What's on in the North East - Summer Holiday Special | 22nd - 28th July 2017

I am changing the format of our 'what's on' guides throughout summer and will be including weekly guides as opposed to just a weekend guide. Make sure you are following my North East Family Fun Facebook page where I'll be posting more days out ideas throughout summer and why not join my North East Days Out Facebook group where you can ask for recommendations or suggest places to visit yourself.

We're off to Kynren in Bishop Auckland this weekend - so excited about this as we've only heard good things and then we're heading to Swansea Bay for the week. Please pray for sunshine! I've decided I'm going to create a daily short video to cover our trip and I'd really appreciate it if you could subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow my adventure.

What's on in the North East this week

21st - 23rd July | Sunderland Airshow | Roker & Seaburn | FREE EVENT

The International Sunderland Airshow returns to the North East this weekend. Expect stunning air displays, fireworks, live music and entertainment, catering, stalls, RAF and armed forces plus lots more. Find out more here. In 2015 we enjoyed the airshow onboard King Seaways. There are still tickets available to this year's cruise here. 

22nd & 23rd July | Clash of the Knights | Belsay Hall

Four teams of Knights will battle it out for victory in this special event. There will be an event field where battles will take place as well as a medieval camp where you can watch food being cooked, traditional musicians play and crafts being made. We've visited this event before and really would recommend it. Find out more here

22nd & 23rd July | How to be a Roman Soldier | Birdoswald Roman Fort

This event is free to English Heritage members and lots of fun for grown ups and children. We've taken park in Roman Soldier training a few times now and it really is a fab way to bring history to life. Find out more here

23rd July | Invasion VIII | Woodhorn | FREE EVENT (parking charges apply)

The 8th instalment of this very popular event will hit Woodhorn this weekend. A must-visit event for Sci-fi fans. You'll find photo ops with your favourite sci-fi characters, stalls, merchandise, superhero crafts and more.  Find out more here

23rd July | Louisa Johnson, Jedward & Special Guests | Bents Park | FREE EVENT

There's another free concert taking place in Bent's Park this weekend as part of the South Tyneside Festival.  Find out more here

23rd July | Little Festival | Rutherford AFC, Lobley Hill

The Little Festival is an outdoor festival especially for  babies, toddlers and children up to the age of 8. Expect baby massage, children's yoga, storytelling, balloon modelling, children's rides, free face painting, free inflatables, free soft play and more.  Find out more here

23rd July | Butterflies, Beasties & Beauties | Rising Sun Country Park | FREE event

Drop-in to the Rising Sun Country Park between 11am - 4pm and enjoy a range of free activities from minibeast hunting to wildflower detecting. Find out more here

24th July | Fingerprint bees | Cherryburn

Pop by between 11am - 3pm and create your own busy bee masterpiece. The event is included with regular National Trust admission. Find out more here

25th July | Play & Invent | Discovery Museum | FREE event

Join the discovery museum for a free arts and craft session (provided by TURBINA) or crafts with Play & Invent for a small additional charge. Find out more here

25th July | Baby Bounce | The Word | FREE event

Suitble for babies up to age 13 months, drop into today's free baby bounce session (begins at 10:30am) where you'll enjoy gentle finger, knee bouncing and action rhymes for babies. Find out more here

25th - 27th July | Explore the world week | Great North Museum | FREE event

There is a different theme running every Tuesday- Thursday throughout the summer at the Great North Museum and things kick off with Explore the world week. Experts will be on hand to help you explore different cultures around the world. There'll be object handling, drum workshops and a special gallery trail. Find out more here

25th July | Summer of sport | Souter Lighthouse | FREE event

Souter lighthouse are offering free sport sessions this summer. Join Durham Hockey Club and Houghton Rugby Club on Foghorn field this week. No need to book - you can just drop in. There'll also be the chance to try archery, orienteering, rounders, tennis and volleyball. Find out more here

25th July | Tots Plots | Gibside

Join the Gibside gardeners at 11am and learn all about seed sowing and growing vegetables with your little ones. There are 10 slots available (bookable on arrival) and tickets are £4 each to include juice nd biscuits. Find out more here

25th July | Barefoot mud painting | Cherryburn

Take off your shoes and get ready to get dirty. Make sure your feet are nice and muddy before walking over the giant paper to make a huge piece of art. Included with National Trust admission. Find out more here

25th - 26th July | Prince Amir & Nazreddin | Alnwick Garden

The meerkat king and his grumpy camel will be appearing at Alnwick Garden at regular intervals throughout the day today. Find out more here

26th July | Crafty Romans | Arbeia Roman Fort | FREE event

Pop into Arbeia today and enjoy creating your very own Roman crafts. Find out more here

26th July | Mini Masters | Q Festival Spielgel Tent (outside the Baltic) | FREE event

This FREE event for ages 4-6 years will involve energetic dancing, songs and drama games. No need to book - just turn up! Find out more here.

26th July | Alicia Ward-Yarrow's Tongue Twisters | The Word South Shields | FREE event

This is a free event for ages 4-11 years but you do need to book tickets. Join local children's author Alicia as she tackles some epic tongue twisters and help to create a tongue twister of your own. Find out more here

26th July | Discover-EAT | Discovery Museum | FREE event

The Discovery Museum are launching a new monthly foodie event this month. Expect the coolest eats, sweets and treats from local suppliers and there'll be a children's entertainer in the plaza from 12-3:30pm Find out more here

26th July | Get Active Fun Day | Rising Sun Country Park | FREE event

No need to book - just turn up to this FREE event. Expect games, challenges, music, dance, family fitness, face painting, sport tasters and the chance to try a smoothie bike. Find out more here

26th July | Make your own bath salts | Seaton Delaval Hall

Join the team in Seaton Delaval Hall's activity hut and create your own bath salts to take home. Included with National Trust admission. Find out more here

26th - 27th July | Beauty & the Beast Panto | Customs House South Shields

AJ pantomimes return to the Customs House with their brand new summer production - Beauty & the Beast. Expect slapstick comedy, audience interaction and superb costumes and sets.  Find out more here

27th July | Magic School for mini magicians | Discovery Museum

These special magical workshops will transform your children from muggle to magician in no time. This fun interactive workshop is run by a real magician and will teach your children tricks to wow their friends and family. Workshops are suitable for beginners and available to book from £5 per child. Find out more here

28th July | Make a mud pie | Cragside

Head up to the mud kitchen, pop on an apron and make your very own messy mud pie. Included with National Trust admission. Find out more here

28th July | Screenage Kids presents Dumbo | Baltic Square

Join Screenge Kids in the Spielgel tent for their immersive film experience featuring a Disney classic. Watch the movie come alive with fun activities and face painting. Find out more here

Phew! That's quite a lot to take in and we're only on week one. If you're still struggling for ideas, check out my video featuring fun activities to try in Whitley Bay and some of the blog posts below. Have a good one:



  1. Fantastic! So many are free events too.
    I think we might pop along to the Invasion at Woodhorn.
    Thank you for posting x

  2. Lots of stuff going on, great for the little people of the North East (and the big people!)


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