Make A Difference This Christmas With Feeding Families North East

With the “Season Of Goodwill” edging ever closer, I’m sharing the work Feeding Families do to make a difference to so many families here in the North East.


About Feeding Families: Feeding Families is a charity based in North East England that offers support, hope and security to those experiencing food poverty. Working closely with other organisations and agencies, Feeding Families ensure that thousands of families in desperate need have access to Emergency Food Boxes and Support Packages. Feeding Families offers more than just food, it shows compassion to those in crisis.


The History Of Feeding Families: In 2016, as part of a personal project, the very first Feeding Families hampers were delivered to people who were struggling to make their already stretched resources cover the extra expense of Christmas. On 29th October 2017, Feeding Families as an organisation was born and in 2020 they delivered over 3000 Christmas Hampers across the North East. Feeding Families now operate a weekly packing centre where food boxes are created all year round, they partner with other local charities and organisations to get them to the people most in need.


Get Involved With Feeding Families:

Volunteer

To ensure those affected by food poverty receive help, Feeding Families not only needs a constant supply of donated food, but a vast army of volunteers to work in their packaging centres and to deliver food boxes. Whether you would like to commit a few days a week, or hours a month or just help as a one-off, your time will make a valuable difference to Feeding Families and those they support.

Fundraise

Feeding Families is constantly humbled by the huge number of people wanting to fundraise in support of the charity and their mission. Much needed money has been raised through auctions, raffles, sponsored events, and appeals, by hundreds of supporters.

Food Collections

Feeding Families need a constant flow of food into their packing centres to support all the families that need help. Each box contains 20 items so you can imagine how much food Feeding Families need. If you can arrange a collection at your work or school, village, estate, or street Feeding Families can provide a collection box and flyers listing the food items that they need.

Give A Christmas Hamper

For many families, Christmas is another stress on top of the daily challenges of living. The added expense of providing special things for their family can be overwhelmingly difficult and none of us would want to see our children without a decent meal and a present under the tree. For others, especially those who are alone, it might not seem that anyone cares and it’s not worth making the effort. This is where Feeding Families can help. Feeding Families is built around the generosity of people willing to help those less fortunate than themselves to enjoy Christmas. Feeding Families accept requests for hampers from anyone who is in genuine need (subject to meeting criteria), and they match them up with kind hearted people who donate a Christmas Hamper full of everything to make a special Christmas dinner. It’s just one less thing for the recipient to have to worry about.


Contact Feeding Families: https://feedingfamilies.org.uk


Every year since 2018, we’ve participated in the Feeding Families Christmas Campaign – whether that’s delivering a food hamper or donating the cash equivalent, it’s something both Evie & Harry are eager to help with. The whole process, from sign up to delivery, is very simple. For full details about the process, have a read of https://feedingfamilies.azurewebsites.net/give/information

Putting together a Christmas Hamper knowing how much it will help a local family is an emotional, and humbling, experience, one we will continue to do year on year for as long as the scheme is running.

Pick Your Own Christmas Tree In And Around The North East


Brookfield Farm Christmas Trees, Stockton-On-Tees

Open From: Friday, 26th November 2021

Postcode: TS20 1PF

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://www.brookfieldfarmchristmas.com


Broomhall Christmas Trees, Newcastle

Open From: Saturday, 27th November 2021

Postcode: NE5 1NS

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://broomhallchristmastrees.com


Christmas Trees At Meldon Park, Northumberland

Open From: Thursday, 25th November 2021

Postcode: NE61 3SW

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://www.christmastreesatmeldonpark.co.uk


Croft Christmas Trees, Darlington

Open From: Friday, 19th November 2021

Postcode: DL2 2TF

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://croftchristmastrees.com


Dodds Christmas Trees, Teesside

Open From: TBC

Postcode: TS18 3FE

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://www.o-christmas-tree.com


Durham Christmas Trees, Durham

Open From: Friday, 26th November 2021

Postcode: DH6 5NJ

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://www.durhamchristmastrees.co.uk


East Grange Christmas Trees, Durham

Open From: TBC

Postcode: DH1 2TB

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://www.eastgrange.com


Edelweiss Christmas Tree Company, Seaton Delaval

Open From: Friday, 26th November 2021

Postcode: NE25 0PP

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://edelweisstrees.com


Northern Christmas Trees, Gosforth

Open From: Friday, 19th November 2021

Postcode: NE3 2DT

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://www.northernchristmastreesgosforth.com


Whelly Hill Farm Christmas Trees, Hartlepool

Open From: Saturday, 27th November 2021

Postcode: TS27 3BH

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://www.whellyhillfarm.com


**Real Tree Hints & Tip**

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Getting The Most From Your Tree

Christmas Light Switch On Events In & Around The North East

The countdown to Christmas is officially on! After last year, almost all Christmas Light Switch On Events are back welcoming spectators and promise to be bigger than ever – with most offering a full programme of entertainment from parades and live music to guest appearances and street performers. I’m sure even the most Christmas-averse person cracks a smile at the sight of magical festive light displays so wrap up warm and join your local switch on.

As always, if you’re planning to visit any of the events listed, ALWAYS check direct with the organisers beforehand to ensure none of the details have changed.


Blyth

When: Friday 19th & Saturday 20th November 2021

Where: Blyth Town Centre

Highlights: TBC

Website: https://www.blythtowncouncil.org.uk/whatson.php

Image By Blyth Town Council

Dalton Park

When: Saturday 13th November 2021

Where: Dalton Park

Highlights: Metro Radio’s Steve and Karen will be flipping the switch

Website: https://www.dalton-park.co.uk/events/launch-of-christmas-2021/

Image By Dalton Park

Gateshead

When: Thursday 18th November 2021

Where: Trinity Square

Highlights: Popular character “Grinchy” is back again for 2021

Website: https://trinitysquaregateshead.co.uk/latest/grinchy-is-back/

Image By Trinity Square

Hebburn

When: Monday 29th November 2021

Where: Fountain Park

Highlights: The switch on will be led by community heroes in recognition of their outstanding support during the Covid pandemic

Website: https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/74083/South-Tyneside-to-Shine-Bright-this-Christmas

Image by South Tyneside Council

Hexham

When: Friday 26th November 2021

Where: Market Place and Hexham Abbey

Highlights: TBC

Website: https://www.visithexham.net/events/christmas-hexham-2021

Image By Hexham Courant

Jarrow

When: Friday 26th November 2021

Where: Jarrow Town Hall

Highlights: The switch on will be led by community heroes in recognition of their outstanding support during the Covid pandemic

Website: https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/74083/South-Tyneside-to-Shine-Bright-this-Christmas

Image By South Tyneside Council

Newcastle

When: Thursday 11th November 2021

Where: Grey Street

Highlights: Hosted by Metro Radio

Website: https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/citylife-news/culture/newcastles-christmas-lights-switch-back

Image By Newcastle Council

Middlesbrough

When: Sunday 28th November 2021

Where: Centre Square

Highlights: TBC

Website: https://www.wearemiddlesbrough.com/whats-on/family/christmas-parade-and-switch-on/

Image By Gazette Live

Redcar

When: Sunday 28th November 2021

Where: Town Centre

Highlights: Fire and Ice Parade followed by an evening hosted by Zetland FM

Website: https://redcarcleveland.co.uk/enjoy/event/redcar-christmas-lights-switch-on/

Image By Redcar Cleveland Council

Rothbury

When: Saturday 20th November 2021

Where: Town Centre

Highlights: TBC

Website: https://m.facebook.com/Rothburychristmaslights/


South Shields

When: Wednesday 24th November

Where: Market Place

Highlights: The switch on will be led by community heroes in recognition of their outstanding support during the Covid pandemic

Website: https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/74083/South-Tyneside-to-Shine-Bright-this-Christmas

Image By Shields Gazzette

Sunderland

When: Thursday 18th November 2021

Where: Keel Square

Highlights: Star of Sunderland Empire’s Pantomime, Su Pollard, will be making an appearance

Website: https://www.mysunderland.co.uk/christmaslights

Image By My Sunderland

Ice Skating This Festive Season In & Around The North East


The build up and buzz to Christmas 2021 is well underway now and one of our favourite family festive activities is ice skating. There’s something so nostalgic about putting on a pair of skates and slipping around the rink. Here’s our guide to the best ice skating experiences available this year.

*I’ll be updating this post regularly so keep checking back*


Centre For Life, Newcastle

Dates: 13th November 2021 – 9th January 2022

Where: Times Square, NE1 4EP

About: “We are delighted to confirm that our much-loved, open-air ice rink will return this winter. Tickets for timed slots can be purchased online in advance. Some slots will be kept free for walk-ups – but booking is advised to avoid disappointment.”

Prices: Adult – £11.50, Child – £9.00, Under 4’s – £4.00

Booking & Further Details: https://www.life.org.uk/events/ice-skating

Centre For Life, Newcastle

Keel Square, Sunderland

Dates: 27th November 2021 – 3rd January 2022

Where: Keel Square, SR1 3LH

About: “Ready to deliver a magical winter experience for people of all ages we promise to give you the best year yet at Sunderland Ice Rink with our fantastic new all weather rink – say goodbye to the rain and wind we now have a huge marquee covering us from the elements!”

Prices: Adult – £10.00, Child – £8.00, Under 4’s – £3.00

Booking & Further Details: https://sunderlandicerink.co.uk

Keel Square, Sunderland

Manor Walks, Cramlington

Dates: 2nd December 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Where: Manor Walks Shopping Centre, NE23 6UT

About: “Join us at Manor Walks Shopping Centre for festive fun with a glide on our first ever real ice rink! Grab your skates and enjoy the 32x 15m open air ice rink and enjoy the perfect day out with friends and family.”

Prices: Adult – £9.00, Child – £6.00

Booking & Further Details: https://www.manorwalks.co.uk/news-events/events/festive-ice-rink/

Manor Walks, Cramlington

Metro Centre, Gateshead

Dates: 9th November 2021 – 31st December 2021

Where: Exhibition Square, NE11 9YG

About: “We’ve brought the outdoors indoors this year with our magical Arctic Experience. Little kids, and big kids too, can skate on our synthetic ice rink, grab a selfie on our enchanted throne, and watch the magical snow fall indoors.”

Prices: £2 per person

Booking & Further Details: https://themetrocentre.co.uk/whats-on/events/arctic-experience

Metro Centre, Gateshead

Ocean Beach, South Shields

Dates: 26th November 2021 – 9th January 2022

Where: Sea Road, NE33 2LA

About: “With Festive food stalls, Bar, our very own real ice skating rink and of course some of your favourite rides and arcades are open daily too.”

Prices: Adult – £9.00, Child – £7.00

Booking & Further Details: https://www.oceanbeach.co.uk/events/ice-skating-and-winter-wonderland/

Ocean Beach, South Shields

Winter Winderland, Gosforth

Dates: 19th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Where: Racecourse, NE3 5HP

About: “We have something for all the family – from thrilling rides, attractions and an ice rink to Santa Claus himself & his reindeer. This is not one to be missed! We look forward to seeing you there!”

Prices: Adult – £9.50, Child – £7.50 (general admission tickets also need to be purchased)

Booking & Further Details: https://www.winterwonderlandnewcastleracecourse.co.uk/events/ice-skating-book-online.php

Winter Winderland, Gosforth

Winter Wonderland At Rainton Arena, Houghton-Le-Spring

Dates: 26th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Where: DH4 5PH

About: “Grab Your Skates And Come And Join Us At Our Real Open Air Ice Rink. Kick Off The Winter Season With Some Festive Skating, Open Daily. Stretch Out And Practice Your Skating Moves And Enjoy The Afternoon Sun As It Glistens On The Ice; Soak Up The Romantic Atmosphere At Twilight, Or Skate After Dark Under The Stars.”

Prices: TBC

Booking & Further Details: https://raintonarena.co.uk/events/

Winter Wonderland At Rainton Arena, Houghton-Le-Spring


Halloween Trails In And Around The North East


From bats to pumpkins, ghosts to potions there are loads of Halloween Trails happening over Half Term throughout the region.


Alnwick Garden Family Friendly Halloween Trail, Alnwick

What They Say: “Grisly ghouls, spooky skeletons and Halloween nasties have taken over The Alnwick Garden, grab your family’s hand and go on a spook-tacular adventure around The Alnwick ‘Spooky’ Garden. A trail card and activity pack will assist you on your ghoulsome journey.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.alnwickgarden.com/events/daytime-halloween-trail-2021-10-23/


Berwick Museum Bat Trail, Berwick

What They Say: “Pick up your trail sheet at the museum Welcome Desk then explore the museum to try and find all the bats. Count how many you can find and make your way back to the Welcome Desk with your completed trail sheet. If you’ve spotted them all then you’ll be rewarded with a small sweet treat! The Berwick Bat Trail is inspired by the story of the Berwick Vampire.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/whats-on/berwick-bat-trail/


Ford & Etal Scarycrow Trail, Heatherslaw

What They Say: “The famous Scarycrow Trail has been running for over 10 years and causes great excitement amongst visitors and locals. Follow the trail of weird and wonderful ‘Scarycrows’ around the villages, awarding them scores as you go.”

Booking Needed:

When: Monday 25th October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.ford-and-etal.co.uk/events/the-famous-scarycrow-trail/


Gibside Halloween Trail, Rowlands Gill

What They Say: “Venture on a quest through the West Wood and help Ghastly Griselda collect magic items to conjure a grizzly pet. Creep towards Griselda’s lair and create a scary monster using twigs, acorns, leaves and more – from spindly arms and scruffy hair to yellow fangs and eyes that glare!”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/557cf357-7f51-46bb-82a8-174e5f7784d6/pages/details


Hardwick Park Day Of The Dead Trail, Sedgefield

What They Say: “This Halloween trail is inspired by the Day of the Dead. Purchase your trail sheet from the café and search for the items hidden around the park. Each one will help you learn more about the Mexican traditions relating to this special.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.thisisdurham.com/whats-on/day-of-the-dead-trail-at-hardwick-park-p1075861


High Force Halloween Trail, Co. Durham

What They Say: “If you venture down to High Force Waterfall this Halloween, you’ll find a series of spine-tingling clues along our woodland walk. Can you collect them all, solve the puzzle and make it all the way back to the Hotel?”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.raby.co.uk/events/high-force-halloween-trail/


Land Of Oak & Iron Painted Pumpkin Trail, Winlaton Mill

What They Say: “After the popularity of last year’s trail – we have once again enlisted our artist friends and our staff team to get creative by hand painting spooky pumpkins for our Painted Pumpkin Trail! Visit the Heritage Centre in Winlaton Mill and pick up a trail page during half-term, then find and name all the different painted pumpkins that you encounter.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: http://landofoakandiron.org.uk


Newham Grange Farm Halloween Trail, Middlesbrough

What They Say: “Complete the Halloween Trail on a Halloween Walk.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Friday 29th October 2021

Further Details: https://newhamgrangefarm.co.uk/discover/events/halloween-fun/


North Tyneside Big Pumpkin Trail, North Tyneside

What They Say: “The Borough’s Big Halloween Pumpkin Trail features 30 giant pumpkin caricatures on pavements in and around town centre locations, and adventurers will be able to track all of them using a free app. Characters can be found in Tynemouth, Wallsend, Whitley Bay, North Shields, Cullercoats, Killingworth, Forest Hall and more.”

Booking Needed:

When: Throughout October

Further Details: https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/news/29023/north-tynesides-big-halloween-pumpkin-trail


Northumberlandia Pumpkin & Bat Trails, Cramlington

What They Say: “Download our trail guide to help your explorers find our hidden clues in the woodland, learning interesting facts as you go.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.facebook.com/northumberlandia/


Ormsby Hall Potion & Poisons Trail, Middlesbrough

What They Say: “Are you brave enough to follow the Halloween trail through the house? Grab your potion ingredients list before searching for the potion bottles to find out what is required to cast your spookiest spell. Keep alert for what you might find in the dark rooms filled with magic and mystery, then continue your spooky adventure outside to discover more about the darker side of nature on the poison garden trail.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ormesby-hall/features/halloween-adventures-at-ormesby-hall

Ormsby Hall Potion & Poisons Trail, Middlesbrough

Paxton House Halloween Trail, Berwick-Upon-Tweed

What They Say: “Come and follow our Halloween Trail around the grounds at Paxton House for some spooky surprises this October. “

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 9th October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://paxtonhouse.co.uk/event/halloween-trail/

Paxton House Halloween Trail, Berwick-Upon-Tweed

Project Feelgood Halloween Rock Hunt, Blyth

What They Say: “Find all the clues on our spooky trail to complete the quest.”

Booking Needed:

When: Wednesday 27th October

Further Details: https://m.facebook.com/ProjectFeelGoodUK/

Project Feelgood Halloween Rock Hunt, Blyth

Raby Castle Halloween Trail, Co. Durham

What They Say: “Collect an activity sheet from our creepy Coach Yard and see what hidden creatures you can find. Steer clear of the Witch’s cauldron and brave our scary spiders to find all of the clues and complete the puzzle.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.raby.co.uk/events/halloween-half-term-trail/

Raby Castle Halloween Trail, Co. Durham

Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland

What They Say: “Get into the spirit of Halloween with our spooky outdoor trail.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas/features/october-half-term-at-souter-lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland

Tynemouth Park Pumpkin Trail, Tynemouth

What They Say: “Follow the pumpkin trail through the maze”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.tynemouthpark.com

Tynemouth Park Pumpkin Trail, Tynemouth

Ushaw Illuminated Trail, Durham

What They Say: “Travel through our child-friendly Halloween-themed illuminated gardens, where you will come across some rather spooky characters roaming the grounds of Ushaw.”

Booking Needed:

When: Friday 29th October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://ushaw.org/whatson/halloween-at-ushaw-illuminated-trail/

Ushaw Illuminated Trail, Durham

Wallington Broomstick Trail, Morpeth

What They Say: “Thirteen witches have left their best broomsticks behind at Wallington! See how many you can spot during your visit.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington


Washington Wetland Centre Halloween Trail, Washington

What They Say: “Are you brave enough to explore the weird and wonderful side of wetland nature this October? Discover what lurks beneath and join us on our all new interactive trail to uncover amazing facts about some very special creatures, while facing tricky tests along the way.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 2nd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.facebook.com/wwtwashington/

Washington Wetland Centre Halloween Trail, Washington

Woodhorn Museum, Ashington

What They Say: “Pick up your trail sheet and then explore the museum and colliery buildings to try and find all the hidden pumpkins.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/woodhorn-museum/event/pumpkin-trail-4

Woodhorn Museum, Ashington

Video Gaming Lounges In And Around The North East

Gaming lounges have undergone a massive change in the last couple of years. Previously referred to as ‘gaming cafes’ or ‘cyber dens’ the popularity of gaming lounges has grown dramatically in-line with the latest gaming trends and the global esports industry.

