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.
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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.
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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
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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.

Lush Newcastle |  Children's Birthday Party Review
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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.
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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
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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). 
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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.
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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.
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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?
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£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

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What's On for Kids across North East England | February Half Term 2021

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Rainy Day Ideas 


Tynemouth Aquarium - https://www.tynemouthaquarium.co.uk/

  • Public transport - Yes via Metro / bus, click here for info
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - I cannot find an online accessibility policy but from memory, yes. Please contact venue for further info. 
  • Dog friendly - No 
  • Pre-booking required - Currently closed 
February Half Term Events: 


Locomotion Museum Shildon - https://www.locomotion.org.uk/

  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
February Half Term Events: 


Head of Steam Museum Darlington - https://www.head-of-steam.co.uk/
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
February Half Term Events: 


Angry Birds Golf / Clip n Climb / Namco at the Metrocentre - https://themetrocentre.co.uk/
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 

Crafty Corner, South Shields - http://craftycorneruk.co.uk/
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 

The Word & South Shields Museum & Gallery - https://theworduk.org/ and https://southshieldsmuseum.org.uk/
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 

Woodhorn Museum, Ashington - https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn - https://www.ouseburntrust.org.uk/visit-vt
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Soft Play 
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Segedunum Museum & Roman Fort -  https://segedunumromanfort.org.uk/
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 

Amusement Arcades 
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Climbing Walls 
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Trampoline Parks 

  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Ten Pin Bowling 

  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Shipley Art Gallery - https://shipleyartgallery.org.uk/
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Swimming 

  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Cinema 
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Butterfly World, Stockton - https://www.facebook.com/butterflyworldstockton/

  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Canny Crafty Pottery Painting, Gosforth -  https://www.cannycraftynewcastle.co.uk/
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Whitley Bay Ice Rink - https://whitleybayicerink.co.uk/

  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Hatchet Harry's, Newcastle -  https://newcastle.hatchetharrys.co.uk/

  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Baltic, Newcastle -  https://baltic.art/ 
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Seven Stories, Ouseburn -  https://www.sevenstories.org.uk/
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Newcastle Centre for Life, Newcastle - https://www.life.org.uk/
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Discovery Museum, Newcastle -  https://discoverymuseum.org.uk/
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Great North Museum, Newcastle -  https://greatnorthmuseum.org.uk/
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Climb St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay -  https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/635/st-marys-lighthouse
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle - https://laingartgallery.org.uk/
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
YUME World / Virtual Darts at WonderBar/ Escape Room / CTRL Pad at The Gate - http://www.thegatenewcastle.co.uk/
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Mr Mulligans Crazy Golf - https://mrmulligan.com/newcastle
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 
Kids Afternoon Tea 
  • Public transport -  
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - 
  • Dog friendly -   
  • Pre-booking required - 

Free and Low Cost Days Out 

Walks, Parks & Picnics

Big Days Out 

Theatre & Cinema 

National Trust 

English Heritage 

Stay-at-home Ideas 





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