with the kids!
So, you’re visiting the North East and looking for things to do in Newcastle and the surrounding areas…what should you do? The North East is a pretty big area covering beautiful countrysides, exciting cities and some of the best beaches know to man!
image courtesy of North East England
I was recently asked by Amy for ideas for what to do in and around Northumberland as she will be staying at Matfen Hall for a wedding very soon with the kids. The good news is Matfen Hall is beautiful and well worth a look, so it’s a good place to start!
To gather the best ideas, I’ve asked my local Mum friends on the Mums’ Days Facebook Wall…
“If you could recommend things to do in Newcastle and the North East with children, what would they be?”
They have come back with loads of great ideas, so I recon if you just pick one or two things to do in Newcastle or the surrounding area based on your budget and how far you want to travel, you will NOT be disappointed. Without further ado, I bring you the North East Mama’s guide to things to do in Newcastle and the North East!
Things to do in Newcastle and the North East
Alnwick Gardens – a family fav (despite Gabby’s expression!)
Morpeth Park (free)
Wallington Hall (National Trust / ££)
Whitehouse Farm (££)
Cragside (National Trust / ££)
Plessey woods (free)
Image courtesy of Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens (there are loads of animals too!)
Rock pooling at St Mary’s Lighthouse plus the beaches around Tynemouth and Whitley Bay, which are sandy (free)
Blue Reef Aquarium (££)
St Mary’s Lighthouse (image courtesy of NGI)
Newcastle City Centre*
The Discovery Museum (free)
Centre for life (esp the pre-school days as there’s loads going on and it’s cheaper than usual!) (££)
Seven Stories (££)
Walk down the Quayside and take in the views and visit the Baltic (free)
views from the Baltic (courtesy of Baltic)
Newburn riverside (cycle/foot path to Wylam) (free)
Jesmond Dene and Pets Corner (free)
South Shields Fair/park (there is also a summer festival!) (free but pay for rides)
Saltwell Park (free)
Bill Quay Farm – lots of piggies and lovely views over the Tyne and Gateshead (free)
Hall Hill Farm (£)
Gibside (National Trust / ££)
Beamish (££ – suggested more for older kids but younger ones will like the train ride!)
Down at the Farm (£)
Hardwick Park (free)
Preston Park (£)
Key to things to do in Newcastle…
(free) – it’s freeeee!
(£) – less than £10 for an adult
(££) – more than £10 for an adult
Thank you North East Mamas!
This is such a great list, and so many of them even I haven’t done! Do you think I could do them all by Christmas?!
Have we missed anything? What are your favourite things to do in Newcastle and the North East?
I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please do comment below!
*For some great maps of the Tyne and Wear area, look no further than NGI who are a wonderful resource for visitors and do a great job of bringing exciting things to the North East!