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Friday, 24 March 2017

The Northumberland Arms, Felton | Sunday Lunch & Children's Menu Review

*This is a collaborative post

Felton in Northumberland is one of those villages where Steve and I would love to retire to. Unfortunately, with an average property price of £333,500, this is unlikely to ever happen but we do get the chance to dream every now and then and visit the village regularly. 

The Northumberland Arms, Felton | Sunday Lunch & Children's Menu Review

If you fancy a drive to a beautiful village in Northumberland, they honestly don't get more idyllic than Felton. It's fairly easy to get to, just off the A1 between Morpeth and Alnwick and there is plenty of free parking (or The Northumberland Arms has it's own car park too). 

The Northumberland Arms, Felton | Red phone box and the running fox bakery exterior

We were invited down to sample Sunday lunch at The Northumberland Arms - pretty much what I'd describe as the perfect country pub with rooms. There are cosy corners for romantic meals for two, larger dining areas for families, a bright and airy conservatory for larger groups and parties and a busy bar where locals meet for a pint or a spot of lunch. It's one of those pubs that really feels as if it's the hub of the community and we've always received a warm welcome here.

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - exterior

Bookings are recommended on Sunday's as it was fairly busy. We were seated straight away by our lovely waitress Heidi (our actual waitress was called Heidi too - my daughter hasn't suddenly landed herself a Sunday job) and the children were given various colouring sheets and crayons which was enough to keep them entertained whilst we browsed the menu.

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - kids crayons and colouring sheets

The Northumberland Arms, Felton

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - kids activities

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - wine

The Northumberland Arms, Felton | Sunday Lunch 


There are several options available for Sunday lunch ranging from just a main course for £11.95 up to three courses for £19.50. It is rare that we can manage a full three courses on a Sunday so we opted for a main each and a dessert to share. 

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - roast beef sunday lunch

There was a good choice of lamb, beef, pork or turkey or a platter of all meats if you were feeling particularly hungry (available for a £3 supplement). I was pleased to see that meat is locally sourced from Northumberland and the Scottish borders.

We rarely have roast beef at home so it's my pretty much go-to order when we're out for Sunday lunch. I was very impressed with the portion sizes - I think there were 4-5 slices of beef on my plate and it was beautifully tender. It had obviously been slow cooked as it just fell apart when I cut into it. Delicious! It was served with a giant homemade yorkshire pudding, a bowl of cauliflower cheese and a bowl of perfectly cooked seasonal veg including my favourite - green beans! These ones still had a good crunch to them too.

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - sunday lunch vegetables

I was very pleased when a jug of gravy was brought to our table without asking too. Top marks for this! I will say that the gravy didn't taste as good as the offering at The Stables or The Cherry Tree but for £11.95, this lunch was plentiful, home-cooked and delicious. Definitely worth a trip to Felton for.

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - jug of gravy

Steve pushed the boat out and ordered a 40 day aged, Himalayan salted sirloin with all of the trimmings. Fairly pricey for a Sunday lunch at £18.95 but if you're looking for a special treat and love steak, this is the dish for you. Steve enjoyed every bite and said it's definitely a dish worth pushing the boat out for. It's unique to Northumberland too! You can read more of Steve's thoughts over on his review of The Northumberland Arms on Big Stevie Cool here. 

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - 40 day aged sirloin strip steak

The Northumberland Arms, Felton

The Northumberland Arms, Felton | Children's Menu Review


The Northumberland Arms, Felton - children's menu

The children's menu at The Northumberland Arms is a very reasonable £5.95 for a main and a drink. I tried to persuade the kids to order a children's Sunday lunch but they were having none of it and to be honest, I pick my battles and let them order whatever they fancied.

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - kids pizza

The boys ordered pizza and chips. I was disappointed that the pizza was the type you just stick in a microwave and expected something homemade if I'm honest. This is probably me just being a little snobby though as the kids didn't mind at all and wolfed it down. Served with skin on fries and a side of beans, they were super happy and cleared their plates. 

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - kids pizza

Heidi opted for pasta with garlic bread - again, I'm not convinced the sauce ect.... was homemade however this didn't matter to Heidi who thoroughly enjoyed her lunch. The children's meals did not come with any side orders of veg or salad (apart from the boys' beans) so Steve and I convinced them to have a few spoonfuls of our veg in return for a pudding. There was plenty to go around. 

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - kids pasta

The Northumberland Arms, Felton | Desserts 


I am pleased that we skipped starters and left a little room for dessert. Both of our mains were substantial so Steve and I decided to share a 'trio of desserts'. I would highly recommend this dish - especially the cheesecake, it was so morish! I am pleased it was on my side of the plate as I managed to finish about 80% of it before Steve had a look in. Served with local ice cream, it was a lovely end to our meal.

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - trio of desserts

The Northumberland Arms, Felton

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - homemade cheesecake

Harry was pleased to see his favourite sticky toffee pudding on the menu. Served with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream it certainly looked wonderful. Harry refused to let me have a taste though so we'll just have to take his word for it that it was delicious.

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - sticky toffee pudding

Heidi and Jack will always go for ice cream and well - you can't go wrong with ice cream can you? 

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - kids ice cream

If the kids were older I would have let them go and feed the ducks whilst Steve and I enjoyed an after dinner coffee in one of the cosy corners of the pub. We're not quite at that stage yet though so once we'd let our deserts settle we walked over the bridge to the Running Fox bakery to buy a few treats to take home and to help ourselves to some of their free duck bread they have in a basket by the door. 

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - cosy corner

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - Felton bridge

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - Felton wildlife sign

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - feeding the ducks running fox bread

I swear the ducks in Felton are the happiest ducks you'll ever meet. Imagine living on Running Fox bread! They are living the dream. The ducks are always happy to see you and it's a bit of a tradition of ours to pop over and see them every time we're in the area.

