May 2024 : What's On for Kids & Teens across North East England (+ Half Term)

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What's On for Kids & Teens across North East England : May 2024 (+ Half Term)

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(ad) Dinosaur and Dragon Bank Holiday Weekend at Whitehouse Farm

Visit Whitehouse Farm this Bank Holiday Weekend (Sat, Sun and Mon) and you'll be able to meet Bowzer the Dragon and Chomp the Dinosaur as they take over the farm.

Expect a bumper weekend with themed activities including:
๐Ÿฆ– A Dino and Dragon Show starring special guests Bowser and Chomp
๐Ÿฆ– Dino and Dragon Games
๐Ÿฆ– Challenges and Training
๐Ÿฆ– Meet & Greets & Photo Ops

This is alongside the usual Bank Holiday activities including:
⚡️ Magic Shows
๐Ÿ Groom a Goat
๐Ÿ‘ Bottle Feeding Lambs
๐Ÿฆ… Bird of Prey Meet & Greet
๐Ÿ› Critter Encounter
๐Ÿฐ Small Animal Handling
๐Ÿฆฆ Interactive Meerkat Feed & Talk (erm why is there no Meerkat emoji!)

With a newly refurburbished indoor soft play, fantastic outdoor playgrounds and a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from, you're guaranteed a fantastic day out whatever the weather decides to do ๐ŸŒง☀️๐ŸŒจ๐ŸŒฌ

Whitehouse Farm is one of my favourite days out and brilliant for all ages (including grown ups - we used to actually go on little dates here before the kids were born and loved it).

(ad) Minibeasts at Science at Life plus EXCLUSIVE discount code 

๐ŸŒงThis is a perfect rainy day idea for all ages, easily accessible by public transport too (Metro/Bus/Train to Central Station)

๐ŸชฑFrom Mon 27th - Fri 31st May, visitors to the centre can enjoy a fantastic Minibeast Show which takes place at regular intervals across the day.

๐Ÿ›Each 40 minute show is included with admission and is a chance to get face to face with creatures like Tarantulas and Scorpions and discover why crawlies don’t have to be creepy.

๐Ÿ•ทThe show is packed with fascinating facts as you discover the wonderful world of tiny creatures and the challenges they overcome.

๐Ÿ˜EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT - Use code FAMILYFUN when booking online for 10% off admission.

๐Ÿ‘‰Find out more and book here:

๐Ÿ›As well as the Minibeast Show, there’s always lots of fun to be had at Life and it's all included with admission.

๐ŸชFrom Planetarium Shows and Live Science Shows to a Replica International Space Station, Experiment Zones and Under 7s Play Zone PLUS pushchair access throughout, a cafe and indoor packed lunch space, Life is easily the kind of place you can spend a full day.

(ad) Ridley Park Kids Fun Zone - 25th May - 2 June 

FREE Entry | Open Daily from 11am | Just Drop In | 
Best for ages 2-10 years | Cash & Card accepted

Postcode NE24 3HF (free car park on site or a short walk from Blyth Bus Station)

Ridley Park is hosting a Kids Fun Zone across May Half Term. Expect funfair rides, face painting, giant bouncy castles, soft play, games and much more. PLUS look out for character appearances: 

  • 25 & 27 May - Transformers and Dinosaurs 
  • 28 & 29 May - Bubble Man 
  • 30 May, 1 & 2 June - Bluey, Bingo, Stutch and Angel 

Ridley Park is one of our favourites in the North East (read our full guide here) and as long as everything goes to plan, their free splash pad should be switched on daily across half term too so make sure you bring the kids a change of clothes. 

(ad) Cluedo 2 - The Next Chapter at Newcastle Theatre Royal 

Cluedo was one of favourite family board games growing up. I was always Miss Scarlett and although my family always accused me of cheating, I promise I didn't and I just had a natural knack for it and I would absolutely love to see the game played out on stage. 

Following the success of Cluedo, the hilarious whodunit is back on stage with a brand new storyline. West End and TV star Jason Durr (who played David in Casualty) is playing Colonol Mustard (I think he'll really shine in this role) alongside Strictly Champion Ellie Leach as Miss Scarlett. 

Recommended for ages 8+ and playing at Newcastle Theatre Royal from 28 May - 1 June and with tickets from £15, this will be a brilliant half-term treat for families with older kids / teens or just a fun alternative night out for grown ups. 

Find out more and book: Book Tickets Here 

(ad) Princess and Superhero Week at Whitehouse Farm (28 May - 2 June) 

Some of your favourite characters are visiting Whitehouse Farm this week and would love for you to join them. You're all invited to special meet & greet sessions where you can take lots of photos and maybe sing-a-long to a few of their favourite songs. 
  • Tues 28 May - Aurora, Rapunzel and Spider-Man 
  • Wed 29 May - Cinderella and Belle 
  • Thurs 30 May - Tinkerbell, Rapunzel and Spider-Man 
  • Fri 31 May - Spider-Man and Belle 
  • Sat 1 & Sun 2 June - Elsa and Spider-Man 
This is alongside all of the usual Whitehouse Farm fun including small animal handling, critter encounters, bottle feeding, tractor rides, soft play, magic shows, pony grooming, bird of prey meet & greet and more. 