Offering a wide range of the latest consoles, gaming lounges are open to all who have a passion for gaming.

If you’ve never been to a gaming lounge before but would like to give them a go, I’ve listed our favourites below:


The Arcade Warehouse, Royal Quays

*OPENING SOON*

Consoles Available: TBC

Prices: TBC

Opening Hours: TBC

On-Site Cafe: TBC

Further Details: https://thearcadewarehouse.co.uk/

The Arcade Warehouse, Royal Quays

The CTRL Pad, Newcastle

Consoles Available: PlayStation (VR, 3 & 4), XBox (One & 360), Nintendo (Switch, SNES Mini, N64, GameCube, Wii U & NES Mini), SEGA (Dreamcast), PC

Prices: From £5 per person per hour

Opening Hours: Sunday to Friday 12 noon-6pm, Saturday 12 noon-8pm

On-Site Cafe:

Further Details: https://thectrlpad.com

The CTRL Pad, Newcastle

Gamer Esc, Sunderland

Consoles Available: PlayStation, XBox, VR, PC

Prices: From £5 per person per hour

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 1:30pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-6pm

On-Site Cafe:

Further Details: https://www.gamer-esc.co.uk/

Gamer Esc, Sunderland

Gamers World, Darlington

Consoles Available: PlayStation, XBox, VR, PC

Prices: From £5 per person per hour

Opening Hours: Daily 10am-8pm

On-Site Cafe:

Further Details: https://m.facebook.com/GamersWorldUK/

Gamers World, Darlington

Harry’s Game Shack, Newcastle & Sunderland

Consoles Available: PlayStation, XBox, VR, PC

Prices: From £5 per person per hour

Opening Hours: Site dependent

On-site Cafe:

Further Details: https://www.harrysgameshack.com

Harry’s Game Shack, Newcastle & Sunderland

Let me know in the comments if you’ve visited any of the gaming lounges listed and what you thought of them.

North East Pantomimes 2021

Watching a panto is a much loved tradition for many families during the festive period and is usually a child’s first introduction in to theatre productions. This year, there are a variety of shows on offer in and around the North East and each needs your support more than ever!

It may seem early to be thinking about Christmas but tickets for pantomime performances are already on sale and selling quickly.


Rapunzel At The Customs House, South Shields

Running From: 24th November 2021

Running To: 8th January 2022

Tickets: https://www.customshouse.co.uk/theatre/rapunzel/

Customs House, South Shields

Treasure Island At The Empire Theatre, Consett

Running From: 27th November 2021

Running To: 31st December 2021

Tickets: https://empireconsett.co.uk/

Empire Theatre, Consett

Aladdin At The Forum Theatre, Billingham

Running From: 4th December 2021

Running To: 3rd January 2022

Tickets: https://forumtheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873610991/events/128250441

Forum Theatre, Billingham

Robin Hood At The Gala Theatre, Durham

Running From: 24th November 2021

Running To: 9th January 2022

Tickets: https://galadurham.co.uk/galapost/robin-hood/

Gala Theatre, Durham

Cinderella At The Hippodrome, Darlington

Running From: 10th December 2021

Running To: 31st December 2021

Tickets: https://www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk/whats-on/Cinderella

Hippodrome, Darlington

Snow White At The Maltings, Berwick

Running From: 11th December 2021

Running To: 30th December 2021

Tickets: https://www.maltingsberwick.co.uk/whats-on/snow-white-the-maltings-pantomime-2021/

Maltings, Berwick

Peter Pan At Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough

Running From: 3rd December 2021

Running To: 31st December 2021

Tickets: https://www.middlesbroughtheatre.co.uk/event/peter-pan/

Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough

Sleeping Beauty At The People’s Theatre, Newcastle

Running From: 11th December 2021

Running To: 19th December 2021

Tickets: https://www.peoplestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/sleeping-beauty

People’s Theatre, Newcastle

Aladdin At The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth

Running From: 4th December 2021

Running To: 12th December 2021

Tickets: https://www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk/whats-on/theatre/aladdin/

Phoenix Theatre, Blyth

Viking Christmas At The Playhouse, Alnwick

Running From: 18th December 2021

Running To: 28th December 2021

Tickets: https://www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/

Playhouse, Alnwick

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs At The Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Running From: 4th December 2021

Running To: 2nd January 2022

Tickets: https://www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk/events/rescheduled-date-christmas-pantomime-blue-genie-entertainment-presents-snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs/

Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Cinderella At The Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Running From: 11th January 2022

Running To: 16th January 2022

Tickets: https://www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk/events/whitley-bay-pantomime-society-presents-cinderella-2022/

Cinderella At The Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs At The Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Running From: 23rd November 2021

Running To: 9th January 2022

Tickets: https://www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats-on/snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs/

Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Sleeping Beauty At The Tyne Theatre, Newcastle

Running From: 3rd December 2021

Running To: 3rd January 2022

Tickets: https://tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk/events/enchanted-entertainment-present-sleeping-beauty/

Tyne Theatre, Newcastle

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs At Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Running From: 10th December 2021

Running To: 2nd January 2022

Tickets: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/snow-white/sunderland-empire/

Sunderland Empire, Sunderland


ADULT ONLY PANTOMIMES

These panto performances are for over-18s because why should children have all the festive fun?

Christmas Spectacular At Boulevard, Newcastle

Running From: 5th November 2021

Running To: 2nd January 2022

Tickets: https://www.boulevardnewcastle.co.uk

Boulevard, Newcastle

Rapunzel At The Tyne Theatre, Newcastle

Running From: 31st October 2021

Running To: 31st October 2021

Tickets: https://tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk/events/joseph-purdy-productions-proudly-presents-rapunzel-the-adult-pantomime/

Rapunzel At The Tyne Theatre, Newcastle

Museum Of The Moon At Durham Cathedral

Between the 13th September to the 11th November 2021, see the nave in a whole new light as Luke Jerram’s “Museum of the Moon” lands at the cathedral.

About The Installation: “Museum Of The Moon” is a simply breathtaking moon sculpture which brings together detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and surround sound composition by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit 7m wide spherical installation represents 5km of the moon’s surface. The Moon will be suspended in the air in the unrivalled setting of Durham Cathedral for over 8 weeks giving visitors plenty of opportunity to marvel at the stellar display.

About The Artist: Luke Jerram’s arts practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live artworks. Living in the UK, but working internationally, Jerram creates art projects which excite and inspire people around the world.

Planning Your Visit: See “Museum Of The Moon” during the cathedral’s normal opening hours. No admission cost or tickets needed although there is a suggested donation of £5.

Events Programme: Experience “Museum Of The Moon” at night with the evening openings, stretch under the sculpture during Yoga with Liz Adams and move beneath the model throughout a silent disco. To see the full events programme, check out https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whats-on?eventcategory=64

What We Thought:

Further Details: https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/visit-us/museum-of-the-moon-2021

Heritage Open Days: England’s Largest Festival Of History & Culture

Every September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all completely FREE.

Heritage Open Days 2021: 10th to 19th September


There are hundreds of Heritage Open Days planned for the North East. From excavation sites to wall walks, film archives to history tours – there’s something for everyone.


Heritage Open Days: County Durham

Our Highlight:

Full Listing: https://bit.ly/3jK0jyZ


Heritage Open Days: Northumberland

Our Highlight:

Full Listing: https://bit.ly/3jK4fQw


Heritage Open Days: Tees Valley

Our Highlight:

Full Listing: https://bit.ly/3BHjFv0


Heritage Open Days: Tyne & Wear

Our Highlight:

Full Listing: https://bit.ly/3DQ2B7J


Let me know in the comments if you’re planning on visiting any venues during their Heritage Open Days.

Halloween 2021 Events With Tickets Available To Book Now

A quick guide to upcoming Halloween events taking place in the North East.

🎃 I will be updating this post as more events are announced so keep checking back 🎃



Cruella’s Masquerade Ball At Wallsend Memorial Hall, Wallsend

About: Join Cruella and special guests in an afternoon of Halloween tricks, treats, games and prizes, music and dancing, an art and craft activity along with lots of other surprises.

Date(s): Saturday 30th October, 2021

Prices: Adults – £3, Children – £15

Booking & Further Details: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cruellas-masquerade-ball-tickets-165391958801

Cruella’s Masquerade Ball At Wallsend Memorial Hall, Wallsend

Fairytale Express Halloween Edition At Stephenson Railway Museum, Wallsend

About: The Fairytale Express returns to Stephenson Railway Museum but with a Halloween Twist.

Date(s): Sunday 3rd October, 2021

Prices: £17.95 per person

Booking & Further Details: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/letitsnowproductions/

Fairytale Express Halloween Edition At Stephenson Railway Museum, Wallsend

Forbidden Forest At Holmside Park, Chester-Le-Street

About: Magic is coming to Holmside this Halloween! Prepare yourselves for a spellbinding experience filled with wizarding activities, pumpkin carving, all day play plus so much more!

Date(s): Friday 29th, Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st October, 2021

Prices: Adults – £7, Children – £22

Booking & Further Details: https://www.holmsidepark.co.uk/forbidden-forest/

Forbidden Forest At Holmside Park, Chester-Le-Street

Halloween Breakfast At The Keel Row, Seaton Delaval

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Halloween Breakfast At The Keel Row, Seaton Delaval

Halloween Disco At Rainton Arena, Houghton-Le-Spring

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Booking & Further Details: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Durham/Rainton-Arena/Rainton-Spooktacular-Halloween-Party-/35898311/

Halloween Disco At Rainton Arena, Houghton-Le-Spring

Halloween Half Term At Linskill Centre, North Shields

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Booking & Further Details: https://m.facebook.com/LinskillCentre/

Halloween Half Term At Linskill Centre, North Shields

Halloween In The Pit Village At Beamish, Stanley

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Booking & Further Details: https://beamish.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/36893?catID=36838&

Halloween In The Pit Village At Beamish, Stanley

Halloween Half Term At Ocean Beach, South Shields

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Booking & Further Details: https://facebook.com/events/s/halloween-half-term-at-ocean-b/145721797714731/

Halloween Half Term At Ocean Beach, South Shields

Halloween Happenings at Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough

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Booking & Further Details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ormesby-hall/features/halloween-adventures-at-ormesby-hall

Halloween Happenings at Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough

Halloween Quest And Spooky Woodland Walk At Belsay Hall, Belsay

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Booking & Further Details: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/belsay-hall-castle-and-gardens/

Halloween Quest And Spooky Woodland Walk At Belsay Hall, Belsay

Halloween Spooktacular At Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth

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Booking & Further Details: https://www.whitehousefarmcentre.co.uk/events/halloween-spooktacular/

Halloween Spooktacular At Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth

Pumpkin Festival At Adventure Valley, Durham

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Booking & Further Details: https://www.adventurevalley.co.uk/october-pumpkin-festival/

Pumpkin Festival At Adventure Valley, Durham

Pumpkin Week At Down At The Farm, Houghton-Le-Spring

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Booking & Further Details: https://bookings.downatthefarm.co.uk/book/pumpkin-week-tickets/32

Pumpkin Week At Down At The Farm, Houghton-Le-Spring

Scare Gardens At Alnwick Garden, Alnwick

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Halloween Trail & Scare Gardens At Alnwick Garden, Alnwick

Spooky Half Term At Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester

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Booking & Further Details: https://www.hallhillfarm.co.uk/spooky-halfterm/e7

Spooky Half Term At Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester

Spooky Creative Crafts At Souter Lighthouse, South Shields

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Booking & Further Details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas/features/october-half-term-at-souter-lighthouse

Spooky Creative Crafts At Souter Lighthouse, South Shields

Trick Or Treat Scare Park At Chase Park, Whickham

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Booking & Further Details: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trick-or-treat-tickets-144000367977

Trick Or Treat Scare Park At Chase Park, Whickham

Trick Or Treat Town At Morpeth Cricket, Hockey & Tennis Club, Morpeth

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Booking & Further Details: https://facebook.com/events/s/trick-or-treat-town/4587262494630332/

Trick Or Treat Town At Morpeth Cricket, Hockey & Tennis Club, Morpeth

Below are details of the absolutely awesome adult only events happening this scare season because why should children have all the fun!


Ghost Tours At Tynemouth Priory, Tynemouth

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Booking & Further Details: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/Tynemouth-priory-ghost-tours-28—31-oct-2021/

Ghost Tours At Tynemouth Priory, Tynemouth

Halloween Spooktacular with Top Hat & Heels At Beamish Hall, Stanley

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Booking & Further Details: https://beamish-hall.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/35411?catID=32040

Halloween Spooktacular with Top Hat & Heels At Beamish Hall, Stanley

Psycho Path Presents Fear Ground At Lintz Hall Farm, Burnopfield

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Booking & Further Details: https://www.psycho-path.co.uk

Psycho Path Presents Fear Ground At Lintz Hall Farm, Burnopfield

Scream Factory At Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar

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Booking & Further Details: https://www.screamfactory.co.uk

Scream Factory At Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar

If you fancy picking your own pumpkins this year, read about where to do it here ➡️ https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/09/03/places-to-pick-your-own-pumpkins/

Christmas 2021 Events With Tickets Available To Book Now

As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” which is why I believe it’s never too early to start planning for Christmas. If you want to make the most of the fun and excitement that the festive period brings, now is the ideal time to start looking at, and booking, Yuletide days out. Much of the usual celebrations were heavily restricted over Christmas 2020 so I can see a lot of these events selling out fast.



BELIEVE At Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield

About: BELIEVE Christmas is an immersive magical world taking you on a journey through theatrical performances and interactive activities. Your Elf Guide will lead you around the Elf Tipi Village where you will meet all the Elves who are there to entertain and bring family favourite fairy-tales to life.

Date(s): Various dates throughout December

Prices: Adults – £34.50, Children – £36.50, Toddler – £18.00, Children Under 6 Months – £0.00

Booking & Further Details: https://believe-uk.com/your-adventure

Festive Rating: 🎅🎅

BELIEVE At Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield

Breakfast With Santa At Spanish City, Whitley Bay

About: Give your little elves a special treat this Christmas and enjoy a magical breakfast with Santa. To make it even more special, everyone will get to meet the main man himself in his Grotto and there will be lots of fun and games with an interactive disco.

Date(s): 18th, 19th, 23rd & 24th December

Prices: Adults – £22.50, Children – £17.50

Booking & Further Details: https://spanishcity.co.uk/breakfast-with-santa/

Festive Rating: 🎅🎅

Breakfast With Santa At Spanish City, Whitley Bay

Christmas Adventure At Holmside Park, Chester-Le-Street

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Christmas Adventure At Holmside Park, Chester-Le-Street

Christmas At Gibside, Rowlands Gill

About: Light up the dark winter nights with a festive after-hours experience at Gibside and be amazed by a new, Christmas themed illuminated trail this December.

Date(s): Various dates throughout November, December & January

Prices: Adults – £18, Children – £13 when booked in advance

Booking & Further Details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside/features/christmas-at-gibside

Festive Rating: 🎅

Christmas At Gibside, Rowlands Gill

Forest Of Light At Beamish Hall, Stanley

About: At night, when the moon takes its place in the sky the magical forest comes to life. Forest of Light is a captivating illuminated experience set within Beamish Hall’s Enchanted ancient Woodland. So gather the family and explore through the doors a wonderful world of magical illuminations and fantastic lighting displays this festive period.

Date(s): Various dates throughout November & December

Prices: £8 per person

Booking & Further Details: https://www.beamish-hall.co.uk/forest-of-light/

Festive Rating: 🎅

Forest Of Light At Beamish Hall, Stanley

A Frozen Christmas With Santa At The Discovery Museum, Newcastle

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Date(s): 20th – 23rd December 2021

Prices: £15 per person

Booking & Further Details: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/letitsnowproductions/563398/

Festive Rating: 🎅

A Frozen Christmas With Santa At The Discovery Museum, Newcastle

Nightfall Festival At Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

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Booking & Further Details: https://www.nightfallfestival.co.uk

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Nightfall Festival At Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

Road To The North Pole At Utilita Arena, Newcastle

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Booking & Further Details: https://roadtothenorthpole.co.uk/

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Road To The North Pole At Utilita Arena, Newcastle

Santa’s Enchanted Elf Journey At Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth

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Booking & Further Details: https://www.whitehousefarmcentre.co.uk/events/santas-enchanted-elf-journey-pre-booking-essential-2021/

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Santa’s Enchanted Elf Journey At Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth

The Snowman At Durham Cathedral, Durham

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Booking & Further Details: https://durhamcathedral.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173611703/events/428373358

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The Snowman At Durham Cathedral, Durham

Winter Light Trail At Alnwick Garden, Alnwick

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Booking & Further Details: https://www.alnwickgarden.com/christmas/

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Winter Light Trail At Alnwick Garden, Alnwick

I couldn’t write a blog post about Christmas events in the North East without mentioning the big one – Fenwick. No official dates have been released so far but I’ve heard whispers that the revealing of Fenwick’s famous Christmas window will be on Tuesday 9th November 2021. To be in the loop about when tickets for Santa’s Grotto and the Rooftop Experience will be available, make sure you sign up to Fenwick’s newsletter https://www.fenwick.co.uk/sign-up/


Let me know in the comments which festivities you’re planning on attending


Free Events Taking Place Throughout The Summer In And Around The North East

Looking for ways to occupy the children over the holidays without having to spend a penny? Below is a list of events taking place across the region that are family – and budget – friendly


Art In Action Trail hosted by BALTIC, Gateshead

About: Walk from BALTIC to Dunston Staiths this summer and power up your creativity with fun activities, videos, sound and movement to discover along the route.

Website: https://baltic.art/whats-on/art-in-action-trail

Image by BALTIC

Into The Wild hosted by The Galleries, Washington

About: Take a walk on the wild side and discover the animals inhabiting the malls of the Galleries this summer.

Website: https://www.gallerieswashington.co.uk/into-the-wild/


Screen On The Green hosted by NE1, Newcastle

About: NE1’s open-air cinema is back at Old Eldon Square from the 26th July. You can enjoy two movies a day with a six-week programme filled with family favourites, cult classics, rom-coms and some new blockbusters.

