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.


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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













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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