The Northumberland Arms, Felton - ducks in felton

The Northumberland Arms, Felton

Although I had a few minor quibbles, for me, The Northumberland Arms is still a solid choice when it comes to a decent Northumberland country pub serving Sunday lunch. The ambience is friendly and cosy, the staff are attentive and the food is mostly home-made, locally sourced and tasty too. Families are made to feel super welcome - most tables had at least one child with them and there were lots of extended families with grandparents ect..... making use of the larger tables too. Highchairs are also available. 

The Northumberland Arms, Felton

We left Felton and The Northumberland Arms knowing that we'll be back over Summer. Felton was looking beautiful in the March sunshine and due to it's location, The Northumberland Arms is the perfect pub to pop into for a bite to eat or a quick drink as you're travelling around Northumberland. The bar area is dog friendly too.





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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Preparing for a Long-Haul Flight | Manchester to Cuba + Giveaway

*This is a collaborative post

You may remember that in celebration of our 10th wedding anniversary, Steve and I booked a child-free holiday to Cuba last year. It feels like we've been waiting forever for this day to arrive but it's almost here and to say I am super excited would be an understatement.

How to prepare for a long haul flight | Manchester - Cuba. My flight essentials and all you need to know.

Normally I dread travelling with the kids and it is far from a relaxing experience. Flying/driving anywhere with kids is definitely not the beginning of my holiday. So as we don't get the opportunity very often, the thought of an airport experience without feeling like I need 5 pairs of eyes and to be on high alert followed by a 10 hour flight where I can spend the whole time reading and watching movies sounds like actual heaven to me and I am planning on making every moment count.


Flying to Cuba | Information to Complete Before You Fly


As a UK resident, you need a tourist card to visit Cuba. We are lucky that this is organised by our tour operator but this often isn't the case. If your tour operator does not arrange this for you, you'll need to apply for a tourist card via the Cuban Consulate in London. You can visit in person or order by post. The cost ranges from £17 - £39. You can find out more here. 

As you'll probably be flying over American airspace, you also need to complete API (Advance Passenger Information). Your airline should send you a link to do this and it needs to be completed online at least 72 hours prior to travelling.

Finally, don't forget to buy comprehensive travel insurance that will cover you for all of the activities you have planned (including watersports which are popular in Cuba) and if like me, you like to be organised, don't forget to utilise online check-in if available to save time at the airport.


Long-Haul Flying | Skin & Nail Preparation


I have been neglecting my skin lately which is something I'm keen to rectify. Everyone knows that flights can seriously dry your skin out. I am preparing my skin with a pre-flight moisture boost facial at my local salon and have started using Liz Earle's Skin Repair Moisturiser every day which seems to be helping.

I have considered a manicure and pedicure but at around £40 (it's £60 in Manchester airport), I think I'd rather spend that cash on some duty-free treats so I've been trying to get my nails in ship shape with weekly manicures at home and using nail and cuticle oils. I'll be taking a selection of polishes away with me so I can change the colour every couple of days along with my travel manicure set which is simply adorable!

How to prepare for a long haul flight | Manchester - Cuba. My flight essentials and all you need to know.  - travel manicure


Manchester Airport | Hotel & Parking


We used SkyParkSecure to book airport accommodation and parking. We normally stay at the Radisson Blu which is actually joined onto the airport and super convenient but prices were very expensive this time around.  Instead, we've compared various deals using SkyParkSecure and opted for a hotel located 10 minutes from the airport which cost under £75 for the 2 of us for one night's stay and 8 night's parking. What a bargain! We haven't booked breakfast as we'll be enjoying this at the airport. Our hotel has a spa and a bar and we'll definitely be making the most of them and hopefully enjoy a decent night's sleep before our flight.

Manchester Airport | Escape VIP Lounge


I have yet to experience a VIP lounge and as we're flying in the morning, I dithered over booking as we won't be drinking any alcohol (well - maybe we will have a couple) in the morning and I am not sure it is going to be worth it? In the end, I just went for it - the Escape Lounge is only £21 per person and this includes breakfast, drinks, WiFi and a more comfortable environment to relax in. I am pretty sure we would spend this amount of cash on food and drinks in the airport anyway so I'm confident we've made the right decision and will start our holiday in a much more relaxed fashion. I will be reporting back after our trip and letting you know if the lounge is worth the expense when you have a morning flight so if you're interested, look out for that post.

How to prepare for a long haul flight | Manchester - Cuba. My flight essentials and all you need to know.  - escape VIP lounge


Long Haul Flight | Hand Luggage Essentials


I normally use my beach bag as my hand luggage and pack a smaller across the body bag inside which holds my essentials. This year, I'll be stealing a tip from Katie Jane Online and also packing a wash bag inside which will hold all the small essentials I need for my flight - hand cream, antibacterial wipes, headphones, coin purse, face cream, warm socks, tissues, mints, iPhone.......they'll all be in there. Then I can simply pop my main bag into the overhead storage and keep my wash bag full of everything I need in the seat magazine holder for easy access. Genius! This year I am using a special travellers wash bag from The Contemporary Home which is nice and roomy and fits everything inside comfortably.

How to prepare for a long haul flight | Manchester - Cuba. My flight essentials and all you need to know.  - hand luggage

I will be storing my travel documents separately in my gorgeous Travel Wallet which is almost too beautiful to use. It fits two passports + documents inside so is perfect for couples and would make a lovely anniversary or wedding gift I think (or like me, you can just indulge and treat yourself).

