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School Holiday Activities in the North East

Apr 28, 2022
School Holiday Activities in the North East
Living with kids in County Durham or Middlesborough, Newcastle, Sunderland or another North East community? Finding new ways to keep children and teens entertained can make weekends and school holidays a breeze. Thankfully, this region offers plenty of wonderful family days out, from exciting attractions to fun, free adventures in nature.

RSPB Saltholme

The RSPB Saltholme is a perfect place to take little ones on dry days during the school holidays. These family-friendly wetlands offer plenty of fresh air and space to run around, as well as an excellent play area, café and walking trails the whole family can enjoy. This RCPB-protected area is home to many species of birds and other animals – why not combine your fun day out with some lessons on local wildlife?

Plessey Woods

If your family loves outdoor adventures, take them to Plessey Woods Country Park for a memorable day out during the following school holidays. Plessey Woods is set over 100 acres of enchanting woodland. It’s a haven for walks, bike rides and picnics, with floral meadows for lounging, tangled trunks to climb and secluded riverside spots to enjoy a flask of tea. There’s a dedicated picnic area and a café, as well as a young children’s play area to make the day even more exciting.

Go Ape! Matfen Hall

If your kids have a keen sense of adventure, there are few better days out than Go Ape! This treetop adventure at Maften Hall lets explorers of all ages climb, swing and zip-line among the stunning Northumberland woodland. It’s just 20 minutes from Newcastle by car, the only course of its kind designed around local landmarks.

When the treetop adventure is over, why not head into Matfen? The picture-perfect village boasts a cosy pub for a family lunch. At the same time, the surrounding countryside is perfect for walking off the adrenaline.

Discovery Museum Newcastle

Museums are a perfect rainy-day activity, whether during the school holidays or just a regular Saturday. The Discovery Museum in Newcastle is one of the best in the North East for kids. Learn about the North East’s maritime history, science and technology through interactive displays and exciting exhibits. This free museum is home to Turbinia, once the fastest ship in the world!


Beamish is known as the living museum of the North, a famous open-air museum and a must-visit for families living in this region. It tells the story of life in the area during the 1820s, 1900s, 1950s and ‘50s through real-life towns and villages. Step back in time and discover the ups and downs of everyday life throughout the decades. Costumed characters lead guided tours, a perfect way to get more from your trip to this unique museum. Visiting Beamish is a fun, interactive way to get children excited and informed about the history of the North East.