Website: https://www.getintonewcastle.co.uk/ne1-events/screen-on-the-green


Summer In The City hosted by NE1, Newcastle

About: A series of free pop-up interactive installations, activities and exhibits at various city centre locations.

Website: https://www.ne1summerinthecity.co.uk


Unlock The Magic hosted by Metro Centre, Gateshead

About: From Monday 26th July 300 Mickey Mouse stickers will be hidden around Metrocentre. Explore the centre to find them and scan as many as you can to unlock magical rewards from retailers inside Metrocentre.

Website: https://themetrocentre.co.uk/unlockthemagic

Image by Metro Centre

And if you’re travelling anywhere by Metro over the Summer Holidays, remember Kids Go Free when accompanied with a fare paying adult


Let me know in the comments below of any other free family-friendly events happening over the Summer.


Looking to feed the family after a day out, check out https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/05/17/all-kinds-of-kids-eat-deals/

North East Family Days Out – Summer Deals

The Summer Holidays are in full swing now and we all know just how expensive days out with little ones can be. Fortunately, a few local businesses have set up Summer Saver Deals to help with the pennies, details of which I’ve published below.

I’ll be updating this post regularly so keep checking back for more offers


The Alnwick Garden

What’s The Deal: Kids Go Free

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Angry Birds Adventure Golf

What’s The Deal: 2 Play For The Price Of 1

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Gutterball Alley

What’s The Deal: Two Games Of Bowling Plus A Milkshake For £10

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And if you’re travelling anywhere by Metro over the Summer Holidays, remember Kids Go Free when accompanied with a fare paying adult


Looking to feed the family after a day out, check out https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/05/17/all-kinds-of-kids-eat-deals/

A Day Out At The Gate, Newcastle

When The Gate first opened back in 2002, it was one of my go-to places for cocktails and shots. Starting in Wetherspoons then visiting the likes of Players, Beyond, Opera and Mood before nipping next door to finish the night at Sam Jacks and Tiger Tiger. Good times!

Twenty years later and the leisure complex on Newgate Street couldn’t be more different from The Gate I ventured to most Fridays and Saturdays in my late teens/early twenties. Gone are the bars blaring out loud music with their various drinks offers trying to entice the punters and in their place is a much more chilled, family friendly scene.

So, what’s in The Gate now?

Leisure Facilities

• Cineworld a multiplex cinema showing the latest blockbusters in 2D and 3D https://www.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/newcastle-upon-tyne/8117


• The CTRL Pad Newcastle’s first video gaming lounge https://thectrlpad.com/

Escape Newcastle’s premier escape rooms https://www.escape.game/escape-newcastle


• Game Of Throwing urban axe throwing experience https://www.gameofthrowing.co.uk/

Image by Game Of Throwing

• Mr Mulligans crazy golf course https://mrmulligan.com


• Selfie Central the ultimate pop-up selfie studio https://www.selfie-central.com/

Image by Selfie Central

• WonderBar digital darts https://wonderbar-newcastle.co.uk


• YuMe World state of the art amusement arcade and virtual reality entertainment centre https://www.yumeworld.co.uk/

Food & Drink

NB – when it comes to dining, the options are very chain heavy so the lack of independent businesses is slightly disappointing

• The Mayfair offers a menu packed with traditional home cooked meals

• Nando’s and it’s legendary flame grilled Peri-Peri chicken

Pizza Hut serves up pizzas, sides and desserts

• Starbucks the world famous American Coffeehouse

WonderBar serve a range of delicious breakfast, lunch and main meal offerings, as well as a traditional Sunday Lunch, and a variety of bar snacks and sharing platters

• Wetherspoons budget friendly pub grub

Parking

The Gate has a 24 hour, manned car park with over 250 spaces including designated accessible bays, parent parking and EV charging points.

Accommodation

We live on the Northumberland Coast so Newcastle Centre is about a 30 minute drive from us. Despite being so close, we often book a hotel and enjoy an overnight stay in the city followed by a full day of exploring. If you fancy doing this, hotels close to The Gate include

• Hotel Indigo https://www.ihg.com

• Maldron Newcastle https://www.maldronhotelnewcastle.com

• Motel One https://www.motel-one.com

• Premier Inn Newgate Street https://www.premierinn.com

• Sandman Signature https://www.sandmansignature.co.uk

Read about why we love the Premier Inn here https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/03/23/reasons-why-we-love-premier-inn/


Keep up-to-date with what’s happening at The Gate here https://www.thegatenewcastle.co.uk/whats-on

We all love a bargain so check out https://www.thegatenewcastle.co.uk/offers to see what deals The Gate is currently running


A few years ago I read that the owners of The Gate wanted to “rebalance the occupier mix to cater for a wider cross section of consumers, including families” and it seems like this has very much been achieved. For us, The Gate is definitely a place where we would visit and spend a full day. It’s a brilliant way to occupy children of all ages in Newcastle City Centre.

Have you visited The Gate recently? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments

Looking for ideas for days out that include age-suitable activities for teens and pre-teens? Have a read of https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/06/03/teen-preteen-friendly-activities-in-around-the-north-east/

Summer 2021 At Beamish

Find out what’s happening this Summer at Beamish; the world famous open air museum which tells the story of life in North East England from 1820 onwards.


First Things First, About Beamish

Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of County Durham countryside, where you can experience a real sense of the past and discover what life was like in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times.

Areas Of Beamish:

• 1820’s Pockerley

• 1900’s Town

• 1900’s Colliery & Pit Village

• 1940’s Farm

Getting Around Beamish:

Beamish has an amazing collection of working vehicles from through the decades ready to transport you around the museum. Although the Tramway remains closed for now, the 1950’s buses are operating. Beamish is also running its Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle every day that the museum is open.

Food Options Inside Beamish:

Although the sit down cafes (located at the main entrance, on the 1940’s farm and next to Redman Park) are currently closed, there are still a few places to grab a bite to eat within the museum.

1900’s Town

• Herrons Bakery

• Jubilee Confectionery

• Sun Inn Pub

1900’s Colliery & Pit Village

• Davey’s Fish & Chip Shop

• Sinkers Bait Cabin

Future Plans For Beamish:

Remaking Beamish is the biggest development in Beamish’s history. The exciting project includes over 25 new exhibits and attractions and is bringing a new era to the museum in the form of a 1950s Town and 1950s farm. Read all about it here https://www.beamish.org.uk/remaking/about-remaking-beamish/

Contact Details:

Address – Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG

Website – https://www.beamish.org.uk


Planning Your Visit

ALL visitors, including Friends of Beamish members and Beamish Unlimited Pass holders, MUST pre-book an entry timeslot online in advance of your visit.

Admission Costs:

One major bonus about Beamish is you pay once for entry and can visit again, as many times as you like, over the next 12 months for free.

Adult – £19.50

Senior / Student – £14.50

Child – £11.50

Opening Times:

The museum is open 10am-5pm daily.

Getting To Beamish Via Public Transport:

Waggonway Service 28/28A offers regular buses from Newcastle City Centre, Gateshead, Birtley, Ouston and Chester-le-Street, the service stops at Beamish’s Main Gate.

Dogs:

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the museum. There are a few rules and guidelines for dog owners which can be found here https://www.beamish.org.uk/plan-your-visit/dogs/


What’s On This Summer

Beamish have a range of activities planned for every day of the Summer Holidays starting from 17th July 2021.

Mondays – join in with Georgian games at Pockerley Old Hall

Tuesdays – enjoy a spot of croquet in The 1900’s Town park

Wednesdays – get creative with chalk drawing in The 1900’s Pit Village school yard

Thursdays – have a go at adventurous play by the 1950’s Welfare Hall

Fridays – head to the 1950s welfare hall for ice cream making

Saturdays & Sundays – den building will take place by Hetton Silver Band Hall in The 1900’s Pit Village

Other activities include

The Teddy Bear Trail

Follow the paw prints on the map to find all 16 teddy bears hidden within the museum

The Flower Trail

There are 20 colourful flowers blooming in the windows around Beamish, watch out for them as you travel around the museum

100 Things To See & Do At Beamish

How many visits will it take to complete the bumper to do list?

Plenty of activities for people of all ages to enjoy over the Summer


Family Friendly Pubs & Restaurants Close To Beamish

If you fancy a sit down meal after your day at Beamish, we recommend these

Black Horse, Beamish https://www.blackhorsebeamish.co.uk/fooddrink.html

Oli & Joes, Whickham https://oli-joes.com/locations/whickham

Rustica, Stanley https://www.rusticaitalian.co.uk/stanley/

The Shepherd And Shepherdess Inn, Beamish https://www.shepherdbeamish.co.uk

South Causey Inn, Stanley https://www.southcausey.co.uk


Thanks for reading, let me know if you’re planning a day out (or two!) to Beamish Museum this Summer

North East Surf Schools

Thinking of learning to surf this Summer? The North East, with it’s award winning beaches, has plenty to offer when it comes to surfing. So, if you’re looking for surf schools in the region, here’s a list of the best.


Coquet Shorebase Trust

Based At: Druridge Bay Country Park and Coquet Estuary at Amble

Classes Available For: Everyone from 11 years old

Price Per Lesson: From £25 for half day

Website: https://www.coquetshorebase.org.uk

Image by Coquet Shorebase Trust

Flow Surf School

Based At: Saltburn by the Sea

Classes Available For: Everyone from 8 years old

Price Per Lesson: From £35 per person

Website: https://www.flowsurfcoaching.com

Image by Flow Surf School

KA Surf School

Based At: Bamburgh

Classes Available For: TBC

Price Per Lesson: From £30 per person

Website: http://www.kitesurfinglessons.co.uk/surfing/

Image by KA Surf School

Longsands Surf School

Based At: Tynemouth

Classes Available For: Everyone from 6 years old

Price Per Lesson: From £20 per person

Website: https://www.longsandsurf.com

Image by Longsands Surf School

Northside Surf School

Based At: Amble

Classes Available For: TBC

Price Per Lesson: From £30 per person

Website: https://www.northside-surf-school.co.uk

Image by Northside Surf School

Saltburn Surf School

Based At: Saltburn by the Sea

Classes Available For: Everyone from 8 years old

Price Per Lesson: From £35 per person

Website: http://www.saltburn-surf.co.uk

Image by Saltburn Surf School

Seaton Sluice Surf

Based At: Seaton Sluice

Classes Available For: Everyone from 6 years old

Price Per Lesson: From £25 per person

Website: https://seatonsluicesurf.com

Image by Seaton Sluice Surf

South Beach Surf School

Based At: Blyth

Classes Available For: TBC

Price Per Lesson: From £20 per person

Website: https://www.facebook.com/SB.SurfSchool/

Image by South Beach Surf School

South Shields Surf School

Based At: Sandhaven Beach, South Shields

Classes Available For: TBC

Price Per Lesson: From £20 per person

Website: https://www.southshieldsurf.co.uk

Image by South Shields Surf School

Tynemouth Surf Co.

Based At: Tynemouth

Classes Available For: Everyone from 6 years old

Price Per Lesson: From £20 per person

Website: https://www.tynemouthsurf.co.uk/surf-school/

Image by Tynemouth Surf Co.

Thanks for reading! If you do book lessons with any of the Surf Schools listed above, leave me a comment below letting me know which one. And remember, if it swells, ride it. If in doubt, paddle out.

Restaurants With Stunning Views In & Around The North East

A restaurant with an amazing view can elevate a dining experience from a mediocre event to the most memorable meal you’ve ever enjoyed. Whether you prefer looking out over our fantastic coastline or taking in the city’s famous silhouette, here’s a guide to my favourite North East restaurants with simply stunning views.


Caboose, Blyth

Address: Quay Road, Blyth, NE24 3PA

What’s On The Menu: Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner with fantastic food at affordable prices for the ultimate dining experience.

Website: https://caboose-group.co.uk/blyth/

About The View: Situated on the riverside in Blyth, Caboose offers fantastic views of the harbour and pier.

Image by Caboose, Blyth

Colman’s Seafood Temple, South Shields

Address: Sea Road, South Shields, NE33 2LD

What’s On The Menu: Colmans Seafood Temple is a family orientated seafood restaurant serving the finest coastal cuisine.

Website: https://colmansseafoodtemple.co.uk

About The View: Panoramic views of Sandhaven beach.

Image by Colman’s Seafood Temple, South Shields

The Botanist, Newcastle

Address: Monument Mall, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7AL

What’s On The Menu: Food inspired by the deli, rotisserie and grill.

Website: https://thebotanist.uk.com/locations/newcastle

About The View: The best way to see the historic Grey Street which is renowned for its beautiful Georgian architecture and has been named as one of the most instagrammed streets in the UK.

Image by The Botanist, Newcastle

Gino D’Campo, Newcastle

Address: River View, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3BE

What’s On The Menu: Serving real Italian food as it should be.

Website: https://ginodacampohotelsandleisure.com/our-restaurants/quayside/

About The View: With a huge contemporary terrace overlooking the iconic River Tyne and it’s bridges.

Image by Gino D’Campo, Newcastle

The Jolly Fisherman, Craster

Address: Haven Hill, Craster, Northumberland, NE66 3TR

What’s On The Menu: At The Jolly Fisherman you will find a wide selection of fresh catches on the menu as well as pub classics and a selection of vegetarian dishes.

Website: http://www.thejollyfishermancraster.co.uk

About The View: Showcasing one of Northumberland’s most iconic destinations, enjoy the picturesque Northumberland fishing harbour of Craster and the imposing ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.

Image by The Jolly Fisherman, Craster

Portofino, Hartlepool

Address: Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool, TS24 0XZ

What’s On The Menu: Portofino mixes Italian, Mediterranean and North African cuisines to serve a delicious combination of Pizzas, Pastas, Fish, Poultry, Steaks and Tagines.

Website: https://www.portofino.co.uk

About The View: Located on the Historic Quay, Portofino overlooks Hartlepool’s iconic landmark, HMS Trincomalee and the popular Marina.

Image by Portofino, Hartlepool

Rileys, Tynemouth

Address: King Edward’s Bay, Tynemouth, NE30 4BY

What’s On The Menu: Fabulous fish, locally caught and simply served

Website: https://rileysfishshack.com

About The View: Situated on the beach at King Edward’s Bay under Tynemouth Priory.

Image by Riley’s, Tynemouth

Six @ Pier Point, Sunderland

Address: Marine Walk, Roker, SR6 0PP

What’s On The Menu: Luxury charcuterie.

Website: https://www.sixpierpoint.co.uk

About The View: Awesome beachfront location overlooking Roker Pier.

Image by Six @ Pier Point, Sunderland

Tomahawk @ The Boat Club, Durham

Address: Elvet Riverside, Durham, DH1 3AF

What’s On The Menu: Tomahawk’s famous Himalayan dry aged steaks.

Website: https://www.the-boat-club.com

About The View: Situated on the bank of the river Wear this 500 year old building offers panoramic views of the medieval Elvet Bridge and the traditional City of Durham.

Tomahawk @ The Boat Club, Durham

The View, Tynemouth

Address: Longsands Beach, Tynemouth, NE30 4JA

What’s On The Menu: Seafood, pizza and burgers.

Website: https://www.theviewtynemouth.com

About The View: Situated on Longsands Beach with panoramic views of our beautiful coastline.

Image by The View, Tynemouth

Have you enjoyed a meal while taking in any of the views listed above? Let me know in the comments.

Date Nights With A Difference In And Around The North East


Between working, the kids and day-to-day responsibilities, finding the time to squeeze in a date night isn’t very easy for couples, let alone thinking of something that’s unique and creative to do when you have.

Below are a list of nights out that are a far cry from the usual dinner and drinks. Give them a go for a date night you’ll never forget.


Axe Throwing At The Axe House, Spennymoor

About: Whether you’re after some friendly competition or some cut-throat axe throwing rivalry, The Axe House will show you why the sport is becoming more and more popular in the UK.

Does The Avenue Serve Alcohol: ❌

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Price: From £15 per person

Website: https://theaxehouse.co.uk

The Axe House

Black Friars Cookery School, Newcastle

About: Blackfriars’ Cookery School is one of the leading independent purpose-built culinary training facilities in Newcastle covering everything from Chocolate Making to Perfect Pasta, Bread Basics to Advanced French Patisserie. With classes being held most evenings and weekends, it’s a brilliant way to learn a new skill.

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Price: From £45 per person

Website: https://www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk/cookeryschool

Black Friars Cookery School

Bowling At Lane 7, Newcastle & Middlesbrough

About: Imagine the best bar you’ve ever been to, then add a first class dining experience, ten-pin bowling, ping-pong, pool, Karaoke and an unrivalled atmosphere into the mix – a brilliant venue for a class night out.

Does The Venue Serve Alcohol:

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Price: From £7 per person

Website: https://lane7.co.uk

Lane 7

Boulevard, Newcastle

About: Join one of the UK’s top cabaret entertainers, Danni Dee and her full cast of Broadway Dancers for a memorable night out. Expect stunning costumes, hilarious comedy and fabulous dance routines in this spectacular extravaganza that consists of everything from slapstick comedy to brilliantly choreographed dance routines. With Miss Rory, the wicked witted host and compere, keeping everyone entertained throughout the evening, you’re always guaranteed ‘A Night Out Like No Other’

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Price: From £10 per person

Website: https://www.boulevardnewcastle.co.uk

Boulevard

Digital Darts At Wonderbar, The Gate

About: Play for fun, or get competitive, with Wonderbar’s interactive darts experience, which allows you to battle through different games to become the ultimate interactive darts champion. No experience is necessary and anybody can play.

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Price: From £15 per hour

Website: https://wonderbar-newcastle.co.uk

Wonderbar’s Digital Darts

Everyman Cinema, Newcastle

About: Everyman is redefining cinema. Bringing an innovative lifestyle approach to their venues, where you can swap your soft drink for a nice glass of red wine and a slice of freshly made pizza served straight to your seat. They create a warm and friendly atmosphere, with an excellent food and drink selection and fantastic customer service. With a wide array of mainstream, independent and classic films, special events, launches and a diverse calendar of live satellite broadcasts, there is something for everyone at Everyman.

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Is There Food Available To Order:

Price: From £12.90 per person

Website: https://www.everymancinema.com/newcastle

Everyman Cinema

Ghetto Golf, Hoults Yard

About: Ghetto golf is the only venue in the North East that offers a seriously twisted 18 hole urban crazy golf course with an exceptional cocktail bar.

