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I created the Facebook group Harrogate Mumbler when I first moved back to Harrogate 18 months ago as a sort of virtual community for local mums. Since then, the group has gone from strength to strength to the point that I now have over 2,200 local mums on there sharing advice, support and information on a daily basis.

I could never have imaged how successful it would become but I am now immensely proud to launch the next member of the Mumbler family, www.harrogatemumbler.com

This new website contains a vast array of information and support designed a ‘one-stop shop’ for local families so I hope you will take the time to take a look around for yourself.

The events calendar, which is already proving to be hugely popular, allows users to quickly glance and see what activities are on for families on any given day. At this time of year it contains information about where to see Santa and special seasonal events such as Christmas fairs and Christmas shopping evenings. It also contains details of the Mumbler ‘meet-ups’ where us mums can get together to make new friends, catch up with old ones and let the kids run off some energy!

If you want to find out about children’s classes in the area, from playgroups to baby clinics, ballet, singing and sports, these are all listed in a very user-friendly way on the Classes and Playgroups page. There is also a restaurant reviews page where we have detailed all the best family-friendly places to eat, from cafes to pubs, town centre and further afield in the county.

Experience on the Facebook group has shown that getting the right man for the job can be a daunting prospect so we have included a trusted trades page listing tradesmen who have been genuinely recommended by local mums and is a great starting point when gathering quotes for a job. We also have areas of the site designed specifically for working families which includes childcare providers, again with genuine Mumbler recommendations where appropriate.

One of the most exciting new areas is the Jobs for mums section which lists family friendly roles in the local area. These might be part time, short term or flexible roles which fit around family life.

Harrogatemumbler.com also has designated areas for buying, selling and giving away baby and child related items as well as an online chat forum. These have been the most useful aspects of the mumbler community as local families have been able to help each other out, support each other and save a small fortune in these tough financial times.

There are plenty of ideas for daytrips away and places to visit in the days out section of the site. Separated into categories such as farms, museums, walks and parks it is extremely quick and easy to navigate around and should help you get the most out of your precious family time.

Finally, we have an offers and discounts page which changes regularly and contains some fantastic deals.

There is so much more for you to browse around but www.harrogatemumbler.com is a work in progress so we would love to get your feedback. Please get in touch with your own recommendations and reviews and thank you all so much for making the Harrogate mumbler community the success it has now become.

What’s on?

Saturday, December 8

1-3pm Santa will be at the Darley Mill Centre to support Henshaws. Come visit Santa in his grotto, and enjoy three floors of shopping, home cooked food, and beautiful surroundings.

9.30am -1pm Winter Arts Morning at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library. Calling all children Please help us create a fantastic winter collage for the library. See your work on display! Drop in any time from 9.30am-1pm Suitable for all ages. A small treat will be provided to all artists.

10.30am-4pm Ripon Workhouse Museum invites you to step back in time with us to the year 1890 and join us as we open our doors for Christmas Day in Workhouse. As you walk the corridors you will meet some of the real life characters of the workhouse itself: disgruntled inmates, pompous guardians, strict school mistresses, bossy matrons and even a drunken vagrant with a hidden past as life is breathed once again into the cells, corridors and work yard of this wonderful building. You will have chance to talk to the inmates to see how the poor lived and learn what it was like to spend your day oakum picking, breaking stones, doing laundry and scrubbing. The guardians will tell you about their last inspection, their views of the inmates and their new pride and joy, a hot water system! Refreshments will be served and performances of music hall songs, Victorian music and Christmas carols will be provided by Marking time throughout the day.

Ripon workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon, HG4 1LE Admission - £3 per adult, children free. Further info - info@riponsmuseums.co.uk or see the website www.riponmuseums.co.uk

Saturday, and Sunday December 8/9

10am-4pm The Magic of Christmas at Harlow Carr. Magical series of events for all the family. Children can decorate their own gingerbread man (11am-3pm), write and post a letter to Santa (10am-4pm) and spot hidden presents around the gardens

11am-2.30pm Santa’s Grotto at Ripley Castle. Bring your children this festive season to meet Santa in his cosy Workshop Grotto at Ripley Castle. Timed tickets from 11am-12.30pm and 1-2.30pm. To book telephone: 01423 770152 (EX 233) or call in at the Castle Gift Shop.