What's on in the North East - Summer Holiday Special | 5th - 11th August 2017

Welcome to our weekly guide to what's on in the summer holidays. This guide covers 5th - 11th August. We have a fair bit of fun planned this week including our first wild camping experience (wish us luck) and a trip to the Discovery Museum to enjoy some Cardboard Wizardry.

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Weekend fun 5th & 6th August

5th August | Chalk presents The Breakfast Club Coffee Rave | Q Festival

Head to the Spiegel tent on the Quayside to enjoy some 80's inspired fun with a killer soundtrack and the chance to craft your own shoulder pads or giant mobile phone! Tickets need to be pre-booked.

5th August | Blyth RNLI Open Day | Blyth Lifeboat Stations - FREE EVENT

Expect boat trips, climbing walls, an inflatable bowling alley, emergency services vehicles and the chance to meet and chat with the volunteer crew.

5th & 6th August | Open Weekend | Bowes Railway - FREE ENTRY

Join Bowes Railway for one of their special open weekends. Miniature train rides are just £1 and there will be a flight simulator, model railways and treats from the tearoom too.

5th & 6th August | Cardboard Wizardry with Lottie Smith | Discovery Museum

Use cardboard and recycled junk and cogs, cams and levers and craft your very own creation with the help of Lottie Smith. Tickets should be pre-booked.

5th & 6th August | Family Wild Foraging Walks | Preston Park

Discover edible plants and herbs in the park and taste some foraged food in the kitchen. Tickets should be pre-booked.

 5th & 6th August | Summer Film Fair | Tyneside Cinema - FREE EVENT

Tyneside Cinema's Pop Up Film School is throwing it's doors open FREE OF CHARGE across the weekend. There will be lots going on ranging from creating your own stop-go animation to Jaws Attack Crafts, a Star Wars Green Screen and family screenings.

6th August | Bedlington Carnival | Bedlington Town Centre - FREE ENTRY

It's Bedlington Carnival day. Expect a fun fair, stalls, face painting, live music, balloon modelling and more.

6th August | Let's Circus | Preston Park

This special event is FREE with museum entry. There are two circus workshops (11:30am and 2:20pm) to coincide with two circus performances (11:10am and 2pm)

6th August | Free Family Health Walk | Hadrian Leisure Centre - FREE EVENT

Walk from Hadrian Leisure Centre to Richardson Dees Park for some play time before heading back to the centre for squash and coffee.

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Weekday Fun 7th - 11th August

7th - 13th August | Hands on History - Medieval | Belsay Hall & Castle 

Expect lots of hands on fun from dressing up to sword fighting.

7th - 13th August | Playmobil Zone | intu Eldon Square - FREE EVENT

Head to St Andrew's Way near Debenhams between 11am-4pm and enjoy lots of Playmobil fun. There will be toy tables, giant figures, the latest Playmobil sets, colouring in and more.

7th August | Decorate a Ceramic Duck Moneybox | intu Eldon Square - FREE EVENT

The grassed area near Giraffe in the Grey's Quarter are hosting FREE arts and crafts every Monday. Today there's a chance to decorate a money box. Drop in between 11am - 4pm.

8th & 9th August | Billionaire Boy | Preston Park and Museum

Pack a picnic and enjoy some outdoor theatre at Preston Park. Billionaire Boy is based on the book by David Walliams and promises lots of family fun. Tickets should be pre-booked.

8th August | Newcastle Falcons Summer of Sport | Souter Lighthouse - FREE EVENT

Souter Lighthouse are hosting a Summer of Sport in Foghorn Field and will be joined by Newcastle Falcons today. Expect lots of outdoor games including rounders, tennis and volleyball.

8th August | Trolls Activity Day | West Boldon Lodge

Expect lots of troll-based fun at West Boldon Lodge today including the chance to make your own troll and take part in a troll hunt. Tickets should be pre-booked.

8th August | Make a flower crown | intu Eldon Square - FREE EVENT

There's more FREE fun outside Giraffe in the Grey's Quarter today. Today is your chance to create a special flower crown complete with summer stickers.

8th August | A Midsummer Night's Dream | Washington Old Hall

Join Washington Old Hall in their wild nut orchard for an evening of magical outdoor theatre. Tickets should be pre-booked.

8th August | Woodland Adventure with Footprints on the Moon | Plessey Woods

Explore Plessey Woods and create natural crafts using the materials around you. Tickets should be pre-booked.

8th & 10th August | Play + Invent - All at Sea | Discovery Museum - FREE EVENT

Have fun tinkering with everyday objects and learn about all things sea-related. On Tuesday Newcastle University will visit the museum with their underwater creatures and on Thursday the Recycled Museum will visit. Free drop-in event (£2 charge if you'd like a magic colour slider)

8th - 10th August | Warrior Week | Great North Museum - FREE event

This week is Warrior Week. Tuesday - Greek Armour Handling. Wednesday - Bronze age sword fighting demos. Thursday - Treasures of the Library.

9th August | Family Summer Special - At The Seaside | Sage Gateshead

Put your sunglasses on for an hour-long seaside workshop involving song and dance. Tickets should be pre-booked.

9th August | Superhero Squad Party | Blyth Comrades Club

Join your favourite superheroes for a 2 hour party including a disco, games and crafts. Tickets should be pre-booked.

9th August | Family Zumba | Sage Gateshead

Family Zumba is the perfect way to keep fit. This event is suitable for ages 5+ and grown ups. Make sure you wear something comfy. Tickets should be pre-booked.

9th August | Bugs at the Grainger Market | Grainger Market, Newcastle - FREE EVENT

Bugs n Stuff will be taking their creepy crawlies on tour and visiting The Grainger Market today. Meet giant tarantulas, tree frogs, geckos, snakes, beetles and more.

9th - 12th August | FREE Swim Safe Session | Longsands Beach - FREE EVENT

Swim England are hosting a range of free swim safe sessions at Tynemouth Longsands Beach this week. Wetsuits are provided and the sessions are free of charge but they do need to be pre-booked online.

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10th August | Creepy Crawlies Dalton's Den Workshop | Dalton Park - FREE EVENT

Meet Dalton near M&S and take part in a free workshop featuring lots of creepy crawly fun.

10th August | Water Play Day | Richardson Dees Park

Richardson Dees Park are hosting a water play day today. Wristbands cost £2 for all day access. Bring along a water pistol (or buy a water pistol and balloons on the day) and get ready for a giant water fight in the park.

10th August | Green Screen Animation | Crawcrook Library

This event is aimed at children aged 7+ and is their chance to work with animator Sheryl Jenkins and use apps such as iStopMotion, iMovie and a green screen to bring animations to life.

11th August | Bird spotting and drawing | Cherryburn

Collect a bird spotter sheet and explore Cherryburn before having a go at drawing your favourite.

11th August | Pirate & Princess Day | Manor Walks - FREE ENTRY

This popular family fun day returns with lots of pirate fun planned. Expect Pirate games with Captain Jack Sparrow, storytelling with Captain Raggybeard, face painting, fairground fun, colouring competitions and more.

11th August | £1 Friday Nights | Ocean Beach South Shields

South Shields is the place to be on a Friday nights with most rides and laser maze fun being priced at just £1.

11th August | Party in the Park | Town Moor, Newcastle 

Newcastle's Town Moor is hosting a giant funfair tonight and all rides are priced at just £1.

Other ideas for days out in the North East: 

I will also be sharing daily ideas over in our Facebook Group (North East Days Out - click here to join) and would love you to share what you're up to in the group too.

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Please note - events can change. Please confirm details with venue before heading out. 


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