If the weather takes a turn for the worse, Whitehouse Farm has lots of indoor areas including petting barns, an event barn and newly refurbished soft play area so you don't need to worry about the forecast. 

Find out more and book:

Additional May Half Term events will be added soon..... 

(ad) May Highlights at Beamish 

As always, daytime events at Beamish are included with the Beamish Unlimited pass. Pay once, and visit for a full year for FREE! Find out more here:

(ad) Timeless Toys Week at Beamish (May Half Term) 

Taking place daily from 25 May - 2 June and all included with the Beamish Unlimited Pass, this week Beamish is celebrating nostalgic, vintage and traditional toys from across the decades with lots of opportunities to play and take a trip down memory lane. 

Highlights include: 
  • Try Georgian games at Pockerley Old Hall (including stack dominos) 
  • Experience an Edwardian childhood in the 1900s Pit Village and play with wooden toys such as Jacob's Ladder and playground games in the school playground 
  • Learn Circus Skills in the 1900s Town Park 
  • Play board games in the Masonic Hall and have a go at creating your own 
  • Enjoy traditional toys from the 1940s at the farm 
  • In the 1950s town you can play with skipping ropes, hula hoops and try out a replica playground from the 1950s
  • Head to the Welfare Hall and view 'toys through time'. From Blow Football to E.T and Astro Invader, will you spot your favourite childhood toy? 
  • Over weekends and Bank Holiday Monday you can also visit Spain's Field Farm and try Hobby Horses 
All events are drop in and with so much to see and do, Beamish is easily a place you can spend the full day. Find out more:

(ad) What's On at Raby Castle this May 

The Plotters' Forest at Raby Castle 

May Half Term at Raby Castle, Deer Park & Plotters' Forest and High Force Waterfall

๐Ÿท Farmyard Fun Trail in The Plotters' Forest | On this adventure, help Farmer Charlie match the baby animals to their families. Find the animals nestled in The Plotters’ Forest and see if you can unscramble his favourite word along with so much more! If you purchase a Plotters' Forest ticket, it includes admission to the Mini Mindfulness Trail and Deer Park too. If you're visiting with kids aged 4-12 years, I'd say this is the best option to go for.
๐ŸŒณ Mini Mindfulness Trail in The Deer Park | From wonderful wildlife to breathtaking nature, there is plenty for families to discover on this enchanting trail within Raby Castle’s parkland. On this adventure, children will take a moment to stop and explore their senses while discovering the sounds, sights and smells nature has to offer.
๐Ÿฐ Don't forget Kids go FREE into Raby Castle with a valid Plotters' Forest ticket
Find out more and book:
Tiny Creatures Trail | High Force Waterfall | This May Half Term
Enjoy a family woodland waterfall walk. Keep your eyes peeled for the tiny creatures along the way. Find the boards, read the poems aloud and learn some interesting facts on your nature adventure!
The trail is included in standard waterfall admission.

(ad) FREE Redcar Kite Festival : Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May (11am-5pm - just drop in) 

Taking place on Majuba Beach in Redcar, this FREE festival will welcome some of the most spectacular kites in the world. There will be LOADS going on across the weekend including: 
  • Kite flying displays to music
  • Stunt kites 
  • Chinese dragon 
  • Kite ballet 
  • Inflatable kites
  • Rainbow deltas (children can have a go at flying) 
  • FREE drop-in workshops including kite making, windmill making and beach art 
  • Walkabout performances including giant lobsters and jellyfish 
  • Local streetfood and drink stalls 
  • Live music across the weekend 
  • Yorkshire fossil festival with exhibits, workshops and performances 
A big thanks to organisers Redcar and Cleveland Council for providing the FREE & accessible event.

Find out more:

What's On 1 - 3 May 

What's On 4 - 6 May 

What's On 7 - 10 May 

What's On 11 - 17 May 

  • (ad) 11 & 12 May - Tynemouth Food Festival 

    Taking place at the spectacular Tynemouth Priory, you can expect live music, entertainment, kids activities, local and regional food produce and stalls and more across the weekend. Kids go free too. 

What's On 18 - 24 May 

What's On 25 - 27 May 

Please double check opening hours with venue direct before heading out as Bank Hol hours can differ/may have changed after this post was published. 

Great British Tribute Fest 25 & 26 May (Kids Welcome) 

Discounted tickets to this weekend's Great British Tribute Fest (with over 40% off) at Times Square Newcastle are now available for 25 & 26 May.

Find out more and book here (ad):

What's On 28 May 

What's On 29 May 

What's On 30 May 

What's On 31 May 

What's On 1 June 

What's On 2 June 

Walks, Parks & Picnics


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