What's On for Kids in North East England | October 2018 (including half term)



This guide is written in advance - please remember that changes can be made and to always double-check details before heading out. Some of the events mentioned require pre-booking.




On-going events throughout October 

  • Durham Book Festival (6-14 October) 
  • North Tyneside Ghost Train 
  • The Fallen Forest (Make & Do) at Woodhorn (weekends and school holidays from 27 October) 
  • Coal Forest at Woodhorn (from 27 October) 
  • Sunderland Illuminations (from 18 October) 
  • Scarecrow making at Cragside (weekends in October ) 

Why not try one of these family days out? 



Family Theatre in October 

  • 2 - 6 October - Romeo and Juliet at People's Theatre 
  • 2-7 October - Disney on Ice presents Dream Big at Metro Radio Arena
  • 3-5 October - The Snail and the Whale at Northern Stage
  • 3 October - Gulliver Returns at Northern Stage
  • 9 - 13 October - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Phoenix Theatre Blyth - 
  • 11 - 13 October - Stick Man at Tyne Theatre -
  • 13 October - The War of the Worlds by Northern Stage at Jarrow Hall -
  • 13 October - Seeing is not believing at Washington Arts Centre - 
  • 17 October - Tabby McTat at Gala Theatre Durham 
  • 18 October - War of the Worlds by Northern Stage at Phoenix Theatre Blyth
  • 21 October - Monstersaurus! at Whitley Bay Playhouse - 
  • 22 - 24 October - Egg & Spoon at Northern Stage -
  • 22 - 24 October - Dinosaur Live at Northern Stage -
  • 24 October - Jungle Book at Gateshead Central Library - 
  • 24 October - Hocus Panto at Customs House -
  • 26 October - Tom Thumb at Customs House - 
  • 30 - 31 October - Fagan's Twist at Northern Stage -






6 & 7 October 

  • 6 & 7 October - Morpeth Food and Drink Festival - 
  • 6 & 7 October - LEGO Show at Discovery Museum -
  • 6 & 7 October - Apple Weekend at Gibside -
  • 6 October - Age-friendly museum day at Segedunum -
  • 6 October - Rebel Kids and Mini Manifesto at Gala Theatre Studio -
  • 6 October - Scribbles and Sketches at Great North Museum (FREE) - 
  • 7 October - Grandparents Day at Whitehouse Farm -
  • 7 October - Magical Creatures with Liz Flanigan at Seven Stories - 
  • 7 October - Stargazing at St Mary's Lighthouse (FREE) -
  • 7 October - Make a bug house at Seaton Delaval Hall - 


13 & 14 October
  • 13 & 14 October - What Can You See Deep in the Sea at Seven Stories -
  • 13 & 14 October - Run it weekend at Tanfield Railway - 
  • 13 October - Print the Angel #Angel20 at Gateshead Central Library (pay as you feel) 
  • 13 October - Cog Railway at Beamish -
  • 13 October - Catherine Rayner Storytime at The Biscuit Factory -
  • 13 October -  Scribbles and Sketches at Great North Museum (FREE) -
  • 14 October - MG Sports Car Display at Alnwick Castle -
  • 14 October - Nature Crafts at Ormesby Hall - 
  • 14 October - Autumn Leaf Wreath Making at Seaton Delaval Hall -


20 & 21 October 
  • 20 October - A Stange New Space at Seven Stories -
  • 20 October -  Scribbles and Sketches at Great North Museum (FREE) - 
  • 21 October - I'm Not Scared Party at Seven Stories - 
  • 21 October - Awesome Airships at Life Science Centre - 
  • 21 October - Drive in Cinema (The Goonies) at Bents Park -
  • 21 October - Rusty Bodkins Medieval Archer at Bamburgh Castle - 
  • 21 October - Stained Glass Window Making at Seaton Delaval Hall 


27 & 28 October 

  • 27 & 28 October - Coal Forest Launch at Woodhorn - 
  • 27 & 28 October - Ghost Trains at Aln Valley Railway -
  • 27 & 28 October - Tanfield Ghost Train -
  • 27 & 28 October - Halloween Specials at Stephenson Railway - 
  • 27 & 28 October - The Big Trick or Treat at intu Eldon Square (FREE) - 
  • 27 October - Delaval Dash at Seaton Delaval Hall - 
  • 27 October - Toddle Truck Tours at Great North Museum (FREE) - 
  • 27 October - Animal Yoga at Great North Museum (FREE) - 
  • 27 October -  I'm Not Scared Party at Seven Stories -
  • 27 October - Walk on the Dark Side at Seven Stories - 
  • 27 October - Pumpkin Carving at Souter Lighthouse - 
  • 27 October - Stargazing at Cragside - 
  • 27 October - Family Circus Day at Discovery Museum (FREE) -
  • 27 October - Zombie Night Run at Souter Lighthouse - 
  • 27 October - The Storyteller at Northern Stage - 
  • 27 October - Walk of Fear with Metro Radio and Cash for Kids - 
  • 28 October - Halloween Sand Art at Rising Sun Country Park -
  • 28 October - Spooky Tile Painting at Bamburgh Castle - 
  • 28 October - Clay Shapes at Seaton Delaval Hall - 
  • 28 October - Crook Hall's Little Horrors -
  • 28 October - Villains Ball at Customs House -


Half Term 

  • 20 - 31 October - Pumpkin Festival at Adventure Valley -
  • 20 - 28 October - Halloween at Alnwick Castle - 
  • 20 - 28 October - Pumpkin Carving at Heighley Gate Garden Centre - 
  • 20 October - 2 November - Halloween at Whitehouse Farm - 
  • 20 October - 4 November - Spellbinding Science October Half Term at Life Science Centre - 
  • 20 October - 4 November - Spooky Spotter's Trail at Wallington -
  • 20 October - 4 November - Halloween Pumpkin Trail at Gibside -


  • 21 October - 4 November - Ormesby by Candlelight -
  • 22 - 26 October - Halloween Evenings at Beamish - 
  • 22 - 28 October - Halloween Half Term at Washington Old Hall - 
  • 22 - 28 October - Medieval Alchemist at Alnwick Castle - 
  • 23 October - Teenage Gateshead Youth Theatre re-launch (FREE) - 
  • 23 October - Teddy Bear Crafts at South Shields Museum (FREE) - find out more here
  • 23 October - Circus Skills Workshop at Discovery Museum  - find out more here 
  • 23 October - Walk on the Dark Side at Seven Stories - find out more here
  • 24 October -  I'm Not Scared Party at Seven Stories - find out more here
  • 25 October - Spooky Halloween Day at Bowes Museum - find out more here
  • 25 October - Make a Clay Animal at Shipley Art Gallery - find out more here
  • 26 October - Halloween Afternoon Tea at Whitehouse Farm - find out more here
  • 26 October - Spooky Science at South Shields Museum - find out more here







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