How to prepare for a long haul flight | Manchester - Cuba. My flight essentials and all you need to know.  - passport and document holder for 2

I am also planning a digital detox while I'm away so there will be no Social Media or Blogging allowed. I usually get all of my best ideas whilst I travel and I'm not attached to my phone so I'll be packing these explorer notebooks and travel pencils to make notes and grand plans.......

How to prepare for a long haul flight | Manchester - Cuba. My flight essentials and all you need to know.  - travel journal and pencils

Ah sitting on a plane with my headphones in, jotting down travel plans and sipping Champagne. I am starting to think I don't even need to visit Cuba and the flight itself is going to be a huge treat.

Let me know if you have any pre-travel essentials, products or services I should be looking into.


The Contemporary Home | Travel Stationery Giveaway


I've teamed up with The Contemporary Home to give away a travel stationery bundle featuring these two gorgeous explorer notebooks and this quirky traveller pencil set. I love their little slogans! Very cute. To be in with a chance of winning, simply enter via Rafflecopter below. Good luck!


Terms and Conditions:  Prize is provided by The Contemporary Home -  a travel stationery bundle featuring two gorgeous explorer notebooks and a quirky traveller pencil set.

Item will be posted to any UK Mainland address within 30 days of the giveaway closing. UK Mainland Postage is included.  No refunds will be given. There is no cash alternative.
Giveaway ends midnight 2/4/17. A winner will be selected at random from all valid entries and notified via email.

Giveaway excludes employees and family members associated with The Contemporary Home and North East Family Fun

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

100+ Events & Family Days Out in the North East | Easter Holidays 2017


Our School Easter Holidays run from Friday 7th April - Sunday 23rd April and that seems to be when most Easter events are happening around the North East so apologies if your holidays are different to this. Today's post is a bumper guide! I'll pin it to the top of my Facebook Page until the holidays are over so you'll always know where to find it if needed.

Our guide to what's on in the North East over Easter | 100+ Events & Family Days Out | Easter Holidays 2017


North East Easter Holidays | Daily Events throughout the Holidays


Don't forget to check out our guide to National Trust Egg Hunts 2017 for everything you need to know about this year's events and our 'North East Days Out' page here on North East Family Fun where we've reviewed over 100 North East attractions.

Giant Lego Brick Animals | WWT Washington

  • 8th April - 1st May
  • There will be giant LEGO structures sitting alongside real life cousins in this special LEGO exhibition. Trail is included with regular admission. 
  • Find out more here

Easter Egg Trail | Discovery Museum

  • 8th - 20th April
  • Follow the museum trail and spot the eggs. All completed trails will be entered into a prize draw to win a chocolate hamper
  • £1 per trail
  • Find out more here
Easter Eggstravaganza & Lambing | Whitehouse Farm

  • 8th - 23rd April
  • Join Whitehouse farm for an extra special Easter with added activities throughout the fortnight
  • Find out more here

Broomhouse Lambing Shed

  • Various dates throughout April
  • This is your chance to take a tractor ride and watch lambing live in action
  • From £5
  • Prebook in advance
  • Find out more and book here 
Easter Activities | Seaton Delaval Hall
  • 8th - 23rd April
  • See the return of the Delaval sheep, follow the trail and spot lots of animals en-route. 
  • Included with admission
  • Find out more here

Easter Activities | Washington Old Hall
  • 10th - 23rd April
  • Take part in a range of Easter holiday activities
  • Included with admission - just turn up
  • Find out more here
Easter Activities | Gibside 
  • 8th - 23rd April
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Join the team at Gibside for lots of Easter fun and activities
  • Included with admission/small extra charge
  • Find out more here
Spring into Cherryburn
  • 7th - 24th April
  • See the lambs up close, identify moths, watch chicks hatch and bird ringing. 
  • 11am - 3:30pm
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here
Easter Egg Hunt | Manor Walks
  • 10th - 15th April
  • Collect your Easter Egg checklist and spot Easter Eggs in various shop windows to collect a treat. 
  • FREE event
  • Children should be accompanied. 
  • Find out more here


Crafts from the Company of Artisans | Alnwick Castle
  • 8th April - 13th April
  • Your chance to get hands-on with some of the best artisans in the country
  • Included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here
Easter Chicks Trail | Northumberland Park Glass House Tea Room
  • April 10th - April 21st
  • Collect your trail map from the tearoom and spot the Easter chicks around the park. Claim a creme egg when you've completed the trail. £1 per map. 
  • Find out more here
Tree Top Easter Egg Hunt
  • Richardson Dees Park, Wallsend
  • April 10th - April 17th
  • Collect your answer card from the Verandah cafe (£1) and spot the giant eggs amongst the nests. Spot them all and you'll be rewarded with a chocolate treat. 
  • Find out more here
Easter Family Fun | Kirkley Hall Zoo
  • There will be an Easter Egg hunt running alongside regular activities. Included with regular admission. 
  • Dates | 8th - 23rd April
  • Find out more here

Our guide to what's on in the North East over Easter | 100+ Events & Family Days Out | Easter Holidays 2017


Saturday 8th April



Farmyard Friends | Preston Park
  • Meet a selection of farmyard animals including a goat, turkey, alpaca, rabbits, hens, ducks guinea pigs and more
  • 10am - 4pm
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here

Toddler Tales & Trails : Superworm | Hardwick Hall
  • Family storytelling and craft sessions. 
  • £4 per child (book in advance)
  • Find out more here

Crafts at the Castle | Newcastle Castle
  • Create swords, shields, helmets with the materials provided
  • Drop-in activity, included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here

Peterkin the Jester | Alnwick Castle
  • Meet the traditional English fool as he entertains the crowds with his tricks and jokes
  • Included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here
Archery Weekend | Gibside
  • Your chance to try your hand at archery
  • £1 for 3 arrows
  • Just turn up
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Find out more here

