What's on in the North East for Kids and Families - January 2016

After a crazy December you might fancy hibernating for the whole of January and I wouldn't blame you! If you did fancy venturing out, there is a lot going on and plenty of fun to be had. Here are our top family events for January:-

Robin Hood and his Merry Men at Tynemouth Priory Theatre

 8th - 17th January 2016 - This traditional family pantomime includes laughter, music, singing, dancing and comedy for all ages. Tickets are available from just £6 per person. 

Make Bird Puddings at Seaton Delaval Hall

10th January 2016  (11am-1pm) - Make the most of this free event in the activity hut (normal admission charges apply) and create your own bird pudding. No need to book, just turn up.

CoderDojo at Life

16th January (11am - 1pm) -   Recommended for ages 8-17. CoderDojo sessions are hosted at Life every third Saturday. Young people can learn all about and experiment with coding. This event is free but booking is required and participants are required to bring along their own laptop and power cable.

Half price entry to Kirkley Hall Zoo

16th - 17th January - Entry to Kirkley Hall Zoo is half price across the weekend. No need for a voucher or to book, just turn up and your discount will be applied at the door. That means adults are only £3.50 and children £2.50. BARGAIN! We thoroughly enjoyed our trip a few years ago.

 Annie at Northern Stage

21st - 23rd January - Newcastle School for Girls will be performing family favourite Annie following the success of High School Musical last year. Ticket deals are available. 

Aurora Hunting at Battlesteads Observatory

22nd January - Learn the science of the Northern lights and how to use your telescope correctly. If the night is clear you will be taken on a tour of the skies above too. Aurora hunters from age 10-100 will enjoy this experience. Tickets are available from £17.

Robot opens at Life

23rd January - This brand new exhibition features over 40 robots, models and cyborgs from tv shows from the past 60 years. It's sure to delight those old and young. Admission charges apply.

Polar Explorers opens at Great North Museum

30th January - This free exhibition opens today. Allowing you to discover what life is like in the coldest part of the world, Polar Explorers promises to be a sensory and immersive experience for all.

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch North Tyneside Parks

30th - 31st January - Be part of the nation's biggest bird count this weekend across three of North Tyneside's parks. This event is FREE and there is no need to book in advance, just turn up. Details below:-

Upfront Puppet Theatre

30th Jan (1pm and 3pm), Wylam Winter Tales - Watch a miniature puppet circus delight the crowd with their tricks, juggling, acrobats and even a canon ball! Tickets are £6.50 each. 

Lantern making workshop 

31st Jan - This free craft activity takes place in Wylam Methodist Church 2pm-3:30pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All materials and instructions will be provided and advice is on hand if needed. You can take your finished lantern home too.  To book, email  wylamwintertales@gmail.com and enter the word LANTERN in the subject line. 

Please also note, Alnwick garden will be closed from 4th January - 31st January for maintenance. 

If you would like to let us know about any other events, please let us know in the comments below. Why not join our North East Family Fun community facebook group where we discuss events and days out in the North East with other parents. 



  1. Excellent information. Thank you :)

  2. I definitely think it's a good idea to get out and about in January, it's too easy to sit at home sulking. I can already feel the Winter Blues arriving!

  3. There is so much going on up here in the North East....
    I really want to visit Kirkley Hall Zoo this year. My eldest has been and she loved it x

    1. Kirkley Hall is fab, you should definitely make the most of half price weekend x


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