What's on in the North East for kids and families - May / June Half Term 2017

It doesn't seem like 2 minutes ago that I was writing my guide to Easter Half term and now May/June half term is almost upon us. There's lots going on in our region including free fun, outdoor fun and should it rain (which let's be honest it probably will), indoor fun too. Let me know what you're up to. Don't forget to join our North East Days Out Facebook group for more ideas and recommendations and keep and eye on North East Family Fun's Facebook page throught half term as I'll be sharing ideas for the following day every evening at around 8pm.

What's on in Newcastle and the North East for kids and families - May / June Half Term 2017

Half Term Fun - National Trust

What's on in Newcastle and the North East for kids and families - May / June Half Term 2017

Seaton Delaval Hall
  • Daily - May Half Term fun includes explorer trails, outdoor garden games, dressing up, geocaching and more. Activities are included with regular admission/membership and available from 27th May-4th June between 11-5pm. More details here

  • Monday 29th May - Games Day. Enjoy traditional games, birds of prey, archery, croquet, pony rides, a giant inflatable slide, face paining, balloon modelling and more. Event is included with regular admission/membership. More details here

Souter Lighthouse

  • 28th & 30th May - Souter Seashore Safari. Enjoy a spot of rock pooling and learn how to identify various sea creatures. Tickets are £1 per person. More details here

  • 30th May - 1st June - World Ocean Week. Discover more about the world's oceans with mini rockpools, sea life themed crafts and dolphin spotting. Event is included with regular admission. Daily from 11am-4pm. More details here

  • 2nd June - Junior Conservation Day. Aimed at children aged 7+, this is a chance to take a look at the objects that help to make the lighthouse special and your chance to help care for them. Book a session on arrival between 10am-4pm. More details here

Washington Old Hall
  • Daily Half Term Activities. Various daily activities including giant garden chess and making bird feeders. From 29th May - 4th June between 11am - 2:45pm. Event is included with regular admission. More details here

  • Daily Half Term Activities. Half term activities include creating an edible window box, toasting marshmallows on a campfire, a plant safari, games and much more. From 27th May - 4th June between 11am-4pm. Activities are included with regular admission. More details here

  • 27th - 29th May - Family Camping Festival. Bring your tent along and enjoy a weekend jam packed with activities including sport, den building, evening bat walks, live music, entertainment and the Gibside pub. Weekend tickets are £75 per pitch and should be booked in advance. More details here

  • 28th May - North Tyneside Steel Band Concert. Join Gibside between 1pm-3pm for their FREE outdoor concert (included with regular admission). Picnics are encouraged. More details here

  • 31st May - Moth Morning. Head to Gibside between 10-11am to learn all about moths and how to identify them. Included with regular admission. More details here

  • May Half Term Fun. Join Cherryburn between 26th May - 6th June (11am - 3pm) for lots of half term fun including gardening, charcoal burning, bushcraft and duck running. Activities are included with regular admission. More details here

  • 4th June - Folk in the Farmyard. Pack a picnic and enjoy live music between 12-3:30pm along with glorious views of the Tyne Valley. Event is included with regular admission. More details here


  • 28th & 29th May. Dragon Cycle Trail Opens. This is your chance to try riding unconventional bicycles, receive expert maintenance tips and bring along your own bike to try out the trail yourself. Open between 11am-4pm and included with admission. More details here

  • 24th & 31st May. Woodland Guided Walk. Join a volunteer for a walk around Wallington where you'll spot a variety of wildlife and learn all about the estate's history. Included with regular admission. More details here

  • 3rd & 4th June. Shorn the Sheep at Broomhouse Farm. Take a tractor ride from Wallkington to Broomhouse and watch sheep shearing demonstration. Visit the pigs, calves and lambs on the farm too. Booking recommended (from £5). More details here

  • 26th & 31st May plus 2nd June. Victorian Baking. Watch volunteers in costume bake up a storm with traditional Victorian recipes. From 1-3pm. More details here

  • 2nd June - 50 Things Friday. Make a mud pie in the adventure playground or find your way using a map and compass. Included with regular admission. 11-3pm. More details here

Embleton and Newton Links
  • 29th May - Rockpool ramble. Meet in the square of Low Newton by the Sea and join rangers as you hunt for crabs and starfish. 11am-2pm. More details here

Half Term Fun - Indoor Fun

What's on in Newcastle and the North East for kids and families - May / June Half Term 2017

  • 25th May - ongoing. FREE FUN - The new Shiver Me Timbers Pirate Exhibition opens at The Word. Find out more here. 

  • 25th and 26th May - FREE FUN - The Ned Corvan Shadow Troupe will be performing at The Word in South Shields. Find out more here. 

