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Family Days Out in the North East

family days out in the north east

Getting out and about with your family, whether you have a baby, a toddler or older children, is so easy – energy allowing of course – because there is so much on our doorstep. There is something for every pocket and for all weather conditions.

I have created this list so you can look through a range of ideas in one place. Some of the places listed might be more suitable for older children but you can look for inspiration and work out if it is an appropriate day trip for your family.

Free places to explore…

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Parks & walks
Tynemouth Park & Boating Lake
Whitley Bay Park
Cullercoats Park on the seafront
Northumberland Park, North Shields
Wallsend Park
Exhibition Park, Newcastle
Leazes Park, Newcastle
South Marine Park, South Shields
Mowbray Park, Sunderland
Saltwell Park, Gateshead
Ridley Park, Blyth
South Beach, Blyth
Jesmond Dene & Pets Corner, Newcastle
Rising Sun Country Park, North Tyneside
Countryside walks around Beamish Wild, County Durham
Thornley Woods, Rowlands Gill
Plessey Woods, Cramlington
Allan Banks, Bardon Mill
Kielder, Northumberland
Hamsterley Forest, Bishop Auckland
Northumberlandia, Cramlington
Holywell Dene, Seaton Sluice
Angel of the North, Gateshead
Newcastle Quayside
North Shields Fish Quay

Museums & Galleries
Discovery Museum, Newcastle
Great North Museum, Newcastle
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
Shipley Gallery, Gateshead
South Shields Museum
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
National Glass Centre, Sunderland
Thought Foundation, Birtley
Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland
Baltic, Gateshead
Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields

Libraries
The Word, South Shields
Newcastle City Library
East End Library, Byker


family days out beach in the north east

And don’t forget the beach – there’s something for everyone from the wonderful, wild stretches of beach at Bamburgh to the land of lemon-top ice-creams in Redcar… Bamburgh | Seahouses | Newton | Craster | Alnmouth | Druridge Bay | Cresswell | Newbiggin | Cambois | Blyth | Seaton Sluice | St Mary’s Lighthouse | Whitley Bay | Cullercoats | Tynemouth | South Shields | Roker | Seaham | Hartlepool | Redcar | Saltburn


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The stuff you pay for

It can be worth investing in an annual pass or looking for an online deal for some of these options…

Centre For Life, Newcastle
Seven Stories, Ouseburn
Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth
Kirkley Hall Zoo, Ponteland
Northumberland County Zoo, Morpeth
Stephenson Rail Museum, North Tyneside
Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth
Down At The Farm, Country Durham
Beamish Museum, County Durham
Beamish Wild, County Durham
Tanfield Railway, Gateshead
Take a trip on the Metro or try out the Shields Ferry

National Trust – there are loads of properties and land to explore around the North East. Our family favourites are Cragside, Gibside, Seaton Delaval Hall and Wallington

English Heritage – there’s also a lot of English Heritage properties and land across the North East. Our favourites are: Tynemouth Priory, Dunstanburgh Castle, Belsay and huge sections of Hadrian’s Wall


I hope this list is useful – I will be keeping it updated so please do let me know if more can be added.

Janine | Birth, Baby & Family
A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting