The Ultimate Guide to What's On in the North East | May Half Term

We were supposed to be heading to the Netherlands this Half Term but obviously, this will not be happening anymore. Steve still has a week off work and I am keen for us to make the most of it despite us being in the middle of a Global Pandemic.

The Ultimate Guide to What's On in the North East  | May Half Term

I have scoured the internet for the best virtual and stay at home activities to enjoy over May Half Term.  I hope whatever you are up to, you stay safe and are able to enjoy some fun.

For more ideas, please join our UK Days Out Facebook group here.  You can also advertise  events in this group every Friday and share your own recommendations at any time.

Cooking at Home

The Ultimate Guide to What's On in the North East  | May Half Term - cooking at home

Quizzes & Games

The Ultimate Guide to What's On in the North East  | May Half Term - virtual pub quiz

Parties & Festivals 

Online Classes & Workshops

Draw with Rob

Treats Delivered 

The Ultimate Guide to What's On in the North East  | May Half Term - create your own pizza
Credit - The Keel Row 

  • Box Cafe deliver sweet boxes, slushes, cakes and other treats within 10miles of Cramlington (delivery is free subject to minimum spend). Find out more here
  • Beckleberrys delivery ice cream, cakes and treats within 10 miles of Blaydon Delivery is free when you spend £10+. Find out more here
  • Grainger Market deliver Afternoon Tea, Fruit Boxes, Cakes, Pizza, Cheeses and other goods. Order before 2pm for next day delivery. Find out more here.  
  • Keel Row Make Your Own Pizza. The Keel Row has launched a Kids Make Your Own Pizza Kit. They include everything you need to make your own pizza at home along with a drink and sweets. £6.95 including local delivery (or you can collect). Find out more here
Scobberlotch as shared a blog post featuring 20 local businesses delivering treats across the North East. Read the article here. 

Activities at Home 

  • Plan a home spa day - buy sheet masks (less mess), make a fruit platter, pop some spa music on, light some candles, set up a nail bar.... 

Fresh Air Ideas 

Please follow current Government guidelines re: Social Distancing & check car park & facility opening times direct before heading out, opening restrictions can change regularly (also - please be aware that public toilets may be closed). If somewhere is busy when you arrive, please consider leaving and returning at a later date/time. 

My personal choice is that we will be staying at home over half term (read this post to find out why).

We may visit a couple of local places for a short period of time if we feel ready but I will make that decision with Steve and the kids nearer the time.

At the moment, I feel I will only feel comfortable visiting somewhere where there is plenty of space to socially distance (so a wide open field rather than a busy plaza/street with queues for fish and chips or ice cream), the car park must be open so I am not having to park on a verge / in a way that annoys the locals and it needs to be close to home due to the lack of loos. I will also visit first thing in the morning or in the evening when places should be a little quieter.

If I turn up somewhere and it is busy / temporarily closed/ there is no parking , I will either come home or find somewhere else to visit. This feels like common sense to me.

The Government has said it is ok to go out now though so who am I to say it's not.  I appreciate I am taking a cautious approach which isn't for everyone. I think that everyone is within their rights to make the best choice for them with no judgment from others. Anyway, here is some fresh air inspiration:

Crazy Golf 

Credit : Morpeth Family Crazy Golf

A reader mentioned that Morpeth Family Crazy Golf is open. They tried it and mentioned it felt super safe. They have lots of measures in place (such as staggered start times, groups staying three holes apart and sanitising clubs before/after use) and accept pre-bookings only. Find out more here. 

Let me know if you have any May Half Term plans. 



  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

  3. Great ideas!


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