  • 27th May - 4th June. Create and hatch your own dino eggs at Woodhorn to celebrate the end of their Dino-Bricks exhibition. Car parking charges apply, free event but donations are welcome. More details here.

  • 27th May - Spooktacular Fun at Newcastle Castle - Take part in the special children's trail and you might bump into Dracula or one of his friends. There will be a chance to chat with the castle's resident medieval surgeon, enjoy Vampire-themed crafts and there is a special reading at 2pm by author R.A. Browell. Find out more here.

  • 27th May-January 2018 - NEW Dino Jaws exhibition at Life. A new dino-tastic exhibition brought to you by the Natural History Museum opens at Life this May half term. Expect life size dinosaur heads and lots of fun facts. Find out more here.

  • 29th May - 1st June - FREE FUN - Join intu Metrocentre for their robot-themed half term fun including a Robot Rhythm Metrognomes show. More details here

  • 30th May - FREE FUN - Meet Paddington at Manor Walks, Cramlington. Paddington Bear will be making an appearance at various intervals throughout the day. Free tickets can be pre-booked and there will be limited availability on the day. More details here.

  • 30th May - 1st June - FREE FUN - Half term fun at intu Eldon Square includes a robot repair station, robot cookies and cupcakes and robot racing and face painting. Daily from 11am - 4pm. More details here.

  • 27th May - 4th June - FREE FUN - Half term fun at Dalton Park includes touch and feel rock pools, a FREE Disney On Ice trail through the centre, jungle animal crafts, and a Disney On Ice fun day. More details here

  • 29th May - Dressed to Kill at Sagedenum Roman Fort (includes a relaxed session). Join the Roman Cavalry! Find out more here. 

  • 30th May - FREE FUN - Secrets of the Mummies at Great North Museum. More details here

  • 30th May - Relaxed Pirate Crafts for children with disabilities at South Shields Museum. From 10am, tickets should be pre-booked (£2 per child). Book tickets online here.

  • 30th May - Pirate Treasures at South Shields Museum. Drop in event where you can create your own pirate treasure, necklaces and paper parrots. Find out more here.

  • 30th May & 1st June - FREE FUN - Discovery days at Discovery museum. There will be FREE and chargeable crafts available with a nautical theme. More details here.

  • 31st May - Tall Tales at Laing Art Gallery. Drop into this special event with storytelling fun and the chance to spin your own tales. £3 per child. Find out more here.

  • 31st May - Captain Raggy Beard will be visiting The Word in South Shields with his tales of Pirates, treasure and mermaids. £3.50 per person. Book tickets here.

  • 1st June - Harry Potter Family Fun Day at Bailiffgate Museum. Entry is £1 per child and under 5's are free. Find out more here

  • 1st June - Etch and Engrave art at Shipley Art Gallery. £2.50 per child. Drop-in event. Find out more here.

  • 3rd June - Chalk present Breakfast Beach Party at  Gosforth Civic Theatre. Enjoy summer floor fillers, create your own surfboard or ice cream headwear. Tickets are from £5 and available here.

  • 3rd June - Chalkbox : The Original Superheroes at Gosforth Civic Theatre. Dive into some top telly featuring HeMan, Thundercats, Superted, Bananaman and more. There'll also be crafting and plenty of superhero moves. Tickets are £4 per person and available here. 

Half Term Fun - Outdoor Fun

What's on in Newcastle and the North East for kids and families - May / June Half Term 2017

  • 27th May - 4th June - School of Adventure at Preston Park. Learn skills such as climbing, knots, den building, sewing, papercraft more and earn badges throughout the day. Free with museum admission. Find out more here.

  • 27th May - 4th June - Downy Duckling Days at WWT Washington. Meet the latest fluffy arrivals at WWT Washington and take part in special pond dipping activities. Find out more here. 

  • 27th May - Kirkley Hall Zoo's 6th birthday party. There will be face painters, games and treasure hunts on top of the usual animals and activities on offer. Find out more here.

  • 28th & 29th May - Welly Walk and Lunch at Wynyard Hall. Take part in a welly walk through Wynyard's stunning parkland before enjoying lunch in the Wellington restaurant. Find out more and book here.

  • 28th-29th May - The Vikings invade Bamburgh Castle. Discover what life was like for Vikings as they invade the castle. There will be tented camps, talks and demonstrations throughout the day. Tickets are priced from £5 - £10.85. Under 5's are FREE. Find out more here

  • 28th May - Northumberland Day at Alnwick Garden with crafts, street theatre and more. Find out more here.

  • 28th May - FREE FUN - Family fun and bandstand music at Northumberland Park. Expect live music, face painting, stalls, story time and more. Find out more here.

  • 28th - 31st May - Fairy Tale Week at Crook Hall & Gardens. Families are invited to meet various fairytale characters as they step out of stories. There will be a treasure trail and the chance to meet various characters. Find out more here.

