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. 

For us, Dee loves looking around book shops, shopping for make up and things for their bedroom and visiting cafes for hot chocolates where as Harry is much more into history and wouldn't turn down a visit to a castle. 

I also think that food is an excellent way to encourage teens out. Harry will never turn down a burger and Dee won't say no to a pancake stack for breakfast. 

100 Days out for Teens across North East England




The ideas in this post won't be for every teen but hopefully you will find some inspiration. It also includes ideas for teens to do themselves / with friends if you are looking to book something for them to get out and about school holidays. 

Please double check details with venues direct before heading out - especially time restrictions when it comes to U18s as these may change regularly. 

 

Ice Skating 

100 Days out for Teens across North East England - ice skating



Dee loves ice skating and it's a brill activity to drop teens off with their friends for a few hours or even join in with yourself. There are lots of pop up outdoor ice rinks to choose from in the winter or in the North East you can visit Whitley Bay Ice Rink or Billingham Forum. 

TwentyTwenty 

TwentyTwenty in Newcastle serve giant 20" New York Style Pizzas with some quirky names and toppings (including Ronald McDonald's Love Child). Their loaded nachos and flavoured popcorn is likely to be a hit too. Find out more and book here. 



Air Trail 

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If your teen likes a challenge, why not book Air Trail Tees Barrage for the family? As you continue further up the levels, the difficulty factor rises. Read our guide to Air Trail here. 


Axe Throwing 

100 Days out for Teens across North East England - axe throwing




We took the kids to Hatchett Harry's a few years ago and it is lots of fun. Axe throwing is mostly skill but a little bit of strength is needed too. It does get really competitive quite quickly and is a nice alternative activity to try. Find out more and book here. 


Bowling 



A classic teen activity but one that's still worth a mention. Hollywood Bowl is probably my favourite alley but Lane 7 and Gutterball are also worth a look. 

Cinema 

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Everyman Cinema Newcastle 



My teens love going to the cinema and I love that we can now see 15 rated films with Harry. Our local go-to is Vue as it's a 10 minute walk from our house and super reasonable but if you're looking for a special treat, check out the following cinemas: 

  • Odeon De Luxe Durham
  • Showcase Cinema Teesside Park 
  • Everyman Cinema Newcastle 
  • Cineworld Newcastle 

Interactive Darts 


100 Days out for Teens across North East England - interactive darts at the WonderBar


Interactive Darts at WonderBar in the Gate, Newcastle is a brill way to spend a few hours with teens. You can order food and drinks to your tables and play different games based on traditional darts with a twist. Prices are super reasonable too. Find out more here. 


Gaming Cafe 




I'm not really one for gaming but Steve does like doing this with the kids. There are quite a few gaming cafes around the region now including: 


Blackfriars Cookery School 

Blackfriars run after school cookery courses for 12-15 year olds and regular classes for 16-18 year olds. Find out more and book here. 

Gorilla Bar (Eldon Square) 

A brill option for a day out with teens. This newly refurbished bar includes a bowling alley, pool tables, Indian Street Food (courtesy of My Delhi), darts, table tennish, live sports and more. Find out more here. 

Comic Con 

Various events take place across the year - keep an eye on FB events or Eventbrite for what's coming up. Don't miss Newcastle Anime and Gaming Con in October. 

Hoults Yard 


There is loads going at at Hoults Yard which would appeal to teens. Buy the best doughnuts in town from Proven alongside some of the best cakes in the NE from Cake Stories. Shop for dried flowers and interior decor from Muscari Store or grab a bite from Avocado & Chickpeas or 2Knives. Find out more here. 

Newcastle Climbing Centre 

Dee loves to climb but I kind of feel like they have grown out of clip n climb now. Newcastle Climbing Wall is a good option for teens looking for a fresh climbing challenge with walls for all ages and abilities. Find out more here. 

Junkyard Golf 

Junkyard Golf in Newcastle is usually an over 18s only venue but U18s are permitted to visit Sunday-Thursday before 6pm. Expect mashed up crazy golf with circus freaks, twisted clowns and a scrapyard challenge. Find out more and book here. 

Mr Mulligans 

Another Crazy Golf Course that's popular with teens. Find this one next to the Gate in Newcastle. Find out more and book here. 

Boat Trip to the Farne Islands 

A boat trip to the Farne Islands to see the puffins, seals and other wildlife is always a fantastic experience whatever your age. I recommend the Grey Seal and Seabird Cruise with Serenity. 

Escape Room 

There are lots of Escape Rooms to choose from in the North East and it's generally something teens will enjoy and you can do together. 