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Price: From £12 per person

Website: https://www.ghettogolf.co.uk

Ghetto Golf

Gin Tasting At Poetic Licence Distillery, Roker

About: An independent small-batch distillery making big, bold gin in the North East of England.

Does The Venue Serve Alcohol:

Is There Food Available To Order: TBC

Price: TBC

Website: https://www.poeticlicensedistillery.co.uk

Poetic Licence Distillery

Grown Up Play Factory, Thornaby

About: If you’ve ever been to a soft play and thought “this would be mint with my mates” then this is the night for you. Adults take over the venue for the night and have free reign over the activities including the laser tag.

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Price: £15 per person

Website: https://www.facebook.com/The-Grown-up-Play-Factory-Thornaby-Teesside-635654583237681/

The Grown Up Play Factory

Murder Mystery Night, Stockton-On-Tees

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Price: TBC

Website: https://www.murder-one.com/portfolio/detail/murder-mystery-county-durham-north-yorkshire/

Murder Mystery Night

Point Blank Shooting, Newcastle

About: Simulation shooting range and speakeasy bar in the heart of Newcastle.

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Price: From £10 per person

Website: https://www.pointblankshooting.co.uk

Point Blank Shooting

Pottery Throwing At The Pottery Experience, Jesmond

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Price: From £33 per person

Website: https://www.thepotteryexperience.co.uk

The Pottery Experience

Shuffle Board At New Bridge Neighbourhood Bar, Shieldfield

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Price: TBC

Website: https://www.newbridgeneighbourhoodbar.co.uk

Shuffle Board

Spa Day At Ramside Hall, Durham

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Price: Various packages available

Website: https://www.ramsidespa.co.uk

Ramside Spa

The Stand Comedy Club, Newcastle

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Price: Various

Website: https://www.thestand.co.uk/newcastle/whats-on

The Stand

Dairy Vending Machines In And Around The North East

Dairy vending machines are popping up across the region and are booming in popularity.

The vending machine initiative provides customers with fresh, non-homogenised (and, sometimes, even raw) milk direct from the farm. Not only does the scheme support local dairy farmers, but it also brings a wealth of other benefits including reducing plastic waste, decreasing food miles and lowering the carbon footprint of the milk.

If you fancy trying one of the North East’s Dairy Vending Machines, I’ve listed the ones we’ve visited below (if you know of any others, leave me a comment so we can check it out)


Atley Hill Raw Milk, Northallerton

Address: Scorton Road Farm, South Cowton, Northallerton, DL7 0JD

What’s On Offer: Milk, Eggs, Cheese

Website: https://m.facebook.com/AtleyHillRawMilk/

Atley Hill Raw Milk

Bays Leap Organic Raw Milk

*Vending Machine Coming Soon*

Address: Heddon-On-The-Wall, NE15 0JW

What’s On Offer: Milk, Milkshake

Website: https://www.facebook.com/baysleaporganic/

Bays Leap Dairy Farm

Campbell’s of Leyburn

Address: 4 Commercial Square, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5BP

What’s On Offer: Milk, Milkshake

Website: https://www.campbellsofleyburn.co.uk

Campbell’s Of Leyburn

Cherry View Milk

Address: Field House Farm, Etton Road, Cherry Burton, HU17 7RP

What’s On Offer: Milk, Eggs

Website: https://www.cherryviewmilk.co.uk

Cherry View Milk

Cow Corner Milk

Address: Norton House Farm, Pickhill, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 4JG

What’s On Offer: Milk

Website: https://cowcornermilk.co.uk

Cow Corner Milk

Hauxley Farm

Address: High Hauxley, NE65 0JW

What’s On Offer: Milk

Website: https://www.hauxleyfarmdairy.co.uk

Hauxley Farm

Home Farm Milk

Address: Elwick, Hartlepool, TS27 3EF

What’s On Offer: Milk, Eggs

Website: https://www.facebook.com/homefarmmilk/

Home Farm

Morwick Dairy

Address: Morpeth, NE65 9DG

What’s On Offer: Milk

Website: https://morwickdairy.co.uk

Morwick Dairy

Ox Close Farm

Address: Durham, DH6 1NH

What’s On Offer: Milk

Website: https://m.facebook.com/oxclosefarm/

Ox Close Farm

Unsure about Raw Milk? Have a look at https://www.food.gov.uk/safety-hygiene/raw-drinking-milk for guidance.


Have you tried milk from a vending machine before? Or are you tempted to give it a go after reading this? Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are.

What Is Boba And Where Can I Get It In & Around The North East?

A quick guide to the quirky, TikTok and Insta famous drink from Taiwan that’s taking the region by storm.

Evie, one of the North East’s biggest boba fans, making the most of Tealive’s lush swing

What Is It?

Boba, Bubble Tea, Pearl Milk Tea, Tapioca Tea – whatever name you’ve heard it called, in it’s most basic form, the drink consists of black tea, milk, ice and chewy tapioca pearls all shaken together and served with the famously oversized straw.

The huge selection of boba on offer at Bubble Cha

What Does It Taste Like?

Sweet, refreshing and delicious with little popping balls that add a totally unique texture. Bubble Tea comes in many different flavours so you can pick and choose which you prefer.

Evie enjoying one of Manhua Cha’s specials

How Do I Order?

• Choose your base (either milk or fruit)

• Pick your topping (usually popping bubbles or jelly chunks)

• Make it yours (adjust the sweetness & amount of ice/serve it hot or cold)

The recently opened Bubble Ci-Tea’s setup

Where Can I Get It?

Below are a list of places we’ve visited to get our boba fix;

Bubble Cha, Newcastle

Address: 52 Stowell Street, NE1 4XQ

Opening Times: Daily from 11am until 8:30pm

Prices: from £3.20

Menu Highlight: Passion Fruit Tea

Our Thoughts: Located right in the heart of Newcastle’s China Town, Bubba Cha is our favourite place to grab a bubble tea – lovely staff, huge menu choice and excellent drinks

Website: http://www.bubble-cha.com

Bubble Cha

Bubble Ci-Tea, Gateshead

Address: Lower Red Mall, Metro Centre

Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 9am – 7pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm

Prices: from £3.35

Menu Highlight: White Peach Fruit Tea

Our Thoughts: Disappointingly, every time we’ve visited, they haven’t had any boba

Website: https://bubblecitea.com/

Bubble Ci-Tea

Lucky Cat Boba, Sunderland

Address: Unit 1, Park Lane, SR1 3NX

Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm

Prices: from £3.50

Menu Highlight: Watermelon Fruit Tea

Our Thoughts: Lucky Cat Boba is Sunderlands only Bubble Tea shop, with canny staff and speedy service

Website: http://luckycatboba.com

Lucky Cat Boba

Manhua Cha, Newcastle

Address: Unit 15, STACK

Opening Times: TBC

Prices: from £3.75

Menu Highlight: Their Daily Specials

Our Thoughts: As well as selling Boba, Manhua Cha have a great selection in their Sweet Shop section. They also offer Bubble Tea kits so you can make their drinks at home

Website: https://www.manhuacha.com/

Manhua Cha

Sing Tea Bubble Tea, Middlesbrough

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Tealive, Newcastle

Address: 7 Nelson Street, NE1 5AN

Opening Times: Daily from 12 noon until 7pm

Prices: from £4

Menu Highlight: Mango Iced Tea

Our Thoughts: Lush little place but we have found service to be on the slow side so lots of queuing and waiting

Website: https://instagram.com/tealive.newcastle

Tealive

Utepia Milk Tea, Durham

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Website: https://utepia-tea.business.site/


Yi Fang, Newcastle

Address: 10A Northumberland Road, NE1 8JF

Opening Times: Daily from 12 noon until 8pm

Prices: from £4.15

Menu Highlight: Passion Fruit Green Tea

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Website: https://www.yifangtea.co.uk

Yi Fang

Are you a bubble tea fan? Where’s your go-to place to visit to get those little popping balls? Let me know in the comments

Teen And Pre-Teen Friendly Activities In & Around The North East

Now Evie and Harry are a little older, planning days out that include age-suitable activities as well as things we haven’t done every school holiday since they were younger, is becoming more and more difficult. Luckily, businesses seem to be recognising this gap in the market and have started running session for that awkward stage between “little ‘uns” and adults.

Below are a list of boredom busting days out for older children


Alpaca Walk at Barnacre Alpacas, Heddon-On-The-Wall

About: Barnacre’s hugely popular ‘Alpaca Walk n Talks’ are a great way of experiencing alpacas up close. The experience, where everyone gets their own alpaca, lasts at least an hour during a 1 mile gentle walk on the farm

Minimum Age: 10 years

Price: £25 per person

Website: https://barnacre-alpacas.co.uk

Barnacre Alpacas

Axe Throwing at Valhalla North, Durham

About: A bad*ss axe throwing centre with a Viking theme

Minimum Age: 8 years

Price: £20 per person

Website: https://www.valhallanorth.co.uk

Valhalla North

Batting Cage at Gutterball Alley, North Shields

About: Step inside the Bull Pen and practice your batting skills

Minimum Age: TBC

Price: from £7.50 for 30 mins

Website: https://www.gutterballalley.co.uk

Gutterball Alley

Climbing at Newcastle Climbing Centre, Newcastle

About: The premier indoor climbing venue for Tyneside and the North East and one of the best indoor climbing venues in the U.K.

Minimum Age: 7 years

Price: from £30 per person

Website: http://www.newcastleclimbingcentre.co.uk/

Newcastle Climbing Centre

Smart Cookies Cookery School at Blackfriars, Newcastle

About: For the slightly more confident 11-15 year olds who are fed-up with making fairy cakes and want to get their teeth stuck into something a little more challenging. These sessions are all about building on from the basics and really developing their culinary skills and confidence – but at their own pace. They’ll have a choice of delicious dishes to make which can be challenging or well within their own comfort zone. The sessions include refreshments throughout the day, a communal lunch in the Cookery School and recipes to take home

Minimum Age: 11 years

Price: from £45 per person per day

Website: https://www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk/cookeryschool

Blackfriars Cookery School

Digital Darts at The Wonderbar, Newcastle

About: Whether you’re playing for fun, or get competitive, Wonderbar’s interactive darts experience allows you to battle through different games to become the ultimate interactive darts champion. No experience is necessary and anybody can play

Minimum Age: Nothing official but best suited to 8 years plus

Price: from £15 per hour

Website: https://wonderbar-newcastle.co.uk/darts/

Wonder Bar

Escape Room at Clue HQ, Sunderland

About: Teams of 2 to 6 are locked in a room and given 60 minutes to find the clues and solve the puzzles in order to figure out a way to escape

Minimum Age: 7 years

Price: From £10 per player

Website: https://cluehq.co.uk/sunderland/

Clue HQ

Gaming at The CTRL Pad, Newcastle

About: Newcastle’s first and only video gaming lounge

Minimum Age: Game dependant

Price: £5 per person per hour

Website: https://thectrlpad.com

The CTRL Pad

High Ropes at Air Trail, Stockton-On-Tees

About: Set over 4 levels, over 38 unique challenges, Air Trail is the UK’s biggest high ropes adventure course

Minimum Age: As long as you’re taller than 1.2m

Price: from £11.50 per person

Website: https://www.airtrail.co.uk

Air Trail

Paint Balling at Bedlam, Sunderland

About: Bedlam Paintball is renowned for its realistic, purpose-built paintballing Game Zones and imaginative game scenarios that transport you into another world

Minimum Age: 12 years

Price: from £15 per person

Website: https://bedlampaintball.co.uk

Bedlam Paint Balling

Pottery Throwing & Painting at The Pottery Experience, Jesmond

About: Newcastle’s best pottery making and painting experience

Minimum Age: 10 years

Price: from £33 per person

Website: https://www.thepotteryexperience.co.uk

The Pottery Experience

Quad Biking at The Quadfather, Cramlington

About: TBC

Minimum Age: TBC

Price: TBC

Website: TBC


Snowboarding at Silksworth Sports Complex, Sunderland

About: Home to the North East’s premiere ski facility with three ski slopes consisting of a 160m floodlit and misted main slope plus two dedicated nursery ski slopes. Lessons run by our highly qualified instructors are available for skiers of all abilities.

Minimum Age: N/A

Price: from £30 per person

Website: https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/silksworth-sports-complex-and-ski-slope/ski-slope/

Silksworth Sports Complex

Stargazing at Kielder, Northumberland

About: All year round – a star gazing and astronomy heaven! Kielder Observatory is located in the heart of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. They have the largest expanse of dark night sky in the whole of Europe, thanks to minimal light pollution. Winter nights are darkest and best for viewing deep sky objects such as galaxies, while in summer you can view the beautiful Milky Way, passing comets, shooting stars and see the Sun’s surface using our incredible telescope.

Minimum Age: TBC

Price: TBC

Website: http://www.visitkielder.com/visit/kielder-observatory

Kielder Observatory

Virtual Reality at YuMe World, Newcastle

About: YuMe World is the first entertainment centre in the UK To unveil some of the most exciting and challenging Virtual Reality game concepts the world has ever seen. Sourced Exclusively by industry specialists, these stunning units will blow the minds of even the most dedicated gamers

Minimum Age: TBC

Price: TBC

Website: https://www.yumeworld.co.uk


Water Sports at Tees Barrage, Stockton-On-Tees

About: Tees Barrage International White Water Centre is Teesside’s award-winning home of adventure, which was reopened in 2012 after extensive redevelopment. This magnificent centre of activity can be found on the banks of the River Tees between Stockton and Middlesbrough and offers a unique variety of watersports the whole family can enjoy

Minimum Age: 14 years

Price: sport dependent

Website: https://tbiwwc.com

Tees Barrage

Young Driver Lessons at Young Driver Experience, Newcastle

About: The Young Driver training programme mirrors what you would learn when driving on the road. The only difference is you will learn to drive in a safe environment on a specially constructed road course

Minimum Age: 10 years

Price: from £39.99 for 30 mins

Website: https://www.youngdriver.eu


And finally, something totally different at Selfie Central, Newcastle

About: Selfie Central is a fun, interactive experience. Think of it as the ultimate photo studio with 11 totally different sets

Minimum Age: 12 years

Price: £10 per person

Website: https://www.selfie-central.com

Selfie Central

Thanks for reading, I hope I’ve given you some new ideas to try. If you do give any of the above a go, I’d love to know what you thought of them in the comments ☺️

Museums In & Around The North East


Arbeia, South Shields

About: Standing above the entrance to the River Tyne, Arbeia South Shields’ Roman Fort guarded the main sea route to Hadrian’s Wall. It was a key garrison and military supply base to other forts along the Wall and is an important part of the history of Roman Britain. Step into the fort and immerse yourself in the world of the Romans right in the heart of South Shields. Explore inside the full-scale reconstructed Roman buildings including the West Gate, Commanding Officer’s house and a soldier’s barrack block, and see one of the finest collections of finds from Roman Britain all found in and around Arbeia

Website: https://arbeiaromanfort.org.uk


Beamish, Durham

About: Beamish is a world famous, living & working, open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s

Website: http://www.beamish.org.uk


Berwick-Upon-Tweed Barracks

About: Built in the early 18th century, the Barracks were among the first in England to be purpose built. The ‘By Beat of Drum’ exhibition gives you an insight into the life of the British infantryman from the Civil War to the First World War

Website: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/berwick-upon-tweed-barracks-and-main-guard


The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

About: The Bowes Museum is a hidden treasure, a jewel in the heart of beautiful Teesdale. Purpose built in the 19th century by John and Joséphine Bowes, the museum is filled with diverse collections that spans three floors of the magnificent building

Website: https://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk


Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Saltburn-By-The-Sea

About: A legacy of blood, sweat and ironstone. Discover the people, communities
and industry behind Britain’s Land of Iron

Website: https://landofiron.org.uk


Discovery Museum, Newcastle

About: The Discovery Museum is a science museum and local history museum. It displays many exhibits of local history including the ship, Turbinia

Website: https://discoverymuseum.org.uk


Durham Museum & Heritage Centre

About: Durham Museum and Heritage Centre is a museum that details the history of the City of Durham from medieval times to the present day

Website: http://durhammuseum.co.uk


Eden Camp, Malton

About: Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on the Home Front and the Front Line, all set in the buildings and grounds of an original World War 2 Prisoner of War Camp

Website: https://www.edencamp.co.uk


Great North Museum, Newcastle

About: The Great North Museum is a museum of natural history and ancient civilisations situated in Newcastle City Centre

Website: https://greatnorthmuseum.org.uk


Head Of Steam, Darlington

About: Museum of local rail history situated in restored 19th-century railway buildings, with antique steam engines.

Website: https://www.head-of-steam.co.uk


Hexham Old Gaol

About: This 14th-century prison now houses a museum with exhibits on history, music, weapons, armor & more.

Website: https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/hexham-old-gaol/


Housesteads Roman Fort, Hexham

About: English Heritage site of a Roman fort with a visitor centre, museum and guides in period costume

Website: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/housesteads-roman-fort-hadrians-wall


Jarrow Hall

About: Discover the incredible world of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria at a historic and environmental oasis in the heart of South Tyneside. Set across 11 acres, Jarrow Hall features a museum dedicated to exploring the life and legacy of Bede, alongside an extensive Anglo-Saxon farm and reconstructed Anglo-Saxon dwellings

Website: https://jarrowhall.com


Killhope, Bishop Auckland

About: Tours of an old mine with displays on local mining history, with a play park and wildlife hides as well

Website: https://killhope.org.uk


Life Science Centre, Newcastle

About: Life Science Centre is the science centre of the North. They’re not like other museums where you’ll only find stuff in cases, here you’re encouraged to get stuck in: explore, create and have fun – whatever your age.

Website: https://www.life.org.uk


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Newbiggin Maritime Museum

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Newcastle Castle Keep & Black Gate

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Seven Stories

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Haven’t found what you’re looking for? Take a look at this blog post for Historic Attractions In And Around The North East https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/04/13/historic-attractions-in-and-around-the-north-east/

Outdoor Pools And Play Parks With Splash Pads In & Around The North East

Fancy making a splash in the sun? Here’s our guide to outdoor pools and play parks with splash pads in and around the North East


Haltwhistle Swimming & Leisure Centre, Haltwhistle

About: There are 3 heated open air swimming pools at Haltwhistle – the paddle pool, the learner pool and the main pool.

