Archive | June, 2013

10 things to do in the North East with kids this weekend

28 Jun

1. Pick your own fruit at Brockbushes Farm – it’s strawberry and gooseberry season and gooseberries are said to make great wine too? There’s also a farm shop and tea room.

2. Family friendly fun galore at the Heaton Festival: circus skills, animal petting, balloon shapes, hog roasts and much more

3. Take a pedalo for a trip on the lake at Saltwell Park, Gateshead

4. Enjoy a peaceful walk and feed the swans at Bolam Lake, free apart from the parking

5. The kids driving you up the wall? try Rock Stars Kids Session at Climb Newcastle from age 3 +

6. The society wedding is over, now this weekend the water pistols are out at Alnwick Garden for Splash Alnwick

7. Take a seat at the Tyneside Cinema’s Children’s Film Club for All Stars

8. There’s farm fun galore at Adventure Valley, Durham

9. Park in Wylam and cycle by the Tyne along the perfectly flat Wylam Waggonway past George Stephenson’s birthplace. The 4 mile route to the Tyne Riverside Country Park, plus play area, is great for family cycling

10. Explore the rugged wilderness of Cragside: walks through the craggy woods and a great playpark too.


10 things to do in the North East with kids this weekend

21 Jun

1. Head to South Shields for the unique Foghorn Requiem on Saturday at 12.30pm performed from an armada of local vessels, the Souter Foghorn and onshore musicians as part of the Festival of the North East.

2. Enrol in Seven Stories Viking School to learn skills including dragon training and all that it takes to become a hero inspired by the How To Train Your Dragon series.

3. Get creative in Newcastle’s trendiest area the Ouseburn where local artists will be showcasing their work over an interactive weekend.

4.Not sure how the cheese sandwiches would go down, but join in the Medieval picnic at Northumberland Park, North Shields on
Saturday,June 22,11am – 3pm for a day of family fun,music and entertainment.

5. Visit the award winning Killhope lead mining museum, and catch the Drama in the Dale: The Bonny Moor Hen which is being performed this weekend.

6. For the first year The famous Hoppings will take place at Sunderland’s Herrington Park. There is also the new Great Toon Fair in Newcastle.

7. It’s the Age of the Dinosaur at Centre for Life with seven animatronic dinosaurs and more than 60 specimens from the Natural History Museum collections, including real dinosaur bones and fossil specimens.

8. Design your own handmade pottery and then reward yourself with a pancake at Pots and Pancakes, North Shields.

9. Go for a walk or the beave could even camp in Plessey woods near Morpeth. Campfire Cooking, Shelter Building, BBQ and more. £25 per tent inc.

10. There’s still time to catch the puffins nesting on the Farne islands.

Sandcastles and a latte at Tynemouth

21 Jun


So good it feels like cheating: sipping my latte from beach cafe Crusoe’s while the kids have fun in the sand at Tynemouth.

Picnic and wall climbing Roman Style at Vindolanda and Hadrian’s Wall

20 Jun





With the other half being a bit of a Roman history geek we took a Father’s Day trip to Vindolanda. While the kids are a bit young for taking much notice of the history lesson he was trying to give them, they loved clambering on the walls, running around the tunnels among the foundations and climbing the fort. The beautiful scenery provided plenty of picnic spots and a short walk takes you down to a temple by the stream where there is also a recreated Roman shop and house, which the children enjoyed looking at. There is also a cafe, with outdoor seating, and then the small museum, packed with hundreds of Roman treasures including tablets which give first hand accounts of Roman life at the camp. Always a bonus when you return from a day trip feeling you’ve learned something too!


Zip wire action at Wallington Hall

14 Jun

Zip wire action

Amongst the first into Wallington Hall this morning and had the playpark all to ourselves, so plenty of goes for me too, just to show them how to do it of course…

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