Sunday 9th April



Farmyard Friends | Preston Park
Meet a selection of farmyard animals including a goat, turkey, alpaca, rabbits, hens, ducks guinea pigs and more

Peterkin the Jester | Alnwick Castle
  • Meet the traditional English fool as he entertains the crowds with his tricks and jokes
  • Included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here
Souter Seashore Safari
  • Discover salty sea creatures galore. Learn how to tell your winkles from your whelks. 
  • 9:30 - 11:30am - £1 per person (no need to pre-book
  • Meet on Foghorn Field wearing sensible shoes
  • Find out more here

Archery Weekend | Gibside
  • Your chance to try your hand at archery
  • £1 for 3 arrows
  • Just turn up
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Find out more here
Easter bonnet making | Ormesby Hall

Monday 10th April


Blooming Marvellous | Preston Park
  • Create a flower from funky foam and plant in Preston Park's garden installation
  • 10am - 3:30pm
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here
Grow Monday | Cragside
  • Join the team for plant related activities
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here
Get Creative with Blaze & the Monster Machines | intu Metrocentre

  • Paint with the wheels of a monster machine and play with Blaze Mega blocs
  • 10:30am - 6pm
  • FREE drop-in event
  • Find out more here

Shimmer & Shine Beauty Parlour | intu Metrocentre

  • Transform yourself into a genie like Shimmer & Shine with glitter tattoos and face paints
  • 10:30am - 6pm
  • FREE drop-in event
  • Find out more here

Design your own Easter Egg | Gateshead Central Library
  • Drop into Gateshead Library and design your own Easter Egg using materials provided
  • FREE drop in event 10am - 12:30pm 
  • Find out more here

Crafts at the Castle | Newcastle Castle
  • Create swords, shields, helmets with the materials provided
  • Drop-in activity, included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here

Discovering Animal Bones | Great North Museum (Hancock)
  • Join Natural History experts in the learning zone and explore the world of bones
  • FREE drop in event 10:30am - 12:30pm 
  • Find out more here

Laser fun for children | The Word South Shields
  • Use state of the art lasers to design something you are proud of. Suitable for ages 10+ (ages 10-12 years should be accompanied by an adult)
  • 1pm-3pm tickets cost £10.50 each and should be pre-booked
  • Book tickets and find out more here

Coding with Star Wars | The Word South Shields

As Seen On TV | The Word South Shields
  • Join a TV crew and help create a TV show in the brand new TV studio in The Word
  • Ages 8-12 years. Sessions are 10am - 12noon, 12:30pm - 2:30pm & 3pm - 5pm
  • Tickets should be pre-booked and cost £12 each
  • Book tickets and find out more here

Lego EV3 Robot Explorer | The Word South Shields

Peterkin the Jester | Alnwick Castle
  • Meet the traditional English fool as he entertains the crowds with his tricks and jokes
  • Included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here

Junior Conservation Day | Souter Lighthouse
  • Take a look at the historic objects within Souter Lighthouse and lend a hand caring for them
  • Suitable for children aged 7+
  • Free event (included with regular admission)
  • Booking essential - call 0191 529 0909
  • Find out more here

Decorate a plant pot | Ormesby Hall

Tuesday 11th April



Blooming Marvellous | Preston Park
  • Create a flower from funky foam and plant in Preston Park's garden installation
  • 10am - 3:30pm
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here
Shimmer & Shine's Genie Bottle Sand Art | intu Metrocentre
  • Create your own magical genie bottle
  • 10:30am - 6pm
  • FREE drop in event
  • Find out more here

Half Shell Heroes Slime Station | intu Metrocentre

Cracking Easter Crafts | Discovery Museum
  • Drop-in Easter craft workshops. Make your own pop-up Easter card, create an Easter mug or decorate your own egg cup
  • Small charge for some crafts
  • Find out more here

Babbling Vagabonds | Great North Museum (Hancock)
  • Join Babbling Vagabonds and help create a magical, theatrical adventure as inspired by the Bones exhibition. Expect props, dress up and lots of audience interaction.
  • 12:30-2pm and 2:30-4pm. Aimed at children aged 5-11 years and their families.
  • Tickets are £4.50 per person and should be pre-booked. Children should be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Find out more and book here

Easter Park Pursuit | Northumberland Park, Visitor Centre Education Room
  • Park wardens will create exciting and unusual ways for you to explore the park. 
  • £1.50 per child, pay on the day/drop-in
  • Find out more here

Easter Bonnet Competition | Richardson Dees Park Pavillion, Wallsend
  • Create your very own Easter bonnet! Bonnets will be uploaded to Facebook and the one with the most votes will win.
  • 1pm-3pm
  • £4 per child 
  • Book online and find out more here

Laser fun for children | The Word South Shields
  • Use state of the art lasers to design something you are proud of. Suitable for ages 10+ (ages 10-12 years should be accompanied by an adult)
  • 10am-12noon tickets cost £10.50 each and should be pre-booked
  • Book tickets and find out more here

Lego EV3 Robot Explorer | The Word South Shields

As Seen On TV | The Word South Shields
  • Join a TV crew and help create a TV show in the brand new TV studio in The Word
  • Ages 13-18 years. Sessions are 10am - 12noon, 12:30pm - 2:30pm & 3pm - 5pm
  • Tickets should be pre-booked and cost £12 each
  • Book tickets and find out more here


Minecraft Hour of Code | The Word South Shields
  • Step inside Minecraft and learn how coding can control a character in the game
  • Suitable for ages 8-10 years from 11am - 12noon
  • FREE event, tickets should be pre-booked. 
  • Book tickets and find out more here


Potter-inspired Characters | Alnwick Castle
  • Meet characters inspired by the wonderful world of Harry Potter
  • Included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here