Metrocentre 

You can't go wrong with a trip to the Metrocentre. Shopping / cinema / food.......

Play Pool 




My teens love a game of pool and it's something we always do on holiday but never really do at home. We need to make more of an effort! You can play at various venues across the North East including Spotwhite (U18s before 8pm) and Lane 7 (U18s before 7pm)

Barter Books 

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We love a trip to Barter Books - one of the world's oldest second hand bookshops. It's lovely for a potter around and there is always a sense of anticipation about finding a new pre-loved book. Oh and it's canny for Instagram too. 

Bamburgh Castle & Beach 

Bamburgh Castle 100 Days out for Teens across North East England




Bamburgh Castle is a wonderful place for a day out and suitable for all ages. Learn about the region's history, take in the stunning views and try and remember which films the castle has played a starring role in. 



Ice Cream Date 



You're never too old for an ice cream date and we are spoilt for choice when it comes to ice cream parlours in the North East. Choose a traditional 50s diner like Gabrielles at Redcar or award-winning ice cream from Di Meo's or Ciccarelli (plus many more!)


Point Blank Shooting 

Point Blank Shooting is an indoor shooting simulation with over 200 shooting scenarios. There is a dedicated area for U18s to use and various offers are often available. Find out more and book here. 

Victoria Tunnel 

Victoria Tunnel.100 Days out for Teens across North East England



Victoria Tunnel Tours are an excellent activity to try with teens. Guided tours of this tunnel which runs underneath Newcastle take place regularly with special events across the year too. Find out more and book here. 

Thali Tray 

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Thali Tray is an Indian Street Food restaurant in Ouseburn. Located under Byker bridge, expect laid back vibes, delicious street food and fire pits where you can toast marshmallows. Find out more here. 

Corbridge 

Corbridge100 Days out for Teens across North East England



Corbridge is packed with independent and quirky shops. If your teens love vintage, they will love it here. Make sure you visit RE which is an absolute Aladdin's cave filled with vintage treats. 

Beach BBQ 




Sometimes the simple ideas are best. Make sure you check local restrictions and follow safety advice with this one but popping along to the coast with your BBQ or fire pit in the evening is usually a nice and chilled way to spend time with teens. 

National Citizen Service 

National Citizen Service is a Government programme designed for 16 and 17 year olds. Teens will spend two weeks away from home making new friends, learning new skills, developing independence and making a difference. 

This scheme is an absolute bargain at only £50 considering it includes all accommodation, food and activities. The actual cost is closer to £1500 but this is funded by the Government. Bursary schemes are also available. Find out more here. 

Bitesize Uni 

Year 12 students can experience life at university and sign up for Uni Summer School (which is FREE at Newcastle Uni). Students can experience living in student accommodation, attend lectures, explore the city and more. Find out more here. 

Insights Public Lecture at Newcastle University 

Did you know that Newcastle University run regular public lectures which can be attended by anyone and they're completely free? There have been some brilliant and insightful speakers over the years and a diverse range of topics is covered. Check out what's coming up here. 

Secret Garden Seaton Delaval 




The Secret Garden Seaton Delaval is an instagrammers dream with street food vendors, live music, fire pits and mocktails. No bookings - just turn up. Find out more here. 

Climb Roseberry Topping 



Climbing Roseberry Topping together is a nice little challenge to set yourselves as a family. It's not *too* taxing but the views and sense of achievement are worth the climb. There's a pub at the bottom too. Read about our experience here. 

Paddleboarding and Surfing

There are several businesses offering paddleboarding and surfing across the North East including CBK Adventures, Newbiggin Surf School, Alexander Adventures, Coquet Shorebase, Tynemouth Surf School and Adventure Sunderland. 


Afternoon Tea at Leila Lilys 

Leila Lilys is a gorgeous bar on Grey Street serving beautiful afternoon tea and teens are more than welcome. Find out more and book here. 

St James Park Sunday Lunch & Tour 

This is a lovely activity to enjoy with the family and we once did this for our in-laws anniversary. It was great and I'd definitely do it again. Taking place on non-match days, guests can enjoy a two or three course Sunday lunch in the stadium followed by a taster stadium tour and a complimentary gift. Find out more and book here. 

Skiing

There is an indoor ski slope in Silksworth where you can try your hand at this sport or get some practice in before hitting the slopes for real.  Prices are reasonable (from £8 for juniors). Find out more and book here. 

Bird of Prey Experience with Falconry Days 

Falconry Days specialise in Birds of Prey experience days and there is a wide range of options to choose from for all budgets including a £10 guided 'meet the birds' tour, 90 minute hands on experinces, owl experiences, falcon experiences and more. Find out more and book here. 