Address: Greencroft, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49 9DW

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Price: Family Swim from £15.50

Reopening: Now open but with restrictions so booking is essential

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Website: http://www.haltwhistleleisure.co.uk

Haltwhistle Swimming & Leisure Centre, Haltwhistle

Stanhope Open Air Swimming Pool

About: The only heated open air swimming pool in County Durham. There’s a main pool with a springboard and a smaller pool with a slide. Both pools are heated to 27°c (82°f)

Address: Castle Park, Stanhope, Co Durham, DL13 2LU

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Price: TBC

Reopening: Planned for 26th July 2021

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Website: https://stanhopepool.co.uk

Stanhope Open Air Swimming Pool

Carlisle Park, Morpeth

About: Carlisle Park is a multi-award winning park in the heart of Morpeth, Northumberland. It contains formal gardens, an aviary, play areas, a paddling pool, ancient woodland, picnic areas, tennis courts, bowling greens, a skate park and much more.

Address: Morpeth, NE61 1YD

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Price: Free

Reopening: 21st July 2021

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Website: https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Local/Carlisle-Park-Morpeth.aspx

Carlisle Park, Morpeth

Hirst Park, Ashington

About: The park features a play park, splash park, a woodland, relaxing gardens, bowling greens, tennis courts, community pavilion and lovely areas of greenery.

Address: Ashington, NE63 9FX

Carpark: Street parking available

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Price: Free

Reopening: 29th May 2021

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Website: https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Local/Hirst-Park-Ashington.aspx

Hirst Park, Ashington

Ridley Park, Blyth

About: Ridley Park provides many fun and recreational activities for people of all ages to enjoy, including a water play area, woodland walking and a bowling green.

Address: Wensleydale Terrace, Blyth, NE24 3HF

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Price: Free

Reopening: 17th June 2021

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Website: https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Local/Ridley-Park-Blyth.aspx

Ridley Park, Blyth

Riverside Park, Chester-Le-Street

About: Children of all ages can enjoy the play area or get their feet wet in the splashpad. Take a riverside walk or relax in the gardens, each of which is inspired by a different planet or star.

Address: Ropery Lane, Chester-Le-Street, Durham, DH3 3PL

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Price: Free

Reopening: 12th July 2021

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Website: http://www.durham.gov.uk/riversidepark

Riverside Park, Chester-Le-Street

Whitley Bay Water Park, Whitley Bay

About: Whitley Bay Water Park is a great facility for younger children. The water park has a variety of splash and spray features as well a water rill with channel and damn leading to a pooled area. There is also a multi-use sports area near the park so children can play ball games in a safe enclosed space.

Address: Park Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 1EJ

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Price: Free

Reopening: TBC

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Website: https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/facility/1025

Whitley Bay Water Park, Whitley Bay

Essential Items To Bring

Even though Evie and Harry are 10 & 9 years old, if we’re going anywhere near any of the parks listed above, I always throw these items in to the boot just in case they fancy a play (which they almost always do despite being “too old for that now”)

• Change of clothing

• Goggles

• Suncream

• Towels

• Water toys


Thanks for reading. Let me know in the comments which water feature is your favourite and if there are any I’ve missed off which are worth a visit.


Brilliant Bowling Alleys In And Around The North East


Indoor sporting is back! So whether you’re new to Ten Pin Bowling or an absolute pro, we can once again step in to the shoes, borrow a ball and strive for a strike, try for a turkey and even have a go at a hambone. Below are a list of our favourite places to aim a ball down an alley hoping to put down the pins all while trying to avoid the gutter.

As always, ensure you follow any COVID guidelines/restrictions that the venues have in place.


Brilliant Bowling Alleys In And Around The North East

Dunes Bowl, South Shields

About:

Number Of Lanes: 12

Prices: Children from £5.50. Adults from £4.50

Opening Times: Daily from 10am

Car Park:

Closest Metro Station: South Shields

Food Options:

Anything Else On Site: Soft play, arcade and fun fair

Website: https://www.dunesadventureisland.co.uk

Our Rating: 🎳 🎳


Eldon Ten Pin Bowl, Newcastle

About:

Number Of Lanes: 8

Prices: Children from £4.50. Adult from £6.75

Opening Times: Daily from 10:30am

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Brilliant Bowling Alleys In And Around The North East

Gutterball, North Shields

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Hollywood Bowl, Washington

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Strike, Cramlington

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Lane 7, Newcastle & Middlesbrough

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Namco Bowling, Gateshead

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Riverside Bowling, Sunderland

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Sunderland Bowl, Sunderland

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Superbowl UK, Bishop Auckland

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Do you enjoy a game of bowling? Where’s your favourite place to go? Let me know in the comments


Brilliant Bowling Alleys In And Around The North East

All Kinds Of “Kids Eat…” Deals

If you want to enjoy eating out during the Summer Holidays while watching the pennies, check out these “Kids Eat…” deals currently available.

Details are correct at time of publishing. Always check direct with the venue that the deal is still running before planning a visit.


North East Independent Businesses

Anglers Arms, Choppington

What’s The Deal: Kids eat for £1 with every adult meal purchased

When Is The Deal Available: Monday to Friday throughout the Summer Holidays

Any Restrictions: The offer excludes the “Beer Bait” menu and is valid on the Little Kids menu only. The deal can not be used in conjunction with any other promotion

Further Details: https://www.facebook.com/anglersarmssheepwashbank



Barringtons, Bedlington

What’s The Deal: Kids eat for free with every adult meal purchased

When Is The Deal Available: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday between 10am – 1pm

Any Restrictions: Main to be purchased from the breakfast, panini, wrap or burger menu

Further Details: https://m.facebook.com/barringtonsfood/



Budha Lounge, Tynemouth

What’s The Deal: Kids eat for free with every adult meal purchased

When Is The Deal Available: Every day between 12 – 5pm

Any Restrictions: Children aged under 13 only

Further Details: https://www.facebook.com/buddhaloungetynemouth/



The Hudson, Newcastle

What’s The Deal: Kids eat for free with every two course adult meal purchased

When Is The Deal Available: Monday to Friday

Any Restrictions: Children aged under 12 only

Further Details: https://www.facebook.com/thehudsonncl/



Porky’s, Bebside & Low Fell

What’s The Deal: Kids eat for free with every adult meal purchased

When Is The Deal Available: All day Monday to Thursday and until 5pm on Friday

Any Restrictions: Children aged under 10 only

Further Details: https://www.facebook.com/porkysblyth/



Secret Garden, Seaton Delaval

What’s The Deal: Kids eat for £1

When Is The Deal Available: Monday to Thursday 12 – 5pm

Any Restrictions: TBC

Further Details: https://www.facebook.com/SDSecretGarden/



The South Beach, Blyth

What’s The Deal: Kids eat for £1 with every adult meal purchased

When Is The Deal Available: Monday – Friday

Any Restrictions: TBC

Further Details: https://www.facebook.com/TheSouthBeachAtBlyth/



UK Chains

Brewers Fayre (Breakfast)

What’s The Deal: Free breakfast for two children aged 15 and under when purchasing a £8.99 adult breakfast

When Is The Deal Available: Everyday 7.00am until 10.30am

Any Restrictions: This offer only applies to Brewers Fayre restaurants situated next to Premier Inn hotels

Further Details: https://www.brewersfayre.co.uk/en-gb/terms-and-conditions



Hungry Horse (Breakfast)

What’s The Deal: Kids eat for free with every adult breakfast purchased

When Is The Deal Available: Everyday during the Summer holidays from 8am – 12 noon

Any Restrictions: TBC

Further Details: https://www.hungryhorse.co.uk/pubs/tyne-and-wear/walls-end/kids-eat-free

Hungry Horse

What’s The Deal: Up to two children can eat for £1 with every full paying adult

When Is The Deal Available: Every Monday

Any Restrictions: Offer includes main meal only, excludes starters, desserts or drinks. Not available in conjunction with any other promotion

Further Details: https://www.hungryhorse.co.uk/deals/kids-eat-for-1/



Morrisons

What’s The Deal: Kids eat for free with every paying adult

When Is The Deal Available: 3pm – close every day

Any Restrictions: Adult meal must be over the value of £4.50

Further Details: https://my.morrisons.com/kids-eat-free—tscs/



Sizzling Pubs

What’s The Deal: Kids eat for £1 with every adult meal purchased

When Is The Deal Available: Monday to Friday, 3pm-7pm

Any Restrictions: No voucher needed and booking is advisable. All food must be ordered at the same time. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with the breakfast or any other offer or the set menu.

Further Details: https://www.sizzlingpubs.co.uk/offers/kids-eat-for-1pound



If you see any other “Kids Eat…” offers, whether from a North East Independent Business or a UK Chain, let me know in the comments

Looking for budget friendly days out in the North East, check out https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/07/29/north-east-family-days-out-summer-deals/ and https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/08/03/free-events-taking-place-throughout-the-summer-in-and-around-the-north-east/

Popular Patisseries From Around The North East

One of my favourite pastimes – sitting with a cup of coffee and a sweet treat watching the world go by. Below is a list of places I love to visit to indulge myself.


Blackberries Patisserie, Houghton-Le-Spring

Address: 4 Imperial Buildings, DH4 4DJ

About: Houghton-Le-Springs home of handmade, high quality patisserie goods

Currently Open: Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm for takeaway only

Price Range: £

We Recommend: The Strawberry & Mascarpone Cream Tart

Website: https://m.facebook.com/BlackberriesPatisserie/

Sweet treats available at Blackberries Patisserie

Cake Stories, Jesmond

Address: 12 Brentwood Avenue, NE2 3DH

About: Opened in 2015, Cake Stories’ famous cake cabinet is always stocked with loads of cakes, brownies and bakes. Perfect with a coffee, tea, a glass of wine or a craft ale.

Currently Open: 7 days a week until 6pm for outdoor dining and takeaway

Price Range: ££

We Recommend: Biscoff Rocky Road

Website: https://www.cakestories.com/

Sweet treats available at Cake Stories

Dreamworld Cakes, Ouseburn

Address: Arch 3, Stepney Bank, NE1 2NP

About: An independent, family run business offering beautiful and delicious continental patisserie items.

Currently Open: Wednesday to Sunday from 10am for outdoor dining and takeaway

Price Range: ££

We Recommend: The Oreo Choux

Website: https://www.dreamworldcakes.co.uk/

Sweet treats available at Dreamworld Cakes

Grants, Corbridge

Address: 1 Market Place, NE45 5AW

About: An award winning craft bakery with a mission to become the best quality bakery in the North East

Currently Open: Daily for takeaway

Price Range: ££

We Recommend: Toffee & Hazelnut Tart

Website: https://grantsbakery.co.uk/

Sweet treats available at Grants

Les Petit Choux, Newcastle

Address: 11 Leazes Crescent, NE1 4LN

About: Les Petits Choux is a family-run coffee shop & patisserie owned by a mum and her two daughters. Everything is lovingly hand made on site using only the freshest and finest ingredients to give exceptional quality.

Currently Open: Monday to Saturday from 10am for outdoor dining and takeaway

Price Range: ££

We Recommend: Lemon Meringue Tart

Website: http://www.les-petits-choux.co.uk

Sweet treats available at Les Petit Choux

Paticake Patisserie, Sunderland

Address: 3 Thornhill Crescent, SR2 7AP

About: The place in Sunderland for handmade luxury confectionery

Currently Open: Daily for outdoor dining and takeaway

Price Range: £

We Recommend: Sticky Toffee Cake

Website: https://m.facebook.com/paticakepatisserie/

Sweet treats available at Paticake Patisserie

Patisserie Valerie, Durham

Address: 38 High Street, DH1 3UL

About: Operating for almost 100 years, Patisserie Valerie have 67 patisseries throughout the UK. They offer everything from whole cakes to delicate patisserie as well as their famous Afternoon Teas.

Currently Open: Daily for takeaway

Price Range: ££

We Recommend: Coffee Choux Bun

Website: https://www.patisserie-valerie.co.uk/

Sweet treats available at Patisserie Valerie

Pet Lamb, Newcastle

Address: Unit 19 Grainger Arcade, NE1 5QF

About: Opened in 2012, Pet Lamb offer goods that’s are always freshly baked on site in the heart of the Grainger Market

Currently Open: For takeaway

Price Range: ££

We Recommend: Nutella Brownies

Website: https://www.petlambpatisserie.com/

Sweet treats available at Pet Lamb

Secrettaart, Newcastle

Address: Pilgrim Street, NE1 6QG

About: Recently opened in STACK Newcastle, Secrettaart owner, Patricia Marques, is passionate about creating elegant, luxury, edible gifts that will leave a lasting memory for every customer

Currently Open: Monday to Saturday for takeaway

Price Range: £££

We Recommend: Macarons

Website: https://www.secrettaart.com/

Sweet treats available at Secrettaart

Valeries Tearoom, Whitley Bay

Address: Spanish City, NE26 1BG

About: Taking diners back to 1910 (the start of Spanish City’s journey), Valeries Tearoom offers a selection of teas, coffees, juices, smoothies, pastries, muffins and cakes as well as sandwiches, salads, quiches and a full breakfast menu

Currently Open: Daily for outdoor dining and takeaway

Price Range: ££

We Recommend: Coffee & Walnut Slice

Website: https://spanishcity.co.uk/valeries-tearoom/

Sweet treats available at Valeries Tearoom

Where do you enjoy visiting for coffee and cake? Let me know in the comments

Scrumptious Sunday Lunches From Around The North East

Whether it’s homemade or chef prepared, I love a Sunday Roast. I think it might be my favourite meal; roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, vegetables and meat covered in gravy – perfect combination.

Below are a list of North East places that I think are serving up the best Sunday Dinners (try not to drool while reading)


Branches, Jesmond

Address: 9 Osborne Road, Jesmond, NE2 2AE

Mains Options: Roasted Sirloin of beef, roast loin of pork, chicken breast, spring vegetable risotto or pan roasted salmon and shellfish

Sunday Lunch Description: All mains are served with crispy roast potatoes, freshly made Yorkshire pudding, slow braised spiced red cabbage, crushed carrot and celeriac, cauliflower cheese and seasonal vegetables

Price: 1 Course £15.95, 2 Courses £22.95, 3 Coursed £25.95

Open For Diners At The Moment: ❌ Branches reopens on Monday, 17th May 2021

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Sunday Lunch from Branches (click the pic for venue website)

Babucho, Newcastle

Address: Lower Dean Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3JD

Mains Options: Roast beef, roast pork, roast chicken or leg of lamb

Sunday Lunch Description: All served with crisp roasties, market vegetables and Yorkshire pudding

Price: 1 Course £14.95, 2 Courses £18.95, 3 Coursed £22.95

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Sunday Lunch from Babucho (click the pic for venue website)

Cog & Wheel, Sandyford

Address: 131 Sandyford Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 1QR

Mains Options: Roast chicken, spiced roast beef or vegan sausages

Sunday Lunch Description: Mains are served with braised red cabbage, honey glazed parsnips and carrots, broccoli, mash, rosemary and garlic roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding

Price: 1 Course £11.95, 2 Courses £15

Open For Diners At The Moment:

Offering Takeaway: TBC

Sunday Lunch from Cog & Wheel (click the pic for venue website)

Davanti, Whitley Lodge

Address: 2 Claremont Crescent, Whitley Lodge, NE26 3HL

Mains Options: Sirloin of beef, roast chicken, pork belly or lamb shank

Sunday Lunch Description: Served with seasonal vegetables and homemade Yorkshire pudding

Price: 1 Course £9.95, 2 Courses £13.95, 3 Coursed £17.95

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Sunday Lunch from Davanti (click the pic for venue website)

The Impeccable Pig, Sedgefield

Address: Front St, Sedgefield, TS21 3AT

Mains Options: Roasted belly pork, roast chicken, roast sirloin of beef or roast leg of lamb

Sunday Lunch Description: All of the main courses are served with duck fat roast potatoes, mash, carrot & swede mash, seasonal greens, carrots and Yorkshire pudding

Price: 2 Courses £20, 3 Coursed £23

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Offering Takeaway: TBC

Sunday Lunch from The Impeccable Pig (click the pic for venue website)

The Merchants Tavern, St Peters Wharf

Address: 1 Saint Peter’s Wharf, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 1TZ

Mains Options: 12 hour slow roasted beef brisket, lemon and thyme chicken, grilled fillet of salmon or baked aubergine stuffed with cous cous

Sunday Lunch Description: Served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes

Price: 1 Course £10

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Sunday Lunch from Merchants Tavern (click the pic for venue website)

The Mill House, Birtley

Address: Blackfell, Birtley, Chester-le-Street, DH3 1RE

Mains Options: Braised beef brisket, roasted pork loin, roast chicken, gammon, lamb shoulder, roast leg of lamb or nut roast

Sunday Lunch Description: Served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Price: 1 Course £12.45

Open For Dinners At The Moment:

Offering Takeaway: TBC

Sunday Lunch from The Mill House (click the pic for venue website)

The Owl & Otter, Burnopfield

Address: Mountsett, Burnopfield, NE16 6BA

Mains Options: Roast chicken, roast pork belly or roast topside of beef

Sunday Lunch Description: Lunches are served with roast potatoes, vegetables, mashed potato, stuffing & Yorkshire pudding

Price: 1 Course £12.95

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Offering Takeaway:

Sunday Lunch from The Owl & Otter (click the pic for venue website)

The Poachers Cottage, Callerton

Address: Armstrong Sreet, Callerton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE5 1NQ

Mains Options: Roast chicken, roast beef or roast pork

Sunday Lunch Description: Served with fresh seasonal vegetables and Yorkshire pudding

Price: 1 Course £8.15

Open For Diners At The Moment:

Offering Takeaway: TBC


Signatures, Sunderland

Address: 28 Wynyard Street, Silksworth, Sunderland, SR3 1HP

Mains Options: Beef, pork, chicken or lamb

Sunday Lunch Description: Served with creamy mashed potato, turnip, roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips, seasonal vegetables and Yorkshire pudding

Price: 1 Course £8.95, 2 Courses £12.50, 3 Coursed £15.95

Open For Diners At The Moment: ❌ Signatures reopens on Wednesday, 19th May 2021

Offering Takeaway:

Sunday Lunch from Signatures (click the pic for venue website)

The Ship Inn, Wylam

Address: Main Road, Wylam, NE41 8AQ

Mains Options: Slow roasted pork belly, rosemary & garlic leg of lamb or roast sirloin

Sunday Lunch Description: Lunches are served with Yorkshire pudding and fresh vegetables

Price: 1 Course from £14

Open For Diners At The Moment:

Offering Takeaway: TBC

Sunday Lunch from The Ship Inn (click the pic for venue website)

The Skiff Inn, Swalwell

Address: Clasper Way, Swalwell, Gateshead, NE16 3BE.

