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What's On in the North East - Summer Holiday Special | 12th - 18th August 2017


There's a lot going on in the North East this week. Join our North East Days Out Facebook group if you'd like more recommendations and don't forget to sign up to my weekly newsletter here if you'd like this post sent directly to you inbox every week.


It's the weekend.......


12th & 13th August | Need for Speed - mini brick build | Stephenson Railway Museum - FREE

Always wanted to design and construct your own train? Nows your chance in this interactive and fun drop in event.


12th August | Carnival Saturday | The Headland, Hartlepool

There will be a parade and a chance to say goodbye to the carnival rides.


12th August | Family Pond Dipping | Gibside

Hunt for frogs, newts, toads and more using fishing nets and underwater cameras. Tickets should be booked in advance.

12th & 13th August | Princess and Knights Weekend | Kirkley Hall Zoo

Prepare crafts to help hunt down dragon eggs and join in with lots of themed fun in this special weekend. Fancy dress encouraged!


12th & 13th August | Medieval Combat | Tynemouth Priory

There's a Medieval takeover at Tynemouth Priory this weekend. Expect demonstrations, mini sword drills, music, minstrels and more.


13th August | The Smartest Giant in Town | Preston Park

Pack a picnic and head over to Preston Park for two special performances of The Smartest Giant in Town. Tickets should be pre-booked.

13th August | The Geordie Job | Woodhorn Museum - FREE ENTRY

Join Tynemouth Mini Club for their classic car show featuring a variety of Mini's. Admission is free, parking costs £3.50.


13th August | Wild Parks - Explore the Rocky Shore | St Mary's Lighthouse - FREE EVENT

Drop in between 11am - 4pm and join in with scavenger hunts, rockpool rambles and more.

13th & 14th August | Teddy Bears' Picnic | Preston Park

Head to Preston Park for lots of Teddy-based fun today. There will be story-telling, teddy bear check ups, activities and crafts on offer.


Mid-week fun.....



14th August | Design a beach bag | intu Eldon Square - FREE EVENT

Head to the area outside Giraffe in the Grey's Quarter today and create your very own beach bag.


15th August | Culture Camp - Make a Movie in a day | Gateshead Libraries

Work with professional artists and create your very own movie using iPads and apps. Use special effects, green screens, voice overs and more. Suitable for ages 8-14 years. Tickets should be pre-booked.


15th August | Design a keyring | intu Eldon Square - FREE EVENT

Create your own wooden keyring just outside Giraffe today.


15th August | Animal Hand Painting | Cherryburn 

Use your hands to create the shape of an animal in this messy paint event. Included with regular admission.

15th August | Wild Parks - Shake a Tree, What Do You See? | Gosforth Central Park - FREE EVENT
Drop into Gosforth Central Park between 11am - 4pm today and join in with lots of nature themed activities.


15th August | Bolden Bear Activity Day | West Bolden Lodge

Head down to the woods for lots of indoor crafts and outdoor hands on fun. Tickets should be pre-booked.


16th August | Teddy Bears' Picnic | Rising Sun Country Park

Rising Sun are hosting the event of the year for little ones. Expect magic shows, funfair rides, face painters, dancing, bear hunts, the chance to make porridge and more. Tickets should be pre-booked.


16th August | Make a bee box | Cragside

Drop into the formal garden between 11am - 3pm at Cragside today and create your very own bee box. Included with regular admission.


16th August | Baltic Family Fun Day | Baltic - FREE ENTRY

Baltic are hosting their first ever family fun day. Family activity is taking over - expect creativity, movement, colour, sound and more.

16th August | For Paws Animal Show | Watergate Cafe - FREE EVENT

Pop into Watergate cafe between 1-3pm and meet some prickly, furry and slithering animals.


16th & 17th August | The Great Discovery Fayre | Discovery Museum - FREE EVENT

Expect children's rides, street performers and the central hall to be taken over with local crafters, cakes, bakes, artisan crafts and more.



It's Almost the weekend......



17th August | Touch Tanks with Dove Marine Lab | Great North Museum - FREE EVENT

Drop into the Great North Museum between 11am - 3pm and meet local marine animals and experts from Newcastle University.


18th August | Summer Pool Party | The Lakeside, Killingworth

There's a beach themed pool party at The Lakeside today. Expect party games and lots of themed fun.


18th August | Den Building | Rising Sun Country Park

Explore the woods and build dens using natural materials. Suitable for ages 5+. Tickets should be pre-booked.


More ideas.....




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