My Top 5 Days Out in North East England | Rock and Roll Pussycat

Today Cat from Rock and Roll Pussycat, a North East family and lifestyle blog shares her top 5 days out in North East England. Cat has a 3 year old little man who loves exploring, adventures and getting messy. Today Cat shares some of her favourite North East days out that are suitable for toddlers. Over the Cat.....

Beamish Museum

We're only 5 minutes from Beamish and visit regularly. Beamish gives visitors a hands on and in depth experience of what North East England was like during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s. There are numerous events on over the Summer months including Ferguson Tractor Rally on Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th July and 100 Years of the Durham County Federation of Women’s Institutes on Saturday 19th - Sun 20th August.
The facilities at Beamish are great, there are plenty of clean toilets with changing facilities and lots of different food options available. Once you've paid you initial entry fee, you can revisit for free for a full year which I think is amazing. Children can learn about history in a fun and interesting way and there are so many things to do, you're completely spoilt for choice. 

Saltwell Park

I absolutely love Saltwell Park. Right in the middle of busy Gateshead, it's a hidden gem filled with greenery, wildlife, play equipment for both adults and kids and even a cafe to pick up a decent coffee. Saltwell Park is one of our favourite spots for a picnic and the little man loves searching for bugs near the stream, playing hide and seek in the trees and riding the little train that travels around the park. It's a lovely day out which can cost absolutely nothing, even parking is free. 

Chester Le Street Riverside Park

The Riverside Park is another favourite for younger children. With a vast play area for all ages, splash pad and plenty of grass to play on, it makes for a great day out. Parking can be a little pricey if you plan on staying for the full day and the car parks do fill up very quickly in the warmer weather so head there early.  You can take a break from the play area and walk along the edge of the River Wear and feed the ducks. It also has the most perfect pace for 'learning to ride a bike'. 

Great North Museum formerly the Hancock Museum. 

Entry into the museum is free though donations are very welcome. If natural history, archaeology, geology and world cultures are your thing, you will love the Great North Museum. One of the reasons we love it so much is the fact it's not stuffy and the staff always seem happy to see children visiting. The little man loves checking out the dinosaur bones and learning about the animals upstairs. 
There are plenty of clean toilets dotted around the museum and The Street Café and the Hancock Café both service reasonably priced and tasty food. If you wish to bring your own food, you have the option to eat inside in the in the packed lunch are in the Clore suite. 
There are regular family friendly activities on. Watch out for Animal Yoga on 3rd August and the opportunity to build your own bug hotel on 23rd August. The regular Toddler Take Over events are also worth looking out for, you need to book but they're lots of fun for little people. 

Life Centre

The Life Science Centre is in central Newcastle and is a pricey attraction in comparison to the four above. Tickets for a family of four will set you back £34 or you can upgrade to a yearly membership for £85.
The little man is a huge fan of the Young Explorers Zone upstairs, especially the play equipment and kitchen area. I love the Planetarium and live science shows - they're really interesting for the whole family. 

I would thoroughly recommend the pre school days if you have a child under 4. An adults entry costs just £7.50 and the child is free. You can easily spend a full day there, but you do need to make sure you book in advance. 

Thanks Cat - I have yet to visit Riverside Park but I've heard so many good things! 

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