Mains Options: Roast beef, pork belly, roast chicken or lamb

Sunday Lunch Description: Served with vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding

Price: 1 Course from £10.75

Open For Diners At The Moment: ❌ The Skiff Inn reopens on Monday, 17th May 2021

Offering Takeaway:

Sunday Lunch from The Skiff Inn (click the pic for venue website)

Where’s your go-to place to grab a roast? Let me know in the comments

Reader Recommendations

• Nicole, a self-proclaimed picky eater, recommends the Three Tuns, Heddon https://m.facebook.com/THREETUNSHEDDON/

A Guide To Multi-Purpose Outdoor Entertainment Venues In & Around The North East

As COVID restrictions begin to ease, outdoor hospitality is back and Multi-Purpose Outdoor Entertainment Venues are popping up throughout the region. Here’s a guide to the ones we’ve visited recently

As always, COVID guidelines will be in place and must be followed at all times. Check details with the venues direct before planning a visit.


Burn It Up North Shields

Location: Outside of Gutterball Alley, next to Royal Quays

About: Live music, food, drink, arts and entertainment in 4 unique areas. Open now for food and drinks. Events to start from May 17th (guidelines allowing)

Entry Cost: Free but a £5p/p fee will be held on booking. This will only be charged if you don’t show for your booking

Booking Needed: Advisable

Covered Areas:

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Food Options: Food from Lane7 as well as pop ups from the regions favourite street food businesses

On-site Parking:

Metro Station: Percy Main

Opening Times: Monday to Thursday from 3pm, Friday from 11am, Saturday & Sunday from 9am

Price Of A Pint: From £5.50

Website: https://www.gutterballalley.co.uk/home/booking-enquiry/

What We Thought: We visited early on Bank Holiday Monday, the recommended parking (behind Premier Inn) was full so the only option was to park on the road. We were told to wear face masks by security who, ironically, had his face mask below his chin. We were seated and told how to order. There were 3 other tables of customers in the venue when we ordered and yet we still had to ask the staff where our order was. We paid £2.75 for one small cappuccino from a machine and waited 17 minutes for it to arrive. We had booked the table for 90 minutes but left after 40 mins. Overall, we didn’t enjoy our time at BIU and won’t be returning.

Pros: All ordering is done through QR Codes/Website so no need to try and catch a server

Cons: On busy days, parking can be a nightmare. Expensive. Long wait for drinks.

Recommended:

Burn It Up

Central Park Newcastle

Location: Times Square outside Centre For Life

About: A pop-up park in the heart of the toon embracing this years Sunmer Of Sport on a huge live 4k LED TV

Entry Cost: Tickets from £6p/p which includes first drink

Booking Needed: Advisable

Covered Areas:

Child Friendly: ❌ (although family session will be held on certain days)

Dog Friendly:

Food Options: Pop ups from the regions favourite street food businesses

On-site Parking:

Metro Station: Newcastle Central

Opening Times: Opening on Thursday 29th April at 5pm. Then every Thursday & Friday from 5pm, Saturday & Sunday from 12pm. Also open on Bank Holiday Mondays and for all dates of Euro 2021.

Price Of A Pint: from £4.50

Website: https://www.centralparknewcastle.co.uk/

What We Thought: Visited Central Park for their first Bairns & Barkers Sunday and we absolutely loved it. Brilliant setup with everything ordered through the W8R app. Lovely staff and fab atmosphere.

Pros: No kids 🤣

Cons: No kids 🤣

Recommended:

Central Park Newcastle

Hardwick Hall’s Beer Garden

Location: Grounds of Hardwick Hall Hotel

About: The biggest beer garden in County Durham with street food, container bar, ice cream van and children’s rides

Entry Cost: Free

Booking Needed: No, first come first served basis

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Food Options: Pop ups from the regions favourite street food businesses

On-site Parking:

Metro Station: N/A

Opening Times: Open 7 days a week from 10am

Price Of A Pint: TBC

Website: https://www.facebook.com/HardwickHallHotel/

What We Thought: We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the garden after a walk around Hardwick Park. Gorgeous way to unwind with a drink and bite to eat while overlooking the pond.

Pros: Perfect location & no booking needed

Cons: Can get super busy

Recommended:

Hardwick Hall Hotel

Jesmond Beach Box

Location: Behind the Holy Hobo/As You Like It

About: An urban oasis nestled just outside the city centre in the leafy suburbs of Jesmond. With food, drinks stalls, pub corner (featuring games from darts to shuffle board) and, as the name suggests, they have a beach complete with buckets and spades.

Entry Cost: Free

Booking Needed: Advisable

Covered Areas:

Child Friendly:

Dog Friendly:

Food Options: Food from The Holy Hobo as well as pop ups from the regions favourite street food businesses

On-site Parking:

Metro Station: Jesmond

Opening Times: Daily from 11am

Price Of A Pint: TBC

Website: https://www.jesmondbeachbox.co.uk/

What We Thought: Proper chilled out vibe, perfect afternoon sat in the sun listening to live music

Pros: Bar games available

Cons: Limited parking

Recommended:

Beach Box

Rainton Arena

Location: Houghton-Le-Spring, DH4 5PH

About: Rainton Spring Fair is currently at Rainton Arena with loads of rides, an outdoor beer garden and food vendors. Events at Rainton Arena are planned to restart from May.

Entry Cost: Free

Booking Needed: Advisable

Covered Areas:

Child Friendly:

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Food Options: Onsite food vans

On-site Parking:

Metro Station: N/A

Opening Times: Monday to Thursday 4pm-9pm. Friday to Sunday 11am-9pm.

Price Of A Pint: TBC

Website: https://raintonarena.co.uk

What We Thought: We’ve been to a few live events at Rainton Arena and couldn’t fault the setup. Everything ran smoothly and it all felt very COVID secure.

Pros: All ordering is done through QR Codes/Website so no need to try and catch a server

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Rainton Arena

Secret Garden Seaton Delaval

Location: The Old Laidlers site, NE25 0PP

About: Expect the once worn out wholesale site transformed in to a unique floral garden hosting the very best food, drink and entertainment the North East has to offer

Entry Cost: £5p/p booking fee that will be deducted from your final bill

Booking Needed: Advisable

Covered Areas:

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Food Options: Secret Garden Kitchen plus pop ups from the regions favourite street food businesses

On-site Parking:

Metro Station: N/A

Opening Times: Daily

Price Of A Pint: From £4

Website: https://secretgardensd.co.uk

What We Thought: Absolutely loved it! Very spacious and all very COVID secure. Massive thumbs up from us, definitely worth a visit

Pros: If you haven’t booked, the back uncovered seats are always kept for walk ins

Cons: Booking fee required

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Secret Garden

STACK

Location: Newcastle and Seaburn

About: STACK is a container village come creative social hub for entertainment, culture, work and play.

Entry Cost: Free entry however a booking fee is required. This fee starts from £15 per bench. The amount paid on booking is given as drink tokens on arrival

Booking Needed: Advisable

Covered Areas:

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Food Options: Various fixed vendors on both sites

On-site Parking:

Metro Station: Monument

Opening Times: Daily from 10am

Price Of A Pint: TBC

Website: https://www.stacknewcastle.com/ and https://www.stackseaburn.com/

What We Thought: We’ve always enjoyed previous visits to STACK

Pros: City centre locations

Cons: Bookings for 2 – 4 guests will be located on a shared bench. This means you could end up sharing your seating area with an unknown group

Recommended:

STACK

Sunderland Beach Box At The Palm

Location: Timber Beach Road, SR5 3XG

About: Newcastle’s legengary Beach Box is coming to The Palm. From April 12th, The Palm is being transformed into Sunderland’s biggest beach party. With 8 bars, 7 street food traders, live sports, covered outdoor seating, live entertainment and beach area

Entry Cost: Free

Booking Needed: Advisable

Covered Areas:

Child Friendly:

Dog Friendly:

Food Options: Pop ups from the regions favourite street food businesses

On-site Parking:

Metro Station: Pallion

Opening Times: Daily from 12 noon

Price Of A Pint: TBC

Website: https://www.discoverthepalm.com/

What We Thought: We had a brilliant time when we called in over Bank Holiday weekend. Super attentive staff and speedy service

Pros: No booking fee and the toilets are The Palm’s proper toilets – no portaloos

Cons: It’s in Sunderland…jokes! I’m really struggling to think of any

Recommended: ✅ (our favourite)

The Palm

Items You Might Want To Bring Yourself To Make Your Time At These Venues Even Better

• Suncream – wishful thinking but you are outside and those rays might just catch you

Blankets – probably more needed than the suncream

Hot Water Bottle – check with the venue but most will fill your HWBs with warm water ready for you to use

Portable Phone Charger – with Track & Trace and online ordering, your battery’s going to need a top up

• Reusable Straw – nothing worse than trying to enjoy a cocktail with a soggy paper straw


Have you visited any of the venues listed? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments

Must See Sculptures & Pieces Of Public Art In And Around The North East


The Angel Of The North, Gateshead

By: Antony Gormley

Erected In: 1998

About: Sitting on top of a former colliery pithead close to the A1, the 54m wide and 20m high Angel of the North is believed to be the largest angel sculpture in the world. Gormley chose an angel to recognise the sacrifice of the miners who had worked beneath the site of its construction centuries before. The awe-inspiring piece of public art is visited by 150,000 people a year and is one of the most famous sculptures in the UK. It is seen by more than one person every second. That’s 90,000 every day or 33 million every year. The Angel of the North is easy to reach by both public transport and car.

Postcode: NE9 7TY


Beamish Shorthorns, Durham

By: Sally Matthews

Erected In: 1990

About: The Beamish Shorthorns, constructed from scrap metal and tractor parts, contentedly graze by the side of the Consett and Sunderland railway path (part of the C2C cycle route). The artist’s workshop was an old train shed overlooking a field of rust-coloured shorthorns, which became her muse.

Postcode: DH9


Brick Train, Darlington

By: David Mach

Erected In: 1997

About: Built to celebrate Darlington’s rich railway heritage, the train is made up of over 185,000 bricks and 170 cubic meters of concrete. It is of hollow construction and measures 23ft high by 130ft long. It took a team of 34 brick layers, labourers and apprentices 21 weeks to build. There are 20 special ‘bat’ bricks built in at various places to encourage the nocturnal creatures to use it as their home. Local schools donated time capsules which were put inside the train.

Postcode: DL1 4PH

Image by This Is Darlington

Conversation Piece, South Shields

By: Juan Munoz

Erected In: 2001

About: Affectionately known as the ‘weebles’, the 22 mysterious figures stand in various poses – some deep in conversation with each other, others simply gazing out to sea. Situated next to Littlehaven Beach at the mouth of the Tyne in South Shields, they are a fitting tribute to South Tyneside’s glorious coast.

Postcode: NE33 1LH

Image by Visit South Tyneside

The Couple, Newbiggin-By-The-Sea

By: Sean Henry

Erected In: 2007

About: The UK’s first permanent off-shore sculpture sits 300m off the Northumberland Coast. The sculpture is 20m long and 12m high and depicts a woman and man looking out to sea.

Postcode: NE64

Image by Culture 24

Eat For England, Cramlington

By: Bob Budd

Erected In: 2006

About: Locally known as Crammy’s Big Spoon, the 15ft metal spoon was installed to entice people in to the countryside.

Postcode: NE23 7TL


Emily Wilding Davison, Morpeth

By: Ray Lonsdale

Erected In: 2018

About: Installed to commemorate 100 years since woman were first allowed to vote in the UK, the statue shows Emily Davison while on hunger strike in prison. Emily Davison, from Morpeth, was a suffragette who was knocked unconscious by the kings horse while trying to draw attention to the Votes For Women campaign.

Postcode: NE61 1YD

Image by Emily Davison Memorial Project

Fiddlers Green, North Shields

By: Ray Lonsdale

Erected In: 2017

About: Fiddler’s Green sits overlooking the River Tyne on North Shields Fish Quay. It is a permanent memorial to the North Shields fishermen lost at sea. There is a plaque on the base which reads: “To the fishermen lost in the cold North Sea, and the ones who will be so, I’ll be seeing you all on Fiddler’s Green, be steady as you go. For Fiddler’s Green is a place I’ve heard tell, though no one really knows, where the fishermen go if they don’t go to hell, and no Arctic wind will blow.”

Postcode: NE30 1JE


The Journey, Durham

By: Fenwick Lawson

Erected In: 2008

About: The bronze cast statue tells the important and epic story of monks carrying the body of St Cuthbert from Holy Island to Durham Cathedral.

Postcode: DH1

Image by St. Cuthbert’s Final Journey

Market Woman, Wallsend

By: Hans Schwarz

Erected In: 1966

About: This rough bronze sculpture of a Roman peasant woman was designed for a shopping centre in Wallsend at the east end of Hadrian’s Wall. The artist depicted a woman in a stoic pose with a basket of hens balanced on her head. She was, he said, a “tough, hardworking peasant, not a graceful girl”. The idea was to highlight the reality of life for common people in this area under the rule of Emperor Hadrian.

Postcode: NE28

Image by Culture 24

The Old Transformers, Stanley

By: David Kemp

Erected In: 1992

About: ‘The Miner’ and ‘The Ironmaster’ are a pair of sculptures created from discarded transformers and other scrap metal salvaged from the old Consett Steel Works. The statues stand 6 metres high and are a visual reminder of the area’s industrial past, particularly the coal, iron and steel industries which shaped the area so dramatically.

Postcode: DH9 8PJ


The Response, Newcastle

By: Sir W. Goscombe

Erected In: 1923

About: The War Memorial depicts the Northumberland Fusiliers marching off to fight in the First World War.

Postcode: NE1 7RS


River God Tyne, Newcastle

By: David Wynne

Erected In: 1968

About: The bronze statue is mounted on the outer wall of Newcastle Civic Centre.

Postcode: NE1 3DX

Image by Art UK

Silvas Capitalis, Hexham

By: Simparch

Erected In: 2009

About: The giant timber head is located on Kielder’s Lakeside Way. The head was conceived as a watcher; a presence that has observed the dramatically changing landscape around it.

Postcode: NE48 1QZ

Image by Kielder Art & Architecture

Spirit Of Jarrow, Jarrow

By: Graham Ibbeson

Erected In: 2001

About: A life-sized bronze statue that was commissioned to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Jarrow March For Jobs that took place in 1936.

Postcode: NE32


Spirit Of South Shields

By: Irene Brown

Erected In: 2000

About: Installed on the banks of the River Tyne, the Spirit is seen as the protector of Shileds, guiding ships through the seas safely. She stands strong and optimistic, unafraid of the winds of change. Harbouring a ship safely in one arm whilst raising her other arm in greeting, she is seen as the prow, the figurehead for South Shields’ future.

Postcode: NE33

Image by Visit South Tyneside

Terris Novalis, Consett

By: Tony Cragg

Erected In: 1996

About: Built on the site of the oldest commercial railway line in Britain, this sculpture marks the location of what was once Europe’s largest steelworks and was commissioned to be a lasting memorial to the steelworkers of Co. Durham. The sculptures are 20 times the size of the tools they represent. The theodolite and engineers level stand on top of a small hill and are visible for miles around.

Postcode: DH8 7NU


Tommy, Seaham

By: Ray Lonsdale

Erected In: 2014

About: Officially called 1101 (referring to the first minute of peace as the armistice came in to force at 11am on 11th November 1918), the statue shows a First World War soldier wearing boots, puttees, greatcoat and tin hat, sitting on an ammunition box, with downcast eyes holding the barrel of his rifle.

Postcode: SR7 7EU

Image by East Durham News

How many of the above have you visited? Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments

Stepping Stones In And Around The North East

Stepping stones, steppy stones or step stones. Hands down, Evie and Harry’s favourite way to cross lakes, rivers and streams. They could (and have) spent hours running across sets of stones sitting in water.

Whenever I post photos of stepping stones on my personal Facebook, I always get asked where they are and how to find them so I thought I’d put together this blog post to help you hunt them out.

I’ve marked the stepping stones on maps, these are very approximate locations because I’ve pulled the areas from memory!

Top Tip – Avoid visiting stepping stones after heavy rainfall, I’ve seen most of these completely submerged and totally impassable.


Bothal, Northumberland

Situated between Morpeth and Ashington lies the small village of Bothal. Within Bothal Woods are a set of stepping stones which cross over the River Wansbeck. The steps are located at the foot of the bank down from the 14th century Bothal Castle.

Jumpabilty: 👍👍

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By: Bothal Castle, Bothal Woods, St. Andrews Church (which dates back to c.900AD).


Druridge Bay Country Park, Red Row

Part of the 2 mile (ish) walk around Ladyburn Lake, the stepping stones at Druridge Bay mark the point at which water flows into the lake from the Lady Burn. They are on the Western side of the lake.

Jumpabilty: 👍👍

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By: Play park, beach, visitor centre with toilets & cafe.


Humford Woods, Bedlington

Nestled within 100 acres of woodland and crossing the River Blyth, these stepping stones are located next to the peaceful and tranquil Humford Mill area.

Jumpabilty: 👍👍👍 (our favourite set)

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By: Play Park


Jesmond Dene, Newcastle

Jesmond Dene is steeped in history and the walk to the stepping stones (which cross the Ouseburn) is stunning.

Jumpabilty: 👍

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By: Waterfall, Pets Corner, Play Park


Morpeth, Northumberland

Crossing the Wansbeck, these stepping stones are a popular route from one side of the river to the other.

Jumpabilty: 👍👍👍

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By: Carlisle Park


Rothbury, Northumberland

These stones, which cross the River Coquet, were damaged in the 2012 floods. They have recently been fully restored.

Jumpabilty: 👍👍

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By: Play Park


Stanhope, Durham

The stepping stones (and ford), which cross the River Wear, are located at the west end of Stanhope.

Jumpabilty: 👍👍

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By:


Wallington, Northumberland

These stepping stones are part of Wallington’s Riverside Walk. They cross the River Wansbeck.

Jumpabilty: 👍

Area Suitable For Picnics:

Points Of Interest Close By: Walled Garden, NT Property & Grounds


*The “jumpabilty” ratings were given by Harry (9 years old). He considered the size, shape and smoothness of the steps as well as the spacing between them when awarding his scores 🤣.

