Waterside Cornwall Review | Self-Catering Lodges Near The Eden Project

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Waterside Cornwall Review | Self-Catering Lodges Near The Eden Project

We started our February Half Term trip to Cornwall in the best possible way with a short stay at Waterside Cornwall. You'll find Waterside just off A30 outside of Bodmin and it's an ideal base for exploring Cornwall including the Eden Project (7 miles), the Lost Gardens of Heligan (15 miles), St Austell, Fowey and Mevagissey. Out of all of the places we stayed, Waterside was definitely the most central. Prices for a 3 bedroom lodge (sleeping up to 8) are available from £78 per lodge per night which I think is super reasonable. You can also pay a supplement and stay in a lodge with a hot tub and if there are less of you in the party, smaller lodges are available from £43 per lodge per night.

10 Reasons to Visit the Eden Project in Winter

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The Eden Project is somewhere which has been on my list of places to visit for years. I remember driving past the quarry site when I was on holiday in Cornwall as a child and the project was in its very early phases of development and I'm delighted that I was finally able to visit with my own children during February Half Term 2019.

10 Reasons to Visit the Eden Project in Winter

First impressions of the Eden Project are that it's huge. Kind of like a mini town.

There are multiple car parks and it's so vast that there's a complimentary shuttle bus from the car park to the entrance (not needed on the way down but will save you climbing the hill on the way back).

Despite its size, the Eden Project did not feel busy or overcrowded and although we visited in school holidays, I am guessing it's quieter in the winter months than summer.

Northumberland in Bloom | My favourite gardens to visit with kids

I am showing my age here but these days I absolutely love strolling around a garden. I am going to be brutally honest here and say I actually prefer visiting gardens without the kids so I can actually spend time admiring the plants, flowers and wildlife but I do still like to bring the kids along to these kinds of days out too as gardens are always a nice place for a family walk with plenty to look at. My top tip would be to bring the kids there own camera and set them a specific challenge (eg take a photo of flowers from every colour in the rainbow). This will keep them out of mischief. We're super lucky in Northumberland to have many beautiful gardens on our doorstep and today I'm sharing some of my favourites with you. Let me know if you have any other recommendations for us to visit over in my North East Days Out Reviews and Recommendations Facebook group.

Northumberland in Bloom | My favourite gardens to visit with kids

Lush Newcastle | Children's Birthday Party Review

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Did you know that Lush in Newcastle's intu Eldon Square offer children's birthday parties? Until last month I had no idea and after receiving a few messages after sharing photos across Social Media, I decided to post more information. Prices and details are correct as of Feb 2019.

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Gateshead ALive - 10 Events For Tweens, Teens & Little Ones This Spring

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I've said this a few times before but I absolutely love the diverse range of events Gateshead Alive put on throughout the year. Their events are always free or low-cost and there's something for everyone from messy-play parties to the chance to try animation for older kids and dance camps for tweens and teens. Here's my guide to this Spring's highlights, make sure you check out the Gateshead ALive Facebook page for full event listings and more ideas.

5 of the Best Family Activity Holidays in Scotland

I absolutely adore Scotland and it's a place I'd love to explore more of in the next few years. So far I've only made it to Edinburgh, Dundee, Loch Ness and Glasgow and I know there is so much more to explore and discover. I think an excellent way to do this with older kids is to try a family activity holiday and today I am sharing 5 of the best I've found. Let me know if you fancy trying one of these breaks with your family:

5 of the Best Family Activity Holidays in Scotland

5 Reasons to Visit the Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing Exhibition at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens with Kids

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5 Reasons to Visit the Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing Exhibition at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens with Kids

Have you heard the news? Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens is hosting 12 of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings in a special exhibition available from now until 6 May. Tickets are just £2.50 per adult (under 16s go free but still need a ticket) and should be pre-booked with a time-slot in advance online to avoid disappointment (the exhibition has sold out over the last two weekends). 

War Horse On Tour | Sunderland Empire 2019

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War Horse | Sunderland Empire 2019

War Horse is a production I've heard a lot about over the last few years. After playing in London's West End for 8 record-breaking years and around the world to over 7 million people to rave reviews, I am delighted that this piece of theatre is heading to Sunderland Empire as part of it's UK tour. It takes something special for us to travel all the way to Sunderland from Northumberland but War Horse was more than worth the journey.

Rainy Day Trip Idea : National Science & Media Museum in Bradford

Rainy Day Trip Idea : National Science & Media Museum in Bradford

The National Science & Media Museum is around a 2 hour 15 minute (easy) drive from Newcastle. It's FREE to visit and ideal for a day trip. We popped in on our way home from Blackpool last October Half Term and really enjoyed our trip. I'd definitely recommend a visit.

Are You A Roadside Hero?

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As a family, we've covered a lot of miles driving around the UK and although we have a new Dacia Logan now, our previous cars weren't exactly reliable and we've experienced our fair share of breakdowns over the years.

