What's On for Kids in North East England | Easter 2021


This post is currently being updated. Please check back soon. 

Attractions regularly change their opening hours, admission fees, booking policies and offerings. I try to keep this post as updated as I can but it is important that you check updated details with the venue direct before setting off.

Please follow Government guidelines. It is not my job to ensure that the public follow the guidance - it is down to personal responsibility so please make yourselves familiar with the ins and outs of the UK roadmap and key dates. I have already received countless messages around the subject and some people don't even think I should publish this guide at all. It is important to me that I get the balance right and support local businesses & promote wellbeing whilst being careful to not encourage unsafe behaviour. 

So here is my disclaimer - please read the official guidance here. Don't break the law, please follow the guidance, if you travel somewhere and it is busy - consider leaving and returning another time, park considerably, stay safe, wash your hands, continue to social distance, wear a face covering when required and be responsible for your own actions. 

The Government has said their roadmap out of lockdown has been set out to allow families and friends who may not have seen each other for months to meet outdoors over Easter and I cannot wait to catch up with family and friends.

We are still being asked to limit travel (although not a legal requirement) which of course, is open to interpretation. For us, we will be staying local to North East England over Easter, avoiding crowded places and finding quieter spots to safely meet up with friends and family and still enjoying time at home. We won't be going wild with epic adventures everyday but we have barely left Cramlington for the last 5 months and as a family, we really need to start getting some normality back for our own wellbeing and sanity. For us, the Easter holidays are the first tentative steps towards this.

I know some people have regularly left their hometown already and travelling to the woods / beach / into another town for a takeaway is nothing new for them, others plan to travel a little further to meet up with relatives over Easter who they have not seen in ages, others may feel safer staying at home for a little longer. The law allows us to leave home over Easter and who are we to judge others and their circumstances - we are all doing our best. 

Walks and picnics will probably be the main focus of this post as most attractions are unable to open until after the holidays. 

I have previously worked with many of the attractions mentioned in this post but nobody has paid to specifically feature in this post. 


(Ad) Discovery Museum Competitions & Events




The Discovery Museum is currently closed (in line with Government guidance) however their team have still been working hard to bring the museum at home to you this Easter with two virtual events and a lovely competition. 

Competition 

The Discovery Museum is inviting families to create their own Egg Invention using recycled materials and at least one egg (can be real, chocolate or egg shape). There are three prizes to be won: 

  • Ages 4-7 (Discovery Museum story and craft pack)
  • Ages 8-11 (A family ticket for the RAF Flight Simulator (up to six people over 1.07m in the same household/support bubble)
  • Ages 11-14 (A family ticket for the RAF Flight Simulator (up to six people over 1.07m in the same household/support bubble)

Prizes can be claimed once the museum re-opens. 

To enter, email Learning@DiscoveryMuseum.org.uk with an image and description of the entry. Also include the child's name, a guardian's name and telephone number. All entries will be shared on Discovery Museum's Social Media. 

Competition ends 1pm Wednesday 8 April 2021. Find out more here. 


Easter Egg Catapults 

This virtual workshop takes place on 1, 8 and 15 April and will guide you through the process of making your very own catapults. Tickets are £5 per screen. Find out more and book here. 

Egg Drop Challenge 

This virtual workshop takes place on 30 March, 6 & 13 April and will guide you through the process of designing your very own egg parachute to protect your egg. Tickets are £5 per screen. Find out more and book here. 

Mini Golf




Outdoor Swimming Pools


I am not sure many will open and it may still be too cold, but technically, outdoor swimming pools can open from 29 March. Check out this post for inspiration and individual pools for their plans. 

Easter Sport/ Outdoor Camps 


Please read the Government guidance around eligibility before booking. 

Walks, Parks & Picnics

Carlisle Park, Morpeth




Fontburn Reservoir 






Penshaw Monument






Outdoor Pursuits 




Cycling



  • Take part in British Cycling Newcastle Bingo - it is free to take part at any time and includes lots of 'at home' activities such as 'clean your bike' or 'map out a cycle route'. Share photos of you completing the challenges with British Cycling Newcastle for your chance to win a prize. For full details and to download the activities, visit the British Cycling Newcastle Bingo Facebook Page here. 

Easter Egg Hunts 




Family Days Out & Events 


NB - schools in the North East return on different dates so some of these events may not fall in your specific school holidays. 