Family Friendly Festivals In And Around The North East

We, as a nation, love a good festival. It seems we like nothing more than live music, performance, dance, arts and crafts in a field with a bit of sunshine and, more often than not, some rain.

Festivals are something both Evie and Harry enjoy and we’re lucky to have some brilliant family friendly events here in the North East. Below are our favourites:

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, festivals may experience unforeseen restrictions and changes to their schedule.


Blyth Live, Blyth Beach

Every year this free live music festival is hosted on Blyth beach. It includes fantastic headline acts and various local talent supporting.

Planned Date: Postponed until 2022

Camping Available:

Dog Friendly:

Ticket Price: FREE

Website: https://www.blythtowncouncil.org.uk/northumberlandlive.php


Corbridge Festival, Tynedale RFC

A magical weekend of adventure, discovery, and inspiration. With over 50 bands performing across 3 stages, the festival will be showcasing a sensational mix of national treasures, guilty pleasures, great emerging talent and a spattering of true legends.

Planned Date: Postponed until 2022

Camping Available:

Dog Friendly:

Ticket Price: Adults from £38.50, Under 10’s FREE

Website: https://corbridge-festival.ticketline.co.uk


Festival By The Sea, Blyth

Festival By The Sea (previously Chilli Fest) returns with performances from Martin Kemp, Craig Charles and many more plus a great selection of street food pop up vans.

Planned Date: 16th – 18th July 2021

Camping Available:

Dog Friendly:

Ticket Price: Adults from £10, Children from £5, Under 5’s FREE

Website: https://festivalbythesea.co.uk/tickets/


Hardwick Festival, Sedgefield

Hardwick Festival is the biggest family friendly festival in the North East. The Main Stage is where you will find the Festival headliners and a host of other stunning acts. The Courtyard Area is where Dance music reigns supreme. Three other areas to be announced later. Children’s area plays host to lots of activities to keep the little ones happy. There will of course be plenty of bars and food outlets to suit everyone’s taste. Fairground rides and stalls. All set within the Durham Countryside.

Planned Date: 21st – 22nd August 2021

Camping Available:

Dog Friendly:

Ticket Price: Adults from £55, Young Person from £20, Children from £10, Under 3’s FREE

Website: https://hardwickfestival.co.uk


Into The Fields, Blyth

The biggest party festival in Northumberland is back for a third year with an amazing line up of tributes to the likes of Queen, Stone Roses, Prodigy, James, Beastie Boys, The Hives, Oasis, Dua Lipa, Gerry Cinnamon, Slipknot, Ed Sheeran, Eminem, The Ramones, The Beatles, Rage Against The Machine, Green Day plus many other amazing acts including Work In Progress, Loaded 90s band, Kkett, Growing Robots, Punk Pop Disaster and a very Special guest TBA.

Planned Date: 6th – 7th August 2021

Camping Available:

Dog Friendly:

Ticket Price: Adults from £24.75, Under 18’s from £11, Under 8’s FREE

Website: https://fb.me/e/3juVQo3Py


Mouth Of The Tyne Festival, Tynemouth

Starting back in 2005, the Mouth of the Tyne Festival takes place every July for a weekend of live music and international street theatre in the village of Tynemouth.

Planned Date: 7th – 10th July 2022

Camping Available:

Dog Friendly:

Ticket Price: Adults from £38.50, Under 4’s FREE

Website: http://www.mouthofthetynefestival.com/


South Tyneside Festival, Bents Park

Rescheduled from last years cancelled shows, Ella Henderson and The South will now appear on the same bill on Sunday 11th July 2021. Will Young will take to the stage on Sunday 18th July 2021, while Shalamar and The Fizz will close the Sunday concert series on Sunday 1st August 2021. Details of a concert on Sunday 25th July 2021 will be announced in due course.

Planned Date: Postponed until 2022

Camping Available:

Dog Friendly:

Ticket Price: From £6

Website: https://www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk/article/68715/South-Tyneside-Festival


Will you be attending any festivals this year? Let me know in the comments which one(s)

North East Outdoor Markets

As Lockdown Restrictions begin to ease, and non-essential shops are allowed to reopen, our favourite Outdoor Markets are back in business.


Alnwick Market

About: A weekly market in Alnwick’s Market Square plus a once a month Farmers Market. The traders offer a vibrant mix of food, drink, crafts and more.

Entry Cost: TBC

Held: Every Thursday & Saturday Plus The Last Friday Of Every Month

Returns: Thursday, 15th April 2021

Website: https://www.groupegeraud.co.uk/market/alnwick-market/


Blaydon Food Market

About: A new market in the great setting of Blaydon Rugby Club offering a range of top notch street food, baked goods, preserves, local meats and cheeses, artisan wines and spirits.

Entry Cost: Adults £1, Under 14’s FREE

Held: Once A Month

Returns: Saturday, 17th April 2021

Website: https://www.facebook.com/3rdspaceevents/


Brampton Farmers Market

About: A monthly market that runs from outside the Moot Hall.

Entry Cost: TBC

Held: Last Saturday Of The Month

Returns: January 2021

Website: https://www.sustainablebrampton.org/projects/brampton-farmers-market/meet-the-market/


Chester-Le-Street Monthly Market

About: Gift stalls, local produce, cakes & bakes, street food, antiques and collectibles

Entry Cost: TBC

Held: First Friday & Saturday Of The Month

Returns: Saturday, 1st May 2021

Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/988033831225737/?ref=share


Durham Outdoor Market

About: Held in Durham’s historic Market Place, this pop up market is a great addition to the permanent indoor market that operates alongside it.

Entry Cost: FREE

Held: Every Saturday

Returns: Saturday, 17th April 2021

Website: https://durhammarkets.co.uk/


Hexham Farmers Market

About: Hexham Farmers Market is a long established market in the heart of the historic town of Hexham in Northumberland. The producers come from within a 50 mile range of the town and they are all passionate about what they do. They make the products themselves using a high percentage of locally produced ingredients.

Entry Cost: TBC

Held: Fortnightly

Returns: Saturday, 24th April 2021

Website: https://www.hexhamfarmersmarket.co.uk/market-dates/


Jesmond Food Market

About: Bringing together the very best food and drink producers from across the North East of England on Armstrong Bridge, Jesmond.

Entry Cost: TBC

Held: Fortnightly

Returns: Saturday, 17th April 2021

Website: https://jesmondfoodmarket.co.uk/


Lanchester’s Monthly Farmers Market

About: A recently launched monthly market held at The Kings Head Hotel.

Entry Cost: TBC

Held: Last Sunday Of Every Month

Returns: Sunday, 28th March 2021

Website: https://fb.me/e/49SVsUPe7


Low Fell Food Market

About: An exciting monthly food and drinks market held at Saltwell Park, Gateshead.

Entry Cost: TBC

Held: Monthly

Returns: Saturday, 17th April

Website: https://www.facebook.com/LowFellFoodMarket/


Quayside Sunday Market

About: Sunday Market held on Newcastle’s Quayside

Entry Cost: FREE

Held: Every Sunday

Returns: Sunday, 18th April 2021

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Newcastle-Quayside-Sunday-Market-156612674483853/


Tynemouth Market

About: A vibrant weekend market held in Tynemouth’s Metro Station.

Entry Cost: FREE

Held: Every Weekend

Returns: Saturday, 17th April 2021

Website: https://tynemouthmarkets.com/


Wilde Farm Market

About: Held at Ponteland’s Memorial Hall, Wilde Farm Market offers food, drink and artisan products from local traders.

Entry Cost: TBC

Held: Fortnightly

Returns: March 2021

Website: https://www.facebook.com/WildeFarmPonteland/



Outdoor Adventure Parks In And Around The North East

One of the things I enjoy most about Outdoor Adventure Parks is, you pay one entry fee then (almost) everything inside the gates is included. Plus, now Evie and Harry are getting older, they’re more than happy to jump on the bigger, scarier rides with me. Bonus! If you, too, are a fan of Outdoor Adventure Parks, I’ve listed our favourites in the region below along with a few tips on keeping the overall cost of the day down.

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, attractions may experience unforeseen restrictions and changes to their opening hours. To avoid disappointment, I strongly advise contacting the parks directly before visiting.


Adventure Valley, Durham

Discover a world of family adventures at Adventure Valley, the North East’s biggest family adventure park. With over 50 attractions, activities and shows including Runaway Ranch, Action Creek, Play Town, Wild West Cannon Saloon, Showtime Theatre, Animal Farm and Adventure Golf.

Reopens: 12th April 2021 (outdoor activities)

Entry Fee: Adults & Children from £9.95, Under 2’s FREE

Opening Times: Daily 10am – 5pm

Best Suited To: Under 12’s

Highlight: Water Wars

Carpark:

Dog Friendly:

Food/Drink Options: Onsite cafe and your own picnics/packed lunches are allowed

Toilets:

Website: https://www.adventurevalley.co.uk



Flamingoland, Malton

Yorkshire’s ultimate Theme Park attraction and award winning Zoo, plus a luxury Resort Village, for fantastic family days out, holidays and short breaks.

Reopens: 12th April 2021

Entry Fee: Adults and Children from £20, Under 4’s FREE

Opening Times: Daily 10am – 4pm

Best Suited To: Older children

Highlight: Lost River Ride

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: ✅ (theme Park only)

Food/Drink Options: Plenty of onsite outlets and your own picnics/packed lunches are allowed

Toilets:

Website: https://www.flamingoland.co.uk



Holmside Park, Chester-Le-Street

Holmside Park is a newly refurbished 50 acre adventure park in Durham. Full of adventure, play and family fun for all. Indoor and outdoor play with an array of all-weather activities. Indoor activities include a giant 100m inflatable obstacle course, pole joust, archery, roller skating, football, basketball and soft play. Outdoor activities include a play fort, outdoor obstacle course, karting track, zip line, jumping pillows and sandpits.

Reopens: 17th May 2021

Entry Fee: Adults from £5, Children (4+) from £12, Children (1-3) from £5, Under 1’s FREE

Opening Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6pm

Best Suited To: Under 12’s

Highlight: Archery Taster

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: TBC

Food/Drink Options: Onsite cafe

Toilets:

Website: https://www.holmsidepark.co.uk



Lightwater Valley, Ripon

An amazing family day out in Yorkshire at Lightwater Valley Theme Park with exciting rides and attractions.

Reopens: 17th April 2021

Entry Fee: Adult and Children from £16.50, Under 4’s FREE

Opening Times: 10:30am – 5pm (certain days)

Best Suited To: Under 12’s

Highlight: Splash Falls

Carpark:

Dog Friendly:

Food/Drink Options: Plenty of onsite outlets and your own picnics/packed lunches are allowed

Toilets:

Website: https://www.lightwatervalley.co.uk



Stockeld Park, Wetherby

In the heart of Yorkshire lies Stockeld Park, a place where magic is made and adventures begin. Nestled in a woodland, Stockeld Park is the home of original family fun with themed adventure playgrounds, climbing nets, ice skating rink, tree maze and enchanted forest.

Reopens: 27th March

Entry Fee: Adults and Children from £10, Under 2’s FREE

Opening Times: 10am – 6pm (certain days)

Best Suited To: Under 12’s

Highlight: Magical Maze

Carpark:

Dog Friendly:

Food/Drink Options: Onsite outlets and your own picnics/packed lunches are allowed

Toilets:

Website: https://stockeldpark.co.uk



Keeping The Cost Down When Visiting An Outdoor Adventure Park

– Book your tickets in advance

– Check the parks social media pages for deals/savings

– If it’s allowed, pack your own food & drinks

– Bring essentials like suncream, waterproof ponchos, sun caps and, if there are water rides, a change of clothes

– Set a limit on how much you’re willing to spend inside the park

If you visit any of the regions Adventure Parks, have fun and enjoy yourself. Thanks for reading!

Historic Attractions In And Around The North East

History – right on our doorstep.

The North East has a fascinating wealth of history. With heritage dating back to the Romans, Normans, and even the Bronze Age, it’s easy to uncover some of the region’s historical riches. Here are the best places to do so

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, local attractions may experience unforeseen restrictions and changes to their opening hours. To avoid disappointment, I strongly advise contacting the venues directly before visiting.


Alnwick Castle, Alnwick

One of Europe’s most iconic castles and the largest inhabited castle in England. Alnwick Castle has witnessed battles, rebellions, tragedy and romance. It’s also been home to a variety of interesting people from Harry Hotspur to Harry Potter.

Reopens: 29th March 2021 (grounds only)

Carpark:

Dog Friendly:

Entry Fee: Adults from £10, Children from £5, Under 5’s FREE

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.alnwickcastle.com

Alnwick Castle

Auckland Castle, Deer House & Park, Bishop Auckland

Experience over 1,000 years of fascinating history as you walk in the footsteps of the Prince Bishops of Durham. Auckland Castle is one of the best-preserved bishops’ palaces in Europe and is at the centre of The Auckland Project.

Reopens: Deer Park is currently open. Auckland Castle is due to reopen soon.

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: (in the Deer Park)

Entry Fee: Entry to the Deer Park is FREE

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.aucklandproject.org/venues/auckland-castle/

Auckland Castle

Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh

Bamburgh Castle, England’s finest coastal castle, towers 150 feet above the sea. Set on 9 acres with outstanding views, Bamburgh Castle allows you to explore thousands of years of Northumbrian history.

Reopens: 29th March 2021 (grounds only)

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: (in the grounds)

Entry Fee: Adults from £6, Children from £3, Under 5’s FREE

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.bamburghcastle.com

Bamburgh Castle

Barnard Castle, County Durham

Set on a high rock above the River Tees, Barnard Castle takes its name from its 12th century founder, Bernard de Balliol. With fantastic views over the Tees Gorge, the fortress sits on the fringe of the working market town.

Reopens: 29th March 2021

Carpark:

Dog Friendly:

Entry Fee: Barnard Castle is an English Heritage property so entry is free for members. Non-members, Adults from £6.90, Children from £4.10, Under 5’s FREE

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/barnard-castle/

Barnard Castle

Beamish, Stanley

A living, working museum that tells the story of everyday life in the North East of England.

Reopens: 12th April 2021 (grounds only)

Carpark:

Dog Friendly:

Entry Fee: Pay once and visit for a whole year. Adults from £19.50, Children from £11.50, Under 5’s FREE

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: http://www.beamish.org.uk

Beamish

Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens, Belsay

Be enchanted by Belsay’s Grecian architecture, medieval castle and 30 acres of beautiful gardens. You can roam through the unique micro-climate of the Quarry Garden and enjoy the quirky spaces around the Hall.

Reopens: 29th March 2021 (grounds only)

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: ✅ (in the grounds)

Entry Fee: Belsay Hall is an English Heritage property so entry is free for members. Non-members, Adults from £10, Children from £6, Under 5’s FREE

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/belsay-hall-castle-and-gardens/

Belsay Hall

Cherryburn, Mickley

The birthplace of Thomas Bewick

Reopens: TBC

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: TBC

Entry Fee: Cherryburn is a National Trust property so entry is free for members. Non-members entry fees for 2021 TBC

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cherryburn

Cherryburn

Chillingham Castle, Chillingham

Chillingham Castle is a 13th century, Grade 1 Star-listed stronghold in Northumberland, famed for action and battles. With its fine rooms, gardens, lakes, fountains and tea rooms, the castle has an extraordinary ownership bloodline which runs back to the 1200s.

Reopens: 17th May 2021

Carpark:

Dog Friendly:

Entry Fee: Adults from £10.50, Children from £6.50

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻👻👻

Website: https://chillingham-castle.com

Chillingham Castle

Cragside, Rothbury

Cragside was created by two remarkable individuals, Lord William and Lady Margaret Armstrong. With Lord Armstrong’s passion for engineering and innovation mixed with Lady Armstrong’s love of natural sciences; this duo created the Cragside estate we know today. Together they transformed a rocky Northumberland heathland into an efficient landscape to create the first house in the world to be lit by electricity.

Reopens: Grounds are open

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: ✅ (in the grounds)

Entry Fee: Cragside is a National Trust property so entry is free for members. Non-members, Adults from £8, Children from £4

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Cragside

Durham Cathedral, Durham

Durham Cathedral is one of Europe’s finest Romanesque cathedrals, perching high on the wooded peninsula of Durham City overlooking the River Wear. Built as the Shrine of St Cuthbert and also the burial place of the Venerable Bede, Durham Cathedral is unforgettably part of the cultural and religious history of the North East of England.

Reopens: TBC

Carpark:

Dog Friendly:

Entry Fee: Suggested donation of £3

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk

Durham Cathedral

Gibside, Gateshead

Gibside is one of a few surviving 18th-century designed landscapes and was fashioned with two things in mind: spectacular views and ‘wow’ moments. The estate, commissioned by coal baron George Bowes, offers a glimpse into the past and the compelling story of heiress Mary Eleanor Bowes.

Reopens: Grounds are open

Carpark:

Dog Friendly:

Entry Fee: Gibside is a National Trust property so entry is free for members. Non-members, Adults from £8, Children from £4

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside

Gibside

Hadrian’s Wall

Stretching 73 miles from coast to coast, Hadrian’s Wall was built to guard the wild north-west frontier of the Roman Empire. Discover the remains of the forts, towers, turrets and towns that once kept watch over the Wall.

Reopens: January 2021

Carpark: ✅ (at the forts)

Dog Friendly:

Entry Fee: FREE to visit the wall, charges apply at the forts.

Food/Drink Options: ✅ (at the forts)

Toilets: (at the forts)

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/hadrians-wall/

Sycamore Gap

Jarrow Hall, Jarrow

Travel back in time to Anglo-Saxon Britain at Jarrow Hall – Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum, a historic and environmental oasis in the heart of South Tyneside.

Reopens: 13th April 2021 (grounds only)

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: Usually super dog friendly however there are restrictions currently in place due to avian flu – these should be lifted once all bird migration has stopped.

Entry Fee: Pay once and visit for the rest of the season. Adults from £7, Children from £4, Under 5’s FREE

Food/Drink Options:

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Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://jarrowhall.com

Jarrow Hall

Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island

Years of stories, discoveries and contradictions in a castle (that’s not a castle), on an island (that’s not an island).

Reopens: TBC

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: ✅ (in the grounds)

Entry Fee: Lindisfarne Castle is a National Trust property so entry is free for members. Non-members entry fees for 2021 TBC

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lindisfarne-castle

Lindisfarne Priory

Newcastle Castle & The Black Gate, Newcastle

Steeped in history, this imposing Norman fortress is a rugged reminder of northern England’s turbulent past. Newcastle Castle is where the story of Newcastle began and the reason it got its name.