Are you a roadside hero?

£1 Bowling at Concordia Leisure Centre, Cramlington

Around once every 6 weeks or so, Concordia Leisure Centre in Cramlington will announce their fantastic £1 bowling offer. This ten pin bowling deal must be one of the cheapest family days out in the North East. The deal is not available all of the time (it's announced via Facebook when it is available) and the deals usually last for one week at a time from Monday/Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm/7pm on selected dates. Keep an eye on the Concordia Facebook page here for announcements of when they are next running the deal, I will also post in my Uk Days Out Facebook Group if you'd like to join here.

£1 Bowling at Concordia Leisure Centre, Cramlington


What's On for Kids across North East England | February Half Term 2020

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What's On for Kids across North East England | February Half Term 2020

Welcome to the ultimate guide to February Half Term. Bookmark this guide so you have it to come back to at any time! I will also pin this guide to the top of our Facebook group - North East Days Out Reviews & Recommendations. Please join if you are not already a member. It is a fabulous group if I do say so myself.

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a daily what's on guide

We do not have any set plans at time of writing but I think we are maybe heading to Birmingham and the Midlands for a few nights and I would like to visit Fire & Ice too. We always share what we are up to on our Instagram Stories first so please follow along if you are looking for extra ideas and inspiration (you can follow here: www.instagram.com/northeastfamilyfun )

Happy Birthday Beamish (February Half Term Events)

Happy Birthday Beamish (February Half Term Events)

During February Half Term (15 - 23 February), Beamish will be celebrating their 50th anniversary and taking a special look back at childhood and treasured toys from years gone by. As well as all of the usual Beamish fun, you can enjoy:

  • Birthday parties in each area of Beamish 
  • Party games & celebrations 
  • Birthday cakes 
  • Explore childhood toys in the toy shop in the 1950s town

50th anniversary celebrations are included with Unlimited Pass/Friends of Beamish membership and with Beamish, you can pay once and can visit all year (they have lots planned for 2020).

Plan your visit and buy tickets online here. 

Happy Birthday Beamish (February Half Term Events)

I love that Beamish is a dog-friendly day out and, as well as special events, offers so much to see and do including a Pit Village and School from the 1900s, the Best  Fish and Chips in the North East, a 1940s Farm, the Beamish Tramway, Steam Train Rides, a Traditional Sweet Shop & Town, a 1950s Welfare Hall and so much more. 

February Half Term at Seven Stories 

Seven Stories have organised some lovely events this half term based around the  'Never too small to make a difference ' idea and concept. Seven Stories is all indoors and perfect for all weather. Permanent exhibitions at the moment include Elmer & Friends, Maisy's Bathtime and Drawing Words.

February Half Term at Seven Stories

Special events for half term available to book now include:

  • Clem and Crab with author and illustrator Fiona Lumbers - a timely tale of cleaning up our beaches with the message that all small actions help. Expect live drawing and reading along with lots of fun and an important message. Recommended for ages 5+. Find out more and book here

  • LEGO Adventure : Mini Golf - build and play your own LEGO mini golf in this quick-paced LEGO workshop with superfan Bricks McGee. Recommended for ages 4+. Find out more and book here. 

  • Charlie & Lola: Look After Your Planet - Learn all about recycling with this story from Charlie & Lola then make your own bird feeder from a tin can/plastic bottle/juice carton to take home. Tickets are a bargain at just £3 each. Recommended for ages 4+. Find out more and book here. 

  • Terrific Tree Planting - help to make Ouseburn a greener space with this special tree planting session in partnership with Ouseburn Trust. The event will begin with a wonderful woodland story and then you will learn lots of tree facts and plant new trees in nearby woodland. Remember which tree is yours, maybe give it a name and revisit in years to come. Recommended for ages 4+. Find out more and book here. 

  • Miranda Krestovnikoffs World of Amazing Birds - Join popular presenter (& RSPB president) and dive into her new book. This exciting talk will discuss birds who amaze, intrigue and take your breath away. Recommended for children aged 5+. Find out more and book here. 

  • Seven Stories Takeover with MAPS Festival - Join MAPS Festival for a day of play at Seven Stories. Expect lots of pop up challenges and fun throughout the day. Drop-in event included with admission.  Find out more here. 

MAPS Festival 2020

The MAPS Festival returns to NewcastleGateshead for February Half Term. Aimed at children, young people and their families, the festival takes place across a variety of venues across NewcastleGateshead over 10 days.

You can expect a huge range of quirky events and there is something for everyone. These events do tend to sell out so if you spot something you fancy, I would recommend booking asap.

What's On for Kids across North East England | February Half Term 2020- maps festival 2020

  • 15th February - Fart Orchestra (sold out)

  • 15th February - Hen Ogledd + Mogic Workshop  - book here
  • A psychedelic journey through time and space with a mogic workshop and gig. Expect bonkers rhythms, bamboozling lyrics and lots of fun! 

