I love to get out walking and visiting new places but my six and five-year-old daughters are not always as quite as keen: unless they are within a few hundred yards of a playground and somewhere that sells ice cream… Here I have posted snippets about some of our more successful trips – that haven’t ended in screaming, wind-burned children. If you have any comments, tips or recommendations I would love to hear from you.

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  1. tommadge3000 April 23, 2017 at 10:21 am #

    Hey, love this blog – thanks so much, it’s really helpful.

    I’ve been collecting a bunch of ideas in a list in my phone for a while – some from this site. It’s really useful when we want to decide what to do quickly. I’ll include the list below but sure you know many of them already. But did think you might want to make a list for people that can be accessed and shared easily – I’ve sent quite a few people my list on request as all parents appreciate having a bunch of ideas to hand – especially for those on the day decisions when the kids are all over you!


    Parks to visit
    – Iris Brickfield – good for scooting / bike practice
    – Exhibition Park, picnic & ice cream
    – Wallsend Park – take water stuff
    – Northumberland Park, North Shields
    – Gosforth Park – visit Loraine & Dave?
    – Saltwell Park – scooting
    – Gibside – muddy
    – Roker Park – next to beach
    – Ridley Park – water sprays – Blythe

    – Waves
    – East End Pool
    – Halt whistle Leisure Centre

    Short / med Walks
    – Home, Ousburn valley via back of Hotspur, see the horses, Cumberland for crisps and drinks to finish
    – Home, Ousburn, Tyne pub, Quayside beach – back on Q bus
    – River Ouse by the Blue Bell & White Bridge – skimming stones, crisps and drinks in pub
    – Walk back through Jesmond Dean from Gossy end – get dropped off or get the bus
    – Walker/Wallsend river path
    – Rising Sun Country Parks
    – Newborn country Park – Pub – Keelman – walk to Wylam

    Trips out
    Town & close
    – Baltic play exhibit
    – Hancock – events on
    – Tyneside film school
    – Centre for life – events on
    – Screen on the Green – movies at 12pm Olympics from 5th Aug
    – Laing art gallery – choose your favourite painting & eat cake in cafe – under 5s area – events on
    – Northern Stage – events on
    – Live Theatre – events on
    – Dance City – events on
    – Eldon Leisure – Soft Play
    – Shipley Art Gallery – events on

    Trips out – Bit further
    – Tynemouth Priory – events on

    – MSt.Mary’s Lighthouse – rock pooling
    – Penshaw Monument – picnic and run about – look for other stuff near by
    – Segadunum Roman Fort, Wallsend
    – Fishquay small beach, pub, look at fish, bag of chips, sweet shop
    – South Shields – fair, fish & chips, ice cream parlour
    – Beamish
    – Woodhorn Museum
    – Carlisle Park, Morpeth – lovey park with big new paddling pool
    – Hexham – park and bowling with C&T
    – Morpeth – walk by the river
    – Bedlington BMX track

    Pubs with play spaces
    – Willow Farm Pub – near Cramlington
    – The Bee Hive Pub – near Whitley
    – The Lion & Lamb – Horsley (half way to Hexham)

    – Kirkley Hall Zoo
    – White House Farm
    – Vallum Farm
    – Brocksbushes
    – Wheelbirks
    – Bill quay farm
    – Hall Hill Farm – Jarrowp

    – Wallington
    – Belsay Hall
    – Cragside

    – Longsands
    – King Edwards Bay
    – Cullercoats bay – great for Owen
    – Whitley bay
    – South Shields – North View Beach
    – South Shields – big beach
    – South Shields – Marsden & lighthouse
    – Roker beach & Park
    – Seaton Sluce
    – Druridge Bay
    – Warkworth Beach
    – Low Newton
    – Seaham – amazing for collecting all sorts of coloured sea glass – due to former glass works in area.

    Woods, Castles & walks
    – Thornley Wood – Gateshead
    – Hexham riverside walk & playpark
    – Plessy Woods
    – Letah Woods
    – Bolem Lake
    – Haltwhistle Burn
    – Allen Banks
    – Longacre Wood, Gateshead
    – Humford Woods, Bedlington
    – Walbottle and Throckley Dene
    – Vindolanda Roman Fort & Wall
    – Warkworth Castle
    – Northumerlandia
    – Helmsley Wood

    Full Days Out
    – Howick Hall Gardens – Gardens, Arboritum, beach & picnic, cliff walk, beach & rocks, tea room
    – Belsay Hall Knights tournament – August bank holiday
    – Hamsterley Forest
    – Alnwick Gardens
    – Kielder Water
    – National Rail Museum – Train there and back.
    – Guisborough forest or Roseberry Topping- south of Middlesborough
    – High Force – Durham
    – Forbidden corner – North Yorkshire

    Live Sports
    – Footy – St.James’s ticket on the day / Gateshead
    – Ice Hockey at Whitley Bay
    – Rugby at Kingston Park
    – Speedway at Byker
    – 20/20 Cricket at Durham
    – Roller Derby at Walker Activity Dome
    – Gymnastics shows at Benton Park
    – BMX at Summerhill track, Harlepool – NorthEastBMXclub on Facebook
    – Motor Racing at Croft Circuit
    – Basket Ball and Netball at Northumbria Sport Central

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