The Ultimate Guide to What's on in the North East for Kids | May Half Term

I don't know about you but I am SO excited for May Half Term. The prospect of (hopefully) sunshine and no school runs is the kind of thing I look forward to these days. We actually have ZERO plans for Half Term this year. Steve is working the full week and the boys have just finished their SATs so I didn't want to pack too much in. We're going to have a chilled week and just plan some impromptu days out on the day - it's exciting not knowing where the week will take us! I'll share what we're up to in my North East Days Out Facebook group so make sure you click here to join. Most of our days out will be via public transport as Steve will be using our car for work. Let me know your plans or if you'd like me to add your event in the comments.

The Ultimate Guide to What's on in the North East for Kids | May Half Term

Here are a few general ideas to keep the kids entertained, scroll down for ideas relating to specific dates. Please remember that times etc... can change and some events may need to be pre-booked. Always double check details before heading out.

Events happening across the week

The Ultimate Guide to What's on in the North East for Kids | May Half Term

Whitley Bay is fast becoming one of my favourite towns. It's full of lots of lovely independent restaurants who have joined forces to bring local people some fantastic dining offers across the week. You can find the full list of restaurants taking part over on Facebook here -   details of new offers are posted regularly. I highly recommend visiting Evan's Bistro (who are taking part in this offer Tuesday-Saturday). They have a toy area for kids, board games to play and their menu for this week just looks incredible. I can't believe it's just £12 for three courses. Take a peek at their special food and drink menu here. Children's meals are just £4.95 for a main, 2 sides, a drink and ice cream.

26 May - 1 June : Wild West Week at Whitehouse Farm - find out more here
26 May - 3 June : Animal Antics at Alnwick Garden - find out more here
26 May - 3 June : Stick Week at Gibside - find out more here
26 May - 3 June : Ultimate STEM Challenge at Cragside - find out more here
26 May - 3 June : Kayaking and canoeing at Cragside - find out more here
28 May - 3 June : Half Term Fun at Delaval Hall - find out more here
28 May - 1 June : Half Term at Cherryburn - find out more here

  • Woodhorn are running their Little Leeks sessions and kids Pitman Painters tours - find out more here
  • Great Nort Museum (Hancock) is closed from 21 May - 21 June

Recommended and reviewed: Places to visit over May Half Term

Try the FREE Highway Rat Trail at Kielder - review & info here
Enjoy a FREE Sculpture Trail around Thornley Woodland Centre- review & info here
Try the FREE Plessey Woods Art Trail - review & info here
Visit Ouseburn Farm (also FREE) - review & info here
Spend the day at Alnwick Garden - review & info here
Visit Beamish by bus - review & info here
Take a trip to Blyth Beach - review & info here
Visit Butterfly World & Preston Park - review & info here
Walk around Druridge Bay Country Park - review & info here
Take a trip to the Farne Islands - review & info here

If you're always looking for new places to take the kids or would like to share a few local gems with other North East Parents, why not join my FREE North East Days Out Facebook group? There are almost 2000 local members and it's a fab place to share photos and recommendations or ask for ideas for places to visit around the North East. You can join here.

The Ultimate Guide to What's on in the North East for Kids | May Half Term

Saturday 26 May

Sunday 27 May

Monday 28 May

Tuesday 29 May

Wednesday 30 May

Thursday 31 May

Friday 1 June

Saturday 2 June

Sunday 3 June

I say this everytime but we really are spoilt living in the North East - there is SO much do see and do. Let me know which events take your fancy and don't forget to share photos from your days our over in my North East Days Out Facebook group. 


  1. We're really hoping to make it to the Proper Food and Drink Festival over the Bank Holiday. I have them all in my diary so we manage to make it to one, somehow we missed them all last year!

  2. Ahh! I am ready for half term too. I hope the SATs went well. I'm glad they are over with.
    Fab ideas x


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