Coastal Walk

Take a walk along the coast followed by brunch at Kith & Kin/pizzas and tacos at Elder & Wolf / Fish & Chips or burgers at Lola Jeans Tynemouth. 

Seaham Hall Courtyard

If you're looking for a super special treat (ideal for a birthday or exam results day), check out the outdoor dining options at Seaham Hall. You can enjoy fondue around fire pits or book an exlusive dining pod for a first call experience. Find out more and book here. 

White Water Rafting 

Did you know you can go white water rafting in Teesside? Perfect for thrill seeking teens. Suitable for ages 14+, you can find out more and book here. 

Pancakes from Love Lilys 

A bit of a sugar rush this one but if your teen loves their pancakes instagrammable and stacked high, this is the place to go. Find out more here. 

Pizza Night at Land of Oak and Iron 




Pizza nights take place at the Land of Oak and Iron on the last Friday of every month. No booking is needed - just turn up. Expect wood-fired pizzas and live music. Free admission. Find out more here. 

Wild Intrigue Events 


Wild Intrigue events are brilliant for nature lovers. There are loads of different events to choose from including Kittiwakes and Doughnuts, Bats & Pizza Nights, Dawn Chorus Disco in Ouseburn, Osprey Cruise, Goats & Gourmet and more..... Find out more and book here. 

Young Driver Experience 

Young Driver offer supervised driving lessons for ages 10-17. Ideal for those who are dying to get behind the wheel. In the North East you can book an experience in Darlington, the Metrocentre, Newcastle Racecourse or Sedgefield Racecourse. Find out more here. 

Book a Sushi Masterclass 




Do your teens love sushi? Why not book into a masterclass. This is available at Sushi me rollin' and Yo Sushi. 

Paintballing 

Paintballing is a popular choice with teens but it can get pricey! Check out options at Delta Force, Karting North East and Battle Zone. 

Air Box Bounce 

Enjoy the North East's Ultimate Trampoline Experience at AirBox Bounce in Cramlington. Find out more here. 

Newcastle Castle 

Newcastle Castle is the perfect place to visit for local history lovers and the views of the Tyne and bridges from the roof top are some of the best in Newcastle. 

Durham Wildlife Trust 

Durham Wildlife Trust run regular ranger events for young people including Seascape Rangers (ages 14-18), Young Rangers at Low Barns (14-18) and Young Rangers at Rainton Meadows (14-18). Find out more here. 

Pure Bliss Teen Spa 

Pure Bliss Teen Spa in Sunderland offer a range of treatments for ages 13-17 as part of their teen spa including facials, massages and manicures. Find out more here. 

Attend a Festival 




There are quite a few festivals in the North East which are perfect for teens - how about Northern Pride, Northumberland PrideFestival by the Sea or Corbridge Festival?  


Salt Market Social 

Most special events at Salt Market Social on North Shields Fish Quay are for ages 18+ but on non-special event days, all ages are welcome to enjoy the atmosphere, street food and music. The converted warehouse hosts lots of local food pop ups and it's a good place to try a new local business. Find out more here. 


Skincare / Make Up Counters 

Make up and skincare counters in department stores / Boots generally welcome teens and you can book in for free consultations and product demos. Boots No7 offer a range of appointments and can easily be booked online. 

The Hoppings 

The Hoppings is Europe's Largest Travelling Funfair and takes place on Newcastle's Town Moor each year. In 2022 it will be here from 17 June. No need to book and entry is free. Plenty of thrill rides (rides are priced from £1.50-£5) or just take in the atmosphere. Find out more here. 


Stargazing Event 

There are plenty of places where you can stagaze for free - just turn up with chairs, blankets and a flask of hot chocolate on a clear night. But if you'd like a little extra guidance, take your pick of events from one of the regions observatorys including: 

Newcastle True Crime Tour 

If your teens are fans of true crime, why not try a Newcastle True Crime Tour? Learn about death under the Tyne bridge, witch hunts, hangings and more. Find out more and book here. 


Newcastle Quayside, Jesmond or Tynemouth Market 

There are many regular markets that take place across the North East and most sell delicious treats to tempt your teen out. 


Wylam Brewery Food Battles 

44 Events host regular epic food battles at Wylam Brewery where the region's top producers battle it out to be 'King or Queen of the......' 

No booking just turn up, buy some tokens, order some samples and then vote for your favourite. So far this year we have Battle of the Burger in April, Slice Wars in May, Thai Kwondo in September, the Argie Bhaji in November and the Battle Royale in August. Find out more here. 


