11 Tips for visiting Newcastle with kids post-lockdown

 I recently worked with NE1 Newcastle on a Social Media Campaign. This post is not part of that campaign and has not been paid / asked for. 

We visited Newcastle mid-August and really had a brilliant day. Here are a few tips I have picked up......

1 - Make the most of our beautiful outdoor space

Lots of bars and restaurants have added extra outdoor seating plus we have some lovely city parks where you can enjoy lots of fresh air. 

2 - Pre-book attractions online

Most attractions, including free museums require pre-booking at the moment. It pays to plan ahead. Scroll to the bottom of this post for more info about what is open at the moment. 

3 - Public toilets are open

We found most of the public loos (if not all) to be open with minimal queuing and the were nice and clean. 

4 - Pack a face covering (and bag), hand sanitiser & water bottle

You can refill your water bottles at a refill station. There is plenty of hand sanitiser everywhere you go but it always pays to have your own. Finally, remember a bag to place your face covering in when not in use. We use a washable sunglasses pouch and wash each evening with our covering. 

5 - Look out for arrows & signage 

6 -  Bring a power pack 

Lots of places require use of a mobile phone - virtual queues, ordering in restaurants, tickets for attractions / museums that need to be scanned, contactless payments.... Bring a power pack so you are not caught short. 

7 - Use escalators over lifts and stairs 

Much better for social distancing (and no queues). 

8 - Pre-book restaurants / use virtual queuing systems 

Some restaurants like Nandos have a virtual queuing system in place - take a photo of the QR code at the entrance (staff are there to assist if needed), complete the details and you will receive a text when a table becomes available for you. 

9 - Remind kids not to touch anything in shops (unless they are going to purchase)

10 - A few ideas for things to do (all open now unless stated otherwise) 

11 - Free Parking 

Park after 5pm in the following locations for free.

The Gate often runs free parking offers too - check out their offers page/social media for updates. 

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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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