Raby Castle & Grounds
: https://www.raby.co.uk/raby-castle/

Raby Castle 

Raby Castle has organised a couple of Easter events this year: 



Bamburgh Castle - https://www.bamburghcastle.com/ (grounds only from 29 March) 


  • Public transport -   Yes, via bus to Bamburgh
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - See here for information
  • Dog friendly -   Yes in the grounds 
  • Pre-booking required - Yes 
Bamburgh Castle will be hosting Marley the Pony, Dave the Moneyer and stepping back in time with a WWII event on various dates across Easter - see here for dates and info. 


Alnwick Castle Grounds Only will be open for exercise and recreation. Pre-booking required. 




Hamsterley Forest 

  • Public transport -  Not available 
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - Click here for info
  • Dog friendly -   Yes 
  • Pre-booking required - No,  but do check the Hamsterley Forest Facebook page for information before setting off as they post if they are busy / have to temporarily close their car park. 


Howick Hall
https://howickhallgardens.com/

Howick Hall

  • Public transport -  Yes, via bus. See here for info. 
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - Click here for info. 
  • Dog friendly -   No 
  • Pre-booking required - No but at busy periods there may be a 'one in, one out' system in operation. 

Theatre & Cinema 


National Trust 


National Trust properties are open to both members and non-members. You need to pre-book a ticket/time slot online. Tickets are released every Friday morning just after midnight. Please check with each individual site's social media and website to check which areas are open/closed before booking as not all areas (particularly indoors) will be open at this time. 

Gibside
: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside

The Walled Garden at Gibside

Seaton Delaval Hall

  • Public transport -  Yes by bus, click here for info
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - click here for info
  • Dog friendly -   Dogs are welcome in the grounds on leads 
  • Pre-booking required - Yes 

  • Public transport -  No access 
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - click here for info
  • Dog friendly -   Dogs are welcome in the grounds on leads 
  • Pre-booking required - Yes 



Cragside House

  • Public transport -  It is possible however involves walking along a busy roadside. See here for info. 
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - click here for info
  • Dog friendly -   Dogs are welcome in the grounds on leads 
  • Pre-booking required - Yes 
  • Public transport -  Yes, by bus. Click here for info. 
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - click here for info
  • Dog friendly -   Dogs are welcome in the grounds on leads. 
  • Pre-booking required - Yes (closed at time of publishing but please keep checking their website for re-opening dates / details)


Lindisfarne Castle 

Please check the causeway crossing times before planning a trip to Holy Island and only cross when safe to do so. 
  • Public transport -  Yes, via Border Taxis / Border Buses subject to tides. See here for details. 
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - click here for info 
  • Dog friendly -  Lindisfarne Castle is a mostly indoor attraction. Dogs are able to visit Holy Island and outdoor grounds but it is assistance dogs only in the castle. 
  • Pre-booking required - Yes (closed at time of publishing but please keep checking their website). 


Dunstanburgh Castle

  • Public transport - Yes, via bus to Craster. See here for info. 
  • Pushchair/wheelchair friendly  - see here for info 
  • Dog friendly -   I cannot find info online but from memory, they are allowed. 
  • Pre-booking required - Yes, National Trust members can visit free of charge.  Book via the English Heritage website and type 'National Trust' in the membership number box. Dunstanburgh Castle is closed at time of publishing but please check their website regularly for updates as I imagine they will re-open soon. 


English Heritage 



Warkworth Castle 


Belsay Castle, Hall & Grounds 


Tynemouth Priory 




Lindisfarne Priory




Dunstanburgh Castle 



Stay-at-home ideas 



Credit : Discovery Museum


Foodie Treats & Afternoon Tea 



Our recent favourite food deliveries include: 

Fat Hippo Cook at Home

MEAT : STACK at Home


If you fancy a treat, you can sign up to Uber Eats and enter my special code. It is valid for new customers only and gives you a £10 discount when you spend £15. We use Uber Eats for McDonalds, Subway and Dicksons delivered.

 Download the Uber Eats App and enter this code at check out: eats-samanthar3510ue


Well done for making it to the end of this post! I will try to keep it updated as new events are announced so do please check back. 



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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. 

Remember face coverings are required for indoor attractions / shops for those aged 11+ (usual exemptions apply)  

Check for local lockdowns / travel restrictions before visiting anywhere. 

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

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2 comments

  1. Wow! As you rightly said that's quite a list. Now just hoping for dry weather to enjoy some of these events when we have our grandsons here.😊

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  2. Oh wow! What an epic list of things to do and places to go. I hope the sun keeps shining! x

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