Reopens: TBC

Carpark:

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Entry Fee: TBC

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Spooky Rating: 👻👻

Website: https://www.newcastlecastle.co.uk

The Black Gate

Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough

Home to the Pennyman family, Ormesby Hall, garden and parkland is a green oasis in the heart of industrial Middlesbrough.

Reopens: Grounds are open

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: (in the grounds)

Entry Fee: Ormesby Hall is a National Trust property so entry is free for members. Non-members, Adults from £4, Children from £2

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ormesby-hall

Ormesby Hall

Raby Castle, Darlington

Raby is without doubt one of the most impressive intact castles in the North of England. Built in the 14th century by the powerful Nevill family, it has a fascinating history.

Reopens: Grounds are open

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: (in the grounds)

Entry Fee: Adults from £8, Children from £4, Under 5’s FREE

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.raby.co.uk

Raby Castle

Seaton Delaval Hall, Seaton Delaval

Seaton Delaval may have been one of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh’s smallest country houses; but it was home to the larger than life Delaval family. The house and surrounding landscape were in keeping with the style expected in Georgian society, yet behind the formality lies a story of theatrical mischief.

Reopens: Grounds are open

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: (in the grounds)

Entry Fee: Seaton Delaval Hall is a National Trust property so entry is free for members. Non-members, Adults from £8, Children from £4

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/seaton-delaval-hall

Seaton Delaval Hall

Tynemouth Priory, Tynemouth

Tynemouth Castle and Priory on the coast of North East England was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne, it dominates the headland.

Reopens: Grounds are open

Carpark:

Dog Friendly:

Entry Fee: Tynemouth Priory is an English Heritage property so entry is free for members. Non-members, Adults from £6.90, Children from £4.10, Under 5’s FREE

Food/Drink Options:

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Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tynemouth-priory-and-castle/

Tynemouth Priory

Ushaw, Durham

Ushaw Historic House, Chapels & Gardens is a majestic estate in the heart of the Durham countryside.

Reopens: Grounds are open

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: (in the grounds)

Entry Fee: Adults from £6, Children from £4

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.ushaw.org

Ushaw

Victoria Tunnels, Ouseburn

The Victoria Tunnel is a subterranean waggonway that runs under Newcastle, from the Town Moor down to the River Tyne. It was built between 1839 and 1842 to transport coal from Leazes Main Colliery in Spital Tongues to riverside staithes ready for loading onto boats for export.

Reopens: TBC

Carpark:

Dog Friendly:

Entry Fee: TBC

Food/Drink Options:

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Spooky Rating: 👻👻

Website: https://www.ouseburntrust.org.uk/visit-vt

Victoria Tunnel

Warkworth Castle, Warkworth

Enjoy a day out at this mighty Northumberland fortress crowning the hilltop above the River Coquet, and see how the powerful Dukes of Northumberland, the Percy family lived.

Reopens: Grounds are open

Carpark:

Dog Friendly:

Entry Fee: Warkworth Castle is an English Heritage property so entry is free for members. Non-members, Adults from £7.90, Children from £4.70, Under 5’s FREE

Food/Drink Options:

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Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/warkworth-castle-and-hermitage

Warkworth Castle

Wallington, Cambo

The Trevelyan family, who used to live on the 13,000 acre estate, loved being outdoors and close to nature. The house is surrounded by an informal landscape of lawns, lakes, woodland, parkland and farmland, just waiting to be explored.

Reopens: Grounds are open

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: ✅ (in the grounds)

Entry Fee: Wallington is a National Trust property so entry is free for members. Non-members, Adults from £13, Children from £6.50

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington

Wallington

Washington Old Hall, Washington

At the heart of historic Washington village this picturesque stone manor house and its gardens provide a tranquil oasis, reflecting gentry life following the turbulence of the English Civil War.

Reopens: TBC

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: (in the grounds)

Entry Fee: Washington Old Hall is a National Trust property so entry is free for members. Non-members entry fees for 2021 TBC

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/washington-old-hall

Washington Old Hall

Woodhorn Colliery, Ashington

Reopens: 19th May 2021

Carpark:

Dog Friendly:

Entry Fee: Adults £7, Concessions £6, 16s and Under FREE. Pay once and enjoy unlimited visits for 12 months

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets:

Spooky Rating: 👻

Website: http://www.museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/


Where’s your favourite North Eastern Historic Attraction? Let me know in the comments


Gorgeous Gardens In And Around The North East

I’m a huge fan of amazingly curated gardens (I think it comes with age!). Discover the most beautiful open gardens to visit around the North East with this list of my top picks.

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, public gardens may experience unforeseen restrictions and changes to their opening hours. To avoid disappointment, I strongly advise contacting the gardens directly before visiting.


Alnwick Garden, Alnwick

One of the world’s most contemporary gardens, The Alnwick Garden offers adventure and intrigue in the heart of Northumberland.

Reopens 29th March 2021

Carpark:

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Website: https://www.alnwickgarden.com


Bide-A-Wee Cottage Gardens, Morpeth

If you are visiting Northumberland then a visit to the Bide-a-Wee Cottage Gardens is a must for all those that enjoy gardens and imaginative planting. The gardens contain a huge variety of perennials, shrubs grasses and ferns planted in a formal and informal style.

Reopens: TBC

Carpark: ❌ (street parking available)

Dog Friendly:

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Website: https://www.bideawee.co.uk


Birkheads Secret Gardens, Gateshead

A rural garden run on eco-friendly principles with themed areas.

Reopens: 30th March 2021

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Website: http://www.birkheadssecretgardens.co.uk


Bradley Gardens, Wylam

Bradley Gardens is a hidden gem situated on the edge of the Tyne Valley. This tranquil 18th century walled garden has now been brought back to its former glory and is continuing to grow and flourish.

Reopens: 13th April 2021

Carpark:

Dog Friendly:

Food/Drink Options:

Toilets: ✅

Website: http://www.bradley-gardens.co.uk/


Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge

A unique and modern physic garden. Dilston Physic Garden is a dedicated enterprise exploring and educating on the science of plants for health and medicine.

Reopens: 3rd March 2021

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Website: https://dilstonphysicgarden.com


Durham University Botanic Garden, Durham

This 10 hectare university Botanic Garden is set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham city. Open to the public, the Botanic Garden is a leading attraction in Durham, with guests young and old visiting throughout the year. You can wander through the alpine garden, winter garden, bamboo grove, glasshouses and the recently developed woodland garden and wild flower meadow.

Reopens: 11th January 2021

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Website: https://www.dur.ac.uk/botanic.garden/


English Heritage Properties

– Belsay Hall & Gardens

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/belsay-hall-castle-and-gardens

– Brodsworth Hall & Gardens

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/brodsworth-hall-and-gardens

– Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/mount-grace-priory


The Garden Station, Hexham

A restored Victorian Railway Station in a woodland garden in Langley-on-Tyne, near Hexham in beautiful Northumberland.

Reopens: January 2021

Carpark:

Dog Friendly: TBC

Food/Drinks Options:

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Website: https://www.thegardenstation.co.uk


Herterton House, Morpeth

A sixteenth century farmhouse with a walled garden. There is topiary, a physic garden and a flower garden.

Reopens: TBC

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Website: N/A


Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum, Howick

Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum, the ancestral seat of the Earls Grey since 1319, is set in over 65 acres of land – a united nation of shrubs and trees.

Reopens: January 2021

Carpark: ✅

Dog Friendly:

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Website: https://howickhallgardens.com


Longframlington Gardens, Morpeth

A 12 acre garden and arboretum, developed since 1998. You’ll also find rope art and a display about climate change.

Reopens: TBC

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Website: http://longframlingtongardens.co.uk


National Trust Properties

– Cragside

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

– Gibside

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside

– Seaton Delaval Hall

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/seaton-delaval-hall

– Wallington

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington

– Washington Old Hall

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/washington-old-hall


Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden, Sunderland

The Winter Gardens, a 21st Century addition to the museum, is a tropical paradise and home to the resident Koi Carp. Over 2,000 plants thrive in the glass rotunda and from the tree top walkway visitors have a bird’s eye view of beautiful Mowbray Park.

Reopens: 12th April 2021

Carpark:

Dog Friendly:

Food/Drinks Options: ✅

Toilets:

Website: https://sunderlandculture.org.uk/our-venues/sunderland-museum-winter-gardens/


Thornton Hall Gardens, Darlington

When you visit the gardens you’ll find many rare and unusual perennials, interspersed with interesting trees and imaginative shrubs including over 100 roses, collections of delphiniums, paeonies and irises in a profusion of mixed curvaceous borders and island beds, secretive areas with quirky sculptures as well as a meadow and vegetable garden.

Reopens: Monday, 31st May (please note Thornton Hall is a working farm, so is only open on select days)

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Website: http://thorntonhallgardens.co.uk/


Wynyard Hall Gardens, Tees Valley

Spend a day exploring the stunning Rose Garden, Edible Garden, Wild Garden and Woodland Walk that are spread out over 150 acres.

Reopens: 29th March 2021

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Website: https://www.wynyardhall.co.uk


Adventure Attractions In And Around The North East

If you’re a family of thrill seekers, experience a different side of our region with these action-packed activities. From Axe Throwing and Quad Biking to Archery and Segway Safaris, check out the top ways to get your adrenaline-filled kicks with our pick of the most adventurous activities on offer in the North East.


Adventure Northumberland

Northumberland’s premier provider of watersports on the Northumberland Coast. Adventure Northumberland offer Coasteering, Canoeing, Paddleboarding, Kayaking and Sea Kayaking with Seals at Coquet Island.

Reopens: 1st May 2021

Website: https://www.adventurenorthumberland.co.uk

Adventure Northumberland

All Out Adventures, Slaley

Situated on the grounds of Slaley Hall’s 1,300 acre country estate, All Out Adventures offer a wide variety of team building events and activity days.

Reopens: 29th March 2021

Website: https://alloutadventures.co.uk

All Out Adventures

Air Trail, Stockton

The UK’s biggest Sky Trail high ropes adventure course is set over 4 levels with 38 unique challenges. No equipment or experience is required, all you need is a spirit for outdoor adventure and a thirst for fun. Suitable for all the family.

Reopens: 12th April 2021

Website: https://www.airtrail.co.uk

Airtrail

Clip ‘n Climb (Various Locations)

A fun and thrilling climbing experience with unique climbing challenges designed to stimulate the senses simultaneously. Clip ‘n Climb is for everyone aged 4 years and over regardless of climbing experience and ability.

Reopens: 12th April 2021

Website: https://clipnclimb.com

Clip ‘n Climb, Cramlington

Diggerland, Durham

Children and adults can ride, drive and operate real diggers, dumpers and other full-size construction machinery. Diggerland is the perfect destination for action, fun and thrill packed family days out. Fun for all ages, with its 20 different rides and drives plus an array of additional activities, Diggerland is the ideal theme park for small to large groups looking for something exciting and truly unique.

Reopens: 12th April 2021

Website: https://www.diggerland.com


Endless Adventure North East

Endless Adventure NE have an adventure for everyone; from full-on adrenaline-fuelled adventures to their more relaxed river or mountain tours.

Reopens: 29th March 2021

Website: https://endlessadventurenortheast.com

Endless Adventure NE

Flamingo Land

Yorkshire’s ultimate Theme Park attraction & award winning Zoo.

Reopens: 12th April 2021 (partially)

Website: https://www.flamingoland.co.uk

Flamingo Land

Go Ape, Matfen

Explore the forest canopy via a treetop rope course.

Reopens: 29th March 2021

Website: https://goape.co.uk/locations/matfen

Go Ape

Hatchet Harry’s Axe Throwing

Bringing indoor urban axe throwing to Newcastle since May 2019.

Reopens: TBC

Website: https://newcastle.hatchetharrys.co.uk

Hatchet Harry’s

Karting NE, Sunderland

Outdoor 1,200m Karting and multi-activity centre including paintball, archery, off-road buggies and tomahawk throwing.

Reopens: 12th April 2021

Website: https://kartingnortheast.com

Karting NE

Lightwater Valley

A world of rides and attractions for a fun-filled family day out.

Reopens: 12th April 2021

Website: https://www.lightwatervalley.co.uk

Lightwater Valley

North East Adventures

North East Adventures run a range of exciting outdoor activities and adventures across the North East, including in Sunderland, South Shields, Durham, Newcastle, the Pennines, and Tyne & Wear. With over 20 years of experience, they know what makes an adventure great while still being safe. Whatever your age or preference, they have the perfect adventure activity for you and your group.

Reopens: TBC

Website: https://northeastadventures.co.uk

North East Adventures

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, South Shields

The North East’s biggest free admission Fun Park.

Reopens: 12th April 2021

Website: https://www.oceanbeach.co.uk

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park

Tynemouth Park, Tynemouth

Tynemouth Park is the perfect place for a fun family day out as there are loads of things to do. Guidelines allowing, you can enjoy a game of mini-golf at Lost World Adventure Golf, have fun at the outdoor soft play areas – Jungle Wipeout and Baby Wipeout; find your way around the new Pirate Quest Maze and row around the boating lake. There is definitely something for everyone.

Reopens: 29th March 2021

Website: https://www.tynemouthpark.com

Jungle Wipeout @ Tynemouth Park

Tynemouth Surf Co.

Tynemouth Surf Co. is the hub of the surfing community in the North East. Their Surf School is brilliant for everyone wanting to learn the sport.

Reopens: 29th March 2021

Website: https://www.tynemouthsurf.co.uk/


Mazes In And Around The North East

Mazes; a challenge for all the family.

Do you enjoy the competition of being the first to find your way to the middle or is the fear of never getting back out too much?

If you’re a fan of mazes, prepare to be bamboozled among the bamboo and mystified in the middle of the maize as I share our favourites from around the region.


Alnwick Garden Bamboo Maze, Alnwick

In the Labyrinth, as bamboo sways and rustles noisily in the wind, obscuring the Garden’s other sights and sounds, the twisting paths of the maze run almost stream-like amongst the bamboo. A fun Labyrinth that was designed by Adrian Fisher, an international maze-maker. The maze is made from the bamboo Fargesia Rufa, a new Chinese variety.

Material: Bamboo

Permanent Feature:

Time: 10-20 mins

Price: Included In Garden Entry Cost

Difficulty: 🤯

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Website: https://www.alnwickgarden.com

Image by Alnwick Garden

Copleys Corn Maze, West Yorkshire

Farmer Copleys have one of the largest Corn Maize Mazes in Great Britain with a mini maze for smaller children and a large maze for families to enjoy together.

Material: Corn

Permanent Feature: ❌ (opens 31/7/2021)

Time: 1-2 hours

Price: TBC

Difficulty: 🤯🤯

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Website: https://farmercopleys.co.uk/events/copleys-corn-maze/

Image by Farmer Copleys

Forbidden Corner, Leyburn

Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park. A tourist visitor attraction unlike anywhere that you have been before, ideal for the adventurers and those young at heart!”

Material: Everything

Permanent Feature:

Time: At least 2-3 hours

Price: Family (2 adults + 2 children): £48.00

Difficulty: 🤯🤯🤯

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Website: https://www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk

Image by Forbidden Corner

The Great Ryedale Maze, North Yorkshire

The Great Ryedale Maze is an attraction for all the family nestled in beautiful countryside at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds. There’s a field full of fun with nine acres of maize plants and never-ending paths to explore, and for younger adventurers there’s a two-acre Scarecrow Mini-Maze. The Vintage Funfair offers thrills for adults and children alike aboard the 1930s Speedway, Dodgems and Chair-o-plane, while the Hush Hush train ride and Swing Boats will delight the little ones. Test your skills at the game stalls and win a prize every time. For some competitive family fun have a go at Football Darts, then enjoy live entertainment in the Big Top.

Material: Corn

Permanent Feature: ❌ (opens 14/7/2021)

Time: 30-45 mins

Price: TBC

Difficulty: 🤯🤯

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Website: https://m.facebook.com/greatryedalemaze/


Leases Park Maze, Newcastle

This 24-metre square maze is made up of (adult) waist-high hedges and is overlooked by the Moffat Pavilion. The maze was designed by Newcastle school children and sees the maze split into quarters, each a different colour, to represent the four elements – red for fire, blue for water, yellow for air and green for earth.

Material: Evergreens

Permanent Feature:

Time: 5-10 mins

Price: Free

Difficulty: 🤯

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Website: https://urbangreennewcastle.org/our-green-spaces/find-your-park/leazes-park

Image by H.Duff via Facebook

Minotaur Maze, Kielder

The Minotaur Maze is located in the grounds of Kielder Castle and is a must for children and adults alike. The adventurous will discover a number of special features that include a set of stairs taking visitors above the walls. The final goal, a small glittering room formed from rocks of recycled glass is a quiet place from which to contemplate the task of discovering a return route to the outside world.

Material: Stone

Permanent Feature:

Time: 10-15 mins

Price: Free

Difficulty: 🤯

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Website: http://www.visitkielder.com/garden/minotaur-nick-coombe-shona-kitchen-2003

Image by Kielder Waterside

Nelly’s Labyrinth, Cragside

Nelly’s Labyrinth at Cragside, named after a reputed local witch, is a tangle of secret paths and tunnels which are cut into a huge rhododendron forest.

Material: Rhododendron (woody plants)

Permanent Feature:

Time: 20-30 mins

Price: Included In Property Entry Cost

Difficulty: 🤯🤯

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Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Image by National Trust

Pirate Quest, Tynemouth Park

This interactive maze and scavenger hunt will test your seafaring skills. Are you brave enough to walk the plank or face the scurvy seadogs? Can you sail the seven seas and find the wreck of the pirate ghost ship or will you be all washed-up? Your swashbuckling kids can take part in the exciting treasure trail and win a few pieces of eight!

Material: Artificial Hedges

Permanent Feature:

Time: 10-20 mins

Price: £2 per person

Difficulty: 🤯

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Website: https://www.tynemouthpark.com/attraction/pirate-quest/

Image by Tynemouth Park

Saltwell Park Maze, Gateshead

A small maze ideal for the younger ones. The entire maze can be observed from a higher view point so if your children get lost you can help guide them.

Material: Evergreens

Permanent Feature:

Time: 5-10 mins

Price: Free

Difficulty: 🤯

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Website: https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/3958/Saltwell-Park