Easter Fun Day | Souter Lighthouse
  • There will be egg and spoon races, egg rolling, sack races, hook a duck, Easter crafts and more. 
  • 11am - 4pm
  • £2 per child
  • Find out more here

Wednesday 12th April

Jean & Morag Do Spring Cleaning
  • This comedy duo need a helping hand with their Spring cleaning. Join in with washboards, dolly tubs and possers.
  • 10am - 3:30pm
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here

Meet Paw Patrol | Intu Metrocentre


Norman Night Outdoor Tours | Newcastle Castle
  • Meet Clovis, a Normal Knight who will take you on a guided tour of the Castle grounds and bring history to life. Recommend for ages 10+. Tour begins at 11am
  • Tickets include Castle admission and cost £5 per child and £8 per adult
  • Find out more and book here

Babbling Vagabonds | Great North Museum (Hancock)
  • Join Babbling Vagabonds and help create a magical, theatrical adventure as inspired by the Bones exhibition. Expect props, dress up and lots of audience interaction.
  • 10:30am-12noon, 12:30-2pm and 2:30-4pm. Aimed at children aged 5-11 years and their families.
  • Tickets are £4.50 per person and should be pre-booked. Children should be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Find out more and book here

Laser fun for children | The Word South Shields
  • Use state of the art lasers to design something you are proud of. Suitable for ages 10+ (ages 10-12 years should be accompanied by an adult)
  • 1pm-3pm tickets cost £10.50 each and should be pre-booked
  • Book tickets and find out more here

Coding with Star Wars | The Word South Shields

Minecraft Hour of Code | The Word South Shields
  • Step inside Minecraft and learn how coding can control a character in the game
  • Suitable for ages 8-10 years from 11am - 12noon
  • FREE event, tickets should be pre-booked. 
  • Book tickets and find out more here

Easter Egg Decorating | Richardson Dees Park, Wallsend

Potter-inspired Characters | Alnwick Castle
  • Meet characters inspired by the wonderful world of Harry Potter
  • Included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here

Easter Fun Day | Souter Lighthouse
  • There will be egg and spoon races, egg rolling, sack races, hook a duck, Easter crafts and more. 
  • 11am - 4pm
  • £2 per child
  • Find out more here

Thursday 13th April


Get Set Grow | Preston Park
  • Join the gardening team as they prepare their beds for the new season. You can also make your own plant pot to take home
  • 10am - 3:30pm
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them | Great North Museum (Hancock)
  • The ERIC North East team will be giving talks about the various wildlife in our region and how/where to spot them. 
  • Bones Learning Zone 11am, 12noon and 2:30pm 
  • FREE drop-in event
  • Find out more and book here


Get Crafty : North East in a Box | Shipley Art Gallery
  • Use odds and ends to create your own North East story in a box
  • 10am - 2pm, drop in activity
  • £2.50 per child
  • Find out more here

Potter-inspired Characters | Alnwick Castle
  • Meet characters inspired by the wonderful world of Harry Potter
  • Included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here

Souter Seashore Safari | Souter Lighthouse
  • Discover salty sea creatures galore. Learn how to tell your winkles from your whelks. 
  • 9:30 - 11:30am - £1 per person (no need to pre-book
  • Meet on Foghorn Field wearing sensible shoes
  • Find out more here

Cracking Easter Crafts | Discovery Museum
  • Drop-in Easter craft workshops. Make your own pop-up Easter card, create an Easter mug or decorate your own egg cup
  • Small charge for some crafts
  • Find out more here

Our guide to what's on in the North East over Easter | 100+ Events & Family Days Out | Easter Holidays 2017


 Friday 14th April (Good Friday)


Easter Adventure Quest | Tynemouth Priory, Belsay Hall & Warkworth Castle
  • Join a character from the past and explore the priory and castle. Complete the trail for a chocolate treat.
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here

Plant Pot Fun | Preston Park
  • Join the gardening team as they prepare their beds for the new season. You can also make your own plant pot to take home
  • 10am - 3:30pm
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here

Meet the Easter Bunny | Woodhorn Museum
  • Meet the Easter Bunny at Woodhorn and receive a small treat
  • 11am - 3pm drop-in, FREE activity
  • Find out more here

Jesting with Zooted | Alnwick Castle
  • Fire-eating, sword juggling & hilarious jesters will be entertaining the crowds at Alnwick Castle this weekend
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here

Chocolate workshops | Life Science Centre
  • Take part in a 20 minute workshop, test your taste buds and discover why we love chocolate so much
  • Ages 5+, included with admission, book on arrival (first come first service)
  • Find out more here

Egg rolling competition | Gibside
  • Bring your hard boiled egg along to Gibside and join in with their competition. 
  • 12noon
  • Event is included with admission
  • Find out more here

Blyth Annual Easter Egg Hunt | Blyth Beach
  • Take part in a FREE Easter Egg hunt with games and prizes
  • 11am - 4pm
  • Drop-in event
  • Find out more here

Saturday 15th April


Hop film screening | Preston Park

The Wizard of Oz Easter Panto with Ashleigh & Pudsey | Tyne Theatre & Opera House
  • Ashleigh & Pudsey and Bobby Davro star in this special Easter panto version of this much-loved tale.
  • 3pm and 7pm
  • Tickets from £17
  • Find out more and book here

Easter Adventure Quest | Tynemouth Priory, Belsay Hall and Warkworth Castle 
  • Join a character from the past and explore the priory and castle. Complete the trail for a chocolate treat.
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here

Easter Kite Festival | Birdoswald Roman Fort
  • Get to grips with the art of kite flying. There will be demonstrations to music and a chance to make and fly your own kite
  • 11am - 5pm
  • Included with admission
  • Find out more here

