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If you’re reading aloud as a family, or looking for tales for your children to read alone, this list of classics will stir some major nostalgia from your own childhood and give your children some incredible literary journeys to take themselves on! Check these out:

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1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

Written by Eric Carle and first published in 1969, this is a classic tale and tells the story of a hungry caterpillar eating his way through various foods until getting a tummy ache and turning into a beautiful butterfly! Aimed at children under 5 – this is a great story that’ll turn bedtime reading into lots of fun.

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2. The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

A beautifully illustrated book that follows a small mouse that walks through the woods meeting lots of woodland predators including snakes and owls. To warn them off, the mouse tells them about a scary fictional monster with big teeth – the Gruffalo! A wonderful rhyming tale that your children will want to read over and over.

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If you’ve left it to the last minute to kit your kids out in the spookiest Halloween costume, have no fear, we’ve put some ideas together for making costumes using items around your house!

So whether they’re off to a Halloween party for a treat, or dressing up for school, these tips and tricks will take the pressure off if you’ve not got time to head to the shops – and what’s more – they’ll have their very own individual costume that no one else will have!

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We've rounded up some amazing accessible family days out with the kids. We've got lots of ideas: from outdoor activities, theme parks and even winter sports - check out our advice.

Energetic fun for everyone

Outdoor activity centres 

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Bendrigg Trust is a residential activity centre specialising in high quality courses for disabled and disadvantaged people. They are specialist providers of outdoor activities for those with disabilities.  Activities are ran for all the family including climbing, abseiling, caving, canoeing, orienteering, sailing, sensory rooms and cycling – plus lots more. 

Calvert Trust enables people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure in the countryside. Their specialist equipment enables all abilities to take part in activities, including hoist facilities for the riding school and pontoon for water activities, climbing supports and adaptive equipment such as paddle grips – and all accommodation is fully accessible – ensuring you and your family have a great time taking part in any activity you want. They have centres in Exmoor, Kielder and the Lake District.