  • 29th May - Folk and Farmers Market at Preston Park. There will be live music, drum workshops for little ones, crafts, Punch and Judy, face painting and local food for sale. Free with museum entry. Find out more here

  • 30th May - FREE FUN - Springtime stories with professional storyteller and musician from 11am - 3pm at Richardson Dees Park, Wallsend. Find out more here

  • 1st June - FREE FUN - Crafty Romans at Arbeia Roman Fort. Make your own dragon head kite to charge around the fort. Relaxed session also available. Find out more here. 

  • 2nd June - NEW Treasure Trail around Rising Sun Country Park. £4 per child including 'treasure' for ages 7+. Find out more here

  • 3rd June - All the Fun of the Fair Launch at Discovery Museum. There will be children's fairground rides on the plaza outside of the museum (payable with old fashioned pennies available to purchase on the day), crafts plus free balloons and stickers as well as the new vintage funfair exhibition indoors. More details here.

  • 3rd June - FREE FUN - Alan Robson's Roadshow will be heading to Ocean Beach South Shields with lots of music, games and prizes with Metro Radio's Cash 4 Kids. More details here.

  • 3rd June - Annual Summer Dog Oscars at  Churchill Playing Fields. FREE for spectators, £1.50 per dog category entered. Find out more here.

  • 3rd June - Wizard of Oz Children's Party at Kirkley Hall. £10 per child including one free adult. There will be songs, dancing, activities and storytelling. Find out more and book here.

  • 3rd June - Teddy Bear's Picnic at Wynyard Hall. There will be fun entertainers and face painters in this fun-filled event. Tickets are £8 per child. Find out more and book here.

Half Term Fun - English Heritage 

What's on in Newcastle and the North East for kids and families - May / June Half Term 2017

  • 27th - 29th May - Medieval Weekend at Warkworth Castle. There will be lots of Medieval festivities across the weekend including combat displays, archery and re-enactments. Admission is FREE for English Heritage members or from £3.70 for non-members. More details here

  • 27th May - 4th June - Archaeology Discovery at Chesters Roman Fort. Mini archaeologists can join 2 time travellers and discover hidden artefacts and the tools used to find them Free for English Heritage members, from £4 for non-members. More details here

  • 29th - 30th May - Journey to Lindisfarne at Lindisfarne Priory. Join Medieval characters and listen to tales pilgrimage and then join in with sword school with a twist with the monks of Lindisfarne. Free event for English Heritage members and from £3.90 for non-members. More details here

  • 3rd - 4th June - Prudhoe under siege at Prudhoe Castle. Join the castle for their annual invasion and see if an attempt to storm the walls is successful. Watch the drama unfold throughout the day and visit enemy camps. Plus test your own skills in drill sessions throughout the day. Tickets are priced between 30p and £6.40. More details here

Have a fabulous May Half Term :-) Do you follow us on Twitter? If not, search for @nefamilyfun to follow what we're up to.

Please remember that this post is written in advance and events/timings/costs can change. Always double check details yourself before heading out. 



  1. Fantastic post. What brilliant ideas.
    I think we will be having a couple of days out out so I will be back to look at this :D x

    1. There's loads going on isn't there and I love how a lot of it is low cost/free too x

  2. I'm going to print everything off and stick everything on my fridge. So many gr8 ideas here for family days out - TY Sam, #topblogger

  3. Going to hammer that national trust pass over the holidays! Looking forward to a week off with the girls

    1. We're not even around for much of it! I think we're going to head to Preston park on Bank Hol Monday though. Well I say that, the kids want to go to the beach so it all depends on the weather x

  4. As usual, a sterling guide. Will share!

  5. Thanks for sharing, great information! I'll certainly be bring Henry along to some of these. :)

  6. Your part of the country is so lovely at this time of year. So much on!
    You did forget to mention one of my favorite places: Ford and Etal. ;-)

    1. Ah it's lovely there isn't it - I don't think they have any special events running over half term but I'll double check x

  7. Oh my goodness - so much to do! I really want to visit Bamburgh Castle, and properly explore Alnwick Gardens.

    1. Bamburgh Castle is one of my favourites - it's actually mostly furnished inside too and is really very beautiful x

  8. We aren't around.for much of half term but I'm really excited about the new life exhibition

    1. Us too - anything with dinosaurs in gets the thumbs up from us x

  9. Wow what an epic post, no excuses for boredom in the north east that's for sure!

  10. There is almost too much to do. This is why North east England is just soooooooo good x

  11. FAbulous thank you so much for the fab links - just written a few things in our diary for half term and the kids are looking forward to both the Gibside and Dalton Park!

  12. Great to see so many places with relevant activities on at reasonable costs for families x


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