What's on in the North East for children & families | 1st & 2nd July 2017

We are spoilt for choice with things to do in the North East this weekend. I honestly can't believe it's July! There's lots going on from duck races to festivals and a fab free cycling event too.

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What's on in the North East this weekend? 

HSBC UK City Ride Newcastle | Sunday 2 July | Exhibition Park

This FREE event looks like lots of fun for the whole family. Meet at the hub in Exhibition Park and enjoy the chance to cycle through Newcastle City Centre in a safe environment. There will be lots of entertainment en-route including a 'toot your horn' zone and various challenges. All ages and abilities are welcome. You can find out more and sign your family up for free here. 

intu Summer Party | Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 July | intu Metrocentre & intu Eldon Square

Expect a jam-packed weekend of FREE fun at both intu centre's this weekend. Everyone is invited to this big summer party across the weekend and there's lots going on from brass bands to sand sculpting, crazy golf, face painting crafts and competitions. Check out intu Metrocentre's schedule here and intu Eldon Square's schedule here.

Ouseburn Festival Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 July | Ouseburn

Head down to Ouseburn this weekend for lots of family fun with their annual family festival. Expect live music and comedy, arts and crafts, children's activities, stalls, a festival parade and of course, the annual Cluny rubber duck race. Find out more here. 

Whitehouse Farm's 20th Birthday | Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 July | Whitehouse Farm

Join Whitehouse Farm and celebrate their birthday - the first 20 people will be admitted free of charge (opens 9:30am), regular admission for everyone else will be discounted by 20%, there will be free party bags and face painting, sheep shearing, party games, magic Steve, Bat Super Hero, birthday cake and more. Find out more here. 

Proms in the Park | Sunday 2 July | South Marine Park, South Shields

Pack a picnic and head down to this FREE evening of Classical entertainment in beautiful surroundings. From 7pm-9pm. Find out more here.

South Shields Summer Parade | Saturday 1 July | Bents Park

This year's parade celebrates storytelling and will leave South Shields Town Hall at 1pm. Expect to see everything from Peter Pan to Gingerbread houses in this huge event with over 2000 people taking part. The parade will end in Bent's Park with a special party including live music and a beer tent. Find out more here.  

Chilli Festival | 30 June - 2 July | Seaton Sluice

The Chilli Festival is returning with a brand new venue (opposite Glocester Lodge Farm in Seaton Sluice) and is going to be bigger and better than before with on-site camping and day tickets available.There's live music from the likes of Heaven 17, comedy, entertainment, street food, food stalls, cabaret, bars and a kids zone. Find out more and buy tickets here.

Turma! Hadrian's Cavalry Charge in Carlisle | Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 July | Carlisle

Carlisle isn't technically the North East but it is only around a 80 minute drive and this event is not to be missed. The Turma is set to be one of the UK's largest Roman re-enactments with 30 Cavalrymen and their horses taking part. As well as the thrilling 90 minute performance, there's lots of fun for kids in the Roman village including Chariot rides, a chance to meet the horses, Roman Army school, photo ops and more. Find out more and book tickets here.

Wallsend Festival | Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 July | Wallsend 

Wallsend will be transformed this weekend as the town celebrates it's annual festival. Expect fairground rides, live music, performances, street food, stalls, vintage cars, climbing walls, archery and more. Find out more here. 

Teddy Bear's Picnic | Sunday 2 July | Kirkley Hall

For just £5 pp you can join in with Kirkley Hall's Teddy Bear's Picnic with a teddy bear show, story time, lawn games and crafts. You can enjoy free admission to the zoo with your ticket too. Find out more and book here. 

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  1. Lots to do, it seems! Great for me as the Teen breaks up for the holiday on the 6th :)

  2. Ahh! There is so much to do this weekend.
    I can't believe we are nearly into July! x


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