Roman Spring Festival | Arbeia Roman Fort
  • A Time & Tide event with street food, Roman storytelling, weapon displays, music, demonstrations, egg rolling & more
  • FREE event 11am - 4pm
  • Find our more here

Crafts at the Castle | Newcastle Castle
  • Create swords, shields, helmets with the materials provided
  • Drop-in activity, included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here


Easter Crafts | Creation Station at The Word South Shields
  • Make an Easter bunny handprint, an Easter bunny bag and an Easter crown
  • Suitable for ages 2-11 years from 11am - 12noon
  • Tickets should be pre-booked and cost £6 per child and £4 for siblings
  • Buy tickets and find out more here


Easter Treasure Trail & Crafts | Rising Sun Country Park, Exhibition Room
  • Crack the code to open the box of Easter eggs. Explore the country park searching for clues and enjoy Easter related crafts
  • 10am or 11am, £5 per child (includes Easter Egg)
  • Find out more and book tickets here

Meet the Easter Bunny | Woodhorn Museum
  • Meet the Easter Bunny at Woodhorn and receive a small treat
  • 11am - 3pm drop-in, FREE activity
  • Find out more here

North East Bikers Easter Egg Run | Woodhorn Museum
  • Watch at 100s of bikers leave Woodhorn in spectacular style as they collect Easter Eggs to deliver to children's wards across the region
  • Takes place between 11am - 11:30am
  • FREE event (car parking charge may apply)
  • Find out more here

Jesting with Zooted | Alnwick Castle
  • Fire-eating, sword juggling & hilarious jesters will be entertaining the crowds at Alnwick Castle this weekend
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here
Chocolate workshops | Life Science Centre
  • Take part in a 20 minute workshop, test your taste buds and discover why we love chocolate so much
  • Ages 5+, included with admission, book on arrival (first come first service)
  • Find out more here
Egg rolling competition | Gibside
  • Bring your hard boiled egg along to Gibside and join in with their competition. 
  • 12noon
  • Event is included with admission
  • Find out more here
Stargazing for families | Housesteads Roman Fort
  • Join astronomers as they share fun ways to learn about the moon, stars, planets and cosmos. Suitable for all ages
  • Tickets are £5 each and should be booked in advance
  • 7pm - 9pm
  • Find out more and book tickets here
Newbiggin's 7th Annual Kite Festival | Newbiggin Maritime Centre
  • Children's Kite workshops, kite flying, children's rides and entertainment
  • 10am - 4pm
  • Find out more here

Sunday 16th April (Easter Sunday)


We're Going on an Egg Hunt | Preston Park
  • Find the Easter Eggs hidden around the museum and grounds
  • 10am - 3:30pm
  • £5 per participant
  • Drop in event
  • Find out more here

The Wizard of Oz Easter Panto with Ashleigh & Pudsey | Tyne Theatre & Opera House
  • Ashleigh & Pudsey and Bobby Davro star in this special Easter panto version of this much-loved tale.
  • 1pm and 5pm
  • Tickets from £17
  • Find out more and book here

Easter Kite Festival | Birdoswald Roman Fort
  • Get to grips with the art of kite flying. There will be demonstrations to music and a chance to make and fly your own kite
  • 11am - 5pm
  • Included with admission
  • Find out more here

Roman Spring Festival | Arbeia Roman Fort
  • A Time & Tide event with street food, Roman storytelling, weapon displays, music, demonstrations, egg rolling & more
  • FREE event 11am - 4pm
  • Find our more here


Choco-motion | Stephenson Railway Museum
  • Ride on the Easter Eggspress & take part in a special Easter trail
  • 11am - 3pm
  • FREE entry to museum, small charge for heritage train ride
  • Find out more here

Meet the Easter Bunny | Woodhorn Museum
  • Meet the Easter Bunny at Woodhorn and receive a small treat
  • 11am - 3pm drop-in, FREE activity
  • Find out more here

Jesting with Zooted | Alnwick Castle
  • Fire-eating, sword juggling & hilarious jesters will be entertaining the crowds at Alnwick Castle this weekend
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here
Beastly Egg Hunt & Create Your Own Faberge Egg | Bamburgh Castle
  • Create a beautifully decorated egg to take home and spot the golden eggs around the castle
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here

Medieval Archer | Bamburgh Castle
  • Join Rusty the archer as he explains the life of a medieval archer. There's a small charge to have a try yourself
  • Find out more here

Chocolate workshops | Life Science Centre
  • Take part in a 20 minute workshop, test your taste buds and discover why we love chocolate so much
  • Ages 5+, included with admission, book on arrival (first come first service)
  • Find out more here

Egg rolling competition | Gibside
  • Bring your hard boiled egg along to Gibside and join in with their competition. 
  • 12noon
  • Event is included with admission
  • Find out more here

Easter Adventure Quest | Tynemouth Priory, Belsay Hall & Warkworth Castle
  • Join a character from the past and explore the priory and castle. Complete the trail for a chocolate treat.
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here

Newbiggin's 7th Annual Kite Festival | Newbiggin Maritime Centre
  • Children's Kite workshops, kite flying, children's rides and entertainment
  • 10am - 4pm
  • Find out more here

Monday 17th April (Easter Monday)



