What's on in the North East for kids and families | 20th & 21st May 2017

I can't believe it's almost May Half Term! If you haven't already, check out my guide to May Half Term here. For now though, here's a guide to what's on for kids and families in the North East this weekend:

19th & 20th May | The Late Shows | NewcastleGateshead

The Late Shows is an annual event and culture crawl around some of NewcastleGatesheads best venues. Some attractions such as Seven Stories are opening up late especially for the evening and others will be providing additional activities and teaching skills you did not realise you had. The atmosphere is fantastic and families are more than welcome. Best of all - it's FREE! You can find out more over on Sprog on the Tyne who has produced a fantastic guide for families.

20th & 21st May | Dacia Magic Weekend | St James Park

6 Rugby League matches will take place between 12 teams at St James Park this weekend as Dacia Magic Weekend returns for it's third year. There will be an official fan zone, top North East food stalls, player interviews and entertainment. Tickets are available from £12.50 here. 

17th - 20th May | Museums at Night | Across the region

Museums across the region will be opening their doors with special evening events from 17th - 20th May. Many in our region are also part of The Late Shows (see above). Beamish has also caught my eye. They are hosting a Grand Georgian Gathering on 20th May. Tickets are just £5 and available here

20th May | Blyth Battery Goes To War

There will be WWII re-enactments, military displays, weapon displays, entertainment and more at this popular FREE festival on Blyth seafront. More details here

20th May | Big Fish Little Fish Flower Power Family Race | Sunderland

The award winning family rave is launching in Sunderland at 'Independent' this Saturday with their flower power event. There'll be a live DJ, glitter cannons, bubbles, balloons, crafts, toddler play areas, free tattoo transfers and glow sticks and chill out areas. Tickets are from £6 (pre-walking babies are free). Find out more and buy tickets here.

20th May | Toddle Truck Tours | Great North Museum (Hancock)

Join the Great Museum Mouse for story and songs before taking a toddler tour around the museum using a Toddle Truck. There will be 6 things for you to find using a special toddler magnifying glass. Free event but places should be reserved. Find out more here.

20th May | Terrible Tut | Oriental Museum Durham

Drop into the museum between 1-3pm to join in with this additional activity where you can create your own Tutankhamun mask to wear. Included with museum admission. More details here.

21st May | Children's Cancer Run | Gosforth Park

The Children's Cancer run returns for it's 35th year. Children can enter a 1, 3 or 5 mile route and raise money to help more children beat cancer. Participants will be treated to a legendary Greggs picnic afterwards as well as receiving a medal and cancer run t-shirt. Details here

21st May | Houghall Spring Show & Open Day

Entry to this Spring Show is just £2 per person (parking and under 1's are free) and there's lots to see and do including equine displays, dog agility demos, sheep shearing demos, meet farmyard animals, archery, Punch and Judy shows, free zip line, birds of prey......eMore details here.

21st May | Car boot sale | Souter lighthouse

Pick up a bargain or clear out your clutter at Souter Lighthouse today. Details here

Looking for more inspiration? Why not join our North East Days Out Facebook group and ask for recommendations. You might also find these posts useful:



  1. Honestly the Magic weekend has my vote!! Katie x

  2. There's so much to offer in this region and your blog always gives me so many ideas of places to visit and things to do! I love the fact that the NE Cancer Run is on this weekend as it's on my doorstep, so I'll definitely be popping along with little Cyrus to cheer everyone on.

    1. Ah that will be nice - let's hope this sunshine keeps up x

  3. Excited for the month ahead! We're heading to ouseburn tomorrow for the late shows! Hope the weather stays good

  4. Wow! So much to do and some of them for free! It's always difficult trying to keep the kids entertained during holidays so this guide is invaluable for families looking to keep their children out of mischief!

  5. Wow there are so many great things on! My kids would love that toddle truck.

  6. Can't believe there is so much going on when for once we already have plans! Typical :)

  7. Wow i didnt realise there was so much to do this weekend, we are out on Saturday at a local fair and then Sunday at Beamish for the emergency services event! We love Houghall so might see if we can swing by there too on the way home for the display!

  8. So much to do we really are lucky to live up 'north' oh and to have someone to put it all together for us!

  9. I've done work at Blyth battery but never visited. Great to be reminded of it.

  10. So much going on this weekend. Shame I've used up all my 'spoons' (spoonie reference!). We've been looking for car boot fairs in the area - where is Souter Lighthouse?


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