What's on in the North East for children & families | 3rd & 4th September

Goodbye August! You've been lovely. I honestly can't believe September is here already. I am really looking forward to autumn though - it's such a lovely time of year to get out and about before we hibernate for winter. I know some schools have gone back already but this weekend is our chance for one last summer fling before the kids go back on Tuesday. I plan on making the most of it. Here are 5 events to keep you busy in the North East this weekend:

Hadrian's Wall Live

Housesteads & Birdoswald
Sat 3rd & Sunday 4th September (various times)

Oh my goodness I am so excited for this. We are spending the full day and evening at Hadrian's Wall on Saturday and can't wait to join in with this spectacular event. There will be armies clashing, gladiators fighting, arm-to-arm combat, hands on activities for kids, a spectacular night patrol at Housesteads and a fabulous Barbarians Attack night battle at Birdoswald. Check out the Hadrian's Wall Live website for details, event timings and tickets.

Druridge Bay Country Park

2-4th September

Expect beers, bands and beach at this year's Coquetfest. If pre-booked, adult camping for the weekend is only £25 (£30 on the gate) and children are just £5 (£7 on the gate). There is a huge line up of bands on stage alongside entertainment including a dog show and circus. Day tickets are also available at £10 or less and under 16's go free! More information here.

Ouseburn Valley 1940s weekend
Seven Stories & Ouseburn Valley
Sat 3rd & Sun 4th September

Visit Seven Stories and the rest of the Ouseburn Valley as the area remembers the 1940's. There will be FREE tours of the Victoria Tunnel, crafts and themed activities across the weekend which coincides with the anniversary of the heaviest bombing raids in the local area. See Seven Stories and Ouseburn Trust for further details.

Classic VW Rally
Woodhorn Museum
Sat 3rd September 11am - 5pm

This new event is organised by VW enthusiasts and volunteers and aims to showcase a stunning range of vehicles. The curiosity team will also be in attendance and will sharing their VW-themed digital stories, recordings and photographs. See website for further information. 

Model Railway Exhibition
Aln Railway
Sat 3rd & Sun 4th September

This hugely popular weekend will see a ride range of model railways on display in the train sheds. Entry is FREE but donations are welcome. Don't forget to take a ride on the heritage railway whilst you are there. Adult tickets are only £5 for unlimited rides throughout the day, children are £1 and under 6's are free. Bargain! There is also a cafe, museum and shop. See website for further information. 

I'd love to hear what you're up to this weekend. 

Events are subject to change so please check details before heading off. 


  1. Oooh lots of fun stuff here. I'll share on my page. Can't believe it's September either!

  2. Ohh! Fab!
    When we were at Blyth for the Tall ships last weekend we met a Roman and he was telling us all about Hadrian's Wall Live. It sounds fantastic x

  3. Ah have fun! The VW Rally sounds really good! Xx

  4. Great list of activities they sound like really good fun.


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