being allowed to climb about inside what is essentially an enormo...
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The Sidings - by Mother of Dragons

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A restaurant in a location which overlooks railway lines, featuring several tables set within disused railway carriages is surely a paradise for any train lover. Welcome to The Sidings Mediterranean Bar and Restaurant in...
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The Deep - by Mother of Dragons

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Now that autumn is here, we find ourselves increasingly looking for days out which don't rely on sunny weather. It's the ideal time of year to visit an aquarium - and as aquariums go, it doesn't get much better than the ...
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York Boat - by Mother of Dragons

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For a fresh perspective on our beautiful city, we took a trip on the York Boat. Because a cruise on the Ouse is hard to refuse....
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Yorkshire Wildlife Park - by Mother of Dragons

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Our toddler knows a lot about jungle animals, but mostly from watching Rara the Noisy Lion. We decided that it was high time we took him to Yorkshire Wildlife Park to meet the real thing....
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Murton Park - by Mother of Dragons

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Just outside York, Murton Park is home to the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Derwent Valley Light Railway. We took our toddler there to try and decide once and for all which is better - tractors or trains?...
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Stockeld Park - by Mother of Dragons

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For a family day out with a twist, we took a trip to the enchanted forest at Stockeld Park....
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Newby Hall - by Mother of Dragons

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About half an hour's drive from Harrogate is Newby Hall, an eighteenth-century mansion designed by Christopher Wren. With 25 acres of gardens, a boating lake, an adventure playground and a miniature railway it is a parad...
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York Maze - by Mother of Dragons

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According to Trip Advisor, York Maze is the number one visitor attraction in York. We went to see what all the fuss is about....
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Yorkshire Lavender - by Mother of Dragons

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Nestled in the beautiful Howardian Hills, Yorkshire Lavender is an ideal place to go and let off a bit of steam on a sunny day....
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City Screen Picturehouse - by Mother of Dragons

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When I was pregnant people seemed to delight in telling me that once the baby arrived I wouldn't have time to go to the Cinema anymore (amongst many other things). Clearly they hadn't heard of City Screen....
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Castle Howard - by Mother of Dragons

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Castle Howard is one of the biggest and most popular stately homes in Yorkshire. But does it have what it takes to keep a toddler entertained?...
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Dalby Forest and the Great Gruffalo Forest Tour - by Mother of Dragons

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2014 is the 15th anniversary of the publication of Julia Donaldson's "Gruffalo", and the Forestry Commission Has organised a series of events to mark the occasion. We went to the beautiful Dalby Forest to meet him....
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National Railway Museum - by Mother of Dragons

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Near the top of any list of things to do with children in York must surely be a trip to the National Railway Museum. Here's why....
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Piglets Adventure Farm Park - by Mother of Dragons

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Just off the A64 near York is Piglets, a farm-themed adventure playground which is currently my son's idea of heaven....
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Burnby Hall Museum and Gardens - by Mother of Dragons

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Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington, off the A1079 between York and Beverley is a beautiful place for a day out, with plenty to keep children entertained....
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Giraffe - by Mother of Dragons

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Vanguard Retail Park, just outside York city centre, offers many options to foot-sore shoppers in need of lunch, but since our toddler seemed determined to make friends with the giant plastic giraffe statue outside, we t...
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The Balloon Tree - by Mother of Dragons

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The Balloon Tree Farm Shop and Cafe is situated on the A166 just outside Gate Helmsley. With an outdoor play area and animal viewing area (both free of charge to customers), this is one of our favourite places for lunch ...
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