Cards at the Pub 

Honestly this is one of my teens' favourite things to do and it doesn't cost a lot. Pop to your local with a pack of cards and enjoy a few drinks. It's a lovely way to spend a few hours together. 




Pub Quiz 

Or how about joining in with a pub quiz? Just check in advance that U18s are permitted. We used to do this when we were younger and honestly the knowledge teens can bring to the table will actually put you in with a winning chance. 




Fat Hippo & Shopping 


Fat Hippo is Harry's favourite restaurant. A trip to their Newcastle branch along with some shopping makes for a nice day out with teens. 



Jewellery/Perfume/Aromatherapy Making Workshop 

The GlassHouse Studio in North Shields run various workshops including make your own natural beauty products, make your own perfume or create your own piece of silver jewellery.

The minimum age is generally 16 years but in the school holidays, they run several parent and child workshops with a lower age requirement and they run some workshops for 10-16 year olds too. Find out more here. 



Chocolate Workshop 

La Chocolatrice run chocolate making classes across the year and they always look like so much fun for all ages. Find out more and book here. 



Alpaca Walking 





Alpaca Walking is so much fun! We tried this in 2020 with Teesdale Alpacas and had the best time. Alpacas have the best personailities and you will leave smiling from ear to ear (and will learn a thing or two). Find out more and book here. 

The Late Shows 

The Late Shows take place in May (in 2022 it's the 13 & 14 May) and are an opportunity for a free night out in Newcastle with a bit of a difference. There is loads going on and it's a real chance to immerse yourself in culture. Find out more here. 



Go Karting 


Go Karting is regularly recommended as a fab activity choice for teens. My three don't fancy it but I'm sure many will enjoy giving this a try. Go Karting Newcastle offer regular sessions and if you're aged 13+, you're allowed to race against adults in a proper race too. Find out more here. 

Printworks Killingworth 




Printworks Killingworth welcomes U18s and is a chilled out bar / coffee house with covered outdoor seating, fire pits, regular live music and street food pop ups. Find out more here. 

Ford & Etal 

We love a trip to Ford & Etal - there is loads to see and do including a Heavy Horse Farm, Northumberland's only thatched-roof pub and a working flour mill. It's so picturesque and a relaxing place to spend the day. 


Teens might enjoy a session at Ravn Clay Pottery where they will have the chance to create their own masterpiece. Find out more here. 



National Glass Centre 

National Glass Centre in Sunderland run a huge range of workshops for all ages and abilities including a chance to create your own marbles, try creating a stain glassed window or screen printing. 


Many of the more advanced sessions have a minimum age of 16 but during school holidays there are often workshops for younger teens too. Find out more here. 

Pizza Punks 




Pizza Punks is one of our go-to restaurants in Newcastle (now open in Durham too). Their USP is that you can pick unlimited toppings on your pizza for one set price. There are loads to choose from so your teens can go wild! The restaurant has a decent soundtrack, themed mocktails and neon lighting too. Find out more here. 

Read our review of Pizza Punks here. 



Comedy Night 

I've noticed that some comedians have a minimum age of 14+ when they go on tour. I have such good memories of watching James Acaster live with the kids a few years ago and it is definitely worth looking at who is on tour locally and if they have any age restrictions. 

Pumpkin Picking 




One for October but my teens love visiting a pumpkin patch and picking out a pumpkin still. In fact I reckon we will still do this as adults. We usually visit Spilmans Farm in Thirsk but there are usually a few options to choose from in the North East (including Brocksbushes). 

Check out our guide to pumpkin picking here. 


Warhammer Newcastle 

Warhammer Newcastle run various games nights and free intro paint and intro game sessions. Find out more here. 

Rios Steakhouse 




If your teen loves steak, treating them to unlimited steak at Rios Steakhouse is always going to go down well. We visited with Jack earlier this year and it was a brilliant experience. Find out more here. 

Read our full review of Rio Steakhouse here. 


STACK Seaburn 

Under 18s are generally welcome to visit STACK when accompanied by an adult before 8pm (there are a few exceptions). You can expect streetfood, drinks and entertainment. There is a gaming den too. Find out more here. 

Dog and Scone 

If your teen is a dog-lover, a trip to the Dog and Scone is a must. You can enjoy cake and tea in the company of the cafe's resident dogs. Find out more and book here. 

Cat Cafe 




There are a few cat cafes in the North East. Basically, you enjoy cake and a drink with the chance to interact with various cats across your session. I'm sure this will appeal to some animal-loving teens. I know Dee would love to try this. Read about Mog on the Tyne here. 

Fishing 

We tried fishing for the first time earlier this year and the boys really took to it. It's definitely something we'll be looking at trying again this summer. There are a few places to enjoy this sport across the region, I would probably start with looking at Northumbrian Waterside Parks. 