Naomi's Wild & Scary Show | Tyne Theatre & Opera House
  • Join TV Presenter Naomi Wilkinson as she talks about and shows you some scary creatures on stage
  • 2pm
  • Tickets priced from £15.50
  • Find out more and book here
Roman Spring Festival | Arbeia Roman Fort
  • A Time & Tide event with street food, Roman story telling, weapon displays, music, demonstrations, egg rolling & more
  • FREE drop-in event 11am - 4pm
  • Find our more here
Easter Kite Festival | Birdoswald Roman Fort
  • Get to grips with the art of kite flying. There will be demonstrations to music and a chance to make and fly your own kite
  • 11am - 5pm
  • Included with admission
  • Find out more here
Crafts at the Castle | Newcastle Castle
  • Create swords, shields, helmets with the materials provided
  • Drop-in activity, included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here
Meet the Easter Bunny | Woodhorn Museum
  • Meet the Easter Bunny at Woodhorn and receive a small treat
  • 11am - 3pm drop-in, FREE activity
  • Find out more here
Jesting with Zooted | Alnwick Castle
  • Fire-eating, sword juggling & hilarious jesters will be entertaining the crowds at Alnwick Castle this weekend
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here

We're Going on an Egg Hunt | Preston Park
  • Find the Easter Eggs hidden around the museum and grounds
  • 10am - 3:30pm
  • £5 per participant
  • Drop in event
  • Find out more here

Medieval Archer | Bamburgh Castle
  • Join Rusty the archer as he explains the life of a medieval archer. There's a small charge to have a try yourself
  • Find out more here

Chocolate workshops | Life Science Centre
  • Take part in a 20 minute workshop, test your taste buds and discover why we love chocolate so much
  • Ages 5+, included with admission, book on arrival (first come first service)
  • Find out more here
Junior Conservation Day | Souter Lighthouse
  • Take a look at the historic objects within Souter Lighthouse and lend a hand caring for them
  • Suitable for children aged 7+
  • Free event (included with regular admission)
  • Booking essential - call 0191 529 0909
  • Find out more here
Easter Adventure Quest | Tynemouth Priory, Belsay Hall & Warkworth Castle 
  • Join a character from the past and explore the priory and castle. Complete the trail for a chocolate treat.
  • Included with regular admission
  • Find out more here

Egg rolling competition | Gibside
  • Bring your hard boiled egg along to Gibside and join in with their competition. 
  • 12noon
  • Event is included with admission
  • Find out more here
Petting Zoo | Manor Walks
  • A mix of reptiles, amphibians and furry friends will be visiting Manor Walks today. This interactive family event is suitable for all ages and FREE. Just turn up.
  • Find out more here

Our guide to what's on in the North East over Easter | 100+ Events & Family Days Out | Easter Holidays 2017

Tuesday 18th April


Kirkley Kritters | Kirkley Hall Zoo
  • Get up close and personal with tarantulas, frogs, geckos, spiders, beetles and stick insects
  • Included with regular admission
  • Drop-in activity
  • Find out more here
Nick Jr All Stars / Shimmer & Shine | intu Eldon Square
  • Grab some Nick Jr props and pose in front of the giant green screen and step inside the Shimmer & Shine beauty parlour where there'll be hair braiding, glitter tattoos and friendship bracelets
  • FREE drop in event
  • Find out more here

Chocolini's | Preston Park
  • Join the talented Chocolini's team as they demonstrate their chocolate making skills throughout the day
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Included in admission
  • Find out more here
Easter Park Pursuit | Northumberland Park, Visitor Centre Education Room
  • Park wardens will create exciting and unusual ways for you to explore the park. 
  • £1.50 per child, pay on the day/drop-in
  • Find out more here
Den building | Rising Sun Country Park
Campfire fun | Rising Sun Country Park
  • Suitable for ages 6+, join the wardens to build a campfire and then cook and enjoy some tasty snacks around the fire. 
  • 1:30pm - 3pm - £3 per child including snacks
  • Book tickets and find out more here
Peterkin the Jester | Alnwick Castle
  • Meet the traditional English fool as he entertains the crowds with his tricks and jokes
  • Included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here
Medieval Falconry | Alnwick Castle
  • Expert falconry, history and theatre are combined in these stunning displays not to be missed
  • Included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here
Medieval Archer | Bamburgh Castle
  • Join Rusty the archer as he explains the life of a medieval archer. There's a small charge to have a try yourself
  • Find out more here
Easter Fun Day | Souter Lighthouse
  • There will be egg and spoon races, egg rolling, sack races, hook a duck, Easter crafts and more. 
  • 11am - 4pm
  • £2 per child
  • Find out more here
Coil Mobiles and Seed Planting | Discovery Museum
  • Create a coil mobile, paint your own plant pots and plant your own seeds
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Drop-in activity
  • Small charge for some activities
  • Find out more here

Wednesday 19th April


Norman Night Outdoor Tours | Newcastle Castle
  • Meet Clovis, a Normal Knight who will take you on a guided tour of the Castle grounds and bring history to life. Recommend for ages 10+. Tour begins at 11am
  • Tickets include Castle admission and cost £5 per child and £8 per adult
  • Find out more and book here
Sprinkles Chocolate Workshop | Preston Park
  • Create your own chocolate masterpiece in a workshop. Sessions will take part throughout the day. Limited places - book on arrival
  • £3 per participant
  • Find out more here
Nick Jr All Stars / Half Shell Heroes | intu Eldon Square
  • Grab some Nick Jr props and pose in front of the giant green screen then join the half shell Ninja academy where you'll learn skills and craft your own pizza
  • FREE drop-in event
  • Find out more here

Live Animal Handling | Great North Museum (Hancock)
  • This is your chance to meet & hold real life frogs, snakes, geckos, owls, scorpions, hedgehogs and more
  • 11am - 3pm
  • FREE drop in event
  • Find out more here
Games on the Green | Richardson Dees Park, Wallsend
  • Test your skills against your friends and family with archery, mini golf and mini tennis
  • 11am - 2pm - £1 per child, pay on the day.
  • Find out more here
Peterkin the Jester | Alnwick Castle
  • Meet the traditional English fool as he entertains the crowds with his tricks and jokes
  • Included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here
Medieval Falconry | Alnwick Castle
  • Expert falconry, history and theatre are combined in these stunning displays not to be missed
  • Included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here
Easter Fun Day | Souter Lighthouse
  • There will be egg and spoon races, egg rolling, sack races, hook a duck, Easter crafts and more. 
  • 11am - 4pm
  • £2 per child
  • Find out more here