  • 16th February - Voguing Workshop - book here 
  • Strike a pose and learn how to vogue as a family in this high energy workshop with Patrick Ziza. Aimed at children aged 6+ and their families. 

  • 16th February - Family Lip Sync Workshop - book here
  • Always fancied giving drag a go? This workshop is aimed at children aged 5+ and their families. Find your drag persona, lip-sync your life away and prepare for stardom! 

What's On for Kids across North East England | February Half Term 2020 - lip synch workshop

  • 16th February - The Bons Bons Cabaret - book here 
  • It's Queer, it is glitter and family-friendly.  Join this spectacular foot-stomping cabaret riot! 

  • 17th February - Stealing Sheep - book here
  • Dive into bold neon pop songs with this electronic trio who will have you dancing and shimmying in no time at this ultimate pop gig. 

  • 18th February - Playful Protest - A FREE drop-in event at Baltic - find out more here
  • Families are invited to join in with a playful protest. Build forts, make your own rules, take risks, question power and most of all, have fun! 

What's On for Kids across North East England | February Half Term 2020 - maps festival

  • 19th February - Flow - A day of playing by the riverbank - FREE drop-in event at Gateshead Library - find out more here
  • A series of free workshops, activities and games including animating the Tyne, sounds of the riverbank, the big river draw and make your own tiny garden. 

  • 20th February - Lizzo Appreciation Society - book here
  • Play homage to the Queen of the World with Lizzo Appreciation Society. There will be sequins, self-love and dance moves (taught by the incredible Lerato MnCube)

  • 20th February - Grime Time - FREE ticketed event - book here 
  • Adventure into Victoria Tunnel for a storytelling session with a difference. Join rapper, singer, songwriter Kema Kay for a grime storytelling session in Victoria Tunnel where he will reimagine classic children's tales. 

  • 20th February - Wombling Club - FREE event - find out more here
  • Don a medallion, grab a picker and help clean up Ouseburn - womble style. 

What's On for Kids across North East England | February Half Term 2020 - womble event

  • 21st February - Cats v Dogs - book here
  • Join Alex Sickling and create your very own clay sculpture of your favourite four-legged friend to take home in this ultimate clay battle. 

  • 21st February - Seven Stories Takeover - find out more here
  • This event is included with regular Seven Story admission / annual pass. Expect a series of pop-up challenges throughout the day with a mix of artist and self-led activities. 

  • 22nd February - Beat it! Body Percussion Workshop - book here 
  • Find your rhythm with the Ladies of Midnight Blue who will guide you through this body percussion and rhythm workshop. Bring something you can shake, bang, click or grate! 

  • 22nd February - Paddy Steer (an intergalactic gig) - book here 
  • Hop aboard the spaceship and journey into the unknown in this voyage of adventurous music led by the extra-terrestrial Paddy Steer. 

  • 22nd - 24th February - Space Octave Play Session at Baltic - book here 
  • This interactive play experience will see children and adults work together to create a musical soundscape. Eight coloured floor pads produce harmonic notes which can change through play and interaction. 

What's On for Kids across North East England | February Half Term 2020 - baltic maps festival
Space Octave Plans 

Fire & Ice Durham

What's On for Kids across North East England | February Half Term 2020 - fire and ice durham

Fire and Ice is a FREE ice sculpture trail running through Durham City Centre on 21 & 22 February 2020.  Find out more and read our top tips for visiting here. 

Rose and Robin Tour - Theatre for Children aged 7+

What's On for Kids across North East England | February Half Term 2020 - rose and robin tour 2020

Rose and Robin is an uplifting piece of theatre which tells the story of Rose and Robin who have shared their life together from childhood to old age. Touring across various venues across North East England, it is a brilliant play to bring the grandparents along to. Find out more, check venues/dates and book here. 

WWT Washington Puddle Jumping Championships

What's On for Kids across North East England | February Half Term 2020 - wwt washington puddle jumping

The Puddle Jumping Championships return to WWT Washington from 15 - 23 February 2020. No need to pre-book, simply pay on arrival. Bring your wellies and join in with welly throwing, puddle jumping, welly obstacle courses and more. Find out more and see more photos from our visit a few years ago here. 

The Best Days Out for February Half Term 

This section features ideas for days out you can do on any day. Click on the links below for more information:

February Half Term Guide - Daily Planner

15 February - 23 February

The following events are taking place every day across the holidays:

15 & 16 February

17 February

18 February

19 February

20 February

21 February

22 & 23 February

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Please follow social distancing rules & Government guidelines , respect the local area. leave no trace, take litter home, park responsibly and if somewhere is busy on arrival, please consider leaving and returning at a later date. 

Always check updated opening hours / protocols with venues direct before setting off as things may have changed since this post was published. 

 Hope you have fun whatever you are up to! If you are an attraction/organising an event over Easter and would like to be included in our Easter Half Term guide, please email Sam@NorthEastFamilyFun.co.uk for information.

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