100 Days Out for Teens across North East England

What should I do with my teenagers is a question I see popping up time and time again. My honest answer, is to ask them what they'd like to do.


100 Days out for Teens across North East England




Teens are all different and I think trying to be interested and learn about what they are passionate about and doing planning something along those lines to do together offers a good chance of success.
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Aln Valley Railway Review

Thanks to our writer Bethanie for this post which was last updated in April 2022. Please check with Aln Valley Railway direct for the most up to date information when making plans. 


Aln Valley Railway Review


Located on the Lionheart estate in Alnwick, the Aln Valley Railway is an ambitious project which opened in 2012. It is looking like it is going to be an up and coming place for a family day out.

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Parkhead Station Railway Path - Pushchair Friendly Walk & Cafe

Today our writer Gaia is sharing a flat, pushchair friendly walk with stunning views and a lovely tea room. This post was published and last updated in April 2022.


Parkhead Station Railway Path - Pushchair Friendly Walk & Cafe

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks UK Tour Review & Tips

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks is flying into the North East over Easter 2022 with a stint at Sunderland Empire. Tickets are available for dates from now until 24 April from £13 plus fees. Find out more and book here. 


Produced by Michael Harris by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, the quality is of the highest standard. 

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5 Reasons Why Mortal Fools Should Be On Your Radar

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Mortal Fools is an award-winning theatre, drama and creative learning charity based in Northumberland.

This year, Mortal Fools celebrates their 10th birthday. They have already achieved so much  in this past decade including collaborating with young people to help create a Coronaviris Time Capsule and working with young people on the fantastic 'When the World is Loud'. 

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Pineapple and Bears Soft Play Review

Thanks to our writer Gaia for this post based on a visit in March 2022. Please check with venue direct for the most up-to-date information. If you’re looking for a soft play with a very chic aesthetic that’s actually pleasant to spend time in as an adult, check out Pineapple and Bears (https://pineappleandbears.com) under 7s playhub in Winlaton Mill. Sessions must be pre-booked. Walk ins are not available in the cafe areas/soft play at this time.

Pineapple and Bears Soft Play Review


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Science at Life Review : What to expect from a visit in 2022

This is an advert based on a visit in April 2022. Any shares/edits beyond this date have not been asked or paid for. Please check the Science at Life website for the most up-to-date information before visiting.

I paid Science at Life a visit with Jack (11), my brother Mark and nephew Evan (6) in the Easter holidays.

Life is a place I have visited many, many times before, especially when all three of my children were aged under 10 and I have many happy memories of visiting Dinosaurs, Doctor Who and Gaming exhibitions, Animals Inside Out, Brick Dinos and more over they years. 

We did visit briefly during the pandemic when they had a limited section open to the public but it had been a good few years since our last proper full visit.

There are often posts in our Facebook group asking about what to expect here or if it's worth it. After visiting today, I can definitely say it is worth a visit. Hopefully this post will give you a little bit of an idea of what to expect from your visit. 

Science at Life Review : What to expect from a visit in 2022 

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Nemo Swimming Lessons Review

This is an advertisement for April 2022. Any shares/edits beyond this date have not been asked or paid for. Thanks to our writer Bethanie for this post. 


Nemo Swimming Lessons Review


For the last few weeks my daughter and I have been enjoying swim classes with Nemo Swimming. I was a little nervous about taking her swimming; being a pandemic baby she was introduced to swimming pools a little later in life than my older two and our first experience with her in a pool hadn’t been a good one.

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How to Explore Hadrian's Wall by Tyne & Wear Metro

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How to Explore Hadrian's Wall by Tyne & Wear Metro


5 Reasons to try this day out 
  • It's inexpensive 
  • No booking required 
  • Easily accessible by public transport 
  • A full day out for all ages 
  • Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs 
  

Hadrian's Wall on Tyneside 

Three Museums. Two Forts. One Wall (& One Epic Day Out). 

If you are looking for a low-cost full day out with hands-on activities where you may learn a thing or two as you help celebrate 1900 years since the building of Hadrian's Wall, this post is for you. 
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Teessaurus Park - A FREE Place to Visit for Dino Fans

Thanks to our writer Cat for this post. If you have dinosaur obsessed kids, Teessaurus Park is a lovely spot to explore and have a picnic. It's not particularly well known and not something you see advertised very often.