Thursday 20th April


Just what the doctor ordered | Arbeia Roman Fort
  • Find out what the Roman's actually ate (and try some yourself), discuss what impact the Roman's had on our modern diet and meet a Greek surgeon who worked on Hadrian's Wall. 
  • FREE drop-in event 11am - 3pm
  • Find out more here
Blaze & the Monster Trucks | intu Eldon Square
  • Join Blaze & the Monster Trucks driving school and test yourself as you avoid the cones. Then create your very own personalised number plate with instant photo printing
  • FREE drop in event
  • Find out more here

Sprinkles Chocolate Workshop | Preston Park
  • Create your own chocolate masterpiece in a workshop. Sessions will take part throughout the day. Limited places - book on arrival
  • £3 per participant
  • Find out more here
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them | Great North Museum (Hancock)
  • The ERIC North East team will be giving talks about the various wildlife in our region and how/where to spot them. 
  • Bones Learning Zone 11am, 12noon and 2:30pm 
  • FREE drop-in event
  • Find out more and book here

Springtime Stories at The Word | The Word South Shields
  • Storyworld will be transformed into a Springtime Wonderland as Wordy tells the tale of lovable animals and friends. This immersive experience will take children on a real adventure. 
  • Performance Times | 10am - 10:40am, 11:15am - 11:55am & 2pm - 2:40pm
  • Tickets cost from £1 - £3.50 and should be pre-booked
  • Find out more and book here
The Elves & the Shoemaker | Northern Stage
  • A topsy-turvey retelling of this classic tale with original live music, puppetry & laugh out loud characters
  • 2 daily performances 
  • Tickets are priced from £9.50
  • Find out more and book here

Peterkin the Jester | Alnwick Castle
  • Meet the traditional English fool as he entertains the crowds with his tricks and jokes
  • Included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here

Medieval Falconry | Alnwick Castle
  • Expert falconry, history and theatre are combined in these stunning displays not to be missed
  • Included with regular Castle admission
  • Find out more here

Aliens Love Ben Cort | Seven Stories
  • Meet the illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants and join this interactive family event full of drawing tips.
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Booking essential (£3 per person + regular admission)
  • Find out more and book tickets here
Coil Mobiles and Seed Planting | Discovery Museum
  • Create a coil mobile, paint your own plant pots and plant your own seeds
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Drop-in activity
  • Small charge for some activities
  • Find out more here

Friday 21st April 


Bunny Take Over | Preston Park
  • Meet cute bunnies and give them a little cuddle
  • 10am - 3:30pm
  • Included with admission
  • Find out more here
Paw Patrol Visit | intu Eldon Square


Springtime Stories at The Word | The Word South Shields
  • Storyworld will be transformed into a Springtime Wonderland as Wordy tells the tale of lovable animals and friends. This immersive experience will take children on a real adventure. 
  • Performance Times | 10am - 10:40am, 11:15am - 11:55am & 2pm - 2:40pm
  • Tickets cost from £1 - £3.50 and should be pre-booked
  • Find out more and book here

The Elves & the Shoemaker | Northern Stage
  • A topsy-turvey retelling of this classic tale with original live music, puppetry & laugh out loud characters
  • 2 daily performances 
  • Tickets are priced from £9.50
  • Find out more and book here

Saturday 22nd April



Gladiator Swords & Shields | Arbeia Roman Fort
  • Prepare for battle and design your own sword and shield
  • FREE drop-in event 11am - 2pm
  • Find out more here
Family Foraging Walks | Preston Park
  • Discover how to find edible plants and herbs
  • 2 hour workshop at 10am and 1pm
  • £5 per adult and £2.50 per child
  • Event should be booked in advance
  • Find out more and book here
 Bunny Fun | Preston Park
  • Join a fun range of workshops to help perfect your essential bunny skills. Included with admission/small additional charge
  • 10am - 3:30pm
  • Find out more here
St George's Day Pageant | Warkworth Castle 
  • Join Medieval townsfolk, musicians and nobles as they celebrate with combat displays and music
  • 11am - 5pm
  • Included with admission
  • Find out more here
The Elves & the Shoemaker | Northern Stage

  • A topsy-turvey retelling of this classic tale with original live music, puppetry & laugh out loud characters
  • 2 daily performances 
  • Tickets are priced from £9.50
  • Find out more and book here
Craft and Food Fayre | Sunderland Winter Gardens
  • Seasonal crafts and food for sale with children's activities and events
  • FREE event
  • Find out more here
Trolls (Branch and Poppy) Mascot Visit | Ocean Beach South Shields
  • Branch and Poppy will be dropping by Ocean Beach to say hi between 2:30pm and 3:15pm
  • Take photos for FREE
  • Just turn up
  • More information here

Sunday 23rd April


St George's Day Celebration | Gibside
  • Make your own flag, play cricket and enjoy traditional English scones
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Included with admission
  • Find out more here
St George's Day Pageant | Warkworth Castle 
  • Join Medieval townsfolk, musicians and nobles as they celebrate with combat displays and music
  • 11am - 5pm
  • Included with admission
  • Find out more here
Bunny Fun | Preston Park
  • Join a fun range of workshops to help perfect your essential bunny skills. Included with admission/small additional charge
  • 10am - 3:30pm
  • Find out more here

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