Teesside Princess River Cruise 

How about a 3.5 hour relaxing cruise along the River Tees with commentry and the chance to spot local wildlife? You can add afternoon tea or a roast dinner too. I like the idea of Sunday lunch with a difference.  Find out more and book here 


Theatrical Drinks at The Alchemist 




U18s are welcome at The Alchemist in the bar area and restaurant before 8pm (or in the restaurant after 8pm if accompanied by an adult). You can expect a flamboyant range of mocktails with the usual fire, ice, bubbles and added theatre. Find out more here. 

War Room Laser Tag 

War Room Laser Tag looks like so much fun! Their 5000 sq ft arena includes 22 guns, UV lights, music, laser beams and smoke cannons. Find out more here. 

Kielder 




There is loads for active teens to enjoy at Kielder including archery, clay pigeon shooting, king swing, high ropes and more. Find out more here. 

Hot Chocolate Date 




Another simple idea but one my teens enjoy in the winter months. A hot chocolate followed by a walk. Check out my guide to the best places to do this here. 

Go Ape Treetop Challenge at Matfen Hall


Suitable for ages 10+, this High Rope challenge includes local landmarks in the trees, half trapeze and free-falling swings. Definitely a test of bravery! Find out more here. 

Abseiling 

Abseiling challenges regularly pop up across the region including Roseberry Topping and Lumley Castle. 

Newcastle Ghost Walk 

How about a Ghost Walk around Newcastle? There are several options here.  

Teppan-yaki at Fujiyama 




My kids have always loved this and continue to enjoy it as teens. Teppan-yaki is a very sociable way to dine with everyone sitting around hot plates as you watch the chef prepare your meal in front of you. There is usually a chance to get involved at some point too. Find out more here. 

Quad Bikes


Quad Bikes are generally suitable for ages 16+ and are perfect for older, thrill seeking teens. There are a few companies offering this including Battlezone Laser. 

Castle Mania Soft Play Youth Group 

A Youth Group runs at Castle Mania Soft Play in Amble every Friday night. Suitable for years 5,6,7 & 8, the cost is £5 for 90 minutes. No adults needed. Find out more here. 

Elizabethan Banquest at Lumley Castle 

Enjoy a 5 course traditonal banquet with live musice and entertainment. There is a minimum age of 16 for this one. Find out more here. 

Outdoor Cinema 

Outdoor cinemas pop up across the region in the summer months and offer something a little different to usual. 

The Theatre 

Going to the theatre is kind of mine and Harry's thing to do together. He is studying drama at GCSE so I am always on the look out for plays or productions we might enjoy together. We loved Animal Farm at Theatre Royal and Hound of the Baskervilles at Northern Stage. 


Spa Day at Redworth Hall 

Redworth Hall offer a special parent and teen spa day deal (suitable for teens aged 13-18 plus a grown up). The package includes a facial each, robe and flip flop hire, afternoon tea and use of facilities. Find out more here. 

Watch Live Sports 

Either in person or on the big screen. Book a ticket to an NUFC home game (or any local team), watch the Eagles in action, go and watch an ice hockey match, book rugby tickets......there are loads of possibilities and sport is an excellent way to bond with teens. 

Or if you prefer, places like Secret Garden Seaton Delaval and Central Park Times Square allow U18s during the day and often show sports on the big screen. 

Brunch at Fork in the Rose 

Fork in the Rose in Heaton is the only florist cafe in the North East. Their rose hot chocolates are always a hit and it's a nice place for brunch in beautiful surroundings. Find out more here. 

Mortal Fools 

Mortal Fools offer a range of youth theatre opportunities and resources for young people. Check out their website and find out more here. 

The Curry Train 

Teens love Indian food? Why not give the Passage to India Curry Train a try? Perfect for a special birthday. The experience will whisk you away from Newcastle to Corbridge on the train where you will enjoy a delicious 5 course meal before returning back to Newcastle. Find out more here. 

South Shields 

You can't go wrong with a trip to South Shields. The Pleasure Beach is home to traditional rides like the dodgems and a couple of thrill rides too. You could try laser tag, walk along the beach, catch a free live gig at Bents Park or simply enjoy an ice cream or fish and chips. 

Teen Art School

Laing Art Gallery host Saturday Art Classes for tweens/teens as well as longer art academy's in the school holidays. Find out more here. 

Freak Shakes at The Boat Shack 




If you fancy a drive out, freakshakes at the Boat Shack are a good shout. No excuse for not having a walk around the reservoir afterwards either. Find out more here.  

Read our review of The Boat Shack here. 




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