Teessaurus Park - A FREE Place to Visit for Dino Fans

If you use the postcode TS2 1QE it will take you to the car park in front of the park. The car park only has about 30 spaces ( including a couple of disabled spaces) but it's never been even half full when we've been.

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Homemade Chocolate Orange Hot Cross Buns Recipe

CHOCOLATE ORANGE HOT CROSS BUNS

Homemade Chocolate Orange Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Steve has shared his delicious homemade chocolate orange hot cross bun recipe today. Let me know if you try it. Over the Steve:  

Easter is just around the Corner and one my favourite treats at Easter is Hot cross buns, but I've never made my own. I like to dabble in baking from time to time but I'm no Mary Berry, I had a search around a few websites and cook books for inspiration and decided to put a twist on mine by adding Chocolate Orange (all baking recipes are improved by adding chocolate orange).

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Plotters' Forest Adventure Playground at Raby Castle | A Review

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Plotter's Forest Adventure Playground at Raby Castle | A Review

Plotters' Forest at Raby Castle

We got a sneak preview of the new adventure playground at Raby Castle; ‘Plotters' Forest.’

Situated within the Christmas tree plantation at Raby up in the treetops, it’s a brilliant new addition to this North East Landmark and it opens on Good Friday 15th April. 

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Central Park - Newcastle | Visiting with Kids

 

Central Park - Newcastle | Visiting with Kids


Central Park is not just Newcastle's largest beer garden, it's actually the largest beer garden in the North East. Set to reopen this April with bookings being available from 14 April. 

This year it's bigger and better than ever before from this multi-story entertainment venue and you can expect lots going on including regular pop ups and special events. 
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20 Reasons to Visit Royal Quays with Kids

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Sam and Gaia have spent the past few weekends visiting Royal Quays with their families. The centre has changed so much over the past few years and is now a thriving hub with independent shops, fantastic free events and plenty of leisure and dining options.
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Rainy Day Ideas in Northumberland

Thanks to our writer Bethanie for their help in putting this post together. 

While we are all enjoying the feeling of getting outdoors more as the season changes, it is fair to say we also need to be prepared for those rainy days. What to do on a wet weekend in Northumberland? How to fill a half term holiday if the weather isn’t on our side?


Rainy Day Ideas in Northumberland





Save these for the weekend or school holidays. All information is correct of March 2022. Some places require booking in advance so check before you visit. 

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Whitekirk Hill Lodges Review

Ad - This post is based on a stay in March 2022. Any shares after this date have not been asked/paid for. Please check with Whitekirk Hill for the most up-to-date information. Our writer Gaia stayed at Whitekirk Hill Lodges in North Berwick with her husband, two children and two dogs. Let's see what they thought........



Whitekirk Hill is perfect if you want proper, quality family time but with all the comforts of home and a bit of luxury thrown in for good measure. Ada (aged four) summed it up perfectly when she said “this is like a dream” more than once over the course of our weekend away. She wasn’t wrong…
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Chester Le Street Riverside Park | A Visitors Guide

A huge thanks to our writer Cat for this post about Chester Le Street Riverside Park + photos. 

Chester Le Street Riverside Park | A Visitors Guide


Chester Park

Chester Le Street Riverside Park is located just off the A167, a short distance from Chester Le Street town centre. The park is a flat, 5-10 walk from Chester Le Street market place which is where most buses that pass through the town, stop and the train station is about a 20 minute walk away (but be mindful that a very limited number of trains stop at Chester Le Street now).

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New Viking Area at Drayton Manor Theme Park

 We visited Drayton Manor Theme Park a few times when the kids were little. Jack was obsessed with Thomas and our days out here hold lots of special memories.

I've always thought Drayton Manor is a lovely theme park with lots to see and do including rides for older children, Thomas Land, a zoo, dinosaur area and more. It's a nice and varied day out with something to suit everyone. 

New Viking Area at Drayton Manor Theme Park

This Spring, a new Viking themed area is opening up at the theme park which gives another reason to visit. There isn't an opening date yet but if you sign up to the Drayton Manor mailing list here you will be the first to know of any news. 
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